New College Grads Favorite Area in Dallas – The West Village

Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas is more than just a destination. It is more than just a cool address. The West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas is a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss! This area of Dallas, Texas is unlike any other in the U.S., including popular cities like NYC, Silicon Valley or Chicago. Don’t take our word for it…the Huffington Post recently voted Dallas as the 5th best city in the WORLD for young professionals.  That’s in the world, not just in the US!  Beating out other popular areas, such as Chicago, Silicon Valley, etc.

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This is a great question!  West Village Dallas is actually a neighborhood within the Uptown Dallas area. Uptown Dallas overall is the most popular area of Dallas for young professionals, hands down. It’s where everyone wants to be. The West Village Dallas area is in the NORTH most section of Uptown. It is a neighborhood that is built around the sprawling outdoor West Village Shopping Center. This shopping center is full of shops, patios to eat and people watch, restaurants and night scenes. It is the perfect “hang out” place for a great social life, with so many choices for not only night life, but also to enjoy the day with sipping coffee, getting a tasty lunch and much more.  The West Village is so popular that it was expanded recently, with a huge second section of even more shops and restaurants ready to explore as well.

The sheer amount of places to visit is just fun and makes this the most popular place in Uptown Dallas for gathering with other people. There are 4 other areas that people can live in Uptown Dallas, but they just don’t have the same advantages and popularity of this area.   There just isn’t as much to WALK TO and enjoy.  Uptown Dallas residents love to be able to QUICKLY walk to things.  Only the West Village Dallas area has by far the most to walk to (within 7 minutes or under). For example, here are 3 other unique things besides the West Village Dallas shopping center to walk to:

  • The Katy Trail:  You can walk within a few minutes down the street to the Katy Trail, the amazing running/biking trail that goes through Uptown Dallas (see the section below)
  • The Uptown Dallas Trolley – The FREE Uptown Dallas Trolley connects you with the key parts of Uptown. You can catch it anytime and it even goes for free at nights (check schedule for exact times).
  • Grocery Stores:  You can walk to two grocery stores in Uptown Dallas if you are located in the West Village. I love the KROGER that is there!

The West Village Dallas area truly has the most to quickly walk to…that’s why people love it. You can leave your car at home for the most part and enjoy life here with convenience and ease.

West Village Dallas Compares Favorably to EASE OF MEETING PEOPLE in College

West Village Dallas is a perfect next step for recent graduates of college. In a sense, it can be compared to a laid back adult fraternity or sorority. The 2 square mile area is very much like a large campus in many ways. Everything can be walked to quickly, and the age range is laser focused on the 22-28 year old age range. The connections you can make in West Village Dallas, both professionally and socially, just by design surpass other areas by far. Meeting people in West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas is very much like college in that you see people you work with (classes); you see familiar faces on the Trolley (campus); you run into people you know at restaurants and bars (college parties), and you see people on the Katy Trail as you work out (hoping you worked out at the gym in college!).

The Social Scene

Although there are many other areas in the U.S. whose residents are mainly young professionals, the West Village Dallas area is almost entirely made up of single professionals in their 20’s, and with many of them just having graduated or have graduated one year previous. Other places around the country have limited areas for professionals, but the age range is usually more widely mixed, like NYC or Chicago, and even Silicon Valley. If you are looking for a place with the highest concentration of young, urban professionals that you can access quickly by walking, especially college graduates beginning their professional careers, then Uptown Dallas is the place you want to be. Also, most of the restaurants, bars and events cater primarily to young professionals with their design, what they offer and who frequents them.

Meeting People

There is perhaps no more intentionally designed place for meeting people than West Village Dallas in the entire U.S. One example: Many of the restaurants in Uptown Dallas have outdoor patio seating, which provides an open and friendly atmosphere along some of the neighborhood’s most populated walkways, such as McKinney Avenue. It is almost impossible to be Uptown Dallas and not run into someone you know! This doesn’t happen by accident. West Village Dallas has been designed to cater to young professionals who want it all: a promising career, a social life, and a pleasing atmosphere for an outgoing lifestyle.

The Katy Trail is another great place to meet people. You don’t have to be a runner or a cyclist to enjoy walking the Trail. The Katy Trail runs the length of Uptown Dallas and has entrances conveniently located so that you can get to your favorite places from there, as well. Many residents and guests will take the Trail as opposed to McKinney just for the nature aspect. It is lined with trees and greenery and is a wonderful alternative if you enjoy walking places. Walking on the Trail you are sure to meet people, as nearly every person you run into greets you with a smile.

You can access the Katy trail easily from West Village Dallas.  You simply use the Blackburn street entrance, just a block to walk WEST of the West Village. You will see a bridge with steps, and there it is!

Walking To Lifestyle

The West Village Dallas area in Uptown Dallas designed to have everything you might need within walking distance, where you can live and walk to a vast number of shops, restaurants, bars and more. There are other areas in the country that do have this, but they are not as well-designed or have the choices that Uptown Dallas has to offer. Areas like Silicon Valley have excellent pockets of professionals in a few select places, but none of them have the combination of office, living and socializing aspects that Uptown Dallas has, nor do they have the sheer number of professionals concentrated in one area like Uptown Dallas.

Uptown Dallas has everything you could possibly need within 2 square miles, designed for walking throughout every quarter: West Village, McKinney Avenue, State Thomas and Ritz/Crescent. Every single part of it can be accessed by either the Katy Trail or the Uptown Dallas Trolley.

Rising Professionals Focus on Uptown Dallas

When you visit West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas, you will notice a unique feature in that the vast majority of occupants are high end professionals; upwardly moving, career-minded young people who have finished college and are on their way up in the world. Some of the country’s higher end consultants call Uptown Dallas home: Bain & Company Dallas, Boston Consulting Group Dallas and McKinsey & Company Dallas. There are also the Big 4 Accounting Firms: Deloitte Dallas, PWC Dallas, Ernst and Young Dallas, KPMG Dallas, as well as AT&T Dallas, investment bankers and many others. It is as if you took all the top college grads from around the U.S. and funneled them into this area to work. The top Dallas firms know this as well, as many recruiters for these firms use the area of the West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas as an incentive to accept jobs with their companies.

Meet Your Mate!

Can we be honest here?   In the West Village Dallas area in Uptown Dallas, you don’t have to ask about your date’s job status or level of success. It’s almost as if that has been screened for you already; you can assume if someone lives and/or works in Uptown Dallas, they are typically a rising professional (not always, but often!). This evens the playing field and makes socializing that much more relaxing. The people in West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas are single, professional and usually highly social. And attractive! 

Living and working Uptown Dallas has some similarities to meeting people on campus, only taken up several notches. Everyone is working, moving up in their careers, meeting and making new friends and enjoying life in general. Life Uptown Dallas is exciting! People are always on the move, making connections, living with a plan for their lives and seeing those plans to fruition. Uptown Dallas has an atmosphere of success, relaxation and social connectedness. It is a place where you can make a great living, meet long-lasting friends and enjoy living in a place that was designed to support your young, urban lifestyle. There is even a chance you could meet your soul mate, should you want to.

Living and working in the West Village Dallas area Uptown Dallas leaves little to be desired! You only live once, and you will only have this type of opportunity once. Many rising professionals that come to Dallas live in Uptown Dallas their first couple of years to take advantage of all Uptown Dallas has to offer. As you get older and get settled, you will enjoy your memories of awesome days in West Village Dallas in Uptown Dallas, or you will kick yourself for not having lived here! Don’t make the mistake; instead, move forward with confidence and enjoy your time here!


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