Stevens Park Estates
- Published: 20 September 2008 20 September 2008
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 circular play parks were incorporated at the ends of each block for the safety and enjoyment of the children. This commitment to children continued with the community-designed and funded children’s park at Lauraette and N. Oak Cliff Boulevard.
Something for everyone
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 exists as Stevens Park Estates Neighborhood Association (SPENA) today. SPENA provides a wealth of social opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other, interact and build a sense of community. These events include monthly First Fridays, an Annual Membership party, Easter egg hunt, annual block party, and traffic and security support on Halloween when the neighborhood is full of little trick-or-treaters. In addition, the Neighborhood Association has applied for grants and used those funds along with neighborhood funds to improve sidewalks, install dog waste stations along the trails, and make plans for a water fountain in the park. This active civic and social involvement combined with stable property values and elegant homes make Stevens Park Estates as sought after today as it was in prior generations. The area received Conservation District Status from the City of Dallas in 2011. This ensures that the neighborhood will remain authentic to its historical roots and continue in the tradition that Annie Laurie Stevens envisioned when she platted it in 1926.