Uptown: A Dallas Gem, A Lifestyle Neighborhood

Uptown: A Dallas Gem, A Lifestyle Neighborhood

Uptown: A Dallas Gem, a Lifestyle Neighborhood 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S., with 7.5 million current residents and many more moving in. It’s a unique location mixed with big city, suburban, and small-town settings that can make this large hot spot inviting for any lifestyle to settle in and call home. With this continual pace of growth, the entire Dallas area feels like it’s in a constant state of redevelopment, with new retail centers, commercial and living spaces, and public transportation coming online. Finding the right place to buy or rent a home in all of this can be a struggle.

At LocaLyfe, we pore through mountains of hyperlocal data to measure factors unique to healthy, sustainable communities. Then we rank those communities to match a user’s stage of life and daily-life priorities and interests to find the right fit for their next home. This is one in a series of blogs that takes deep dives into neighborhoods to give users a sense of that community.

One excellent neighborhood that has plenty for everyone is Uptown located in Dallas. 

Uptown - Dallas, TX 


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Uptown, located just north of Downtown Dallas, is home to just under 20,000 people. It’s about 0.92 square miles situated between US 75 (Central Expressway) to the east, Blackburn Street to the northeast, Katy Trail to the northwest, McKinnon Street to the west, and Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) to the south. Uptown has 58.1 square acres of green space, more than 200 restaurants, 160+ shops, and boasts a free electric trolley running the length of the neighborhood.

The neighborhood provides a good mix of houses, condos, and apartment complexes. Monthly rental costs at the time of publication range from $1,300 to $5,605. Meanwhile, Uptown home prices have experienced 37% growth compared to 5 years ago, and, at the time of publication range, from $147,000 to $1,680,000 but can go much higher. 

Uptown has a youthful feel, with about 62% of the population ranging from the early 20’s to late 30’s. The neighborhood is well-educated: 93% of residents have graduated from high school, while just under 70% have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. 16.5% of Uptown’s residents live below the poverty line.

In recent years, Uptown has seen numerous redevelopments and significant changes redesigning the landscape, including new office buildings, multifamily towers emphasizing mixed use, and plenty of shopping and restaurant options to choose from. It also has great parks, health care (including emergency services), groceries and other necessities that are easily accessible. Uptown is a popular neighborhood for good reason. Here’s a little more detail on what the Uptown neighborhood has to offer. 

Getting Around

Uptown features a few options for travelling without a car. With a Walk Score® of 92 and a Bike Score® of 81, for properties in the heart of Uptown from Walk Score®, this neighborhood is easy to walk through and definitely very bikeable. 

The McKinney Avenue Trolley

The McKinney Avenue Trolley traverses the neighborhood, stopping by West Village, the Quadrangle, and even traveling down to North Downtown Dallas. The best part? It’s free. The Dart bus and rail system both stop in Uptown, allowing Uptown commuters to conveniently reach other parts of Dallas-Fort Worth, including direct rail to the airport.

Biking, walking, and renting electric scooters are great options for traversing Uptown, particularly via Katy Trail, which runs through both Uptown and Oak Lawn. Electric scooters for rent by the minute through mobile apps have arrived in a big way in Uptown, with offerings from several companies. As the Dallas and Uptown area continues to grow, so do options for residents to find the best transportation options. 

Shops and restaurants are in abundance throughout the Uptown neighborhood so you can leave your car at home and instead walk to dinner. Or for days where walking isn’t in the cards, Uber® and Lyft® are usually available with little wait.

Food & Shopping

A multitude of food options are available throughout Uptown. For example, The Standard Pour is a great choice for brunch, dinner, or a drink, with eclectic choices ranging from burgers to “Korean BBQ Salmon”. In Uptown Plaza, check out Pei Wei Asian Diner for Pan Asian food and Morton’s Steakhouse for an unforgettable steak. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for delicious seafood, Water Grill is an excellent option with an extensive menu of seafood and cocktails. 

