Lower Greenville is bounded by Greenville Avenue, Belmont, and Mercedes Avenue. It has developed a reputation for being the entertainment capital of East Dallas. There are still plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants in the neighborhood but it has mellowed over the years.
Unfortunately, there’s really no marker today that will recount the area’s place in history. Before the North Central Expressway, Greenville Avenue used to be the main road that connects Northern Dallas to downtown.
It wasn’t always called Greenville Avenue because in the 1920s, this used to be called “Richardson Pike.” It was a major access route to Richardson and to Oklahoma, north of Dallas.
In fact, the first vehicles arrived in Dallas through Greenville Avenue. A fact that is lost to most of the residents today expect, perhaps, some motorcycle and car enthusiasts who still hold meetings and annual get-together in the neighborhood even today.
Most of the people here drive to and from work. About 8 in 10 of them own a car. The rest go on public transportation.
As to schools, you have the highly rated Stonewall Jackson Elementary School and Robert E. Lee Elementary School. But it’s being served by the Greenville Independent School District with a total of 12 schools and more than 5,000 students.
Lower Greenville is quite densely populated with 34,956 people living within 3.2 square miles. But the residents here have a median household income of $76,117, which dwarfs the average in Dallas of $47,243.
Things to Do in Lower Greenville
For a taste of history, head off to the Granada Theater where you can dine, enjoy a beverage and listen to live bands. Just like the name suggests, it was original a movie theater when it opened to the public in 1946. Not much of the design has changed since then so you can find yourself being transported back to the time of fedora hats, bomber jackets, dresses and skirts, and the era of swing disco.
If the place is packed, just go next door to the Sundown at Granada. It’s not as old as Granada Theater perhaps, but it’s a farm-to-table venue that also happens to feature live music.
If you don’t like confined spaces, then go to the Texas Truck Yard, which is exactly what it sounds like. You dine and enjoy your favorite beverage under the stars with food trucks surrounding you in a romantic setting. If you think that’s not even possible, you got another thing coming. Don’t leave the area without sampling the famous cheese steak and pickles, with generous serving of chips on the side.
Visit Lower Greenville in March and participate in the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade this side of the state. Greenville Avenue will be transformed in an ocean of green as both adults and children alike participate in the national holiday.
If standup is your thing, there’s the Hyena or Backroom Comedy where up and coming comedians delight the crowd with their anecdotes and antics.
Lower Greenville has perhaps mellowed in recent years but it still has not forgotten its humble beginnings when railroad workers would stop by and relax after a hard day’s work. The Libertine Bar has a wide array of choices of craft beers, from imported to locally made. They serve brew in both bottle and tap. They also serve breakfast on weekends.
LG Taps is another local bar and grill that serves local beer and cocktails. For a more upscale environment along with your beer, Dallas Beer Kitchen has got you covered. The environment is somewhat minimalist, but they have some not-so-common brews if you want to try something different.
The restaurants and dining areas in Lower Greenville offer eclectic cuisine from Mediterranean, Asian, French, Italian, Mexican, Soul, Cajun, to good old burgers and fries. Go to The Blind Butcher and order their famous poutine, a delicious dish that will make you temporarily forget your name.
If you like farm-to-table food, you will also feel at home in Lower Greenville with HG Sply Co. and Company Café. Dodie’s Reef offers authentic Cajun meals while there’s always fresh seafood bounty at Aw Shucks.
Lower Greenville Real Estate
Depending on where you are located, you are looking at between $122,330 and $390,000 for a single family home. Of course, it’s not uncommon to see houses here upwards of $500,000 and hitting the $1 million mark.
Almost half of the houses in Greenville were built in the 1970s up to the 1990s while about a third dates back to the 1940s and 1960s. About 50% of the estimated 4,000 houses in the neighborhood are owned, the rest are rental and vacant properties.
More than 6 in 10 of the houses in the area are single family detached, while a quarter are apartment complexes. Expect to find two-bedroom to three-bedroom dwellings when you are looking to move in the area.
Houses here quickly increase in value, which is a testament to how much the property market has changed. From its less-than-stellar beginnings. Lower Greenville has cleaned up its act to become a sought-after neighborhood.
Change has become commonplace for Lower Greenville. While the neighborhood has long been a hot spot for bars and restaurants, it has become a nicer place to be as the years go by. After the City Council made an effort to clean up the neighborhood by tightening operating rules for businesses there, many were forced to close.
Now anchored by a Trader Joe’s grocery store, today’s Lower Greenville would be unrecognizable to anyone who hasn’t visited in the last five years.
The fact is that Lower Greenville has become a peaceful and close-knit community where you see more growing families.
Ask around and you will find that residents here are proud of the fact that they can walk home safely at night.