Pros: The key to Lakewood is in the name. During the day, the action is on the bike/walk trails circling White Rock Lake, and in the sprawling parks and gardens. Later, people head into town for shopping and dining, maybe capped with a movie at the Art Deco-style Lakewood Theater.
One of the city's older neighborhoods, Lakewood offers a mix of homes, including stately Tudors. While not cheap, real estate prices are reasonable enough to attract young professionals and families.
Another plus: a very low crime rate.
Cons: Public transit options aren't plentiful. The grade schools are well regarded, but the other schools are less so. --V.R.
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