Uptown provides its residents with plentiful grocery and pharmacy options. Walmart, Target, and Tom Thumb are all located just a couple of blocks off of McKinney Avenue. If you’re looking for a more organic option, Whole Foods Market is located right on McKinney Avenue. Walmart and Walgreens pharmacies are also available to fill prescriptions or pick up any over-the-counter medicines. Meanwhile, there are laundromats and dry cleaning options nearby. And if buying fresh produce from the source is your thing stop by the large and constant Dallas Farmers Market just downtown.

There are plenty of options to get out of the house and shop and walk for a day. Take a look at West Village on McKinney Avenue. This outdoor mall features many popular retailers (including high end), a movie theater and restaurants suitable for any palate such as sushi, Mediterranean food, and pizza.

Another nice retail option is the Quadrangle shopping center just off of McKinney Avenue on Routh Street, which offers several retailers and restaurants. And, after a day of shopping and some local fare, check out Theatre 3, which features local performances and unique shows. This shopping hub is currently in the process of expansion, so there is more to come. 


Uptown has plenty of entertainment and nightlife venues to choose from that are right down the street from your new home. Take a walk down McKinney Avenue and you will see an almost endless amount of unique bars to choose from. For example, Playground Bar offers playground equipment, such as swings. Head downstairs and play giant Jenga or corn hole. Quite the twist on a downtown bar, but this is just one of many you should check out, some of which offer billiards, ping pong, darts and other games.

Want to spend a night on the town at a nightclub? Uptown has that too. Stop by Theory Nightclub for an unforgettable night. Check out their website before stopping by as well to see the upcoming artists and events being hosted. They host birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and even private parties.

Griggs Park

Uptown also hosts several parks. Griggs Park features almost eight acres to be explored, with trails, a playground, and a half-basketball court. The park is home to many events, such as free movies and an Uptown block party. Griggs Park serves as a great community get together spot for residents all over Uptown.

Another excellent but mini-park is the Anita Harris Phelps Park. While much smaller than Griggs Park, it still offers great views of the Uptown area and interesting sculptures to examine. 

Just on the edge of Uptown is Klyde Warren Park, with beautiful views of downtown Dallas. This park features numerous events to attend including free movies, food truck events, and an annual wine tasting festival, while also hosting Savor – a popular spot for lunch, brunch, drinks and dinner. 


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In and around Uptown are numerous cultural influences. For art, the David Dike fine art gallery is one of many art galleries located in the heart of Uptown. Also, be sure to check out the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art which focuses on the Madi movement. Don’t miss the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University just north of Uptown, which houses the largest collection of Spanish Art outside Spain. And check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for if you want to explore the wonders of the natural world plus STEM topics.

Meanwhile, located just south of Uptown is the Dallas Arts District, home to the Dallas Museum of Art, one of the 10 largest museums in the U.S., as well as the Winspear Opera House, and the Nasher Sculpture Center

A variety of strong schools with different focuses are available to residents of Uptown. Local schools that are ranked highly by GreatSchools.Org have heavier representations to the north around Highland Park and University Park. But you don’t have to afford the price tags in the Park Cities for quality education. There are very good schools scattered around Dallas’ urban core, including in Uptown, Oak Lawn, Downtown and the Design District.

There are options for college nearby. Southern Methodist University is 15 minutes away in University Park, attracting students from across the U.S. and overseas. The El Centro Community College – West Campus is just downtown. And a little further out (about 30 minutes by car) you’ll find the University of Texas at Dallas (in Richardson, TX)

Community Engagement

Uptown has quick access to sports leagues for adults and kids alike. Dallas Sports Social Club hosts sports like sand volleyball in Deep Ellum as well as basketball in Northwest Dallas. For kids, Dallas Parks and Recreation hosts youth sports like basketball, tennis, swimming, and many more in the area.

Check out the Meetups boards for art-interested groups in the area. Groups for manga artists, painters, improv, performing arts, and many more are available. 

Healthy Living

Uptown contains or is close to several hospitals and medical centers, including Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Urgent care centers are also available in the heart of Uptown as well as bookable paratransit services.


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