Any conception about affluent elegant living in the Dallas area will automatically include Highland Park, an incorporated community located in the heart of Dallas, adjacent to the town of University Park on the north. These two exclusive townships are referred to collectively as the Park Cities, known for the highest real estate and home values in the Metroplex.
Highland Park was laid out by Wilbur David Cook, the landscape architect who designed Beverly Hills in California. The streets are long winding boulevards with towering oak and pecan trees and the homes are large, mature, and meticulously maintained. A major focal point in the area is scenic Turtle Creek and its adjacent parks.
Highland Park is primarily residential, but shops, restaurants and services to meet most needs are located in Highland Park Village and nearby Preston Center.
Students attend school in the Highland Park Independent School District, and Southern Methodist University is located a few miles north in University Park. The high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Highland Park is kept by the community's own government, police and fire departments.