Neighborhood Know-It: The 4 Big Reasons People Live in Lakewood

One of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Dallas County, Lakewood offers a wonderful blend of beautiful scenery, historic homes and architecturally exciting new construction, plus a real sense of community among its residents. Gently rolling hills set the scene for a pleasing mixture of large homes and smaller bungalows nestled among vibrant canopies of mature trees and impeccably manicured lawns and landscaping.

Located within the borders of White Rock Lake in the east, Abrams Road in the west, Mockingbird Lane in the north and Gaston Avenue to the south, Lakewood offers its homeowners an oasis of tranquility — a small-town vibe but with big-city amenities and world-class cultural opportunities only a short drive in any direction. Read on for the four main reasons you’re going to love calling this neighborhood home, then browse through the current Lakewood listings from the Lakewood experts at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and brokerages across North Texas.

The Main Attraction: White Rock Lake

Without White Rock Lake at the neighborhood’s eastern edge, Lakewood would most assuredly be named something else. Fortunately, one of Dallas’ most beloved sites for recreation and reflection has been on these lands for more than 100 years. Hundreds, if not thousands, flock to the lake each day, but Lakewood residents have the advantage of being within walking distance of some of the more secluded parks and trails on its western shores. Sunrise finds several locals each morning sipping on coffee as they stroll in the golden light, then returning for sunset viewing from the other side of the lake each evening.

The lake also provides spectacular views of fireworks displays around the city each Fourth of July and other holidays. Hiking, walking and biking trails are big draws, too. Kayaks, bikes, canoes and standup paddle boards are all available for rent, but Lakewood’s more active residents have their own in their garages, for on-demand recreational opportunities galore.

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The Nicest Neighbors in North Texas?

In some Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods, getting to know your neighbors may not be the top priority — especially in high-rise settings — though, it almost always eventually happens. But in Lakewood, a sense of friendly community seems to come automatically with the purchase of a home within its boundaries.

There, neighbors go out of their way to meet those on their block, and always wave hello as people pass by on bikes, push toddlers in strollers, or pull kids in wagons. Block parties, picnics and wine gatherings are among the activities that bind together residents — though it’s just as common to get to know people in one of the many excellent eateries located nearby in small shopping districts.

Lakewood’s Unique Local Food and Fare

Lakewood may be small in landmass, but its citizens never lack variety when it comes to food. You’ll find a handful of chain establishments, but for the most part, Lakewood boasts an abundantly local culinary scene. Eateries serving Greek, sushi, poke, breakfast, Italian, burgers, bagels, pizza, Nashville hot chicken, health food, Tex-Mex, BBQ, gelato, donuts and delicious coffee can all be found within walking distance or a quick drive or bike ride. Throw in some fun corner pubs, wine bars and cocktail lounges and it’s entirely possible to have a fun-packed weekend without ever leaving your own neighborhood.

World-famous Flora and Fauna (and Fun)

Located on the southeastern shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers 66 acres of stunning flora and lively fauna. Though not required, membership is pretty much a given for neighborhood residents, who enjoy perks such as early morning, members-only hours and early access to events, especially the extremely popular Cool Thursdays series, which offers concerts on the lawn with views of the lake in the background. On-site restaurants, play areas for kids, gardening and art classes and special seasonal events add to the allure.

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