Your Expert Guide
East Dallas: An established, walkable, family-friendly, and character-filled neighborhood
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East Dallas has long felt like home for Brooke Vawter. The real estate agent, interior designer, and mom of young twins, Judd and Bowen, first moved to the M Streets in 2004 before settling in Lakewood almost four years ago.
"I was born and raised in Rockwall so I'm very familiar with all areas of DFW," Vawter says. "I particularly love older, more established neighborhoods with character, unique architecture, tree-lined streets, and charm. East Dallas has it all, plus easy access to downtown and the airports."
An avid runner — she's run the Boston Marathon before — Vawter also appreciates East Dallas' outdoorsy offerings. She's recently discovered a love for tennis and has become a member of Lakewood Country Club.
"The neighborhoods are beautiful, filled with trees, and near White Rock Lake trails, which I love for running and biking," she says. "I also love the walkability to restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment."
Vawter recently joined with longtime friend and colleague Jason Clark, who lives in the East Dallas neighborhood of Lakewood, to form the Vawter Clark Group. Vawter is very involved with the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, and the Vawter Clark Group is the headlining sponsor for the 2023 LECPTA Lakewood 3000 Auction Party, the largest fundraiser of the year for East Dallas schools.
Vawter offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in East Dallas. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
From Mariano's Hacienda to Hudson House and Terilli's to Lakewood Landing, Charlie's Creole Kitchen to Sister Restaurant, and Cosmo's to Louie's, there is no shortage of great spots for bites and sips.
"I love all our corner wine bars," she says, "like Bodega Wine Bar, for example."
Vawter also calls out The Corner Market for its versatility — "sandwiches, flowers, and gifts, they have it all!" — and the patios at Mi Cocina, Sundown at Granada, Mayer's Garden, and Smoky Rose.
Where to play
Of course White Rock Lake is the main attraction here, for rowing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, plus running, biking, and roller-blading around its shores.
"The Dallas Arboretum is gorgeous year-round," says Vawter. "We are members, and really love the concerts and holiday displays."
Where to live
"There's a great blend of decades, from early-1920s Tudors and 1950s-'60s midcentury modern to ranch- and Craftsman-style homes, plus I adore the Spanish Colonial homes, which are rare finds here but do exist," Vawter says. "You also have beautiful, larger, new-construction homes that emulate all these styles as well, which have truly elevated some of these neighborhoods."
Brooke Vawter lives, works, and plays in East Dallas. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email email@example.com, or call 214-642-8012.