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Oak Cliff, TX homebuyer's guide

This affordable area just south of Dallas continues to grow and improve.

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Aaron Boyles

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Nelli Tokleh

Reviewer

10/26/2022 · 5 min read

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Oak Cliff, a neighborhood encompassing the south western reaches of the Dallas metro area, has made great strides in renovations and adaptations to the growing needs of the city. Homebuyers will feel right at home among the oak trees and rolling hills while also appreciating the competitive housing prices and close proximity to public transportation and exciting attractions.   

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    $300,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1401 sqft
    4603 Idaho Ave, Dallas, TX 75216
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    $400,000

    • 2 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1027 sqft
    217 N Waverly Dr, Dallas, TX 75208
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    $160,000

    • 3 br
    • 1 ba
    • 896 sqft
    3224 S Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75224
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    $205,000

    • 2 br
    • 1 ba
    • 1292 sqft
    2619 Emmett St, Dallas, TX 75211
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    $729,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 2150 sqft
    1212 Haines Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
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    $260,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1288 sqft
    3811 Falls Dr, Dallas, TX 75211
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    $150,000

    • 2 br
    • 1 ba
    • 1082 sqft
    1922 Michigan Ave, Dallas, TX 75216
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    $299,900

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1530 sqft
    2718 Grayson Dr, Dallas, TX 75224
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    $500,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 2610 sqft
    821 Haines Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

Look & feel of Oak Cliff

The housing market

$300k

-6%

Median Home Price

$212

-3%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

44

0%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Comparatively affordable, but still on the rise 

While more affordable than the neighborhoods to the north of Dallas, Oak Cliff has still seen significant price jumps over the last few years. Limited availability and a push to use available space to build apartment complexes have both exacerbated the challenges of finding a home in this area. 

A wide range of prices 

The Oak Cliff market is far from homogenous. Prices in the southern reaches can be far more accommodating of moderate budgets, while some homes in Northern Oak Ridge can creep up to near million dollar price tags. Prospective buyers should be aware of this variability and be attentive to where exactly in Oak Cliff they wish to live.  

Who lives in Oak Cliff?

168,212

Population

31.4

Median Age

57,998

Family Median Income

A diverse community home to many families

 Oak Cliff, a populous area spanning the south western reaches of the Dallas metro area, is home to a diverse array of residents. The majority identify as Hispanic, followed closely by those who identify as White. Other ethnicities are present but to a much smaller degree. 

A neighborhood of many kinds of families   

People of all ages and familial circumstances call Oak Cliff home, but residents in their late 30s make up the majority of the population, making this a slightly older community than Dallas overall. Additionally, the majority of households with children are run by married couples, but there is also a sizable population of single mothers and fathers and couples without children.    

Walking & biking

🚴‍♀️ Bike Score 51; Walk Score 56

Not the most walkable area

Most residents in Oak Cliff will need access to a car to perform their daily errands. Limited sidewalk access and considerable distances between homes and shopping mean that a quick walk to a local venue is not feasible for many. However, Northern Oak Cliff has seen some recent developments to make it more walking friendly. 

Public transportation

Services offered in Oak Cliff 

🚍 Bus: DART 🚊 Light Rail: DART Streetcar 🚆 Train: DART 🔋 EV Charging: Blink

Plenty of ways to come and go

Oak Cliff has access to numerous public transportation options designed to help residents better take advantage of what Dallas has to offer. For instance, DART’s Dallas Streetcar, named the TIGER project, connects Oak Cliff to the heart of Dallas with affordable fares both ways. Additional bus routes and train lines further expand access to the city.    

Animals & pets 

Plenty of options for furry friends  

While walks around town in Oak Cliff are not as easy as other parts of the Dallas Fort Worth area, residents still have plenty of options to help their pets stretch their legs. Kiest Park, with its nature trails and green fields, is one of a few local parks available for dog walks and pet excursions. For those who just want to grab a bite with their pet alongside, many places like Tribal Cafe are dog-friendly and happy to see clientele of all breeds.  

3 things to know before buying a home in Oak Cliff according to locals

1. Check out the Bishop Arts District 

The Bishops Arts District is a major hub in Oak Cliff. Residents from all over Dallas can find something to suit their own unique tastes in this highly walkable and welcoming expanse of renovated storefronts. Over 50 local restaurants and stores call this spot home, and they cater to young Dallas couples and affluent residents alike.     

2. The area is improving, but crime is still present

While the northern reaches of Oak Cliff have seen some development and improvement over the last few years, crime rates are still a bit higher than other neighborhoods around Dallas. However, with most of these crimes being property-related, residents still regard Oak Cliff as a safe place to live. 

3. Growing apartment demand troubles some

With the need for affordable housing greater than ever, developers in Oak Cliff have been rapidly filling space with apartment complexes, much to the chagrin of some locals. New residents should be prepared for construction related to these developments and an ever-increasing population in the area.  

The top 4 things to do in Oak Cliff

1. Exotic wildlife at your doorstep 

With over 2,000 animals ranging from majestic tigers to playful otters, the Dallas Zoo is a great way to spend a day without going very far from home. Now, with their popular dollar days returning, the time has never been better to explore the natural wonders of the world. 

2. Old town charm and new age shopping 

For those with a little extra spending money and an appreciation for style, the Bishop Arts District will be a breath of fresh air. This collection of newly renovated stores and restaurants gives shoppers that old-fashioned downtown city feel while providing fresh shopping experiences. Peruse antique toys and tools at M’Antiques or sample some award-winning rolls at Zen Sushi. Nelli, our local expert and resident Dallas Food Nerd, says the restaurants within the Bishop Arts District are very diverse, which is nice to see in this shopping district.     

3. Take a stroll among the roses 

Lake Cliff Park, as the name suggests, provides lakeside walking trails for those needing a break from asphalt and city sounds. In addition to lovely water views, visitors can also find rose gardens, playgrounds, and basketball courts to enjoy. 

4. Make friends on the fairway 

Pristine courses and natural beauty await those able to join the members-only Dallas National Golf Club. Sporting challenging, yet approaching courses for members of all skill levels, this club is a great place for golfers to hone their abilities. 

Continue exploring the DFW area

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Aaron BoylesAuthor

A current English and creative writing teacher in North Carolina, Aaron Boyles writes part time and looks forward to maybe seeing these places he writes about one day in the flesh.

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Nelli ToklehReviewer

Nelli Tokleh doubles as a communications professional and food blogger. You can likely find her at a local wine bar or scoping out the latest restaurant in town. Connect with her and the @dallasfoodnerd team on Instagram.