What will new residents find in and around downtown Dallas?

When newcomers visit downtown Dallas, considered the heart of the city, they usually find the area to be a fun place to explore. Many homes for sale in Dallas are located in or near the downtown, and it's likely you'll discover a variety of attractions and entertainment you can enjoy in this area.

Take a look at just a few of the spots many newcomers check out when they visit downtown Dallas.

The Dallas Arts District
The Dallas Arts District offers locals an opportunity to explore local creativity. This district encompasses 68 acres and 19 continuous blocks, providing residents access to galleries, museums and performing arts centers. There is no admission fee to visit, and the district is designed to appeal to adults and children alike.

There's plenty to enjoy in this section of the downtown, including the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and Meyerson Symphony Center. Take a trip to this area, which is one of the oldest parts of Dallas.

Deep Ellum
Residents typically find a little bit of everything in Deep Ellum, which is located east of downtown Dallas. This area is surrounded by Canton, Commerce, Elm and Main streets, and features everything from art galleries, bars, nightclubs, furniture stores and secondhand shops.

Deep Ellum is often seen as a place where artists develop their reputations, and it's likely that newcomers will see many public art displays throughout the area. This section of east Dallas also has an eclectic music scene and memorable music venues that have helped launch several local bands into the national limelight.

Park Cities
Park Cities is commonly seen as one of the wealthier sections of Dallas. It includes Highland Park and University Park, and is located north of the downtown and west of Central Expressway.

Highland Park spans 2.26 miles in size and features a population of about 8,900 residents. Many locals enjoy visiting this area around the holiday season, as this place is home to the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.

University Park is home to Southern Methodist University, which has an enrollment of around 11,000 students. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that this area had a population of roughly 23,000 residents in 2010.