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Forest Hills

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Large lots replete with impressive trees are the hallmark of this enviable patch of real estate nestled at the southern end of White Rock Lake. The neighborhood’s countryside feel belies its location just 6 miles from downtown. Forest Hills was one of the first developments advertised to Dallasites as an escape from the city in the 1920s. Deep roots have helped forge the strong connection between residents.

What the Locals Say About Forest Hills

Locals Love

Sitting right next to the Dallas Arboretum, Forest Hills is known and loved for its mature trees, larger lots, and lower home prices. (Back in the day, at least.) The neighborhood is close to White Rock Lake and has a tight-knit sense of community between people of all ages. Plus, there are well-loved businesses and restaurants within walking distance.  

Locals Complain

Roadwork in the area has led to traffic, which can make it a pain to get from one place to another. Also, drag racing on the main streets around the neighborhood isn’t uncommon. 

So You Know

The Warren Angus Ferris Cemetery in the center of the neighborhood is revitalized and has become a central meeting place for neighborhood activities.

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Why I Love Forest Hills

By Judy Whalen

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Forest Hills Demographics


The 2023 population of Forest Hills is estimated to be 1,522.

56.3% of residents are male, 43.7% are female. The median age is 44.7.

77.8% of the Forest Hills population are White, 3.2% are Black, 0.9% are Asian, and 1.3% identify as some other race. 18.1% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 26.6% have earned a master's degree, 13.2% have a professional school degree, 4.3% have a doctorate, and 43.0% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 583. The average household size is 2.61.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $222,863.

98% of residents are employed and 2% are unemployed. 275 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 26 minutes.


100.0% of Forest Hills homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $572,700

99% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 13 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1992.


Forest Hills includes portions of these police beats: 236

Throughout those beats from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 4
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 0
Business Burglaries 6
Home Burglaries 10
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 47
Auto Thefts 6
Business Robberies 0
Robberies of Individuals 2
Shoplifting Incidents 1
Murders 1

Forest Hills Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

13 years

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Sources: Demographic data pulled from Nielsen SiteReports and represents sampling based on most recent U.S. Census estimates. Crime data provided by local police departments.