Neighborhood Spotlight: Hollywood Heights

Published September 2, 2012 by Julie Provenzano

Established:  1924
Find It:  Adjacent to White Rock Lake, Santa Fe Railroad to the north and west, East Grand Avenue to the east, and Valencia/Sarasota to the south.
Population:  19,000
Price Points:  Average $250,000-$300,000
Square Footage:  Average 1800 to 2000 square feet

Know Your Neighbors:  Several young families, retirees, some dual income no kids, some singles-  Hollywood Heights runs the gamut

Claim to Fame:  Just after World War I, thousands of veterans returned state side ready to start families.  Inspired by the Tudor style cottages of Europe, they desired the same architectural aesthetic coupled with a family friendly suburban-like live-ability.  Developer J.B. Salmon purchased a tract of farmland just east of downtown Dallas, formed The Hollywood Company and divided the land into buildable 1 acre lots.  Although many of the area’s original homes are cottage style, Salmon granted other developers flexibility in style as long as they stayed within established deed restrictions.  The resulting Hollywood Heights neighborhood, and its sister Santa Monica, boast the largest concentration of Tudor style homes in the United States.  So historic is the area, that in the 1980s, thanks to community effort, the neighborhood was granted historical preservation/conservation status by the City of Dallas. 

Led by a thriving homeowner’s association, the Hollywood Heights and Santa Monica neighborhoods are bustling with fun.  Depending on the season, residents enjoy block parties, parades, home tours and other activities designed to foster community pride and a sense of belonging.  The area is bordered on the north by the Santa Fe trail, a thoroughfare connecting White Rock Lake to Fair Park and historic Deep Ellum.  A visit to the area has one contemplating Dallas’ vibrant past, basking in the friendly glow of the present and anticipating the city’s exciting future.  The neighborhood is a hop skip and jump from the Dallas Arboretum, a serenely beautiful destination for city dwellers and visitors alike. 

Local Flavor:  Tex-Mex inspired cuisine is abundantly popular in the Hollywood/Santa Monica area.  Travelling Northeast along Garland Road toward the White Rock area brings an array of choices- Cajun, American, Italian- there are tastes to please every palate. 

Rich history, traditional aesthetics, close proximity to outdoor recreation and thriving community pride provide a warm welcoming atmosphere to the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica neighborhood.  A drive down the charming cottage-dotted shady streets is sure to spark up nostalgia; you’ll want to take off your shoes and stay for awhile.

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