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5 Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Dallas

Thinking about moving to the Big D? Dallas has 34 neighborhoods to choose from, and each has its quirks. But if you’re looking for safe, affordable neighborhoods in Dallas, here are five standouts!

Bishop Arts District

Home Price: $786 median monthly rent; $150,839 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 28% of cities in Texas
Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, commuting professionals, families

Southwest of Downtown Dallas, Bishop Arts District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood with a mix of apartments, condos, bungalows, and single-family homes. The area certainly lives up to its name, offering art galleries, street fairs, local boutiques, and more! If you’re looking for good eats and drinks, check out Hattie’s American Bistro and Stock & Barrel. Need something to do on a Saturday night? Enjoy a concert at The Kessler Theater, or see a classic movie at The Texas Theatre. And don’t forget that the Dallas Zoo is only ten minutes away!

Deep Ellum

Home Price: $1,086 median monthly rent; $233,388 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in Texas
Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

Once the heart of music and soul in Central Texas, Deep Ellum is a hot spot for Dallas residents who want to live in the city’s creative center. This historic district offers unique apartments, condos, and townhomes and is known for its eclectic, friendly neighborhood vibe. Deep Ellum is also close to Main Street District in Downtown Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, so there are plenty of job opportunities in and around the area. Catch local stage productions at Undermain Theatre, standup and improv at Dallas Comedy House, or local musicians and bands at The Prophet Bar. Be sure to check out The Deep Ellum Arts Festival, too! This free, three-day festival features more than 200 artists and 150 bands!

Lake Highlands

Home Price: $787 median monthly rent; $72,412 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 17% of cities in Texas
Perfect For: Families, retirees, commuting professionals

Lake Highlands is a picturesque community in Northeast Dallas near Richardson and Garland, and it’s one of only a few Dallas neighborhoods that feed into the highly-revered Richardson School District. Ideal for families with young kids, this suburb offers low crime rates, ranch-style and single-family homes, and plenty of green space. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, hit the biking trails at Harry S. Moss Park or walk/run your way down the White Rock Creek system to the beautiful White Rock Lake.

Oak Lawn

Home Price: $1,157 median monthly rent; $248,449 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in Texas
Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, LGBTQ

Located in Uptown Dallas, Oak Lawn is a neighborhood with a young energy and a variety of duplexes, townhomes, apartments, and condos. Not only is Oak Lawn a walkable, bike-friendly area with diverse dining, shopping, and entertainment, but it’s also the heart of Dallas’ LGBTQ scene! Grab a bite to eat in the morning at Zaguan or Cafe Brazil. Enjoy cocktails and amazing drag shows at Station 4. Or get outside at one of the Oak Lawn’s excellent parks, such as Robert E. Lee Park, Reverchon Park, or Turtle Creek Parkway Park.

Preston Hollow


Home Price: $893 median monthly rent; $233,488 median purchase
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in Texas
Perfect For: Families, retirees, established professionals

Preston Hollow is a quiet, cozy community with homes ranging from modest single-family homes to multi-million sprawling estates. With schools in both the Dallas Independent School District and private districts, close proximity to Dallas Love Field Airport, and several parks and golf courses in surrounding areas, Preston Hollow is a favorite among families and retirees (including President George W. Bush). This neighborhood is also known for its great shopping. Get your retail fill at Preston Royal, The Plaza at Preston Center, and NorthPark Center!

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Data found from AreaVibes.