Over a period of more than a half century our 1390 homes, numerous businesses, churches, and schools, replaced the open fields and cattle-inhabited pastures of long ago. Some of our street names reflect a by-gone, more pastoral era: Rolling Rock, Meadowcliff, Longmeadow, Hayfield, and Quail Run, to name a few. Seventeen separate subdivisions, built from the early fifties to 2003, make up our large neighborhood, and these are evidenced by multiple architectural styles. Our name, Highland Meadows, reflects that we are part of the greater Lake Highlands area and is also reminiscent of a time when the region consisted primarily of open meadows and farmland. “Highland Meadows” was chosen by a vote of residents in 2006 when our association was formed and coincides with the name of our neighborhood elementary school. The Highland Meadows name now provides our area of Lake Highlands a definitive identity.
Within our borders lies Mediterranean Gardens, which was developed along the banks of Dixon Branch in the early 1950’s, and contains a stunning collection of architecturally significant mid-century homes by architects John Barthel, John Travis Jr., and Ju-Nel among others. This enclave is one of the most intact mid-century neighborhoods in Dallas.
Dozens of volunteers have a dedicated interest in our neighborhood and implement many worthwhile, ongoing programs and projects. Because of these volunteers, we have maintained and enriched our community over the years. Our elected board manages our business affairs and activities throughout the year and leads our neighborhood forward in a positive manner. We are supported financially by membership dues and donations. Newcomers are encouraged to join our association and volunteer in some capacity as we continue to initiate new ideas and sustain our home values.
We are served by two school districts, Richardson ISD and Dallas ISD. The DISD Highland Meadows Elementary School opened its doors on the east side of our neighborhood at 8939 Whitewing in August, 2004. This state-of-the-art school has an 800-student capacity, and seven portable classrooms were added in 2010 to serve an overflow of students. RISD elementary students attend Wallace Elementary. The Highlander School, a highly respected private school for children ages three through grade six, was established in 1966 and is also located within our boundaries on Plano Road.
Our City Connection
As of 2022, we are represented by City Council District 10 and Dallas City Council District 9.