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Melissa first began in residential real estate over thirty years ago after graduating from the Hockaday School in Dallas and from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She firmly believes that the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers everything one could possibly require for a superlative lifestyle.

Lakewood

Much of East Dallas is referred to as Lakewood, an area surrounded by a collection of historic neighborhoods generally developed from the early 20th century to the 1950s. These neighborhoods include Lakewood Heights, Junius Heights Historic District (Bungalow Heaven), Lake Parks Estates, Caruth Terrace, Wilshire Heights, Mockingbird Heights, Mockingbird Meadows, The Gated Cloisters, Hillside, Lakewood Hills, Hollywood Heights, and Belmont, among others.

Lakewood offers residents an active, outdoor lifestyle, filled with health and delicious restaurants, unique boutiques, rippling creek ways, jogging trails and an abundance of green space. This verdant neighborhood includes the historic Lakewood Theater, which shows classic films and hosts many contemporary musical and comedy events, the renowned Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the historic Casa Linda Shopping Center and White Rock Lake. One of the neighborhood’s annual highlights is the massive Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. Each fall, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Lakewood Elementary with its Fall Home Festival and Tour. Lakewood is also home to Lakewood Country Club. Built in 1912, the 18-hole golf course overlooks a woodland of rolling greens.

Restaurants

A myriad of culinary experiences await residents and visitors within the restaurants in Lakewood. A huge variety of delicious cuisines can be found at The Porch, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, Hibiscus, Fireside Pies, Old Monk, The Gin Mill, The Grape, Bangkok City, Corner Market, Blue Goose Cantina, Gloria’s Restaurants, Times Ten Cellars, Victor Tangos, Cafe Izmir, Tei Tei Robata Bar, Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar, La Calle Doce, Cafe Brazil and more.

Shopping

There is no shortage of luxury shopping near Lakewood. Named one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled shopping experience with over 235 trendsetting retailers, unique restaurants and legendary department stores in the Southwest. In addition to world-class shopping, NorthPark Center features a magnificent backdrop of art, architecture and landscaping and features internationally-acclaimed 20th century artwork on display with works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.

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Arts and Entertainment

Lakewood boasts many historic and cultural venues and artistic events that attract visitors from all over the state. The Bath House Cultural Center located on the eastern shore of beautiful White Rock Lake, is a welcoming venue for visual and performing artists from an array of backgrounds. The historic, Art Deco-style Bath House houses a 116-seat black-box theater, three gallery spaces and the White Rock Lake Museum, whose mission is to preserve and present the human and natural history of White Rock Lake Park and its surrounding environment.

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