Located on green, tree-studded hills overlooking downtown Dallas, and bordered by the Stevens Park Golf Course, Stevens Park Estates is one of Oak Cliff's gems. The neighborhood began development in 1926 from land owned by Annie Stevens, daughter of Dr. H.S. Stevens, a prominent Oak Cliff resident.
The original deed restrictions mandated that only two story brick or stone structures be built on Colorado Boulevard and Plymouth Road, as well as all corner lots on interior streets. Unique circulars play parks were incorporated at the ends of each block for the safety and enjoyment of the children. This commitment to children continues with the community designed and funded childrens' park at Lauraette and N. Oak Cliff Boulevard.
The homes were predominately constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, with development into the 1950s. Architecture is mostly English Tudor, Spanish Eclectic, and Colonial style, with some 1940s and 1950s ranch styles added. Inside, many homes contain original features such as leaded or stained glass, plaster walls, period light fixtures, and colorful Art Deco baths with pedestal sinks. Home sizes range from quaint bungalows to large estates, some with multiple sized lots.
The Stevens Park Estates Homeowner's Association was founded in 1981 and concerns itself with maintaining the prestige the area has always enjoyed. Issues of beautification, code enforcement, and Crime Watch are of particular importance. The association plans and hosts several neighborhood gatherings during the year. This involvement combined with stable property values and elegant homes make Stevens Park Estates as sought after today as it was in our grandparents' generation.
The area has recently applied for Conservation Distrct Status with the City of Dallas.
Please visit the Stevens Park Estates Neighborhood Association Website and Wikipedia for more information.
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