Lakewood Tops CNN Money List of Best Urban Neighborhoods

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The secret is getting out, folks! Lakewood is a treasure!

We already love Lakewood. I mean, how could you not? It’s a Hot Neighborhood, and for good reason. Besides having a stellar demographic, this area is known for its architecture, proximity to Dallas’ Crown Jewel — White Rock Lake — and has some of the friendliest neighbors in Dallas.

The write up from CNN Money gives you a little peek on why they named Lakewood No. 9 in their Best Big-City Neighborhood list:

The key to Lakewood is in the name. During the day, the action is on the bike/walk trails circling White Rock Lake, and in the sprawling parks and gardens. Later, people head into town for shopping and dining, maybe capped with a movie at the Art Deco–style Lakewood Theater.

One of the city’s older neighborhoods, Lakewood offers a mix of homes, including stately Tudors. While not cheap, real estate prices are reasonable enough to attract young professionals and families.

Another plus: a very low crime rate.


Of course, they had to mention that some Lakewood schools are less-than-stellar, but they did acknowledge that elementary campuses are improving. And they gave us a little jab about our public transit system, but really, if you’re in Lakewood, you can bike or walk to just about everything — even Whole Foods! Of course, the Lakewood Neighborhood Association also puts on one of the best home tours, where you can peek inside some of the coolest homes!

Here’s a little sticking point for me — when was the last time Lakewood Theater showed a movie? Maybe in the 1970s? I’ve never seen one there.


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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