Boondockers will be parking in front of our home on a gravel parking area we created for our guests. Our block is quiet and dark. There is a 30 amp service in the flower bed and potable water in a valve box next to the walkway to the house (you will want to use the provided regulator). If you need to dump, you can dump into our sewer clean-out, which is behind the house in the paved alley. There is a fairly strong WiFi signal outside and guests can use our network. We don't mind a slide and are okay with generator use, but as a courtesy to our neighbors, we prefer it to be turned off at bedtime. Of course, with the 30 amp electrical, that shouldn't be an issue. Being urban, this is a great spot in a central location for those who are just passing through or want to visit friends or tour around the metroplex a couple of days. We are near SMU, downtown, all of the Dallas medical centers, the Convention Center and Dallas Market Hall. We want to keep a low profile and stay on good terms with our friendly neighbors, so like to limit stays each month.
We are animal lovers and welcome your furry children! If your dog doesn't mind somewhat rambunctious and playful dogs, our labradoodles are friendly with other dogs and love to play chase and wrestle. There are a lot of dog walkers in the neighborhood and there is a fenced dog park about a half mile away behind a church. If you need to stock up on groceries or supplies, we can point you to the nearest Walmart, Target, Sam's, Costco, grocery stores, etc. This location can't be beat as far as convenience to most anything you need.
Just give me a shout and we can discuss your needs. :-)
The basics for urban neighborhoods...pick up after yourselves and your dog(s)...dogs on leash, no loud music, yada yada.
As a courtesy to our neighbors...we prefer no running generators after 10pm. Since there is 30 amp service, that shouldn't be an issue though...we wouldn't expect anyone to suffer through Texas heat w/o the use of A/C!
Easily accessible in an urban neighborhood close to major Highways/Interstates. The parking spot is "off street parking", on a quite, dark street in a nice neighborhood. Our street has no curbs and most homes have off-street parking. It's "kind of pull-thru" if you don't pull all way up to one of the ends. The street is wide enough for 2 cars, so most of the time, it can handle any rig w/o issue. Occasionally, visitors or contractors will park in the street rather than the off-street parking, making it more challenging getting through. Fortunately, this happens rarely and when it does, it's short-lived. We've never once had an issue with our own rig. I have attached a few photos of the site - 1 of which has our RV parked in the space. (We keep our RV at a storage facility). Sadly, the gorgeous and old oak tree that shaded the parking site has been removed, so there is no shade. We've planted a new one, but It's gonna take awhile for it to give some good shade.
behind/in front of your rig on the gravel parking pad.
Generally available when we are in town. We don't want to raise eyebrows with our friendly neighbors, which is why we prefer to limit stays to 2 nights, but we can talk if you need another night.
Send us a message and we can chat about whether or not we can accommodate your RV and timeline!
Depending on your interests, feel free to pick our brains. I've lived here over 30 years, so have a pretty good knowledge base in a wide variety of areas.
If you are into ARTS:
Nasher Sculpture Center (personal favorite)
Dallas Museum of Art
6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (John F Kennedy Assassination)
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (if you have kids, this is a great option)
George W Bush Presidential Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Dallas Holocaust Museum
Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art
Museum of Biblical Art
Dallas Contemporary (the one in Ft Worth is highly recommended if you love Contemporary Art)
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Dallas Discovery Gardens (Butterfly Exhibit)
Dallas World Aquarium (great place for kids/has birds, reptiles, small mammals, a sloth and a panther)
White Rock Lake Park - great for walking, bird watching, jogging, bike riding (esp if you want to get in a good workout)
Katy Trail - wide, paved, walking, jogging, bikes okay, but if you're hardcore, you'll want to go to White Rock and ride in the street.
Klyde Warren Park - hip and cool urban 5 acre park downtown. outdoor yoga, food trucks, lawn games, music...you gotta see it to experience all that it has to offer. Great for kids and adults.
Cedar Ridge Reserve - our favorite area to hike...it doesn't feel like Dallas.
If you are a FOODIE...we can help narrow down your choices whether it's BBQ, fine dining, burgers, pizza, fried chicken, diner, Tex-Mex, Italian, Gourmet Cupcakes, craft beer, steak house. If you're into Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, we are 15 minutes from 2 of them. Dallas has so many great restaurants, you might be overwhelmed looking at Google...we're happy to give you our recommendations.
Southern Methodist University - ~10 minutes
LegoLand Discovery Center - Grapevine, TX (21 miles, ~30 min)
NorthPark Mall - Hands down the best mall in Dallas (I dare say Texas). Right down Northwest Highway about 5 miles away.
AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX (Dallas Cowboys) - They have tours and everyone who has done it has loved it. There is an art tour of the collection...pretty amazing.
