Comprising the area east of U.S. Highway 75 and north of Northwest Highway, Northeast Dallas is dominated by the family-friendly Lake Highlands neighborhood (with its well-regarded Richardson ISD schools). But on the west side of White Rock Creek, you’ll find both the Village (a huge apartment community originally conceived as the center of the city’s singles life) and Vickery Meadow, an ethnically diverse neighborhood known for housing immigrants and refugees.
Northeast Dallas is characterized by a variety of smaller, single-family homes that date to the mid-1940s, as well as larger, more recent ramblers, there are also a number of large apartment complexes, trendy condos, mixed-use developments, bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping with a hip and active vibe. Young professionals flock to the neighborhood both for its convenience and its "with it" lifestyle. There is commercial development, easy access to DART rail and major thoroughfares to whisk residents to any part of the Metroplex. There are also retail centers, small and funky boutiques, office buildings, medical centers, and a bit of open space. White Rock Lake is also nearby.
In Northeast Dallas you can find families shopping or at play, joggers and cyclists on the streets, soccer games in progress in the parks, or neighborhood barbecues and block parties. This is also a great place to find weekend garage sales, crowded local eateries, and bustling small shops and service businesses. For the days when we’re feeling athletic but don’t necessarily want to spend an entire day on a hot golf course, we head to Topgolf. It’s your typical driving range, just a little more juiced up. Each ball has a sensor in it, so you can keep score among your group to see who is actually doing a good job. Food and drinks (yes, alcoholic) are also part of the fun.
Greenville Ave. is the heart of late night activity, but the strip east of Central Expressway has upscale boutique hotels, a popular arts theater, great restaurants and shopping centers that stay open late. Subsidiary hubs for shopping, gathering, and entertainment exist along LBJ Freeway, near Skillman and Abrams, and along Mockingbird Lane. Shopping in Dallas is a major pastime, so you're likely to find eateries full of people with shopping bags! Shopping for a quiet dinner at home after a busy week can also constitute Friday night fun, and the cheese and wine sections at upscale supermarkets in the area are a great way to meet neighbors. You'll also find families at local parks and playing fields; and there are pool halls and gaming parlors, skating rinks, and bowling alleys as well as "dressing up" destinations for music and fine dining.
Weekends in Northeast Dallas are for getting out of the house, and nearby White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum are favored destinations. Local residents can jog or ride bikes, fly kites, walk their dogs, lounge on grassy knolls, or sit by the water. A popular Farmers Market is a great weekend destination, and the Katy Trail winds through Northeast Dallas for marathon training or simply getting out to enjoy local scenery and the changing natural palette.