Thanks to excellent planning and deed restrictions, Stevens Park has tremendous architectural character.

Stevens Park Estates has it all – old majestic homes, architectural diversity, a premier golf course, and breathtaking scenic views – wrapped in rich North Oak Cliff history and Stevens family lore.

In 1851, Dr. John H. Stevens – one of the first physicians in Dallas – purchased 168 acres on the courtyard steps after the Dallas County Sheriff seized the property from former owner William Myers to satisfy unpaid debts. Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Stevens’ two children, Annie and Walter Stevens, inherited the Myers Survey land, which had become the family farm. In 1926, the siblings began transforming the acreage atop lush green hills into a prestigious development overlooking a golf course and memorial park.

Stevens Park Golf Course, dubbed the Little Augusta of North Texas, is a beautiful spot to waste a day in North Oak Cliff.

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Kessler Park

Photos courtesy East Kessler Park Neighborhood Association

By Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

East Kessler Park is a breathtaking mix of storied historic homes and natural beauty. The neighborhood not only contains the largest collection of eclectic architecture within the city of Dallas, its residential patriarch The Rock Lodge – is among the oldest masonry structures in Dallas County.

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Kidd Springs is a mix of yesterday, today, and Oak Cliff natural resources rolled into one trendy lifestyle package. Likewise, Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center is not only the current gathering spot for neighbors, but the site is also where the neighborhood began.

According to Heritage Oak Cliff, formerly the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Kidd Springs Lake is the namesake of Colonel James W. Kidd Sr., who purchased 200 acres of farmland adjoining the natural spring in the 1870s. By the turn of the 20th Century, the site contained an upscale country club where the elite socialized in Oak Cliff.

Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center continues the social tradition today. In addition to the small lake, the expansive complex includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and baseball field, as well as Oriental and butterfly gardens.

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Winnetka Heights is the second-largest historic district in the city of Dallas. (Photos: Joe Horner/Scout DFW)

By Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

Winnetka Heights has the look and feel of a modern Rockwell-esque painting. Today’s canvas reveals stunning historic style, native North Oak Cliff beauty, and the vibrancy of a culturally diverse, urban neighborhood. But the picture wasn’t always pretty.

Some people make history. Others preserve it.

Formerly the Winnetka Heights Baptist Church, this historic sanctuary now hosts arts events and education.

According to the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association (WHNA), the neighborhood dates back to 1890 when it was part of the City of Oak Cliff’s Midway Addition. Seven years after annexing Oak Cliff in 1901, the City of Dallas replatted the 50-square-mile area as Winnetka Heights.

Four prominent Dallas investors – Leslie Stemmons, J.P. Blake, R.S. Waldron, and T.S. Miller Jr. – made history by developing and marketing sprawling homesites to affluent buyers. While most things in 1911 were archaic compared to today’s standards – the adage of location, location, location wasn’t one of them.

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The L.O. Daniel Mansion is the former homestead of the neighborhood’s namesake. (Photos: Robert Bittle)

By Deb R. Brimer
Special Contributor

The L.O. Daniel neighborhood is every bit as noteworthy as its legendary namesake. Lark Owen Daniel may not be a household name today, but he left his footprint in North Oak Cliff and the downtown Dallas business world.

Daniel moved to the area from Waxahachie in 1890, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, and made his fortune as the founder of Daniel Millinery company downtown. As a business and civic leader, he was also a founder and officer of Mercantile National bank, which subsequently became MBank, Bank One Texas, and JPMorgan Chase Bank through a series of mergers and acquisitions. And he served as president of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Wholesale Merchants Building Company, and Trade League.

In 1901 – the same year the City of Dallas annexed the town of Oak Cliff – Daniel purchased 27 acres of rolling countryside in the future neighborhood that now bears his name. Within the next four years, Daniel reached millionaire status and celebrated his success by building a luxurious 5,000-square-foot Colonial Revival mansion on the property.

The City of Dallas designated the L.O. Daniel homestead a historical landmark in 1984. Located across the street from Sunset High School, the restored wood frame mansion with two stories of wrap-around porches is the centerpiece of the neighborhood.

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I have always been a fan of Glen Abbey, that gated, pristine collection of luxury estates developed on what was once the secluded ranch home of Clint Murchison Sr., a famed Texas oil magnate and philanthropist. Cowboys connection: Clint Murchison was the father of Dallas Cowboys co-founder Clint Murchison Jr. Glen Abbey was created on the land sold to former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom by Lupe Murchison, widow of John Murchison, Clint Jr.’s brother and co-founder of the Dallas Cowboys. Originally 100 luxury lots, Hawkins-Welwood Homes built 60 of the 100 amazing homes there. 

That land, once part of the famed Murchison ranch, is now Glen Abbey. And Glen Abbey has a sister property right next door,  that retains all the luxury of those magnificent mansion spreads, but offer far more manageable home ownership options.

It’s called The Lawn at Glen Abbey. The Lawn at Glen Abbey began construction of homes in 2016. It may very well be my next forever home.

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Greenway Parks has earned acclaim from architects and loyalty from its residents. Allie Beth Allman Realtor Maribeth Peters explains why.

Greenway Parks is one of those neighborhoods you never want to leave, and frankly that’s why it can be challenging to find a home here. With approximately 300 houses, which are often passed down from one generation to the next, it’s often hard for a newcomer to get a foot in the proverbial door.

The neighborhood is full of architecturally significant homes in every imaginable style, from Charles Dilbeck’s Spanish Eclectic to Max Levy’s cutting-edge modernist.

Greenway Parks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Dallas, and it is going through a major transformation right now,” Maribeth Peters of Allie Beth Allman & Associates said. “This renaissance consists of new construction and major remodeling of existing historic homes. Since Greenway Parks was designated a Conservation District in 2003, all architectural plans must be reviewed by the city, but that has not slowed the neighborhood evolution.”

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Lakewood

One of the best traditions in Lakewood is the Fourth of July parade — an ode to the community, schools, and inside jokes on Facebook (Photos courtesy John and Heather Guild).

By John and Heather Guild
Special Contributors

We moved to Dallas as newly married young professionals and bought our first home together in Oak Lawn; a darling townhome that served us well for many non-parental years.  When we had our son, we wanted more space in a neighborhood where he could grow and thrive with other children.

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