Turtle Creek is an upscale neighborhood in Dallas that is adjacent to and north of downtown Dallas. Bordered by U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) on the east, North Haskell Avenue on the northeast, the Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout Street and Cedar Springs Road on the west, N Akard Street on the southwest and Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the south. The Turtle Creek neighborhood runs along Turtle Creek and adjacent Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas.
Turtle Creek has also become an adopted nickname for parts of the Oak Lawn neighborhood, though never an official one. The nickname also sometimes applies to a spillover of the Uptown area, which has become the official moniker for the area between downtown Dallas and Oak Lawn beginning in the 1980s. (In actuality, however, Turtle Creek itself is a part of the Oak Lawn district, as is the Uptown neighborhood.)
Turtle Creek is also the name of several business and real estate properties in the area, many which are blocks away from Turtle Creek Boulevard. The neighborhood even has its own bi-weekly publication, the Turtle Creek News, which is also circulated in Uptown, Oak Lawn and Highland Park. Nowhere else in Dallas can prospective homebuyers find the wide variety of quality housing options found than in Turtle Creek, with its condominiums, historic homes and luxury townhomes for sale.
Popular with a diverse group of young professionals, multi-use development is the norm and an increasingly pedestrian culture continues to thrive. Every weekend and even on many weekday evenings, hundreds of people walk the well-lit, tree-lined sidewalks from restaurant to restaurant, from home to the gym, from work and home to shops and public transit via the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Uptown is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in all of Texas.
The district is home to a variety of office buildings, residential towers, apartment complexes, retail centers, nightlife strips and hotels. This mixed-use development practice lends to what many people identify as a very urban lifestyle, unlike the compartmentalized social structures of suburban bedroom communities and office parks. Add to that the wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities and exceptional cultural and recreational facilities in or immediately adjacent to Turtle Creek – from the Katy Trail to the AT&T Performing Arts Center and American Airlines Center and Turtle Creek Dallas is one of the most popular upscale neighborhoods in Dallas.
The Uptown shopping and restaurant business is thriving and among the most vibrant in the city. This is a place where bustling cafes, restaurants and lounges spill onto the streets. Sidewalks lined with trees accommodate the strolling shoppers. West Village, located at McKinney and Lemmon Avenue, is Dallas’ hip and trendy place to be. Comprised of an eclectic mix of boutiques as well as established retailers, West Village creates an urban like feel similar to SoHo in New York or Robertson in L.A. Along with the upscale shopping options you will find one of a kind restaurants, bars and cafes. And, above all these hip spots there are apartments and lofts with over 30 different floor plans. While at West Village be sure to catch a flick at Dallas’ newest art house – The Magnolia Theatre.
Uptown near Turtle Creek has some of the most inspiring live performance theaters and art galleries in Dallas including Kitchen Dog Theater, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) andTheatre Three. A few blocks south is The Arts District in Downtown Dallas which is home to 13 facilities and organizations including The Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Fellowship Church,Trammell Crow Center, and the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.