Lakewood proper is surrounded by a collection of old-fashioned neighborhoods, generally developed from the early 20th century to the 1950s, including Lakewood Heights, Junius Heights Historic District (Bungalow Heaven), Parks Estates, Caruth Terrace, Wilshire Heights, Mockingbird Heights, Mockingbird Meadows, The Gated Cloisters, Hillside, Lakewood Hills (formerly Gastonwood-Coronado Hills), Hollywood Heights, and Belmont; among others. Commonly, people outside these neighborhoods group them together under the heading of Lakewood, The M-Streets, or Old East Dallas – which are overlapping regions in the near-eastern part of the city. Historic Swiss Avenue (Mansion Row) anchors the area towards Downtown.
Lakewood is a popular settling place and one of those areas you find in some large cities where a sense of community has not been lost. It is also popular with cyclists, runners, and hikers who want easy access to White Rock lake and the famous Lakewood Country Club built In 1912, one of the oldest and best clubs in the Southwest. Lakewood Country Club’s graceful three-story clubhouse overlooked a woodland that rolled and tumbled pleasantly over this fast growing neighborhood.
Currently, there are a large number of Historic and Conservation Districts reflecting prodigious numbers of Craftsman, Prairie-Four Squares, Tudors, Spanish and Mediterranean Eclectic and Early Ranch homes, many of native Austin stone. The homes range from two-bedroom bungalows to massive estates on acreage.
There are no official boundaries, but each of us knows what constitutes Lake Highlands. It’s the area within minutes to downtown, White Rock Lake, and is served by Lake Highlands High School. Lake Highlands may have been part of the City of Dallas, but it was part of the Richardson school system and in the Richardson school district.
Students are highly engaged in their educational life. Profound curriculum is the foundation for learning. RISD has high performing, student focused teachers. RISD ensures excellence in operations where all students learn, grow and succeed to serve and prepare all students for their global future. Integrity, Inspiration, Inclusiveness, Innovation students are the primary focus of RISD. Staﬀ is the primary focus of administration.
Besides the education the attraction of Lake Highlands is the feel of community. Not solely our old residence moving back, but also Downtown folk, young professionals, law firms and so forth, when new people relocate Realtors recommend Lake Highlands because it is affordable.
The routes to Downtown are easy and diverse. These are neighborhood kids that have moved back home with young children. Lake Highlands is a community on the foundation your parents built with an incredible community culture — people get engaged. Not just individuals but strong groups. Women’s League, Exchange Club, homeowners’ associations — they create the success story that is bringing people into the neighborhood.
Lake Highlands is located in the northeast portion of the city, and is sometimes considered to be a part of, or connected to, East Dallas and/or North Dallas. The Dallas Morning News refers to City Council District 10 as “The Lake Highlands District.” The area commonly referred to as Lake Highlands lies north of Northwest Highway and White Rock Creek, east of White Rock Creek or Central Expressway and to the border of Richardson, and Garland on the North and East. Lake Highlands includes portions of Dallas north of IH-635.