The Cedars – Dallas’ Unknown Gem

A Little Bit Country…A Little Bit Rock N Roll!

The Cedars has a small town friendly, neighborly feel, with a city-like vibe…Just blocks from downtown Dallas.

A mixed use residential/light industrial community, which has been a haven for artists and other creative types for over 20 years, has recently experienced the beginnings of an urban transformation with new townhomes and apartments and developments such as DART‘s Cedars Station, the loft/retail development South Side on Lamar, the Dallas Police Headquarters, and entertainment and restaurant venues The Palladium, Poor David’s Pub, Cedar’s Social, Lee Harvey’s, Opening Bell Coffee and many more to come…

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THE GALLERIES ON HICKORY Our Story

The Galleries on Hickory is an environmentally responsible, contemporary design, affordable, detached single family home community, coming soon to the southern edge of downtown Dallas (SoDo), in the friendly, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood.

You might read further if…

You like downtown living, with a neighborly country atmosphere…

You are interested in an affordable single family unattached home with a yard…

You enjoy stress free transportation via all major freeways or public transit…

You appreciate sustainable contemporary design…

You are environmentally responsible…

You want to enjoy the neighborhood you live in…

You want to meet your neighbors and make more friends than you can imagine…

You like cozy bars, unique restaurants, art galleries, photo studios and live music…

You like beautiful parks, breathtaking bike trails, amazing city views and the gem called the Trinity River…

You find sensational local history intriguing…

DigIt! Homes has worked diligently planning this one-of-a-kind community for the past 2 1/2 years. Our “community first” development model is highly unique in the industry. The DigIt! Homes team consists of landowners and homeowners in the community who have a keen understanding of the neighborhood, the neighbors and the stakeholders and businesses. We have been working with the Cedars Neighborhood Association, the neighbors, the City of Dallas and the area stakeholders every day for years. We learned of the neighborhood issues and the city’s response process to these issues. We now have a good grasp on how to get things done and began addressing the issues and concerns that have kept this area unknown for years. We also learned about the great things the neighborhood has to offer, and befriended the fantastic neighbors, stakeholders and businesses.

We figured once the significant issues and concerns were addressed, the Cedars would be one of the most amazing, untapped areas in the city. A real estate “diamond in the rough”. The Cedars is literally downtown’s front yard. We just had to “clean up the yard a bit”. We don’t want a perfectly “manicured yard”, we want the Cedars to maintain its’ character while becoming a phenomenal place to live, work and play. We will never stop being positive neighborhood activists, but we are now ready to present our neighborhood to everyone else. While we were working our “community first” model, we were also brainstorming, planning, designing and organizing our Galleries on Hickory development. Fortunately, our development model worked and we are ready to introduce The Galleries on Hickory project in the endearing Cedars neighborhood.

More to come…

History of The Cedars

The Cedars was developed in the late 1870s as an affluent residential area in the southern part of Dallas. It was so named because it was “covered by a magnificent forest of Oak and Red Cedar trees, rapidly giving way to houses, gardens, and orchards” [Dallas Rediscovered, p.105]. The addition of a streetcar line and City Park added to the value of property there. At first, homes built in this area were relatively modest, but as the Cedars grew in value and prestige, the houses built there grew larger and more ornate. The Cedars became home to elegant Victorian manors. It was also home to much of Dallas’ Jewish population, including Alex and Philip Sanger (founders of the well-known Sanger Brothers department store chain). This glorious period in the Cedars’ history lasted only briefly, from about 1880 until about 1890. After then, the Cedars entered a new phase of development. Parts of the area began to decline as population and industry swelled, effectively ending the neighborhood’s isolation from unwanted parts of the city. Apartment houses and businesses grew up around the Victorian mansions. Mills and factories sprouted nearby. As newer more prestigious areas developed, residents began leaving the Cedars. Eventually, in the early 1920’s, homes were demolished to make room for businesses. Most of the Cedar’s residents had moved out by this time.

“Belleview Place, c.1890. Dr.Frederick E. Hughes, shown here with his wife, children, servants, and the family cow, built Dallas’ first “apartment house” on Sullivan near the corner of Browder about 1890. The concept was just a little advanced for its time and in 1902 the immense structure was sold to the Keeley Institute for the Cure of “Inebriety, Morphine, Cocaine, and Tobacco Diseases and Neurathenia”. The clinic was demolished in 1927.” — excerpt from Dallas Rediscovered.

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