Dallas Farmer's Markets - local, healthy, and where we get our pasture raised eggs and the best steaks you've ever tasted (grass fed). We have a pork guy we shop with... humane, no antibiotics, etc. There are some vendors who have store fronts inside a building and it is open during the week, but the best time to go is on the weekends when all the vendors are there in the open shed.
St Michael's Farmer's Market - a couple miles away...great little FM, 8-noon on Saturdays during the spring and summer.
Couple of final points... Dallas is HOT in the summer, so that may play a role in what you decide to do ( I know it does us). We can help steer you away from attractions/venues that will be miserably hot and into air-conditioned venues. And lastly...traffic. Ugh! I'm not gonna sugar-coat it...it's bad. Construction everywhere. Lots of crazy drivers. Let us help you with that too! We can help you navigate the Metroplex via the best routes at the best times. There are numerous routes to our house, so if you are not already using the Waze app (recommend)...please call me when driving in so I can advise the best route - especially if you are arriving during heavy traffic/rush hour.
These suggestions are far from comprehensive, but you get the drift...we would love to point you in the direction of your interests be it exercise, shopping, things to see, museums, arts...whatever your interests we are happy to help and if we don't know for sure, we have access to plenty of folks that do
We loved having electricity and water available!! Gorgeous and quiet neighborhood. Sweet stay. Thank you!
Meander offers a nice quiet and safe location to boondock. Shore power and water are a plus with the option to dump around the corner (I only used power). Due to schedule differences, we were not able to meet our host in person. Still, instructions were detailed and she corresponded regularly via message. No issues whatsoever. Would definitely recommend and hope for a second opportunity to stay on the way back.
Enjoyed our stay with Meander! She was very sweet and super informative. It was wonderful having full hookups and a place to empty tanks. Location was convenient to everything we wanted to do during our stay. Thank you!!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! The neighborhood is so lovely and quiet, and I chose to stay for easy access to the Dallas-Love airport for my travel-mate. It was easy to get ride share (Uber or Lyft) to head downtown for activities. I'm so grateful that my host shared some fabulous advice for RVing and trip planning, which was super helpful as a newbie! What a wonderful experience and my very first time trying Boondocker's Welcome. I would love to stay here again!
Great host with a very nice spot for our 24’ Class C. We were able to reach the 30 amp by pulling all the way up to the flower bed, as instructed. In the morning, we pulled back to reach the faucet to fill out clean water.
Beautiful sculpture on the front lawn and very quiet street made this an ideal stay. Thank you!
This was a perfect site for us while we attended our daughters graduation. Nice quiet neighborhood and fabulous site.
Mary provides a nice, level spot in front of her home to stay. Providing electric, water and WiFi was a nice bonus, we were happy campers staying here! Beautiful, quiet neighborhood close to the city and easy to get to. Very much enjoyed chatting with Mary and meeting her cute new puppy. Thanks again for a great stay!
Very helpful and friiendly hosts, and such a convenient neighborhood. We are in the Dallas area often and we're excited to find this gem.
Just be aware the streets are narrow, so if you come upon a spot with cars parked both sides as we did, you may have to knock on a door and ask for more space to pull thru. I don't think this will happen often though.
We're looking forward to next time!
We had to come to Dallas for business and Meander has wonderful place to stay in a safe and quiet neighborhood.
We just stayed one night, but would love to come back, maybe stay a couple of nights and check out all the wonderful things to do in Dallas!
Thanks a bunch Meander you gave us just what we needed right when we needed it!
Guy and Christa
We had a great experience staying at Meander's place in Dallas. They were great host and so close to everything yet it was very quiet at night. Thank you again so much!
Thanks so much for your generous hospitality.
Sorry we were not able to spend more time 'hang'n' out and getting to know y'all.
Love your "diggs" and all the awesome ART stuff!
In spite of the Canadians trying to freeze us all out... we did survive and thrived! Eh! ;-P
I personally loved making friends with the "kids" ... and consider Pancho a most excellent dude!!!!
BTW: I'll be trying to set up our homestead as a Welcome mat for travelers and if you are in the area, I will expect you to stop by for a nite or 2! What better way to see the "Big Peach" without dealing with the 'Big City' hype!
MARTA is close ... and there is lots of UBER & Lift drivers to get you safely from here to there and back again.
Rating you a 12 out of 10... in spite of the weather!!!
We really enjoyed the Texan hospitality exhibited by [Meander]. We were provided with a very level space off the street on a very quiet side street. Invited in for coffee and conversation, and found we had common interests in art and appreciating the challenges of creating art. We would return again because they were such fine folk.
Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming. Very helpful and generous regarding our needs. We have had a nice chat with Mary. We also met their two lovely dogs. Wish we have had more time with them at their location. We highly recommend this host.