People typically want to settle into an apartment that is located near quality restaurants, outdoor activities and fun things to do. You will find all this near Lakewood, which is about a 15 minute commute to the heart of Downtown Dallas.
In Lakewood, you’ll find primarily single-family houses, parks & retail, but there is a good selection of apartments to choose from as well. Lakewood is a laid back, quiet area with access to 10+ miles of hiking & biking trails centered around White Rock Lake and connecting to the Santa Fe Trail. Due to being a bit further out from Downtown, Lakewood continues to be one of the more affordable neighborhoods for apartments with studio rents starting under $900.
Nearby Neighborhoods: Deep Ellum, Downtown, Knox/Henderson
This neighborhood is still somewhat undiscovered. I think the fact that it's a bit further away from Uptown intimidates newcomers, but the truth is, it's a very short distance from Lakewood to all the major central neighborhoods in Dallas. For our clients that are looking for more affordable apartments or prefer an active lifestyle, our go-to is always Lakewood.
The apartment buildings in Lakewood are spread out throughout the neighborhood. White Rock Lake is the center-point of interest, and most of the apartments have been built near trails or within walking distance to the lake. You'll find modern new construction & quite a few traditional apartments as well.
One of the running jokes in this neighborhood is that there can never be too much Tex Mex. The Tex Mex restaurants absolutely dominate the culinary scene in Lakewood. The favorite in our office is absolutely El Vecino on Garland Rd, pictured above.
Lakewood has a number of retail on the outskirts of the major residential areas. You'll find boutique jewelry shops, hole in the wall restaurants, coffee bars & Whole Foods grocers.
In recent years, Lakewood has become a hub for the foodie crowd, attracting some of the best chefs in Dallas with unique concepts like Lounge HERE (Southern), Smoky Rose (BBQ), and Mot Hai Ba (Vietnamese). That said, Lakewood is well known for a plethora of fast-casual and Tex-Mex restaurants. Taco Joint & Mi Concina are a couple of the go-to neighborhood spots, but if you’re looking for something a little more healthy there are plenty of options including Unleavened, Zoe’s and even the local Whole Foods.
One of the biggest attractions in Lakewood is White Rock Lake. White Rock offers over 10 miles of gorgeous running & biking trails surrounding the lake. It also offers boat docks (sail-boats only!) and kayak rentals, bird watching, pavilions, picnic areas and much more. The Santa Fe Trail system connects to the White Rock trails, which is great for extended bike-ride or run and can be used to get all the way to Deep Ellum on 2 wheels. On the East side of the lake is the the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens where you can enjoy beautiful, lush gardens, see interesting outdoor sculptures, or listen to live music on Thursday evenings.