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Moving to dallas...need info. about Lakewood and other older Dallas neighborhoods

Moving to dallas...need info. about Lakewood and other older Dallas neighborhoods

Old Mar 5th, 2002, 01:15 PM
alex houston
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Moving to dallas...need info. about Lakewood and other older Dallas neighborhoods

I'm are relocating to Dallas from NYC and have heard that the Lakewood area of Dallas is a cool older neighborhood to live with access to shops, nightlife, etc. I won't be able to visit before I move, so I'm looking for opinions on the Lakewood area and other older Dallas neighborhoods. I'd prefer to live someplace where I can walk to parks, shops, etc. Thanks.
Old Mar 5th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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You'll like Lakewood. Another older, tree-lined neighborhood is Lower Greenville, which is close to White Rock Lake, North Park Mall and Southern Methodist University.

It is bounded to the north by Mockingbird Lane, to the east by Skillman, to the west by Greenville and to the south by Ross.

Developed in the 1920’s, Lower Greenville features Tudor, Prairie and Craftsman styles.

You'll find maps, home prices and a wealth of other info on Dallas neighborhoods at http://www.m-street-dallas.com
Old Mar 5th, 2002, 08:30 PM
Allison Withers
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I am so jealous! I am a Dallas native who moved to Los Angeles 2 years ago to end a long-distance relationship and eventually marry my husband. I love him dearly, but Texas will always be by home. The people there are quite simply the best. You say you want a neighborhood where you can walk, and I must tell you those are few and far between. Dallas began an urban sprawl about 20 years ago, and as I like to sy, is a "baby" Los Angeles in some ways. I am from Highland Park, one of the oldest areas and no doubt the most beautiful as far as homes go.. It is its own township, next to University Park where SMU is located. These two make up what locals refer to as the Park Cities--the "old money" section of Dallas, if Dallas has one of those.
I don't know your age, but they are filled with young families and the shopping and restaurants there are the best in the city. You may seriously consider "Uptown" which is directly south of Highland Park, but still north of the downtown skyscrapers. There are lots of tony apartments and townhomes there if you are single, and more and more fantastic shopping opens all the time. I was home a week ago and that area continues to grow rapidly.
Hope this helps! Oh-let me save you the time and give you a few restaurant tips. SAMMY's is in Uptown and is run my father's long=time friend, Jim Prichard. It is the best BBQ in Dallas and the line out the door at lunch of businessmen will prove it. Dalla also has the best Mexican food in the country-nothing compares. Hit Mi Cocina (4 locations) for very good food at what I am sure you will consider reasonable prices after living in NYC. Good luck and God Bless Texas!
Old Mar 5th, 2002, 11:42 PM
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Lakewood is a great area. It is in an older part of Dallas. The property values are high so if you are in the market shop carefully. You are in the eastern part of Dallas but not so far east. Lakewood has a more artsy crowd with families intermingled. It is an ecclectic area. If you are single that is a great place to be. I hope you are going to have a car because you really need on in Dallas unlike Manhatten. Another area you might like is an area called "Uptown" which is near the downtown business district. There are some very interesting developments down that way. When you get to Dallas you must buy what is called a "Mapsco" for Dallas. The cheapest place to buy one is at Sams. It is a wonderful directory that has all the streets and maps. Welcome to Big D!
Old Mar 7th, 2002, 02:10 PM
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Relocating down to Big D from NYC will be a bit of culture shock for you, Alex. But properly know that already. Despite all the neighborhoods mentioned (each a good suggestion), there's not alot of pedestrian life (as in walking around) in Dallas.

If you want to get a sense of what's happening in the city, look under the Guide Live section of the Dallas Morning News. Hard copy of 'Guide Live' is published weekly on Fridays; always available on-line @ www.guidelive.com. You may also consult w/ newspaper for housing. I assume that Dallas Morning News publishes their 'for sale' or 'for lease' sections in their website version. Other sources for Dallas info is the local "underground" paper, Dallas Observer (certainly left of the Belo bunch, owners of Dallas Morning News and Channel 8) but not as liberal as the Utne reader crowd. Do look at Channel 8's website, www.wfaa.com and it'll provide you the lay of the local land.
Old Mar 7th, 2002, 02:29 PM
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I moved to Dallas from Manhattan and it is a culture shock. Dallas was great for my career and I really enjoyed moving into a much bigger space -- with trees!
Old Mar 8th, 2002, 11:17 AM
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Alex, check out discussion thread re: "Good Mexican Restaurants in Texas" --- http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=1

If you're relocating to Dallas, you'll need to embrace the Tex-Mex cuisine!
Old Mar 8th, 2002, 05:09 PM
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I have lived in Dallas for five years now, and while I am not the city's biggest fan, as long as I'm here I would not live anywhere other than Lakewood. The area can be pricier than equivilants farther North, but it is well worth it. The community is small and while Texas as a whole is not a walking state, if properly situated you could easily walk to the coffee shop, a couple diners (but stay clear of the Lakewood Cafe), the grocery store, and even some nice family resturants and bars. The high lights of the area include White Rock Lake, The Arburedum(sp), Legal Grounds (a coffee shop/law office- Lesley is a dream), Swiss Ave historic district (nice evening walk), Lakewood Country Club, and The Tipperary Inn (great Irish pub). The drive to down town is minimal- only needed if you work there. A few key resturants aside, there is no other reason to go to DT Dallas. I hope the park thing is not a deal breaker, because they just don't know what that is. Just remember Lakewood is lovely.
Good luck with the move!
Old Mar 8th, 2002, 06:25 PM
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As a former resident(5 years) and a fellow yankee, I wish you luck. It will be quite an adjustment. If it's still there, check out the Black Forest bakery and cafe. They had great European style pastries. Also a cafe in the Casa Linda area called Frankie's Little Europe. They had a blackboard menu and the owner usually would come out and make sure you were happy. Sorry if these aren't still there. Again,best of luck to you.

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