The Town of Highland Park is located approximately three miles north of downtown Dallas. “A city within a city”, Highland Park is considered one of the most prestigious towns in the country with approximately 8,900 residents. Its lush, tree-lined streets, colorful gardens and richly landscaped public parks are a result of the original town plan developed by renowned landscape architect Wilbur David Cook, who also designed Beverly Hills, California. The neighborhood offers stellar public schools – the nationally recognized exemplary school district, Highland Park Independent School District. Some of the finest in shopping and dining, including the stylish and historic Highland Park Village, are minutes within reach. The area’s most beautiful waterway, Turtle Creek, runs throughout this quaint city which features its own public library, swimming pool and tennis courts. The highly-involved local residents and active families create a neighborhood environment that many feel to be unmatched in Texas.
Immediately north of Highland Park and five miles north of downtown Dallas, University Park is also served by the renowned Highland Park Independent School District and enjoys other hallmarks as Highland Park, including public tennis courts, beautiful parks and the family friendly “U.P.” swimming pool. The city is the home of Southern Methodist University and its north-central location provides easy access to a broad range of cultural, fine dining, recreational, shopping and business activities. The neighborhood shares a strong bond among the community. There are a refreshingly high percentage of generations of families that reside in University Park yet newcomers are embraced with true southern hospitality, common throughout this charming area. Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD) is a consolidated school district, serving residents in both Highland Park and University Park. The district includes four elementary schools, one middle school, one intermediate school and Highland Park High School. It is recognized as one of the best public school systems in Texas and in the United States with more than 95 percent of the district's students attending college after graduation.
Well-known and “in demand” for many years as one of Dallas’ premier neighborhoods, Preston Hollow is conveniently located in the center of the city. It is renowned for its tree-lined streets, winding “country” roads, magnificent homes and beautifully manicured lawns. Over the past decade, the resurgence of young families building and renovating homes in this neighborhood has created an environment where excellent private schools, active families and a very short commute to downtown Dallas combine for a highly-prized location and quality of life. Stylish shops, new and trendy restaurants and popular spas are frequented by Preston Hollow’s new and distinguished families plus successful professionals alike. Preston Hollow is bounded by Forest Lane to the north, Northwest Highway to the south, Inwood Road to the west and Hillcrest Road to the east. The approximate two-square mile area lying north of Northwest Highway, south of Walnut Hill Lane, east of Midway Road and west of Preston Road remains the essential original boundaries of the area, which is now termed Old Preston Hollow.
Frank Lloyd Wright once referred to Turtle Creek as one of the most beautiful boulevards in the country. The area, just north of Uptown and minutes from Love Field, was named for the small tributary creek of the Trinity River. It’s believed Texas Rangers camped here when they were fleeing an attack in 1837, and referred to the water as the "creek with all the turtles.” Originally, grand old homes lined the banks of the creek until 1957, when noted architect Howard Meyer designed the first high-rise apartment building at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd, and started a trend. Modern apartment living came to town as did several notable names (Greer Garson, Jimmy Dean and others). Today many new and established buildings line the boulevard, offering impressive views of the parks and fountains of Turtle Creek, as well as the famous downtown Dallas skyline. The area is home to other landmarks such as the Wright-designed Dallas Theater Center, nestled on the hillside overlooking the creek, in perfect harmony with its natural setting. There’s also the world-famous Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel; Lee Park, which is host to many of the city's most-significant social and civic events; and the Katy Trail, a model for the rails-to-trails concept of urban recreation. History and preservation are still guiding principles for Turtle Creek’s residents, so while progress is welcomed, neighborhood organizations do monitor new development for aesthetic design, density, height restrictions and setbacks even as construction cranes dot the skyline.
Oak Lawn was once a magnet for the counterculture movement in the late 1960s due to its inexpensive apartments and its proximity to Lee Park. Today it’s one of the wealthier areas of metropolitan Dallas, attracting many urban professionals and empty-nesters seeking to downsize. Sandwiched between glitzy Uptown and tony Highland Park, Oak Lawn definitely has an identity of its own. It’s a diverse and inviting community, comprising older single-family homes and duplexes, loft conversions, newer apartments, luxury condominiums, high rises, restaurants and businesses. Incidentally, retail and residential get along famously around here. The area is but a few minutes away from Downtown, the West End and the Arts District, with all they have to offer. Also close by is the Dallas North Tollway, Central Expressway, American Airlines Center, and McKinney Avenue with numerous restaurants and clubs.