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Old 10-12-2015, 09:37 PM
 
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Hi all,

Thank you all for posting to my earlier thread. The comments were very helpful. I won't make too many threads/questions, I promise! I am new in Dallas and looking for a place to sign a lease. As a liberal, vegetarian, young professional, I am considering some place in Uptown, for the walk ability and the large number of people my age to meet (20's/30's).

However, some reviews for apartment complexes seem to paint Uptown as one big frat party. Is this mostly the case? I like the neighborhood because there are a lot of young, hopefully liberal people my age, but I don't like to party and prefer a quiet place to sleep at night. Any suggestions on where to live?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:23 PM
 
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The Knox-Henderson area, just north of Uptown, is a bit quieter but still filled with lots of young professionals.
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Old 10-13-2015, 01:28 AM
 
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I've been here over a month and no, I don't think it's a frat party. However, any place with a lot of young professionals is going to have a large proportion of greeks. It's no different here than it is in Hoboken, Buckhead, or any of the other young professional dominated towns. Personally I love living in a place dominated by educated young professionals who enjoy cheering on their alma matters on the weekend. If I was the artsy type, I would not fit in.

In my experience, the problem is the undergrad students that uber to Uptown on the weekend. I haven't noticed the problems coming from the people that actually live here. Having said that, it's definitely more quiet in the West Village side of town. If you can get a place higher up in a tower you will be fine. Also, if you're looking to avoid noise, avoid any of the apartments immediately off McKinney.

Even if you do have an apartment near some of the noisier parts (I'm right by the King Fu Saloon and the Sixth St Bar), you won't really hear too much noise outside of 10-2:30 Thursday-Saturday.

I definitely recommend it. I've had way more problems with noise during the day (coming from area construction) when I choose to work from home than I ever have at night.
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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How important is walkability? What is your budget for rent?

I think you are doing the right thing in focusing on Central Dallas neighborhoods.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:06 PM
 
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I lived in the Gables Knoxbridge complex for about 5 years in my law school/young professional days and I loved it. As best I can tell my neighbors were largely young professionals as well, and there wasn't much noise since we all had to get up in the morning. I moved to a suburb in 2007 but still spend time in Uptown a lot (office is there) and still seems to be a great area. Stay away from the Village complexes if you want to avoid the student crowd...I lived there for a year and let's just say it felt like a long year. I'll always remember my Uptown apartment fondly though.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:33 PM
 
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Gables Knoxbridge is decent. As a rule of thumb, higher the floor and the rent, better are your neighbors.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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I lived in the Gables Knoxbridge complex for about 5 years in my law school/young professional days and I loved it. As best I can tell my neighbors were largely young professionals as well, and there wasn't much noise since we all had to get up in the morning. I moved to a suburb in 2007 but still spend time in Uptown a lot (office is there) and still seems to be a great area. Stay away from the Village complexes if you want to avoid the student crowd...I lived there for a year and let's just say it felt like a long year. I'll always remember my Uptown apartment fondly though.
The Village has 16 complexes, and not all of them are filled with SMU students. I would say that The Village is more post college than in college crowd. There are apartments that are closer to SMU that cater more to the SMU student than The Village.

The Village is like 4-5 miles north of Uptown, and less walkable than Uptown. You'd run up costs on weekend nights taking cabs/Uber to Uptown to go enjoy nightlife, since there is no nightlife within walking distance of The Village. Also, The Village is under redevelopment right now. There's going to be a ton of construction in The Village is the next 5-10 years or so. The construction hasn't started yet but appears imminent (that has been the case for like 18 months or so if you've seen various articles in the local press).

The Village is much quieter though than Uptown because there's no nightlife right there. The older complexes of The Village are a good price-value proposition, but the constant redevelopment concerns might mitigate the cost advantages.

The Uptown/Knox-Henderson/West Village (do not confuse West Village with The Village) areas are probably a better bet for someone starting from scratch in Dallas now. I'd focus on these areas, and more so Uptown than K-H or the West Village.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:31 AM
 
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Try not to live directly on McKinney and you'll be fine. Look at some places in the State-Thomas section or above Hall St for the most quiet areas.
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