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

Location, community, culture and nature: the four things everyone looks for when buying a home — all found in Lakewood. One of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Dallas, Lakewood boasts rolling hills and verdant scenery; a mix of historic homes and new construction; and a laid-back, welcoming vibe among its residents that continues to attract potential homebuyers year after year. 

Bounded by White Rock Lake to the east, Abrams Road to the west, Mockingbird Lane to the north and Gaston Avenue to the south, Lakewood is known for its small-town feel — with big-city amenities and world-class cultural opportunities just a short drive away. Read on for four reasons you’re going to love calling this neighborhood home, then browse through the current Lakewood listings from the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty team.

1. The crown jewel of Lakewood: White Rock Lake

Without White Rock Lake on its eastern edge, Lakewood would most assuredly be named something else. Fortunately, one of Dallas’ most beloved recreational sites has been on these lands for more than 100 years. Thousands of visitors flock to the lake each day, but Lakewood residents have the advantage of living within walking distance to some of the more secluded parks and trails on its western shores. Here, you’ll find locals sipping coffee at sunrise and taking in the sunset in the evening. The lake also provides spectacular views of fireworks around the city, on the Fourth of July and other noteworthy holidays. Hiking, walking and biking trails are big draws, too. Kayaks, bikes, canoes and stand-up paddle boards are all available for rent, but Lakewood’s more active residents often end up housing these items in their garages for quick and easy access. 

2. Southern hospitality at every turn

In some areas, getting to know your neighbors isn’t a top priority. But when you live in Lakewood, a sense of community comes with the territory. Here, residents go out of their way to meet their neighbors down the block. They always wave hello as people pass by on bikes. And they stroll the neighborhood with kids in strollers and wagons. Block parties, picnics and wine nights are commonplace, as is getting to know your neighbors at one of the many nearby restaurants.

3. Local food and fun 

Lakewood may be small in size, but its residents never lack variety when it comes to food. While you’ll find a handful of chain establishments, Lakewood’s culinary scene is primarily made up of local eateries. You’ll find Greek, sushi, poke, breakfast, Italian, burgers, bagels, pizza, Nashville hot chicken, health food, Tex-Mex, barbecue, gelato, donuts and coffee — all within walking distance or a quick drive or bike ride away. Throw in some corner pubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges and the historic Lakewood Theater (now a 10-lane bowling alley and live music venue), and it’s entirely possible to have a fun-filled weekend without ever leaving your neighborhood.

4. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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 Lakewood residents, who enjoy perks such as early-morning access, members-only hours and early access to events, especially the ever-popular Cool Thursdays concert series featuring live music on the lawn overlooking the lake. On-site restaurants, play areas for the kids, gardening and art classes and special seasonal events add to the allure.

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