Cedar Springs is located in Oak Lawn and is one of the wealthier parts of Dallas. It is home to many professionals and urban types living in upscale apartments such as the ilume and the (upcoming) ilume Park. Cedar Springs is a very diverse neighborhood with some well-established areas, and up and coming upscale apartment and condo projects.
According to Wikipedia around the 20th century the southern portion of the neighborhood near the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Harry Hines Blvd was known as “Little Mexico”. With the redevelopment such as ilume and the (upcoming) ilume Park the neighborhood changed and Little Mexico all but vanished. Sadly only a few reminders of Little Mexico remain. Most of its buildings have been replaced by: high-rise office buildings, luxury hotels, and condominiums apartments such as the ilume.
Cedar Springs is now known for its restaurants, bars and nightclubs, many whom cater to the growing LGBT community of Dallas. Today Cedar Springs is the center of the gay community and has been for the last 35 years after it became a magnet for the counterculture movement. Cedar Springs also caters to the people who love to exercise and be outside. Along side all of its Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants, Cedar springs is also home to Katy Trail and Lee Park. Both of these places are great for running, biking, jogging or walking.
Cedar Springs is the epicenter of Dallas’ LGBT culture. Some of Dallas’ most renowned LGBT nightclubs, and bars including Dish, Mi Lounge, Monica’s Nueva Cocina (which will open later this summer), Station 4, The Brick, Woody’s, J.R.’s, Sue Ellen’s, The Mining Company, Havana, The Round-Up Saloon, Drama Room, Alexandre’s, Pekers, Zippers, Pub Pegasus, The Hidden Door, The Tin Room, Level Bar and Grill, and Cross Bar. (We think we named them all) Most of these are located along, or close to, Cedar Springs Road. Cedar Springs is a stone throw away from the Dallas Design District, and conveys a very “artsy” and upscale feeling. Close by is Dallas’ Medical District, which houses some of the nations most advanced hospitals. The Design district is also near by and is home to many Hispanic families and yummy authentic Mexican restaurants!
Cedar Springs also hosts some of the largest festivals in Dallas including the annual Halloween street festival, Gay Pride parade, and Easter in the Park at Lee Park. If you are moving to Cedar Springs please be sure to check our information center for additional neighborhood information.