Your Expert Guide
Idlewild: A charming, walkable gem in University Park
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No matter where you turn in University Park, you’re met with a lovely neighborhood. But for Nugent + Scott Group members Lezley Nugent and Sylvia Scott, Idlewild holds an extra-special dose of charm with its mix of architectural styles, tree-lined streets, and door-to-door sidewalks.
Both Nugent and Scott have raised their families in University Park and have loved nothing more than raising their children in the tight-knit, walkable community that is also part of the exemplary Highland Park ISD.
Located north of Lovers Lane, on the west side of University Park, Idlewild is within walking distance to all the unique shops and restaurants on Lovers. Love Field Airport is also only a short drive away.
“We are also near Highland Park High School, and many residents love that their kids can walk to school for early morning practices and more,” adds Scott.
Having worked in this area for many years, both Nugent and Scott have their fingers on the pulse of what has sold and what’s coming on the market, and frequently source off-market opportunities.
When they are not finding dream homes for their clients, you might find them entertaining friends, staying on top of Dallas' new restaurant scene, or out and about with their families, enjoying the delightful neighborhoods they call home.
The team offered up some of their personal favorites about life in University Park's Idlewild. Here's their guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
While they frequent many of the restaurants on Lovers Lane, Hudson House is always at the top of their list for a great lunch or dinner — or just drinks. “You'll always see someone you know — and they have the cutest holiday decorations, too,” they say.
Where to play
Being close to Highland Park High School means you have your own version of Friday Night Lights in the neighborhood.
Beyond football, they indulge their love of pickleball and tennis at several of the University Park courts surrounding this neighborhood.
The team also suggests taking a stroll around Lakeside Park or along Armstrong Avenue. And for a dose of retail therapy, there’s nothing better than Highland Park Village’s designer boutiques and gift shops.
Where to live
“With a mix of smaller cottages and new construction homes, there is something for everyone in Idlewild,” says Nugent. “Most of the original cottages that are still standing were built in the late 1930s and ’40s and many have been updated and expanded over time. They are charming and at a more approachable price point for the Park Cities.”
For those interested in more space and today's contemporary building styles, new construction homes are available and come from builders who have been working in the Park Cities for years.
“While this area does not have some of the larger estate lots found in Highland Park, there is still plenty of space to add a pool or just enjoy an open backyard,” they add.
Sylvia Scott and Lezley Nugent live, work, and play in University Park's Idlewild and nearby. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here , contact Sylvia Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 214-536-4414, and contact Lezley Nugent at email@example.com or by calling 214-533-6332.