Stevens Park Village is one of my favorite areas of North Oak Cliff, nestled between Colorado Boulevard and the edge of the cliff. The wide, heavily treed streets are welcoming and the Austin-stone-and-brick-houses that predominate have an intimate, quaint feel. You’ll glimpse killer views of downtown from Stevens Park Village, and neighbors get friendly at two local parks.
The older residences in the neighborhood of 176 houses were built between 1939 and 1941. Fifteen were built by Charles Dilbeck, an architect who had a way of creating imminently livable, friendly spaces.
Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 2329 W. Colorado Blvd., although not a Dilbeck, is a perfect example of what Stevens Park Village has to offer. Built in 1941, this three bedroom, two bath stone-and-wood cottage has beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace, arched doorways, and corner cupboards. It is 1,541 square feet, and newly listed by Nancy Gonzales with David Griffin & Company for $249,900.
The lawn of this corner lot cutie is beautifully maintained and landscaped with crepe myrtle trees, oaks, pecans, and garden beds. The attached two-car garage is off the side of the house on Walter Drive, and there’s an entrance to the house on that side, too.
Stevens Park Village, by the way, is bounded by Remond Drive to the north, N. Hampton to the east, Fullerton to the west, and Fort Worth Avenue to the south. This house is almost smack in the middle, just a few blocks from Stevens Park Golf Course.
There’s a small entry hall with an arched doorway leading to the front living room, which measures 20-by-11. The hardwood floors run through the front parts of the house and two bedrooms, as does the crown molding. The fireplace has gas logs with vintage lights flanking the white mantel. The large, arched doorway leads to the dining room.
This cozy space has two built-in corner cabinets with open shelving, and French doors that lead to the second living room. It’s right next to the kitchen, and serves as a sweet spot for enjoying a meal.
The kitchen layout is original and funky, with a not-quite-curved, not-quite-L-shaped counter, cute original window, and a stencil on the wall with the house number. The refrigerator is a left-door open to accommodate the layout, and they’ve managed to get quite a bit of cabinet space in the room.
This leads to the second living room, a carpeted space that leads off to the bedrooms. Like the front living room, it is long and narrow, measuring 21-by-10. It has a bit of a “pass-through” feel now, but could be a sitting area. The door leads to the covered patio.
The master bedroom is just off the second living room and measures 17-by-11. The closet is typical size for a home of this era, but updates include built-in shelving all the way to the ceiling. The master bathroom has a garden tub and a large wood vanity. It also has dual curved shower curtain rods, allowing for a decorative curtain and interior one, and extra room in the shower.
The second bedroom faces the front yard and gets some fantastic light, which would make it ideal for a home office, as well.
All three rooms in this house have been used in different capacities over the years. What is now the home office (below) was last used as the master and this second bedroom was an office. That kind of flexibility in the space speaks to the home’s good design.
The second and third bedrooms are both 13-by-12, and the third is an addition to the house, being used as an office by the current owners. It’s on a lower level and has a door leading to the backyard. The second bathroom is also an addition, and has a shower and built-in shelving.
The backyard has a lot going on—green space, trees, a gazebo/pergola with a picnic table, and an 18-by-18 utility room with full-size washer-dryer (electric) hook-ups and a closet. The current owner is using the room as an artist’s studio. This space is not included in the house’s 1,541 square feet.
I think this Stevens Park Village cottage is a keeper. Leave us a comment with your thoughts!