There is something tranquil about a locale that identifies itself as the Park Cities. With more than 20 parks, the meandering Turtle Creek, and a historic giant pecan tree, this elite area has every right to claim that title. Made up of two municipalities—Highland Park and University Park— Park Cities is located on the northern outskirts of Downtown Dallas. Because it is bordered on all sides by Dallas, Park Cities has become a cultural enclave, intent on preserving its traditions and maintaining its high standards of residential living.
In the early part of the twentieth century, Highland Park and University Park applied to Dallas for annexation. Dallas refused, and those refusals set the municipalities on a course toward excellence. The Park Cities established their own governing bodies, municipal services, and educational systems, which still operate effectively to this day.
By any number of measures, Park Cities residents did pretty well. Some of the most affluent people in the country reside in its highly coveted six square miles. Southern Living inspired homes, tasteful renovations, and designer dream homes sit side-by-side in the tightly knit neighborhoods of the Park Cities. Strict zoning ordinances uphold high standards and maintain the character of the municipalities. Because few residents want to leave this protected community, demand for homes exceeds supply.
It comes as no surprise that the residents of the Park Cities would demand the best in education. Highland Park Public Schools, which serves both communities, has achieved an enviable reputation, one that rivals private schools. Its four elementary schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools, while Highland Park High School has achieved a gold medal and is nationally ranked #146 by U.S. News & World Report. At the apex of institutions of learning is Southern Methodist University (SMU), a world class private university. The SMU Presidential Center houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
You won’t want to zip by the Park Cities zip codes, especially in the spring when all the azaleas are in bloom. The well-appointed homes, verdant parks, and welcoming schools signal a meaningful and luxurious lifestyle and invite a second look. Conveniently located near the Love Field airport and the tollway.