Five Best Neighborhoods in Dallas
Lake Highlands is one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas with a collection of subdivisions bound together by their support for Richardson ISD schools. Lake Highlands lures anyone interested in comfortable, relatively affordable family living with quick access to big city amenities and nature trails leading to White Rock Lake. The Lake is a beautiful scene from dawn until dusk and the trail immediately next to the lake is exceptional for a leisurely walk, jog, bike ride or all of the above. There is no scarcity of nature in this unique Dallas neighborhood. It is decorated with gorgeous trees and, despite being in a densely packed urban area, some Lake Highlanders are accustomed to seeing horses and peacocks.
Former client and Lake Highlands’ newest resident, Ashley Vasek, shared why the city’s neighborhood lured her family of four: “We moved to Lake Highlands for the suburban family feel while still being able to experience the eclectic gems of our city–restaurants, activities and cultures. It’s hard to find an area inside a city where we can walk out our front door and have an entire street of kiddos for our girls to play with. It checked all of the boxes on where we hoped to raise our family.”
The Knox/Henderson corridor is a trendy, pedestrian friendly neighborhood named for two major thoroughfares that conjoin over U.S. Highway 75–Knox Street and Henderson Avenue. Enticing all palates and budgets at the center of the city, the neighborhood manages to maintain a cozy feeling and atmosphere.
James Clements, a relocation client from Oklahoma City working for Hunt Oil, recently got the keys to a new-construction condo in the neighborhood and agrees that this is one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas. “Living in the Knox/Henderson area is changing my life,” Clements said. “In OKC, I didn’t have many sidewalks, restaurants were five miles away, and it was a twenty-five mile round trip commute each day. Today, I make my six-mile round trip commute by running and walking. I have four grocery stores within a mile, and more restaurants and bars than I can count.”
There is more development on the way.
Lower Greenville runs north of Ross Avenue to Mockingbird Lane and is widely known for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and block party. But every other day of the year, Dallasites converse and indulge in the copious and compact restaurants, bars and entertainment venues (i.e. the historic Granada Theater, a great spot if you like live music and tribute bands). There’s no scarcity of noteworthy restaurants; they are popping up like hot cakes. Terilli’s, an Italian neighborhood staple and one of our absolute favorites, was recently featured on a nationally televised cable network for their widely popular Italchos (Italian nachos). Lower Greenville is absolutely one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas and is right off the M Streets, a neighborhood gaining popularity among young families.
The lively Deep Ellum entertainment district draws an active, hipster crowd with its quirky art and concert venues, brewpubs, cocktail bars and brunch hot spots—brunch is exceptionally popular in the Big D. If you’re a beer fanatic, the Deep Ellum Brewing Co. offers tours, tastings, games and special events. If anyone ever asks for a good barbeque recommendation, point them in the direction of Pecan Lodge. But go early to avoid a wait–that place draws a crowd and you don’t want to get hangry.
Adjacent to White Rock Lake and northeast of Downtown Dallas, Lakewood is home to both impressive estates and charming cottages. This is a family community with beautifully manicured streets and historic and new-construction houses. Lakewood is one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas because there is a happy medium between calm and rowdy. Kids can ride their bikes through the neighborhood and adults, SMU students and young working professional can spill cocktails.