From the precious bungalows neatly located in the M Streets to the grand dame mansions along Swiss Avenue, Lakewood embodies the history and diversity of Dallas lifestyles. Since the area was developed in the early part of the 20th century, the architecture had included everything from mid-century ranch, prairie and Tudor, Spanish to Mediterranean.
Originally a cluster of neighborhoods (Lakewood Heights, Junius Heights Historic District aka Bungalow Heaven, Parks Estates, Caruth Terrace, Wilshire Heights, Mockingbird Heights, Mockingbird Meadows, The Gated Cloisters, Hillside, Lakewood Hills aka formerly Gastonwood-Coronado Hills, Hollywood Heights, and Belmont) that were developed as bedroom communities for the young city of Dallas, today the area is largely broken into three neighborhoods: Lakewood Proper, The M streets and Swiss Avenue. Lakewood is also home to multiple historic and conservation districts.
To accommodate the needs of this family-oriented community, education was always a priority. In addition to Lakewood Elementary School and J.L. Long Middle School, Woodrow Wilson High School has a reputation for graduating such outstanding leaders as philanthropist Ruth Collins Altshuler, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, real estate magnate Trammell Crow and racing legend Carroll Shelby.
When it comes to entertainment, Lakewood is just as diverse. Whether it's restaurants and shops along Greenville Avenue and in the Lakewood shopping center, watching classic movies and concerts at the Lakewood Theater, attending Shakespeare in the Park at Sammuell-Grand Park or checking out the latest changes and exhibitions at the Dallas Arboretum, there is no wanting for activities in Lakewood.
In addition to the charm of the residences in the various neighborhoods, the East Dallas community has its own country club with a three-story clubhouse that was built in 1912.
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