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Old Lake Highlands

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Along the northeast side of White Rock Lake, the residents of Old Lake Highlands are proud of its 70-plus year history and its unique position (elevation-wise) within the city, boasting a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline. One of Dallas ISD’s best-performing elementary schools, Hexter, also serves as a rallying point for residents.

What the Locals Say About Old Lake Highlands

Locals Love

Residents appreciate how close the Old Lake Highlands neighborhood is to White Rock Lake. After a quick drive (or run if so inclined), locals can spend a nice day kayaking on the water or laying in a hammock between the trees.

Locals Complain

Street racing on Northwest Highway can be noisy. Hearing the sounds of squealing tires at 3 a.m. is a complaint amongst some residents.

Fun Facts

The neighborhood has a couple of friendly cats roaming around.

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Median Owner-Occupied Home Value


Old Lake Highlands Demographics


The 2023 population of Old Lake Highlands is estimated to be 3,802.

48.8% of residents are male, 51.2% are female. The median age is 36.3.

75.4% of the Old Lake Highlands population are White, 2.9% are Black, 0.0% are Asian, and 3.3% identify as some other race. 21.7% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 21.1% have earned a master's degree, 6.0% have a professional school degree, 1.2% have a doctorate, and 34.0% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 1797. The average household size is 2.31.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $100,016.

100% of residents are employed and 0% are unemployed. 779 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 27 minutes.


68.7% of Old Lake Highlands homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $347,200

64% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 18 years. The average renter has been in the same home 6 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1960.


Old Lake Highlands includes portions of these police beats: 234, 248

Throughout those beats from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 5
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 3
Business Burglaries 28
Home Burglaries 45
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 119
Auto Thefts 29
Business Robberies 0
Robberies of Individuals 5
Shoplifting Incidents 0
Murders 0

Old Lake Highlands Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

18 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.