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Old East Dallas

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Welcome to Old East Dallas

125 years of construction has brought an extraordinary collection of home shapes, sizes, and styles here, from stately old Swiss Avenue to the redevelopment of garden apartments along Gaston Avenue and Live Oak Street. Each of the neighborhood’s historic districts features a unique collection of houses and an equally amazing mixture of neighbors.



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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

The history on display throughout the neighborhood, and the vibrant street life that turns out each evening — strolling, jogging, biking — to enjoy it.

New Builds

Old East Dallas isn’t just gracefully aging old homes. In the area between Henderson and Fitzhugh Avenues a new apartment or townhome project springs up seemingly every week — mostly targeting young professionals who couldn’t find space in, or couldn’t afford, Uptown.

Don't Miss the Swiss Avenue Home Tour

Each year on Mother's Day weekend, the historic district of grand old homes opens its doors. It's a great opportunity to glimpse how the Dallas elite of the early 20th century lived.

Why I Love Old East Dallas

By Virginia McAlester

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The 2016 population of Old East Dallas is estimated to be 37,899. That’s a change of +8.0% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +6.2%.

The number of households is 17,370, a change of +11.6% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +8.1%.

The average household size is 2.14.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $42,864 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 24.6% aren’t in the labor force. 31.1% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 19.1% are blue-collar workers, 57.1% are white-collar workers, and 23.8% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 26.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.3.


16.7% of Old East Dallas homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $288,801

20.3% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 14.4 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 6.3 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1978.


Old East Dallas includes portions of these police beats: 112, 114, 116, 143, 144, 145, 146 154, 155, 156

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 83
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 42
Business Burglaries 159
Home Burglaries 310
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 852
Auto Thefts 269
Business Robberies 22
Robberies of Individuals 137
Shoplifting Incidents 87
Other Thefts 467
Murders 2
Rapes 19
School Passing Grades
2016 STAAR exam passing rates for neighborhood public schools:
Dallas ISD Alex W. Spence Talented and Gifted Academy 65
Dallas ISD Cesar Chavez Learning Center 67
Dallas ISD Eduardo Mata Elementary 76
Dallas ISD Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary 67
Dallas ISD J.L. Long Middle School 69
Dallas ISD John F. Kennedy Learning Center 63
Dallas ISD Mount Auburn Elementary 58
Dallas ISD North Dallas High School 57
Dallas ISD Robert E. Lee Elementary 69
Dallas ISD William Lipscomb Elementary 69
Dallas ISD Woodrow Wilson High School 79

Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

14.4 years

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Sources: Demographic data pulled from Nielsen SiteReports and represents sampling based on most recent U.S. Census estimates. Crime data provided by local police departments. School STAAR exam passing rates from Texas Education Agency.