Lakewood Tops CNN Money List of Best Urban Neighborhoods


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.

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