Finding the right neighborhood to live can be just as important as finding the right apartment. The right apartment in the wrong area will quickly turn into the wrong apartment after your seventh gas station hotdog that you bought because it was the only food in a five-mile radius from your place. Sure, “Deep Ellum” sounds like it might be the name of an indie band that shows up in the small print of festival posters, but it’s not. It’s quite possibly the neighborhood of your dreams.
The neighborhood of Deep Ellum was established way back in the day, like, before coffee shops were even a thing. It’s been a hub of Dallas culture since the late 1800’s. This history is shown throughout the area by interesting architectural details, such as vintage storefronts, and old factories repurposed as apartment lofts that are definitely 100% not haunted. Even if you failed history in school, the energy of a place that is anything but cookie-cutter is sure to keep you interested.
One of the best things about this area is the local, yet urban feel. Why would you want to live in the suburbs, surrounded by outdated franchises, when you could constantly be introduced to fresh food made by people who love what they do? Sorry, but no one opens an Applebee’s because they’re passionate about cooking. The local business that make up this neighborhood bring a zest you can’t find anywhere else.
Also, everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. Cinderella. The Prince and the Pauper. Probably some other stories. Well, Deep Ellum has its own rags-to-riches story, but don’t worry – we’re already in the riches part of the timeline. It’s true that in the 90’s, Deep Ellum wasn’t exactly a destination. We’ll say it - it was downright sketchy. But if you can believe it, it’s been a long time since the 90’s, and Deep Ellum has undergone a transformation that Cinderella would probably trash talk out of jealousy. It’s grown into a hip, vibrant area bustling with restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment, while maintaining its history of rich musical and artistic culture.
So what is there to do in this neighborhood? Anything that tickles your fancy, if your fancy can be tickled by great music, good food, and strong drinks. You can even find a speakeasy by way of High & Tight – the best place for a hip haircut and a discreet cocktail. Excellent food is only a few blocks away. Go to Pecan Lodge for your BBQ, Harlowe MXM for some contemporary dining, or Dots for a drink with your buds. Even if you want to stay in for the night, you can get a seriously good [and huge] slice from Serious Pizza.
Elm Street and Main Street are where you’ll be doing the bulk of your chilling. These streets get more lit than a Christmas tree in the evening with places like Black Swan Saloon and It'll Do Club to keep the party going after midnight. Who doesn't love a good light up floor?
And there’s no way we could talk about Deep Ellum without talking about music (again, we’re not talking about an indie band). The Deep Ellum Art and Music Festival is basically one giant party that you are ALL invited to. Showcasing independent and local music and art is what Deep Ellum has always been about, and it’s not about to stop now. The music scene in this neighborhood makes it easy to find something you’ll like, especially with venues like Trees, that have been around for ages.
All in all, if you’re looking for a place you can experience the entertainment, nightlife, amazing dining, and that unique cultural vibe that makes city life so special, then you’ve found your new neighborhood.