For most people, where you work has a lot to do with where you decide to live, but in an urban area like the DFW metroplex, certain neighborhoods and areas make renters and homeowners alike willing to add a few miles to their commutes. DFW’s suburbs are brimming with mixed-use developments and luxury apartment complexes, and pockets of urban areas, even more so. From flashy status symbol addresses and remodeled hidden gems to comfy city within a city apartment communities, new residents, young families, busy entrepreneurs and downsizing seniors have not shortage of rental space options. Here’s a short list of possiblities.


Uptown is Dallas’ original¬† hub of urban living, and massive development has created a bustling scene of modern amenities, historic charm and upscale shopping in an area that stretches from lower McKinney and West Village to Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek. Urbanites here clearly love outdoor fun of the Klyde Warren Park and along the Katy Trail add to the zone’s friendly vibe.

Las Collinas

As one of the first planned communities in the United States, Las Collinas is close to the DFW International Airport and home to about 2,000 companies, including Fortune 500 businesses like Exxon Mobile and Kimberly-Clarke. With three private country clubs and a striking collection of private office towers, and the novelty of scenic canal surrounded by dining and retail, Las Collinas manages to have a fair share of upscale residences and apartments that make it a fashionable address.

Collin County

It started with Richardson and Plano, but now North Dallas’ explosive growth has reached cities like Allen, McKinney, Frisco (now the nation’s fastest growing city) and beyond to communities like Prosper. With a slew of large corporations relocating to this part of the metroplex, it’s a hotbed of both single and multifamily activity with quite a few large, mixed-used village developments in the works.

Near Southside

Some 1400 acres across the interstate from downtown Fort Worth are practically dripping these days with hipster chic charm as Near Southside continues a phase of revitalization. Sustainable and mixed-use projects are popping up around a growing zone of walkable, bike friendly streets near landmark attractions and retail and dining venues.

North Tarrant County

Shiny, new developments are plentiful in Southlake, Carroliton and Calleyville, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also plenty of growth going on in previously rural North Tarrant towns like Keller, Roanoke and Saginaw. Areas like North like North Richland Hills and Hurst-Euless-Bedford, as well, are not to be ignored extensions of Fort Worth’s urban and urbane sprawl.


From glittery high rises to artsy lofts in Deep Ellum’s revitalized commercial district, urban living in or near Dallas’ central business district, has strong appeal to many. An abundance of construction cranes points to many futures urban address, and there’s spillover to the west in the nearby Trinity Grove area, whish is undergoing considerable gentrification on the other side of the flashy white arches of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The Mid-Cities

Dominated by Arlington, home of both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, the Mid-Cities refers to the 30-mile span between Cowtown and Big-D, now completely filled with suburban development via communities like Irving and Grand Prairie as well as HEB (Hurst – Euless – Bedford). Much of the area’s growth is to the south, in not rurual anymore Mansfield.

Historic Grapevine

Long a tourist attraction with a charming downtown district filled with boutiques, restaurants and wineries, Grapevine has recently become a hub of multi-family development and has dips on a new TEX Rail Station and a route that will stretch from downtown Fort Worth to the DFW International Airport.