There is an enchanting ambience at White Rock Lake, and the charming communities which surround it. It’s a sense of serenity and tranquility unlike anywhere else in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. Breathtaking sunsets, year round outdoor activities and friendly, welcoming neighbors make living in close proximity to the lake a dream for many. As a long-time resident of East Dallas, I specialize in helping people buy and sell in these unique neighborhoods! These inviting areas contain homes built in every architectural style imaginable, and nestled among the traditional ranch homes from the 50’s and 60’s, are Victorian Tudor, Spanish Colonial, Modern Contemporary, Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern, Greek Revival and Georgian. You can truly find your dream home here, and I would love to help you find it!
Known as the “Gem” of Dallas, White Rock Lake is an urban oasis situated just a few minutes east of the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas. The lake is the recreational and social hub for multiple generations of people daily, who enjoy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sculling, standing paddle boarding, hiking, running and bicycling. Swimming was banned from the lake in 1952, and motorized boats were banned in 1958, so the water is rippleless and mirror-like most days, perfect for a sailing regatta or an outing in your kayak! Designated by the Audubon Society, the lake and surrounding wetlands are popular bird watching areas, as well as ideal for nature photographers. The lake is a popular fishing hole, and the piers around the lake provide the perfect spots to catch catfish, crappie, carp and bass. The 1,051 acre lake features a 9.33 mile hike and bike path, and is home to the annual White Rock Marathon, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
The acclaimed Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is adjacent to the lake to the east, and has had over a million visitors since its debut to the public in 1984. Named by Architectural Digest as “One of the Most Breathtaking Gardens in the World”, the 66 acre gardens astonish visitors year round with floral displays, water features and every blooming plant imaginable. In spring, the Dallas Blooms festival amazes with over 500,000 bulb blooming plants. In the summer months, the garden features an outdoor concert series venue overlooking the lake. In the fall, there’s a nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village with nearly 100,000 species of pumpkins, gourds and squash varieties. Educating children about nature and science is a mission of the Arboretum, and they connect with young people through 17 indoor/outdoor galleries and 150 interactive activities to inspire and energize them. The Dallas Arboretum is the stunning backdrop for hundreds of weddings and special events throughout the year.
Located on the northwest corner of the lake you will find the Dog Park at White Rock Lake. The 3 acre facility is the 1st of the city’s dog parks, established in 2001 and renovated in 2015. The park is an “off leash” facility and includes separate fenced areas for larger and smaller dogs, a dog “launch” site into an enclosed swimming area for the pups, as well as a pavilion and picnic tables.
There is so much to love and enjoy about living in the East Dallas/ White Rock Lake area and the lifestyle it affords. Let me assist you in finding your “perfect place to call home” today!
NIEGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING WHITE ROCK LAKE
Casa Linda Estates – Situated southeast of White Rock Lake, this community was platted in 1939 by
the Brown Family, who also developed the Casa Linda Shopping Plaza, a hub of dining and retail
activity for East Dallasites. The homesites are expansive, and horses are permitted on lots of 1
acre +. Massive mature trees and a neighborhood park with playground, picnic pavilion and a sports
court are at the disposal of the area’s families.
Casa Linda Forest – This community is actually 5 subdivisions which banded together: Casa Linda
Forest, Lindenwood Park, Sherwood Glen Estates, Buckner Boulevard Estates, and Westglen Park. This
urban oasis offers lush, verdant creeks, towering trees and a hilly terrain. Its affordable homes,
and close proximity to downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, make this
neighborhood very high in demand.
Eastwood Estates – Located north and east of White Rock Lake, and situated on the banks of the Dixon
Branch Creek, Eastwood Estates offers winding streets lined with towering trees and homes built in
the 1950’s, mostly in the styles of Mid-Century Modern and traditional brick ranch architecture.
This neighborhood feeds into the acclaimed Hexter Elementary School.
Enclave at White Rock – David Weekly Homes developed this gated community oasis just southeast of
White Rock Lake starting in 1998. An ideal neighborhood for people desiring a newer home in a
secluded setting, the Enclave at White Rock has its own park, trail and pond, and is just blocks
from White Rock Lake.
