Lakewood is as diverse in topography as it is in architecture and people. Nestled on a hill overlooking White Rock Lake, the area is home to a collection of personality-rich neighborhoods that grew up in the early 1900’s and still maintain a sense of character and charm. The centerpiece of the area is Lakewood’s retail district. On any given Saturday you can run into your neighbor at the Ace Hardware store, see generations of family members enjoying a meal at the poplar Dixie House or wander the aisles of the Whole Foods grocery. One of the year’s highlights is the massive Lakewood Fourth of July Parade and Celebration that takes place on Lakewood Boulevard. The neighborhood boasts several excellent schools including the Blue Ribbon-awarded Lakewood Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School, the first in Dallas to begin offering Pre-International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme classes. White Rock Lake is often dotted with sailboats, kayaks and crew teams from neighboring high schools. The Lake is also THE Dallas destination for bicyclists, as it features miles of trails. It is home to the annual White Rock Marathon and abuts the internationally known Dallas Arboretum. Lakewood community members live life outdoors—and the Lake is their backyard.