Welcome to Park Cities
Prestigious communities nestled in a prime location
The area known as Park Cities is made up of the Highland Park and University Park municipalities. Whoever coined the phrase “Location, location, location” was definitely talking about these two prestigious communities. They’re situated on a hilltop overlooking Downtown Dallas and have convenient access to all the hot spots of Dallas, but the Park Cities have everything residents could desire from amenities to green spaces to luxury shopping and award-winning dining.
The affluent and luxurious nature of Park Cities is no accident. Highland Park was developed beginning in 1906 by Wilbur David Cook, the same landscape architect who designed Beverly Hills, California. This historic connection gives Park Cities a layer of architectural significance that sets it apart from other Dallas neighborhoods.
With lush, tree-lined streets and homes with stunning architectural features, the neighborhoods of Park Cities feel prestigious. Because of its prime location, excellent school districts, and sought-after amenities, homes in both Highland Park and University Park boast high investment quality.
What to Love
- High-end shopping and dining
- Prime location in the heart of Dallas
- Incredible school district
- Good investment quality
Southern charm meets high luxury in the Park Cities. Highland Park and University Park have all the best parts of small-town living: a close-knit community, plenty of green space and nature, and family-friendly events. But they miss feeling too quaint thanks to the neighborhood shopping centers populated with high-end brands and a school district that’s one of the best in the State.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Highland Park Village is one of several luxurious shopping centers in the Park Cities. It’s populated with high-end brands like Jimmy Choo, Rolex, and Fendi. Following an afternoon of decadent shopping, enjoy a casually elegant dinner of steak and seafood at Café Pacific or the French, Italian, and Spanish flavors found in the Art Deco interior of Bistro 31.
Both Snider Plaza and The Plaza at Preston Center are also well-stocked shopping centers in the area. Snider Plaza is a charming Dallas tradition full of high-end boutiques and local goods. The stores here have everything from bicycle repair to kid’s clothing to handcrafted jewelry. For dining, keep it casually European with the German flavors of Kuby’s Sausage House.
In University Park’s The Plaza at Preston Center is a large-scale outdoor shopping center full of premier boutiques and restaurants, both on the rise and well-established names. Add stylish pieces to your wardrobe at J. McLaughlin, pick up treats for your pup at The Lucky Dog Barkery, and top it off with a treat for yourself from Sprinkles Cupcakes. For a quiet dinner outside of the Plaza, head to upscale hotpot Al Biernets, for great seafood and handcrafted cocktails.
Things to Do
Park Cities is full of lush green spaces to enjoy throughout the year. Turtle Creek Park is a natural refuge in the heart of the city. This is the second oldest park in Dallas and has been called the crown jewel of the city’s parks. With iconic Arlington Hall at its center, there are many trails and picnic spaces throughout this beautiful park. Goar Park is an expansive city park with gorgeous gazebo and soccer fields. Every spring and summer, the city hosts a movie in the park series at Goar Park. Holmes Aquatic Center is home to many community programs, such as lessons and swim teams. Every summer, it hosts its annual Dive-In-Movies series.
A decades-long tradition, Park Cities’ 4th of July Parade is full of family fun. The parade winds through both Highland Park and University Park, giving everyone a chance to celebrate. The gorgeous homes of the Park Cities are perfect canvases for extravagant Christmas displays, and people come from all around the city to drive through the neighborhood and enjoy the annual Christmas Light Tour.
University Park is home to Southern Methodist University, a nationally ranked private institution. This vibrant campus is a jewel in the community, providing arts, culture, and other learning opportunities for students and residents alike.