The Downs of Hillcrest Is a Hidden Gated Urban Oasis

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When Megan Stern of Dave Perry-Miller brings buyers to the gated community of the Downs of Hillcrest in North Dallas, she hears the same thing over and over again: “I had no idea these homes were here!”

Tucked away on Churchill Way and Hillcrest, this perfect little cove of 160 luxury homes can best be described as an urban oasis. Though a 1988 magazine article does a pretty good job, describing the auspicious plan for the Downs of Hillcrest as “one of the most beautiful and important residential enclaves in the area.” With good reason.

Downs of Hillcrest

The gated community of homes ranging from the $700s to the high $2 millions is nestled among four lakes and ponds with dramatic cascading waterfalls and waterways edged with imported Colorado boulders. The Downs of Hillcrest is an amazing find for someone looking for a contemporary, traditional, or transitional lock-and-leave home in North Dallas. Megan Stern has two homes listed in this exclusive neighborhood.

11 Collinway Place

11 Collinway Place is a stucco Mediterranean-style home with five bedrooms, four and half-baths, and 4,463 square feet on a quarter-acre lot. Through the wrought-iron front doors, walk into a two-story living room, chef’s kitchen, and a family room that opens to a lavishly landscaped backyard with a pool and spa. It’s got three fireplaces and a three-car garage. It’s listed for $950,000.

See more photos of 11 Collinway Place, including renderings of what the kitchen would look like with painted cabinets, on the listing.

4 Braemore Place

4 Braemore Place is a gorgeous three-bedroom, three and half-bath home with 4,163 square feet for an amazing price. First listed for $1.024 million nine months ago, the two-story home is now $875,000. It’s amazing this home hasn’t been snatched up already because it’s beautiful and has fun features you won’t find in many homes. It’s got a Murphy bed and a Koi pond, people!

See more photos of 4 Braemore Place on the listing.

Dues for the mandatory homeowners association are approximately $4,450 annually, with waterfront homes’ dues slightly more. To schedule a showing, contact Stern at 214-912-0425 or


Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of, where she focuses on sponsored content, estate sales, and suburbs. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after running digital content and social media at SUCCESS magazine. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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