Highland Park Village, the first planned shopping center in the entire United States, sits within the high-end neighborhood of Highland Park in Dallas, Texas. Designed in the Mediterranean Spanish style and built on the site in 1931, it became the prototype for the development of planned shopping centers nationwide.

So, with its unified architectural features facing a central parking area, the former cattle trail—now known as the prestigious Preston Road—became the site for this novel shopping concept. And, in 1986 this landmark development received national recognition. The Park Cities Historical Society presented the center with a bronze plaque in recognition of the center’s historical and architectural uniqueness. The National Register of Historic places added Highland Park Village in 1998.

And Texas History Too

The first retail establishment was a fuel station. Then a grocery store came in. In 1934, the addition of the Village Theatre marks the first luxury suburban theater. And, it was the very first Texas theater to boast air conditioning.

Architectural Features

Surrounding the central fountain, typical of Spanish plazas, you’ll find ten acres of brick paths, benches, and walkways. And, the lush landscaping and trees, vibrant with birdsong, line the unique rows of buildings. A timeless Spanish Mediterranean architecture boasts finely crafted arched doorways and windows, overhanging balconies, ornate tile work, imported red tile roofs, and embellishments.

Luxury at its Best

But, today, shoppers will find such luxury offerings as

  • Chanel
  • Tom Ford
  • St. John
  • Harry Winston
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Hermès
  • Trina Turk
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Alexander McQueen, and Rag & Bone, among many others.

Here is a full list of shops.

In addition to dining, the area hosts juice bars and cafés for quick bites and full-service restaurants for an evening out after a day of shopping. And, you’ll find services for hair, vision, and the soon to arrive Dr. Barbara Sturm Skincare.

Take a peek at the latest Highland Park Village Lookbook to find your newest style, fragrance, or jewelry.

And, you can live near to where you shop. Highland Park boasts some of the finest luxury homes in Dallas. If you want a luxury address, check out these Highland Park homes available now.