There aren’t too many housing options in the Dallas Arts District, for now at least. As far as high- or mid-rise living, options include 42-story Museum Tower and Lionel Morrison-designed One Arts Plaza.
The two buildings are on opposite ends of the district, with One Arts Plaza bounding the southeast end of the Dallas Arts District, and Museum Tower, the 15th tallest building in the Dallas skyline, at the southwest end. Both buildings are within walking distance to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Wyly Theatre, the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas City Performance Hall, and the newest jewel of downtown, Klyde Warren Park.
Museum Tower has 115 luxury condominiums inside its glass skin, but One Arts Plaza is a multi-use building with retail and restaurants on the ground floor and residential and commercial space above, and therefore has fewer residential floors throughout its 24 levels. Both buildings offer unparalleled views of downtown and the Arts District.
It’s estimated that just 350 people call the Arts District home. That may seem like a tiny population, but with a new 26-floor residential tower on Ross Avenue in the works next to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadelupe , it may not be long before the Arts District reaches critical mass.
While there are few restaurant and shopping choices in the area, save for the epicurean-level first floor at One Arts Plaza, you’ll find plenty of culture and tons to do. You can take in a show at any one of the gorgeous venues, or head over to Klyde Warren Park for a game of frisbee and lunch from a food truck. Since the park’s opening, more and more restaurants and shops are migrating from nearby Uptown to the Arts District area.
The Dallas Arts District is represented by District 14 Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt, who has been a staunch advocate for more walkable communities and a vibrant Ross Avenue. With the increasing population of the Dallas Arts District, these lofty goals might be met sooner rather than later.