"Blink and You May Miss Verde Valley Lane."
Verde Valley is a small stretch of Dallas, Texas blacktop wending its quiet way past the gated condominium communities that bump up against a wooden sign announcing the fact that another step will bring you onto the coveted lawns of Addison. I've often heard the word 'Addison' spoken of in hushed, reverent tones by those appealing for a loftier place on the social stair-master of Texas society. In other words, Verde Valley borders on the exclusive but does not really reach it.
Those who know the road either live there or took two wrong right turns after leaving Sherlock's Lounge late at night. Although the secured condos can rarely be seen from the street due to the high fences encircling them, one needed worry as they are nothing to write home about. Just normal apartment type condominium blocks where no one is ever home enough to barbeque or lounge by small pools. This does make for a quiet atmosphere but don't rent or buy there hoping to make new friends. Pets and children are also 'discouraged' if not actively limited.
However, a short, brisk walk towards Montfort (beyond which pedestrianism is NOT recommended) will bring you within reach of convenience stores, a couple of sports bars, an excellent jazz club, pool-halls, a nightly rock and roll joint/meat-market, several decent restaurants and even a hairdresser or optometrist. Nearby Beltline Rd. will get you to anything else you may need if Spring Valley doesn't. I'd advise anyone new to Dallas to learn Dallas Driving Methods immediately. Even if you have no plans to drive. Know that these folks are like no others on the road. I was once hit by a car while WEARING A WALKING CAST across only half a lane to a meridian...in a designated crosswalk...in broad daylight....with right of way. The woman driving didn't even slow down as I spun round in circles. Learn a lesson from this. Fast.
This being said, Verde-meaning 'Green'-Valley Lane is certainly no greener on the other side of the fence. Less so, actually, as developments such as those encourage the liberal use of macadam to treat annoying plant life. BUT, it IS an almost ideal spot to settle in for someone looking for the benefit of being both 'out of the way' and 'in the thick of things'.