Rent an apartment in Lake Highlands in northeast Dallas, TX, and you will join what is believed to be one of the city's most unified middle-class neighborhoods. Originally settled in the mid-1800s, the area was not developed for residences until the early 1950s. Lake Highlands is not an official subdivision. Without official boundaries, most people consider it to be the 10th City Council District. It is connected to both North Dallas and East Dallas.
Some of the earliest landowners in Lake Highlands were new freed slaves who founded the Little Egypt community after the Civil War on the corner of what is now Ferndale and Northwest Highway. Eventually the village had 200 homes, a school and a church. New home developments in the 1950s grew around Little Egypt, until 1962 when the residents voted to sell their land to developers. Today, Lake Highlands is a mix of single-family homes, apartments, condos and townhomes that are appealing to families of all ages.
Lake Highlands offers a quiet suburban lifestyle in its dozens of neighborhoods. Yet, as part of the one of the country's largest metroplexes, entertainment, shopping and dining aren't far away. The area offers plenty of neighborhood cafes, taverns and pubs for locals. Nearby NorthPark Center offers upscale shopping with more than 235 stores, restaurants and a 16-screen theater. The mall is anchored by Dillards, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordtrom. There is also the historic Highland Park Village with its designer shops and Galleria Dallas with the added attraction of a skating rink.
The Lake Highlands District also includes its far share of quality outdoor spaces, including Harry S. Moss Park and White Rock Lake Recreation Area. There also is Flag Pole Hill Park, on the highest point in Dallas county.
Rental apartments are plentiful in Lake Highlands, which also offers single-family homes, condos and townhomes for rent. Monthly rents and the cost of living in general are more affordable here than many other parts of the city. For one-bedroom apartments, rents begin as low as $400 a month, with two-bedrooms costing about $650. Most rentals are in low-rise to mid-rise buildings, many with amenities such as pools and air conditioning.
The Lake Highlands is part of Dallas City Council District number 10. Lake Highlands commuters have ready access to freeways. Commuters also can take advantage of DART rail lines from the Lake Highlands and White Rock Rail Stations. The Dallas Public Library operates three nearby branches, the Audelia Road, Forest Green and Skillman Southwest branches. Most schools in Lake Highlands are part of the Richardson Independent School District.
Zip codes serving the Lake Highlands area include: 75238, 75231 and parts of 75243.