• 05/23/2019

DALLAS, TX, May 24, 2019 – Crescent Communities hosted a grand opening event for its NOVEL Bishop Arts community on May 23 in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas.

The development by Crescent Communities seeks to be more than just a place to live. Containing apartment homes, restaurant and retail storefronts, and a cozy coffee shop that turns into a neighborhood pub in the evening, the grand opening revealed NOVEL Bishop Arts as a space for residents and community members to collectively enjoy. The European-inspired pedestrian piazza and the community’s 23,000-square-foot retail and restaurant space make it an experiential destination for the entire neighborhood.

Conveniently located at the corner of W. Davis Street and N. Zang Boulevard, the two primary arterial streets connecting the close-in neighborhood to downtown Dallas and Interstate 35, NOVEL Bishop Arts is just several blocks from the heart of Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, providing residents with easy access to shopping and restaurant destinations. The overall walkability to Bishop Arts neighborhood amenities and the newly re-established street car route directly in front of NOVEL Bishop Arts helps connect community members to Bishop Arts as well as Downtown Dallas.

Prospective residents can choose from studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or townhome style apartment homes in a range of different buildings designed with nods to prohibition-era architecture, a walkable lifestyle, and outdoor spaces that reflect the residential porches in the great, historic neighborhoods of North Oak Cliff.  . Community amenities such as the full-service coffee lounge and pub, the guitar-shaped pool, the Lake Cliff Terrace with a panoramic, treetop view of the Dallas skyline, state of the art fitness center, advanced bike storage, and dual dog parks provide residents with a luxury experience and the convenience of urban living. Featuring a combination of vintage and modern design elements, this luxury community hopes to inspire all those who call it home.

The community is fully-open with nearly half of the residences occupied and all amenities available. Property manager Greystar, whose team is largely from the surrounding neighborhood, is accepting residential leasing applications and several retail/restaurant spaces remain available.

Texas Managing Director, Michael Blackwell, reflected on the process of bringing the community to fruition from design, to construction, and the official opening.

“NOVEL Bishop Arts is part of a larger vision from a group of thoughtful place-makers together with community representatives who wanted to be sure this community brought vitality, varied residential offerings, and the ingredients of a walkable neighborhood to the area.

The preserved street grid, connected public spaces, and storefront retail were chosen as the planning priorities that led to the first phase of that vision. It is our sincere hope that adjacent parcels we planned and sold for high quality, urban townhomes and a Central Market to compliment the initial phase will materialize in the near future.

The urban form and architecture are unique to the site and the ‘vintage modern’ aesthetic of the interiors – think brushed gold plumbing fixtures in the residences and actual penny tiles in the common kitchen -- is all about upcycled, vintage-inspired elements used in fresh ways. The story of the neighborhood woven through our customized amenities is what our residents seem to really appreciate – which his hugely gratifying.”

As a complement to the ‘vintage modern’ décor of the property, eight craftspeople and artists have created a dozen custom pieces that are permanent pieces woven throughout the property and each tie back to different elements of Oak Cliff history and culture. Neighbors Steve Hunter and Haylee Ryan have created mural art inspired by people and places from the neighborhood, Urban Designer Kevin Sloan sketched eight illustrations of iconic scenes from Oak Cliff, and a sculpture of local icon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, was recently installed in the Piazza.

Joining the grand opening of the community were local leaders including Dallas City Council District 1 Councilman Scott Griggs, City Council District 3 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Casey Thomas, Dallas City Council District 1 Councilman-elect Chad West, and Bishop Arts District Merchants Association President Shane Spillers, who is also owner/operator of Brewed Ltd in Novel and Eno’s in Bishop Arts.

“This is an example of a project done particularly well, and in a particularly responsible way,” Shane said. “This is not another apartment project. There is something extraordinary about this community we’re creating.”

NOVEL Bishop Arts is one of two multifamily communities Crescent Communities is bringing to the Dallas area. NOVEL Deep Ellum – a 231-unit community with 10,500-square-feet of retail and restaurant space will be opening this year as well. NOVEL Deep Ellum is reflective of the electric, American blues history of the neighborhood.

Crescent Communities has been actively growing its presence in DFW and looks to continue to do so in the years to come.

“With their thoughtful and innovative approach to placemaking, our Texas team is proving that mixed-use multifamily development can be more than housing, it can help build community. We believe the aspirational idea of building community through multifamily and mixed-use development brings something special to the Dallas market. NOVEL Bishop Arts has proven this approach works well. We will continue to expand our DFW presence in a meaningful way,” shared Benjamin Collins, Senior Managing Director, West Region.

More broadly, Crescent Communities has a growing multifamily footprint, including 6,400 units under construction and in operations, representing a total investment of $1.6 billion nationwide.

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About Crescent Communities

Crescent Communities is a nationally recognized, market-leading real estate investor, developer and operator of multifamily, commercial and mixed-use communities. Crescent creates high-quality, differentiated communities in desirable locations in many of the fastest growing markets in the Southeast and Southwest. Since the company was founded in 1963, Crescent’s development portfolio has included more than 60 single family master-planned communities, 43 multifamily communities and nearly 21 million square feet of commercial space. Its multifamily communities are branded NOVEL by Crescent Communities. For more information, visit