Pleasant Grove is a residential neighborhood in southeast Dallas, bordered by Trinity Forest to the west, Prairie Creek to the east, Bruton Road to the north, and Marvel Drive to the south. With a population of nearly 60,000, Pleasant Grove is known for its multicultural community, low-cost housing, and commitment to neighborliness and volunteerism, which residents say sets it apart from other neighborhoods.
Pleasant Grove was named for its location in a grove of cottonwood trees–the name was first given to a local school in the 1880’s by teacher Don Lebow, then used for the community as a whole. The neighborhood center was originally at Lake June Road and Buckner Boulevard; the area has since grown to include portions of Pleasant Mound, Urbandale, Parkdale, and Piedmont.
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According to Q2 2018 data, the Dallas-Fort Worth market is continuing to experience a widespread flight-to-quality trend, with many companies leaving large blocks of Class B space for newer product. Activity in the DFW market is slowing, but this is due to shifting trends in office space rentals, and is expected to promote moves to slow-to-emerge suburban markets. The shifting patterns contributing to slowed activity include slowing rent growth, and companies moving into full floors rather than large build-to-suit suburban campuses and using coworking spaces for spillover.
As of Q2 2018, there is just over 2.5 million square feet of office space available in the East Dallas submarket, where Pleasant Grove is located, and an additional 250,000 square feet currently under construction. The average asking rent for Class A space in suburban Dallas is just over $30 per square foot, with the average asking rent for Class B space coming in at just over $20 per square foot.
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There are a number of parks and outdoor spaces for residents and visitors of Pleasant Grove to enjoy. Two local favorites include Crawford Memorial Park, which boasts gardens, paved trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, and courts, and Piedmont Ridge Trail, a hiking trail that leads up to Scyene Overlook and breathtaking views of the Trinity River Forest. Smaller parks in Pleasant Grove include Guy Berry Park, Devon Anderson Park, Bitter Creek Park, Hatfield Park, Apache Park, and Umphress Park–a great place to beat the heat in the summer, thanks to its popular “sprayground” water park.
Just across I-175 in South Dallas is the Trinity River Audubon Center, a former illegal landfill that was converted to a nature preserve as part of the Trinity River Project in 2008. The center itself is the first LEED-certified building built by the Parks and Recreation Department of Dallas, with a green roof, a rainwater collection system, energy efficient systems, and recycled materials. The interior of the center features a national history museum from the National Audubon Society. Surrounding it are five miles of nature trails, butterfly gardens, and outdoor picnic areas, as well as more trails throughout the Great Trinity Forest park.
For a smaller suburban neighborhood, Pleasant Grove offers quite a few dining options to satisfy different tastes and schedules, mostly concentrated along Lake June Road and Buckner Boulevard. For those looking to fill a late night craving, our brokers recommend New Wok Express and Griff’s Hamburgers, a classic neighborhood burger joint that has been in business since 1960. Williams Chicken is a local favorite for baskets of fried chicken and southern sides. Pleasant Grove also has a wide variety of Mexican and Hispanic restaurants and markets to choose from, reflecting the diverse community. El Palote Panadería is a Mexican bakery and restaurant serving up vegan options such as meatless “chicharron” tacos. Los Cuates DFW is a favorite family-owned spot, and Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo is a must for fans of menudo. And with the meats, produce, and groceries available at La Michoacana Meat Market, residents of Pleasant Grove can cook up Mexican favorites right at home.
Pleasant Grove Neighborhood History
Settlers began moving into the Pleasant Grove area in the 1840’s, and by 1875 there was a wooden building housing both a union church and a school. The first brick schoolhouse was built in 1916, and in 1937 Pleasant Grove formed its own school district.
After World War II there was a housing boom, and the population of Pleasant Grove grew from 120 in 1943 to 3,500 in 1952. It remained a primarily residential area, though in 1952 the Pleasant Grove Shopping Center was built, and became a major retail center for the neighborhood. Residents of Pleasant Grove fought two incorporation movements before they were annexed by Dallas in 1954, and the Pleasant Grove school district merged with the Dallas Independent School District.
The Greater Pleasant Grove Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1962 to promote business in the area, and later expanded to serve the surrounding communities, becoming the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce. To this day, Pleasant Grove is still known as a separate community and maintains a distinctive neighborhood identity, even though it is fully incorporated by Dallas and receives all of its services from the city.
Getting Around Pleasant Grove, TX
Pleasant Grove is a car-dependent neighborhood, with easy access to the city via I-175. Residents can also access Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, via the Green Line at Buckner and Lake June stations. While some of Pleasant Grove’s parks offer multi-use trails, the lack of sufficient bike lanes prevents the neighborhood from being accessible for bike commuters. Local bus routes 466, 467, and 475 make stops in Pleasant Grove, as well as transit center bus routes 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, and 597.