Neighborhood Spotlight: The Dallas Arts District

Published May 8, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

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These are just a handful of the words that can be used to describe the Dallas Arts District.  Tucked between Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Interstate 75 and San Jacinto Street in the Northeast corner of downtown Dallas, the district is home to several major performing and visual arts venues and an array of distinctive dining choices.  With its exciting repertoire of housing options, the Dallas Arts District offers something for everyone; young professionals, families and those on their way to a refined retirement. 

The 2009 grand opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center located at 2403 Flora Street marked the completion of the District.  Housing organizations such as The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Black Dance Theater, Texas Ballet Theater and Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and hosting the Lexus Broadway Series, the Performing Arts Center truly serves as the cornerstone for performing arts in the Metroplex. 

Located at 1717 North Hardwood Street is the Dallas Museum of Art.  First conceived in 1903 by forward thinking members of the arts scene in Dallas, the Museum now boasts an extensive collection of sculpture, paint and textile art unrivaled in Northeast Texas.  With permanent collections ranging from traditional African and Asian art to those highlighting the art of design, as well as a consistent offering of traveling exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with a multi-faceted experience of the visual arts.

Other notable organizations that call the District home include the Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and several vocal performance groups.  

All of that artistic action calls for some equally engaging and eclectic dining options, and on this front the Arts District delivers.  One Arts Plaza serves as the cornerstone for district dining and offers several options for the most discriminating taste buds.  Try the best of Tex-Mex at Jorge’s Tex-Mex, experience classic northern Italian fare at Fedora or tip your hat to the casual yet refined southern tradition at Screen Door.  Chef Stephan Pyles has earned his rightful spot at the apex of Arts dining with his namesake restaurant and its sister Samar.  Most eateries in the District have special options for theater goers and will go the extra mile to deliver an evening steeped in ambiance and brimming with energy. 

Making The Dallas Arts District home is a desirable option for many buyers.  The District offers a multitude of housing options ranging from high-rise condominiums to townhouse style dwellings as well as some select single family homes.  With a median price point just shy of $850,000 as well as many comfortable properties valued in the mid $300s, the District provides a variety of opportunities for a diverse group of potential homeowners. 

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Dallas Arts District