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North Dallas/Far North Dallas homebuyer’s guide

A wide range of homes meets ample golf and shopping in this sought-after Dallas gem.

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Ethan David

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Anusha Gadepalli

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10/26/2022 · 7 min read

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Though locals debate what exactly constitutes North Dallas/Far North Dallas, they can all agree it's a great place to plant roots. Anyone looking to distance themselves from the bustling downtown Dallas without fully retreating from the city will find what they’re looking for in this neighborhood. With homes that range from modest ranches and bungalows to sprawling mansion estates, there’s space for everyone to settle down and enjoy the fine dining and eclectic shopping destinations the area has to offer. Golfers will feel right at home with gorgeous fairways situated alongside the scenic White Rock Creek.

Local look & feel 

The housing market

A tale of two North Dallases

While the average home value in Far North Dallas is only slightly higher than the city average, homes are priced at nearly double the city average in North Dallas. The sprawling estates, reputable private schools, and close proximity to the upscale NorthPark Shopping Center drives up the costs in North Dallas, while the more laid back suburban lifestyle keeps Far North Dallas affordable.

Home styles abound

Much like the rest of Texas, single-family ranch homes are the most common in North Dallas/Far North Dallas. Far North Dallas is also prone to Craftsman-style homes with symmetrical layouts. Our local expert adds that homes geared to young couples or young professionals are also “abundant in this area.” 

Who lives in North Dallas/Far North Dallas?

94,225

Population

White-collared workers are the norm

As of 2019, a majority of North Dallas/Far North Dallas residents work white-collar jobs, with a median household income of $84,016 in Far North Dallas and $102,916 in North Dallas. The region has low poverty levels compared to the rest of Dallas.

Families and non-families unite

According to City-Data, half of the homes in North Dallas/Far North Dallas are occupied by families, leaving the other half to people of all ages looking to take advantage of the area’s prime real estate, shopping centers, and equidistant commute times to downtown Dallas and Frisco.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 47; walk score 52

Bikers can hit the trails

Cyclists have no shortage of biking options in North Dallas/Far North Dallas. The 17-mile White Rock Creek Trail is the longest and most utilized trail in North Texas, connecting the mountain bike-friendly Harry S Moss Park all the way up to Hillcrest Park. Bikers can also take advantage of the 6.3-mile Preston Ridge Trail, a fully-paved path lined with crepe myrtles and wildflowers. Commuters have the Northaven Trail at their disposal, which links North Dallas to Northwest Dallas. While the area has few protected bike lanes, many of the roads are considered bike-friendly.

Having a car is ideal

While there are certainly shopping strips situated throughout North Dallas/Far North Dallas, most of the neighborhood is residential. The sprawling suburbs pack a lot of distance between most homes and places to shop, making it hard to accomplish most errands on foot. To state the obvious, those residing near the shopping centers––mostly apartments and townhouses––will have an easier time picking up a couple things without a car.

Public transportation

Services offered in North Dallas/Far North Dallas

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EV charging: PlugShare

The bus can get you around

North Dallas has several bus routes for residents to get around, mostly running north and south along the commuter-heavy North Central Parkway. While Far North Dallas has fewer bus options, the popular Arapaho Road that runs through the center of the neighborhood has several stops to shuttle locals.

No shortage of EV stations

North Dallas/Far North Dallas has about 30 public charging stations for EV owners to choose from, along with all of the EV charging stations located in Dallas proper. Riders commuting to other parts of the city can juice up at the 364 public ports located across Dallas.

Animals & pets 

A dog park-friendly place 

Far North Dallas is home to two dog parks, with plenty more within 10 miles of North Dallas/Far North Dallas. The nearly 7-acre Wagging Tail Dog Park along White Rock Creek offers gorgeous waterfall views to enjoy while your four-legged pal gets in some off-leash time. Those looking for even more space for their pooch to run around can take them to the massive 22.3-acre NorthBark Dog Park, with a dog beach alongside a lake and a trail that loops the park.

