About four miles north of downtown Dallas is Highland Park, a 2.2-square-mile independent town in Dallas County. That his 75205 zip code has some of the most expensive residential real estate in Texas, according to Realtor.com. (
Owner of The Wall Street Journal Realtor.com Licensed by the National Association of Realtors.) Highland Park was developed in the early 1900s by real estate mogul John S. Armstrong and his sons-in-law. Its layout was designed by Wilbur David his Cook, who was also responsible for planning Beverly Hills, California. Today, Highland Park has stately homes, many parks, and its own Department of Public Safety. A big selling point is the highly rated Highland Park Independent School District, which includes University Park, Highland Park’s north adjoining city, and a small area of Dallas.
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Highland Park Village
This nearly 10-acre Mediterranean-Spanish outdoor shopping center opened in Highland Park in 1931. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Upscale shops and fine dining restaurants.
The Highland Park Village location of this Dallas boutique Tex-Mex restaurant chain draws large crowds. Order Mambo Taxi, considered by many to be the best frozen margarita in Dallas. Don’t miss Monkey Bar, a little-known secret bar on the 3rd floor.
Twenty percent of Highland Park’s land was originally set aside for the park, creating a network of green spaces that has stood the test of time. The azaleas, which bloom in spring and early summer at many locations, are a highlight, as is the teddy bear sculpture at Lakeside Park, which covers more than 14 acres.
This white-tablecloth power dining spot in Highland Park Village has been a favorite for over 40 years. The menu ranges from crab cakes and caviar to steak and lobster macaroni and cheese. For dessert, try our signature pecan balls.
worth a detour
Located in University Park, zip code 75205 is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It houses the archives of President George W. Bush’s administration, including artifacts, documents, and audiovisual materials. There is also an exact replica of President Bush’s Oval Office.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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Founded in 1896 and set on 117.5 acres, the Dallas Country Club is the social hub of Dallas’s high society. Membership is by invitation only. For a private club vibe in town, Park House in Highland Park Village has three dining spaces, four bars, a rooftop patio, two DJ booths and a variety of programming.
event of the year
There’s no shortage of expensive luncheons, galas and charity events every year in Dallas. But the quaint Highland Park tradition takes place nightly from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. A few companies, such as Brazos Carriage, take horse-drawn carriages through town to enjoy the houses elaborately decorated with holiday lights.
Advice for buyers
“Highland Park is mostly single-family homes, with properties that have been updated and expanded from original homes built in the 1920s to newer buildings in a variety of styles, including modern, Mediterranean, and colonial,” said Senior Vice President. Kristen Scott says President of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Any tips for finding what you want? “Real estate is often traded off-market,” she says.
This 7,303 square foot home sits on a corner lot of 0.37 acres. Built in 2005, the home features a grand foyer entry and five living areas, including a large room and clapboard study, both with fireplaces. The kitchen has a spacious central island with ample seating space. The landscaped pool area has a large indoor and outdoor stream with separate living and dining spaces. A 3 car garage adjacent to the pool area has a full living quarters above it. Agent: Ralph Randall, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
This architecturally significant one-story building was built in 1964 and was recently renovated. The 5,067-square-foot home surrounds a courtyard. The interior incorporates the outdoors with brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. One of his on display is the kitchen, with modern cabinetry and large windows overlooking the many trees on the property. The primary suite has a patio. The property is his 0.38 acre and the backyard is large enough to include a pool. Agents: Alex Perry, Ally Beth Allman & Associates.
Built in 1926 but refurbished and expanded again in 2008 and 2016, this 5,096-square-foot traditional-style home features modern interiors featuring an open floor plan on the lower level. There is aesthetics. All upstairs bedrooms have private bathrooms. The master bedroom has a fireplace. The professionally landscaped backyard includes a pool, outdoor kitchen, waterfall and fire pit. Also on 0.38 acres is a guest quarter with a full bath. Agents: Missy Kennedy-Robinson, Allie Beth Allman & Associates.
Built in 2016, the 5,146 square foot home sits on 0.17 acres. A slate tile fireplace steals the show in the great room overlooking the patio and backyard. There is also a library and guest suite on the first floor. There is an elevator to the 2nd floor game room with bar and balcony. There is also a covered porch. Agent: Nora Kutob, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
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