Make yourself at home in one of Dallas' oldest suburbs

Minutes from downtown

One of Dallas' oldest suburbs, Oak Cliff, was originated in 1886 by John S. Armstrong and Thomas L. Marsalis. Following a successful upbringing, the two business partners had a dispute that led to their demise; Marsalis took over control of developing Oak Cliff, and Armstrong went on to create another well-known suburb in Dallas- Highland Park. Maybe you've heard of it?

Marsalis aspired to develop Oak Cliff into a vacation resort area. Over its early years, he developed the Oak Cliff Elevated Railroad, a small shuttle train pulled by a dummy engine, which ultimately became known as "the first elevated railroad in the South." The train carried commuters and vacationers to and from other areas he developed, including Oak Cliff Park, later Marsalis Park and Zoo, and Park Hotel. This hotel was inspired by a more well known one in San Diego called Hotel del Coronado, known for its mineral baths fed by artisan wells.

Ultimately, a depression in 1893 hit and forced Marsalis into bankruptcy. The Park Hotel was converted into the Oak Cliff College for Young Ladies, as vacationers became scarce.

But today, there's plenty of things to do in Oak Cliff:

  • Oak Cliff is home to the Texas Theatre, the location where Lee Harvey Oswald, the man suspected of killing President John F. Kennedy in 1963, was arrested. It still operates today as a theatre, complete with a bar, free parking and tours on request.
  • It's also home to Bishop Arts District, a small shopping/entertainment district that was once full of warehouses. Today, the gentrified area boasts one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique cafes, chocolate shops, Indie restaurants and much more.
  • Reserve a weekend stay at Belmont Hotel, a mid-century modern hotel built in 1947 by Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck. This hotel offers incredible views of Dallas just three miles away, an onsite health club, outdoor pool for those summer months, plus one of the city's best restaurants, SMOKE.
  • The area is also home to the Dallas Zoo, featuring more than 2,000 animals from over 400 species. 

Oak Cliff is an area full of rich history with a beginning as exciting as its present day. Check out the homes we have for rent in Oak Cliff today!