A predominantly residential community of 23,500, the University Park real estate is gracefully laid out around more than 20 parks, soccer, football, and baseball fields filled with families enjoying life outdoors. There are also several basketball and tennis courts throughout this almost 100-year-old neighborhood.
University Park is home to some of the greatest educational, cultural, performance, athletic venues and shopping centers in Dallas. Seventy-two percent of residents over 25 have college or advanced degrees, making University Park among the most highly educated cities in the nation. Easy access to Southern Methodist University, Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center shopping mall means this community is rich in culture and educational opportunities. University Park residents can always find any number of varied ways to connect with family, friends and neighbors.
The City of University Park prides itself on providing prompt and personal attention to requests for services. A primary goal of the City is to provide and maintain a secure residential atmosphere and, through a hometown policing approach, the City maintains crime rates among the lowest in the Dallas metropolitan area.
Residents tout their short walk to Snider Plaza, local parks, and response time for emergency services. But it’s the high-performing schools and sense of community that brought (and keeps) residents here. “When something happens to somebody, you know you’re going to have a million people bringing you dinner, picking up your kids at school, going to the grocery store for you,” one resident says. The people of UP also like that they get to live in a small town yet are close to all that Dallas has to offer. What’s not to love? Well, the lack of diversity for one. And all that community can be a little too close. “If I sneeze, my next-door neighbor doesn’t need to know,” one resident says.” – From D Magazine’s Best Suburbs of 2012
Socializing is a favorite pastime in the Park Cities, and the charitable, art, fashion, sports, holiday and other annualevents in University Park happen everyday, every night, and encompass every possible interest. Of special note, the Park Cities is home to one of the nation’s best-known charitable events, the 60-year-old Crystal Charity Ball, which annually raises more than $3 million to assist local children in need.
While mainly a residential community, there are several notable corporations with headquarters in University Park. The largest and most notable employer is Southern Methodist University, followed by HPISD, and the international online dating site Match.com.
To live in University Park is to be neighbors with some of the city’s greatest museums, live performance and athletic venues. Each year, SMU plays host to lectures like TEDx, concerts and the annual Nutcracker ballet performed by the Moscow Ballet. The Meadows Museum contains one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. The SMU campus is also the home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library with over 43,000 archives from the presidency on display.
There is no shortage of luxury shopping in University Park. Named one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled shopping experience with over 235 trendsetting retailers, unique restaurants and legendary department stores in the Southwest. In addition to world-class shopping, NorthPark Center features a magnificent backdrop of art, architecture and landscaping and features internationally-acclaimed 20th century artwork on display with works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.
The Plaza at Preston Center is much more than a place to shop. It’s a place to stroll and have fun with family and friends while sipping gourmet coffee, nibbling on scrumptious cupcakes while you puruse the many specialty shops that line the square. A few of the highly anticipated annual festivities and events in University Park include Plaza Days and the Plaza Style Fashion Event to the Holiday ‘Visit from Santa and his live Reindeer’.