At more than 150 years old, Oak Cliff is Dallas’ oldest established neighborhood. Located in southwest Dallas and bordered by the Trinity River on the north, Interstate 35E to the east, Clarendon Road on the south, and Hampton Road on the west, Oak Cliff is approximately 200 square miles and houses a diverse population of more than 300,000. Physically separated from the rest of the city by the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is an independent enclave of Dallas, and maintains its own identity and history.
Well-known for its landscaped neighborhoods, exceptional land and housing values, excellent transportation, and award-winning educational facilities, Oak Cliff also has a variety of cultural and recreational activities that allow for a high quality of life. Oak Cliff is also popular with those who work in nearby downtown Dallas because of the short commute.
Oak Cliff is also the birthplace of 7-11 convenience stores, so named because at that time they were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In fact, all 7-11 convenience stores can trace their heritage to a tiny circa-1927 icehouse on the corner of Edgefield and Twelfth Street in Dallas.
Organizations such as the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League have helped maintain the beauty of the area, and other neighborhood organizations have won historic district designation for areas like Winnetka Heights.