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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Stevens ParkOur Saturday Six Hundred is a gorgeous Venice-style Spanish mansion in the Stevens Park neighborhood of North Oak Cliff is just waiting for your Christmas tree and garlands.

And the beautiful 1846 Mayflower Dr. probably has some stories to tell, too, since it was built in 1928 by the architecture firm Flint & Broad, who were also responsible for many other buildings and homes in Dallas, including the Masonic Temple on Harwood Street, and parts of the aquarium at Fair Park and the original Love Field passenger terminal.

The firm also designed a Highland Park home on Versailles Avenue, and the Medical Arts Building in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Black Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Thomas Broad and Lester Flint established their firm in 1923. Not much is known about Flint, other than he had served as president of the North Texas chapter of the American Institute of Architects during the Depression, and served as one of the first members of the State Board of Architectural Examiners.

More is known about Broad, who was born in Paris, Texas, and got his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin before attending Harvard for graduate school, leaving to go back home after a fire destroyed downtown Paris in 1916, where he helped with the rebuilding effort.

After stints in the U.S. Army Air Corp and then a firm in Kansas City, he went to Europe in 1921 to further his education. (more…)

Our Steal: 1910 Marydale Drive, Dallas, Texas is currently listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $699,000.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat in the Kessler Reserve, or a charming historic in Stevens Park Estates, we have the home for you! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to the charming streets of North Oak Cliff – one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods in part due to its recent revival and close proximity to an eclectic mix of eateries, shops, and entertainment. It’s also a hot spot for Halloween, boasting some of the best trick-or-treating around! One look at these boo-tiful abodes and you’ll be dreaming of a North Oak Cliff home to call your own.

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Stevens Park is a neighborhood on the rise in North Oak Cliff, near near Fort Worth Avenue and North Hampton Road. Convenient location close to a golf course, the Bishop Arts District, and downtown Dallas are just some of the reasons people love it here. 

The 1961 house at 1254 Fullerton Dr. is our Thursday Three Hundred and it’s a beaut with soft contemporary updates, vaulted ceilings, and original brickwork that looks marvelous. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,719 square feet on one story, it’s a good-sized property, too. 

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This is one of those Dallas homes worth dropping your fingernail file for. In fact, 1905 Old Orchard is worth dropping about 1,000.

Are we in Pebble Beach? We are right here in Dallas, but in Stevens Park Estates, one of the best neighborhoods in town that has always been a bit of a secret. A good secret where neighbors live, work, and play just minutes away from Bishop Arts District, downtown Dallas, and Uptown.

First of all, it is a very close-knit community: some neighborhood associations have meetings, Stevens Park has “First Friday” happy hours. There is a “toddler park” for kiddos and an annual Easter Egg hunt that has evolved into a full-fledged party over the years. Forget Swiss Avenue, there are more Halloween trick-or-treaters (and better treats) in this area than any ‘hood south of I-30. If you borrow an egg from a neighbor, that egg will be freshly hatched from a backyard chicken. Everyone knows everyone’s pets and kids and in the most iconic blend of artists and intellectuals, the kids roam, playing freely from house to house until it’s time for bed. I have even heard of summertime camp-outs under the stars, reading and bridge groups in this ‘hood. And if you or someone in your family likes golf, well swing the clubs across the street at the Stevens Park Golf Course or ride your bike or take a run along the paved trail.

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2000 Mayflower Front

This traditional in Stevens Park Estates is rather unassuming from the curb, but it hides a wonderful surprise — a beautifully remodeled interior complete with attic conversion, all of which absolutely exudes that midcentury modern style that Millennials are so hot for.

Yes, this two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath home in one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of North Oak Cliff is spacious inside with a wonderfully open first floor, spacious and bright bedrooms, plus a first-floor master with a gorgeous private bath. What a great listing from the Hewitt & Habgood group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate!

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Cape Cod CottageOur Saturday Six Hundred is a Cape Cod cottage at 2030 Mayflower Drive in Stevens Park Estates that is absolutely charming.

This is one of the most established and desirable neighborhoods in Oak Cliff with about 200 homes — most built in the 1920s and 1930s. Enormous oak and elm trees shade every street, and the neighborhood is bounded by Stevens Park Golf Course. It’s peaceful and quiet, and it’s hard to believe you can be in the center of downtown Dallas in mere minutes. It also boasts some unique features. For instance, when the development was conceived in 1926, play parks were designed at the end of each block so children could play safely. That same thoughtfulness continues today with a dedicated neighborhood association that hosts gatherings throughout the year.

This is a terrific place to live and Melissa O’Brien with the Bleeker O’Brien Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has the perfect home for you.

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dallas open houses this weekend

The condo at 3505 Turtle Creek Blvd Apt 3E is elegant and posh, with great skyline views, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

The CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column runs every Thursday, featuring five “don’t miss” properties in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time). It’s an insider’s look at some of the hot houses on the market today.

This week, our houses range in price from $305K to $929K. You’ll find a designer Turtle Creek condo (pictured above), fixer-upper in East Dallas’ Lochwood neighborhood, and a beautiful Prestonwood Estates ranch with over 3,300 square feet.

So get out your smartphone and make a date to visit at least one of these open houses. Leave us a comment with your thoughts, and if you know of any we just have to cover next Thursday!

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