Legend has it that Dallas was founded by outlaws and horse thieves. If that’s the case, then those runners and riders certainly had an eye for real estate. Positioned at the geographic heart of the U.S., equidistant from both coasts, Dallas today is one of the fastest-growing, dynamically modern cities in the country, benefitting from a multitude of major business plusses—from a massive international airport to tiny tax commitments, via remarkably affordable property and a pleasantly low cost of living.
As a result, Dallas has morphed into a mecca for young professionals in the last decade, with millennials flooding into creative, hipster-friendly neighborhoods like Deep Ellum and the Bishop Arts District, as well as more genteel, family-friendly safe havens like Lakewood and the M Streets. If you’re considering relocating to Dallas for a remote work vacation, then you’re making an excellent choice: Dallas is one of the liveliest, most entertaining, and most underrated cities in America.
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West Dallas is largely a patchwork of residential suburbs, unfurling towards Lovefield Airport and beyond, to the major commuter belt towns of Irving and Arlington—home to the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. But between downtown and the suburban sprawl, there are plenty of gems to unearth, starting with the Design District—an industrial-chic enclave known for its fine art dealerships, contemporary furniture showrooms, and colorful fashion boutiques. Here, you’ll find cutting-edge contemporary art galleries shuffled into streets containing sleek, high-end cocktail bars like Meddlesome Moth and brilliant, award-winning craft breweries like Peticolas Brewing Company. The Design District also has a handful of decent coworking options to choose from, including the aptly (if not imaginatively) monikered Design District Cowork, and a WeWork outpost in adjacent Victory Park.
Heading west across the river, you’ll also discover the popular Trinity Groves—a 15-acre restaurant, retail, art, and entertainment destination with a humongous patio from which to enjoy everything from grain bowls to BBQ. It’s a great spot to sip a craft beer while soaking in spectacular views of the Dallas skyline. If you have extra energy, consider taking a walk down to the picturesque Trinity Levee Trail, a popular spot for cyclists and joggers to get in their workout.
Southern Dallas is an interesting and sometimes abrasive assortment of neighborhoods, but there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of amenities, quality of life, and value for money: Oak Cliff.
Known for its cultural diversity, its parks, and its charming indie stores, Oak Cliff has become a real estate goldmine of late, with first-time buyers clamoring to snap up the neighborhood’s signature 20th-century craftsman homes, before restoring and upgrading them. The neighborhood is jam-packed with young creatives and as a result, there are plenty of independent coworking spaces, such as FLOCC, a haven for visual artists in particular, and Wax Space, otherwise known as the Oak Cliff Work Club, which is housed inside a beautifully-restored factory space.
At the heart of Oak Cliff is a pocket neighborhood that many believe is the very best in Dallas: the Bishop Arts District. A highly-walkable and creative cultural hub, this two-block former warehouse area is now home to more than 60 boutiques, bars, coffee shops, and galleries, as well as superb restaurants like upscale French bistro Boulevardier, and champagne and Indian hotspot, Ame.