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EAST DALLAS

East Dallas comprises many communities and neighborhoods in Dallas. East Dallas is also referred to the Lake & Garden District, which spotlights what makes the area unique by highlighting the multitude of green spaces (parks, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, community gardens and home gardens) and what is often referred to as “the crown jewel of the Dallas parks system” – White Rock Lake.  Some of the noted areas in East Dallas are:
 

WHITE ROCK

Branching off  east of White Rock Lake is a host of multi-fl avored neighborhoods, plus the beloved Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Gardens.  Forest Hills rises up from the lake with larger homes and lots.  Little Forest Hills is a funky, artistically-minded bungalow community that loves to throw vivacious parades. Casa Linda, anchored by Casa Linda Plaza, uses Spanish words for all their street names. Mature trees fi ll the 50s-developed neighborhood and the surrounding mid-priced housing areas of Eastwood, Lake Park Estates and Lochwood.  Bath House Cultural Center just off  the lake features local art exhibits and plays. Public Tenison Golf Course and Samuell Grand Park, with its summer Shakespeare Festivals, are close by as well. 
 

OLD EAST DALLAS

Sought out for a mix of casual foodie-centric restaurants and bars alongside older houses, this area rallies around its fun, all-inclusive spirit. You’ll hear it referred to as Lower Greenville, the M-streets, and Knox-Henderson, but it’s actually made up of lots of neighborhoods, many designated as conversation districts of Tudors and cottages. Historic mansions on Swiss Avenue neighbor two-story Prairie houses of Munger Place Historic District. Renovated 60s apartment buildings line Gaston. Everything off Ross is being rehabilitated. Families blend with young singles. Schools are community-supported. It’s known for the St. Paddy’s Day parade, Granada Theater, and joyous eating and drinking.
 

LAKEWOOD

Tight-knit as a multi-aged community, eclectic in nature, and utterly in love with living alongside White Rock Lake, Lakewood is adored for character close to downtown. CNN Money ranked it 9th for “Best Big-City” neighborhoods. Created in the 1920s, prized architects Dilbeck and Hutsell designed many houses with modern or Spanish style. Craftsman or Prairie styles fi ll Junius Heights Historic District. While houses are updated, and urban sensibilities integrated, lifestyle is not unlike the idyllic way it began. Folks still go to the Lakewood shopping center landmarked with the Lakewood Theater, walk, run, bike, row and sail around the lake or play golf at Lakewood Country Club. And kids still go to Woodrow Wilson High School, now one of four International Baccalaureate high schools in Texas.

Lakewood in East Dallas comprises almost all of ZIP Code 75214, and is bounded by Mockingbird on the North, Gaston on the south, Abrams on the west, and White rock Lake on the east. it is an older established area with lots of character…a very neighborly family-friendly area. They have a great Fourth of July parade down Lakewood Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive.

Exemplary Lakewood elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and the students wear uniforms. Lakehill private school is also a very good school in the area.

Many of the homes are large Spanish colonials designed by the well-known architect Clifford Hutsell whose homes typically have large arch stained-glass windows and balcony porches and several are located on Lakewood Boulevard and on Tokolon. Many of these homes and others as well in Lakewood are historically significant and protected from demolition

In the heart of this affluent neighborhood you can find Lakewood shopping center with many quaint little shops and restaurants and Lakewood Country Club which is very prestigious and the second oldest country club in the Dallas area. Lakewood is adjacent to White Rock Lake where there are sailing, kayaking, jogging and biking trails, and across the lake is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with 66 acres, the venue for many concerts, and an extensive children’s adventure garden.

Some popular restaurants in Lakewood are Times 10 Cellars, a wine bar offering tapas and cheese platters and you can also bring your own food! Dixie House is very casual with home cooking. This area is very pretty with mature trees and rolling hills especially near Tokalon and some homes have views of the Lake. Many young families choose to move to the Lakewood area because of the good schools and easy access to the lake and to downtown Dallas. Lakewood is a very vibrant community with very active people who enjoy the outdoors.
 

GREENLAND HILLS AND VICKERY PLACE

Greenland Hills and Vickery Place in East Dallas are located between 75 and Lakewood. Greenland Hills is bounded by I-75 on the west, Mockingbird on the north, Greenville on the east, and Vanderbilt on the south. Vickery Park is directly south of Greenland Hills to Richard. Preservation Dallas has protected these two areas of East Dallas by designating them as conservation districts Greenland Hills is the pricier of the two and maybe because it is within the boundaries for exemplary Stonewall Jackson elementary school. It includes what is known as the M streets where several streets begin with an M– Monticello Morningside Mercedes and Marquita Greenland Hills is very charming and known for architectural continuity of English tutor bungalows built in the 1920s because of Preservation Dallas’ successful efforts to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood even the newer homes are built to look old with stained-glass windows arches hardwood floors pier and beam foundation chimney pots which look like inverted flowerpots crowning chimneys and high gable roofs.

Many of the original bungalows are considered architecturally significant as pure representations of the architectural style this area is in the Dallas Independent school District and attracts mainly young professionals, young families and an older population who have lived there for many many years it is a very convenient area from which to commute to downtown Dallas since it abuts 75. Victory place kids attend Robert E Lee elementary which has not earned exemplary status. Victory Place also has the charming English tutor bungalows but it is not as manicured as Greenland Hills and was designated as a conservation District later after some unsightly homes were built. Both of these areas in my opinion are eclectic and go to Greenville Avenue or Henderson for nightlife and shopping. On Lower and Lowest Greenville Avenue some of the most popular restaurants are The Grape, Terrili’s and Nora’s there’s also the Granada theater which is a popular venue for concerts and next to it is Sundown at Granada for small plays on indoor and outdoor stages.

On Henderson Avenue there are a couple of really good restaurants Hibiscus for discriminating diners the porch for comfort food including the most delicious macaroni and cheese and Jake’s for fabulous hamburgers there are also cute little shops including Gypsy Wagon for clothing accessories and cool stuff, Emeralds to Coconuts for clothing, accessories and gifts and lots of antique shops these areas are also very convenient to the stores on Knox which is across 75 and has lots of restaurants and upscale home furnishing stores

 

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