Lake Highlands

Welcome to Lake Highlands, TX
Located upland of White Rock Lake and extending to the northeast corner of the city, Lake Highlands is a collection of established neighborhoods, mostly served by the highly regarded Richardson Independent School District. Enclaves such as Merriman Park and University Manor exemplify the area with their winding, tree-lined streets and neighborhood parks where kids gather for touch football and t-ball. These neighborhoods are all about community—residents participate in moms’ clubs, book clubs and fun runs and are active in library and civic causes. One of the biggest draws of this area is its convenient location to both city and suburbs. Residents are just minutes from Downtown as well as northern cities including Plano, McKinney and Frisco. Homes here range from pre-war bungalows to mid-century modern ranches and large custom builds.

School District

Lake Highlands neighborhoods are served by both the Dallas Independent School District and the Richardson Independent School District. The area boasts 13 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Alumni from the Lake Highlands High School include NFL greats Matt Stover, Marshall Newhouse and Marcus Coleman, British Open winner Justin Leonard, actress Morgan Fairchild and “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison. Lake Highlands High School has one of the area’s few Freshman Centers, a school alongside the main high school that focuses entirely on freshman academics and activities. Private schools include St. Patrick Catholic School, St. John’s Episcopal School, Montessori Children’s House and others. The area is home to Richland Community College, which includes the dual-enrollment charter, Richland Collegiate High School.

Green Spaces

Named for its geographic location just north of White Rock Lake, the neighborhood was established in 1946. Its winding, tree-lined streets, multiple parks and play grounds and close proximity to the hike and bike trails and sailing at White Rock Lake make it a favorite among health-conscious people. Lake Highlands is also home to the Royal Oaks Country Club with its golf, tennis, fitness and pool.


Lake Highlands residents appreciate neighborhood living within easy reach of the all the city has to offer. Close to Central Expressway and I-635, Lake Highlands is a favorite pick for those whose commute takes them either north or south. This easy access to commuter routes, residents can be Downtown in 20 minutes or in Plano in 30 minutes, and travel times to airports are generally under ½ hour.


Much of the development happened in the 1960s, and several mid-century modern styles remain today, especially in the area known as Old Lake Highlands. Ranch homes with angled rooflines and open floor plans continue to attract buyers looking for great spaces for family living and fun entertaining. As development continued, design styles evolved to include transitional homes, Mediterranean styles and custom contemporary homes. The area even has a modern, sustainable community of 50 contemporary homes called Urban Reserve, located on 14 hilly acres east of Central Expressway and Forest Lane.

Shopping and Dining

While much of the focus is on schools, Lake Highlands residents also connect over two of Dallas’ favorite pastimes. First is shopping the incredible boutiques at Northpark Center. Second is sharing a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant. Saturday nights find the patio at Picasso’s buzzing with families hanging out after a soccer game, and the bartenders at Mi Cocina are always ready to serve up one of their famous Mambo Taxis to go with a traditional enchilada platter. And, during the week, don’t forget to fuel up at White Rock Coffee before heading off to work. Area growth has prompted the creation of the new, Lake Highlands Town Center, a mixed use development with more than 1,200 residences, a 30,000 square feet of office space and 220,000 square feet of retail. The project is currently under construction and now being built, along with a 20-acre park and access to the Dallas Central Business District and points north via the DART rail.


Listen closely on Friday evenings in the fall and you’ll hear the sound of cowbells ringing through the winding streets and neighborhoods that make up Lake Highlands. That familiar clanging is the sound of community—one that gathers under the bright lights of the Lake Highlands High School football stadium to cheer on the Wildcats as they vie for another 5A title. One of the most active groups in Lake Highlands is the Wildcat Club—an enthusiastic group of parents and boosters who follow the school teams—many for years after their kids graduate.

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