Welcome to the Neighborhood
Welcome to lakeside living. While waterfront homes run into the high millions, families on a more modest budget can still enjoy life near Lake Ray Hubbard by settling down in one of these three communities. On the west side, Rowlett boasts 30-plus miles of shoreline where families can splash, kayak or just take in the views. (And Rowlett parents have a slightly shorter commute downtown.) On the east side of the lake you’ll find Heath and Rockwall, upscale residential areas with plenty of green spaces along the water plus secluded neighborhoods. At the heart of this region is, of course, Lake Ray Hubbard, which is host to summer concerts, romantic sunset cruises and a variety of restaurants and retail options at the water’s edge, where you’ll always find families on the weekends. And when $1 billion Bayside project—a mixed-use development with homes, businesses and resort-style amenities—comes to fruition, this neck of the woods will become one of the hottest places in North Texas.
501 S. Jupiter Road, Garland, 972/494-8201; garlandisd.net
14 elementary schools; 3 middle schools; 2 high schools
1050 Williams St., Rockwall, 972/771-0605; rockwallisd.com
Blue Ribbon School
Rowlett (Rockwall ISD)
Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School, 1998-1999
Rockwall County Library
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm Tuesday and Thursday
1215 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, 972/204-7700; rockwallcountytexas.com/library
Rowlett Public Library
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8:30pm Monday–Thursday.
3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972/412-6161; rowlett.com/library
Health & Fitness 101
Rowlett Community Center
5300 Main St., Rowlett, 972/412-6170; rowlettrecreation.com
Rockwall Famers Market
May–September, every Saturday from 8am–noon.
101 Rusk St., Rockwall, 214/543-4066; rockwallfarmersmarket.org
Rowlett Farmers Market
May–September, every other Thursday 4–8pm.
4000 Main St., Rowlett, 972/807-3319; rowlettfarmersmarket.com
Dress the kids in their swimsuits for splash time in the spray fountain and cross the bridge for a closer look at the mini lighthouse. In summer, stop by on Thursday evenings for concerts by the lake.
2059 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 972/771-7740; harborrockwall.com
MOMS Club of Rockwall
The club offers playdates, monthly meetings, moms night out and service projects for moms in Rockwall, Heath and Fate.