From Uptown and Greenville Avenue to Knox-Henderson and Deep Ellum, Dallas has no shortage of great places to live. That said, there’s no question in our mind that Bishop Arts is poised to become #1 on the Dallas neighborhoods ‘Top Ten’ list. If the current construction boom in north Oak Cliff is any indication, it looks like it’ll be a front-runner for years to come.
Called the “Bishop Arts District” due to the concentration of artists who set up studios in the 1970’s, Bishop Arts is the hidden gem of Dallas — a distinct community area with the feel of a small town and the flair of an artist’s colony that until now has flown under the radar. But not anymore; the word is out. Read on to find our five favorite reasons to call the Bishop Arts District—and the Bishop Highline—home.
#1 Art is everywhere
If a vibrant social and cultural scene is important to you, look no further. You’ve found your new home. From the Bathgirl mural commemorating one-time Oak Cliff resident Yvonne Craig to the trolley mural paying homage to the neighborhood’s historic roots, art is on most (if not every) street corner.
There are also several performing arts centers in the Bishop Arts District. Some of the hottest bands touring perform at the Kessler Theater, as well as up and coming indie bands waiting to be discovered.
Bishop Arts is also home to the Texas Theatre, which, in addition to housing a Prohibition style bar, shows films ranging from classics to indies. Whether you’re craving dinner and a movie or dinner and a show, the entertainment and nightlife options you’ll find in Bishop Arts can’t be mass produced.
Our murals and shows are pretty awesome. But they aren’t the only art in town. There’s art in the house-made charcuterie at Boulevardier.
Here, art is everywhere you look, including your future home. From our exterior wall murals painted by #blindartist John Bramblitt, to the design of our apartments themselves, art is in our DNA. That’s why one of the amenities we’re most excited to bring you is the neighborhood’s first ever live theater.
Bishop Highline is currently in discussions with several community theaters about managing and operating this venue, which will be housed in the basement of our apartment community at 120 North Madison, set to open in 2019/2020.
#2 Independent through and through
The mix of restaurants, cafes, wine bars, boutiques, art galleries and coffee shops in the Bishop Arts District is unparalleled. Talk about a retail smorgasbord—within four blocks, residents can choose from Italian, Latin American, French, Japanese, Vietnamese or Cuban cuisine not to mention good old-fashioned Texas BBQ.
To be clear, when we say “Italian” we’re not talking about the Olive Garden. The Bishop Arts District is one of Dallas’ most independent neighborhoods.
The award-winning restaurants and shops that line our streets aren’t part of a chain, they are run by the owners themselves. Don’t be surprised if the chef comes to your table to check on your meal.
When you live in Bishop Arts, every day is a Taste of Oak Cliff. With the Bishop Highline as your home, it’s easy to be the first in line for Sunday brunch at Oddfellows, dinner at Hattie’s or happy hour at Ten Bells Tavern.
You’ll still need a reservation to sample the handmade pasta and house-cured salami at Lucia’s, but that’s to be expected for a restaurant that’s won the James Beard award five times in a row.
Not to be discounted, the neighborhood’s more casual eateries really hit the spot when time and money are at a premium. The walk up tacos and yucca fries at the unassuming C Senor and creative combinations at Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. grilled never disappoint.
Even the shopping in Bishop Arts is one-of-a-kind. When you live here, you’ll never again find yourself at a loss when you need to buy a special gift for a loved one. For flowers, you won’t find a bouquet more artistically arranged, exquisitely packaged and expertly delivered than those at Dirt.
For for birthdays, weddings, anniversary gifts or other special occasions, Neighborhood has your back with its selection of unique and handmade goods.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their 56 Foot Wall Gallery featuring a new artist every month. Holiday shopping? Done. Emporium Pies delivers. All you need to do is match your favorite friend or family member with your favorite pie… of the day.
#3 “I’d rather drive,” said no one ever
If you’ve ever felt like you’re passing your life away behind a windshield, we’ve got good news. Bishop Arts District is one of few neighborhoods in Dallas where cars truly are optional.
Just ten minutes south of downtown, Bishop Arts makes commuting to major Dallas employers like Methodist Dallas Medical Center or AT&T a breeze.
No one’s location is more central than ours, and although parking is available to Highline residents, with the Dallas Street Car just blocks away, it’s worth considering whether owning a car makes sense.
Think about all the fabulous trips you could take with the money you’ll save on gas and maintenance. Bali anyone? Plus who couldn’t use the extra downtime to read a book, listen to a podcast or catch up on Instagram.
With untold miles of bike lanes and paths, it’s no surprise that Bishop Arts scored a 90 on the walkability scale. The Bishop Arts District is one of Dallas’ most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, so when you want to explore at home it’s easy to do—either on foot, by bike, or with the Bishop Highline’s free ride-sharing service.
Available to all Bishop Highline residents, our driver will take you anywhere you want to go within Bishop Arts or Oak Cliff. Whether you want to do a little shopping, meet friends for an after work happy hour or get dropped off at the gym (we won’t judge), you’ve got options. If you want to venture further there’s always Uber and Lyft.
#4 Be part of a true community
If you were born after 1997 you might be asking yourself, ‘community—what’s that?’ Something of an endangered species in today’s world, a community is a place where people know their neighbors, stop and say hello in the streets and come together to celebrate good times.
And from Christmas in July to Mardi Gras to the Bishop Arts Crawfish Fest, there are lots of good times in Bishop Arts. Pretty much all of Dallas descends upon Bishop Arts for Bastille on Bishop, the epic street festival where we celebrate Oak Cliff’s historic “La Reunion” French Colony.
Every year on July 14th, we break out the baguettes, don our berets and say “oui oui” to more wine, crepes, mussels, mimes and more.
Outside of special occasions, we find lots of other ways to mix and mingle. Neighborhood bike rides put on by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff or wine walks organized by the Bishop Arts Merchants Association are a great way to stretch your legs among friends. Want to stretch your mind?
Head over to The Wild Detectives for a book reading or movie screening. Located right behind our building at 305 Melba, the bookstore-bar is destined to become your go-to for conversation, coffee and cocktails. For the visual arts, check the calendars at the Ginger Fox or Jen Mauldin Gallery.
Between the two there’s always an art exhibition showing. And don’t forget the community at the Bishop Highline—we’ve got some fun events planned just for residents.
#5 And now, the Bishop Highline
The Pop Artists brought art to the people. By rethinking our floor plans and getting creative with our amenities, we’re doing the same with luxury housing.
Down to the unique design and material of the very last window, our modern studio and one bedroom apartments at 305 and 431 Melba are a study in composition.
Our pet-friendly residences features natural designer lights, framed mirrors, high-end finishes, cherry cabinets, and fold-away wall beds, quite literally are four rooms in one.
It took coordination across many disciplines to design a studio apartment that adapts to different uses, but we succeeded.
Come take a tour to see how easy it is to transform your bedroom into a place you can entertain friends or use as a home office or studio.
All Bishop apartments come standard with quality appliances, in-unit washer/dryers, and quart counter-tops. You’ll find no pet restrictions here. And amenities, let’s talk amenities.
The amenities at Bishop Highline are ones you won’t find anywhere else.
To start, there’s the aforementioned free ride-sharing service serving Bishop Arts and Oak Cliff. Coming soon, our rooftop deck boasts some of the best views of Dallas.
Come find out what makes the Bishop Highline as unique as Bishop Arts itself.
Call 972-982-7323 to schedule your tour today.