Wilson Building

Fashioned after the Paris Grand Opera House, the Wilson Building originally housed a department store. The bottom floors were later taken over by the H.L. Green Variety Store with office buildings above. Apartment doors still have some of the original tenants’ office names on the frosted panes.
Photography by Scott Womack

Where to Live in Downtown Dallas

Did you know there will soon be some 50 buildings in the city center to call home? We didn’t either.

Downtown Dallas isn’t what it used to be. That’s a very good thing. Ten years ago, there were few restaurants open after 3 pm, and there were even fewer green spaces. But the population has risen from 200 residents in the Central Business District — which includes everything within the freeway loop — to more than 8,000. Occupancy rates are holding steady at 94 percent. There’s retail, pharmacies, parks, and a grocery store. And there are housing options aplenty. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Name Address Built Renovated # of Units Sale or Rent Occupancy Rate Dog Owners Price Per Sq.Ft. Parking
1505 Elm Condos 1505 Elm St. 1957 2002 68 Sale 100 percent 28 percent $1.50+ Garage rent door that certain residents access
Wilson Building 1623 Main St. 1904 2010 135 Rent 96 percent 50 percent $1.23 Assigned
Third Rail Lofts 1407 Main St. Three buildings. 1927-2008 2007 164 Rent 95 percent 40 percent $1.44-$1.96 Enclosed, controlled access
400 North Ervay 400 N. Ervay St. 1929 2011 78 Rent 97 percent 33 percent $1.82 Enclosed, controlled access
One Arts Plaza 1722 Routh St. 2007 New build 60 Sale 98 percent 35 percent $500–$700 Assigned



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