3 things to know before buying a home in North Dallas/Far North Dallas according to locals

1. You’ll have plenty of schools to choose from

Although it is situated in Dallas, North Dallas/Far North Dallas is close to the neighboring city Plano and the nearby neighborhoods Richardson and Addison, giving locals more places to send their kids to school. North Dallas in particular is known for having some of the most distinguished private schools in the city, such as St. Mark’s School of Texas and the all-girls Hockaday School.

2. There’s a wide range of home costs

North Dallas/Far North Dallas has a diverse array of properties and, therefore, a diverse array of property prices. For example, in the neighborhood’s Preston Hollow community, you can secure a home from anywhere between $305,000 and $11.9 million. In Forest Court, residents pay between just under $500,000 and $7.5 million. The housing costs become more consistently affordable the further north you go.

3. Locals debate what should be considered “North”

Depending on who you ask, you may get a different answer regarding what the city parameters are that define North Dallas/Far North Dallas. For some, it’s anywhere north of downtown. For others, it’s north of the “Park Cities,” such as University Park and Highland Park. The latter is closer to what you would find if you search the neighborhood on Google Maps.

The top 4 things to do in North Dallas/Far North Dallas

1. Enjoy endless golf

North Dallas/Far North Dallas is a hub for award-winning golf courses. The Preston Trail Golf Club boasts stunning tree-lined fairways and a shrine to longtime member Mickey Mantle. Northwood Club, which hosted the 1952 U.S. Open, has 12 tennis courts and a 65,000-square foot clubhouse, in addition to its lush Bermudagrass links. A stone’s throw away from the neighborhood is the Royal Oaks Country Club, a good fit for golfers looking to challenge themselves on the notoriously difficult designs, including a 13th hole where members have to hit over a vast section of White Rock Creek.

2. Shop non-stop

Some of the best shopping destinations in the city reside in North Dallas/Far North Dallas. With over 200 retailers, NorthPark Center attracts shoppers from all over with high-end brands like Versace, Coach, and Burberry in a vast space that features a rotating selection of contemporary artwork. Mall enthusiasts will also love Galleria Dallas, which has ample shopping options in addition to a giant ice rink, indoor palm trees, and even a hotel. Smack in the neighborhood's Preston Hollow community is the Preston Forest Shopping Center, where locals can frequent Whole Foods, beauty salons, and a bakery.

3. Eat, eat, and eat

Finding good places to eat won’t be a problem for anyone who finds themselves in North Dallas/Far North Dallas. At local-favorite Republic, groups can share pepper jack tater tots before chowing down on a smoked bone-in Duroc pork chop or a bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Greek food lovers will certainly love the family-owned Ziziki’s, where they can order a baklava ice cream cake for dessert. For French cuisine, head to Far North for the eclectic specials at the Cadot Restaurant, like the crab meat-stuffed lemon sole or the roast duck drizzled with orange demi-glace.

4. Embark to the parks

North Dallas/Far North Dallas has no shortage of parks to enjoy some quality outdoor time. The popular Anderson Bonner Park is almost 45 acres and features soccer fields along the White Rock Creek. Further up the creek, parents can tire their kids out at the playground in Valley View Park, which was established in 1956. The neighborhood is also home to Adventure Landing Amusement Park, where families can play mini-golf, laser tag, and bumper boats.

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North Dallas/Far North Dallas homebuyer’s guide

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Ethan DavidAuthor

Ethan David is a writer and filmmaker. You can find more on his website ethandavid.com and follow him @ethandavidism.

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Anusha Gadepalli recently graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and is currently pursuing double Masters' degrees in Health Information Management with a concentration in Health Informatics and Data Analytics, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, respectively. She’s lived in Dallas, Texas for three years, and simply put, she loves it. The city truly caters to people from all different walks of life with different lifestyles. She is the co-owner and general manager of Sorella Salon, with locations in Flower Mound and Frisco.

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