Forest Hills – Situated on the southern edge of White Rock Lake, and only 6 miles from downtown
Dallas, this neighborhood has majestic boulevards and acreage homesites with an eclectic mix of
1920’s historic estates, Mid-Century Moderns, sprawling 1950’s ranches and a plethora of new
Highland on the Creek – Situated south of White Rock Lake, and built in 1987 for buyers interested
in the low maintenance lifestyle of a zero lot line home, this community offers homes which are
newer than the average East Dallas home. Several architectural styles of homes can be found in this
Hollywood Heights-Santa Monica – The distinctive 1920’s and 1930’s Tudor style
cottages, many with original stained glass windows and high peaked gables, give this
desirable community just south of White Rock Lake its incredible charm. The homes have been
protected by designation as a Historic Conservation District, so one won’t find the “tear-downs and
new builds” found in most east Dallas subdivisions.
Lake Highlands – Located northwest of White Rock Lake, Lake Highlands comprises most of north east
Dallas. The area is comprised of dozens of individual subdivisions which are bound together around
Richardson ISD. Exemplary schools, close knit neighborhoods, and many hike-bike trails leading to
White Rock Lake make Lake Highlands a very desirable area to raise a family. The neighborhood
affectionately referred to as the “L” Streets is within the Lake Highlands boundaries.
Lake Park Estates – Situated north of Garland Road and east of White Rock Lake, this hilly and
heavily wooded neighborhood features towering trees along winding streets named for locations in
Ireland. Here you will find some of the cities best mid century modern architecture, along with
1950’s single story ranch style brick homes. This area feeds into acclaimed Hexter Elementary,
making it highly desirable for younger families with children.
Lakewood – Located on the west side of White Rock Lake, Lakewood was the grandest neighborhood in
all of Dallas in the 1920’s and 1930’s. This community boasts impressive estates, charming tudor
cottages and many homes with the distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival style by renowned architect
Clifford D. Hutsell. The social hub of this community is the Lakewood Country Club, the 2nd oldest
country club in Dallas. It boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a recently
Little Forest Hills – Just west of “big” Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills is an incredible
community of local artisans and residents who appreciate its “funky” vibe. The motto of the area is
“Keep Forest Hills Funky”, meaning the residents do not welcome the ubiquitous tear-
downs/new-builds unless they are in keeping with the overall style and feel of the community. New
homes are generally modern and designed with Green features. The original homes are mostly very
small 1930’s clapboard siding cottages.
Lochwood/Lochwood Meadows – Situated east of White Rock Lake and south of Old Lake Highlands, this
neighborhood is comprised of approximately 1,800 homes built in the 50’s and 60’s, which are
predominantly one story brick ranch style architecture.
Majestic towering trees, verdant green belts and the winding creeks of the Dixon Branch comprise
this 1 square mile and its active, close knit community.
“M” Streets – Though commonly known as the “M” Streets because many of the street names begin with
the letter M, the area is officially known as Greenland Hills, which became the 9th Conservation
District in 2002. It is comprised of a cluster of 916 Tudor and Craftsman/Prairie style cottages
and bungalows. Wildly popular with younger buyers, in part because of its charming architecture,
and in part due to its close proximity to downtown Dallas, this area is bounded by 75 Central on
the west, by Skillman and Greenville Ave. on the east, McCommas Blvd. on the north and Vanderbilt
Ave. on the south.
Merriman Park/University Manor – This quiet, close knit community, once a pecan orchard, is composed
of several residential areas which banded together in the late 1970’s, forming a neighborhood with
close access the the DART rail system and hike/bike trails leading to White Rock Lake.
Old Lake Highlands – Built in the 50’s along the northeast side of White Rock Lake, this
neighborhood sits on an elevated tract of land, giving some homeowners breathtaking views of the
downtown Dallas skyline and all residents the best location to watch 4th of July fireworks. Feeding
into exemplary Hexter Elementary, this tight-knit community has a very active voluntary HOA and
Pet Watch program. Truly a dog-loving community, it is also just blocks from the Dog Park at White
The Peninsula – First established in 1927 along the northeast shore of White Rock Lake, this
neighborhood is bordered by acres of native black land prairie and seasonal wildflowers. A dozen or
more trails, the Bath House Cultural Center, and stone picnic tables are all there for the
residents to enjoy year round. Here you will find an eclectic mix of architectural style homes (and
residents!) unmatched in the Dallas area.
Waterfront – Situated along West Lawther Drive, bordering the west side of White Rock Lake, these 34
prestigious estates boast deep set backs on 1 acre + lots, and homes ranging from historic 1930’s mansions,
to mid century summer lake houses, and newer construction estates.