Occupied for thousands of years—first by natives, then the Spanish, then the Texans we know and love today—Dallas started as a simple settlement on the banks of the Trinity River, and has since evolved into a fast-growing metropolis where citizens can be proud of the city they’ve built together.
It’s sort of the ultimate American city, too. A place where people work hard and play hard … where a high-tech local economy, a rich tapestry of historic sites & bold new attractions, and an ever-evolving local culture filled with fun and excitement all exist and thrive together in tandem.
And from the lush greenery of the Dallas Arboretum to the calm suburban dream homes of North Dallas to the hip Old East and North Cliff neighborhoods—the “Big D” has a little bit of something for everyone …
A City’s History of Opportunity
Dallas is a city characterized by how well it’s responded and adapted to the constant changes endured throughout its long history …
Once home to a long line of Native American groups—including the Caddo people—the city fell under European control when it was annexed as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain back in the 18th Century. Back then, there wasn’t really a city known as “Dallas,” so much as a smooth spot of riverbank. It wasn’t until John Neely Bryan arrived and transformed that riverbank into a small settlement that the city gained the name we know today.
From there, Dallas became part of the Mexican state, later to join the Republic of Texas and eventually the United States. That’s one wild ride through history. But through it all, the people of Dallas didn’t lose an ounce of courage or perseverance—pushing ever forward into the unknown frontier and enjoying every minute of it.
As the railroads crept into the edges of town, Dallas suddenly transformed into a business-oriented city; one where young professionals from all over the state could come to hone their trade and brighten their future prospects. In 1909, the Praetorian was erected in downtown Dallas; a 14-story building that was the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in the state of Texas for years to come.
Even into the 21st Century—as technology and lightspeed finance became major factors in the growing US economy—Dallas is still leading the way with innovative local programs, awesome attractions and a truly captivating local culture that embodies the very best of the frontier spirit.
A Glowing Passion for Life
Like the beautiful Palm Trees and Texas Flowers that blossom all over the Dallas area, the city’s local culture is a joyous celebration of life and love … of fun and adventure and everything in between …
And of course—a celebration of incredible food and drink.
Dallas is probably the barbecue Capital of Texas—putting the state high in the running for barbecue Capital worldwide. Masters of slow-cooking and tangy barbecue sauce, Dallas chefs can also manage a mean Tex-mex dish and some of the most authentic Mexican food you’ll ever eat without a passport. The city can even lay claim to inventing the Frozen Margarita.
When you’re ready to start walking off all that barbecue, you’ve got plenty of world-class options to choose from; including the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas Museum of Art and more. Plus, if you’ve timed your barbecue binge just right, you’ll be in town for the Texas State Fair—a massive, $350 Million annual celebration of all things Texan.
In the Arts District, a thriving scene of studio artists, painters and musicians all clamor for their next big shot at fame, while Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks dunk on NBA greats downtown at the American Airlines Center.
So it doesn’t matter whether you’re into fine art or a football junkie, there’s obviously no shortage of awesome things to do in Texas’ biggest urban center …
The Beating Heart of the Lone Star Economy
Located as it is in the Northern stretch of the massive Lone Star State, Dallas’ residents were quick to realize the city’s potential as an industrial/transportation hub, and the city’s played that role ever since. It has continued to thrive even as Native American trade routes evolved into cross-country rails and then a sophisticated combined infrastructure of airports, rail, roads and more.
These days, the city has evolved and diversified its economy extensively. Sometimes referred to as “Silicon Prairie,” Dallas has done a great deal to attract local tech companies and service providers into the city—and they’ve done so with great success.
AT&T, Southwest, Texas Instruments—each one of these well-known companies is headquartered in Dallas, and each one has helped contribute to the “Texas Miracle” that’s been driving the state’s economy skyward in the wake of the 2008/9 crash.
A Perfect “Ground-Floor” Condo Market
It might seem surprising with such an industrial and urban kind of city, but Dallas’ local condo market is neither well-developed nor too crowded/competitive.
It’s on the upswing; to be sure. That means you’ll still encounter some kind of competition, even in a market like Dallas’, and it may take a degree of patience to find exactly what you want—but it’s definitely still possible. Recent news articles point to spacious loft condos that can be purchased for under $225,000—a number that would be pure fantasy in many of the country’s crowded condo markets.
In the end, Dallas offers an engrossing one-of-a-kind urban experience that more and more people want to live (especially as the city’s economy steadily continues to grow). Finding the right condo now could put you in at the ground floor before prices begin to soar as they have in so many other major cities …