Preston Hollow: “More Than A Flatland Suburb On The Fringes Of Dallas”

In 1924 Ira De-Loache bought a 56-acre (23 ha) farm in 1924. Preston Hollow’s first lots were carved out of the former farm parcels. De-Loache and Al Joyce developed Preston Hollow, with development largely occurring in the 1930s. Initially Preston Road was the area’s only connection to Downtown Dallas. Terry Box of The Dallas Morning News said that the Northwest Highway “was nothing more than muddy right of way.” The area that would later become Preston Center was a Dairy Farm in the early to mid-20th Century.

The developers intended for Preston Hollow to be what Box said was “more than a flatland suburb on the fringes of a new and growing Dallas.”  Doctors, entrepreneurs, industrialists, lawyers, and oil businesspeople moved to Preston Hollow. Many built country-style estates that housed horses and stables. A private school which later became St. Mark’s School of Texas opened in the area.


A map of “Old Preston Hollow” as it was originally proposed.

Incorporated as a municipality in 1939, and provisioned by the Preston Road Fresh Water Supply District, the North Dallas town of Preston Hollow was named for the deep wooded area with creeks and hollows extending westward from Preston Road. The bramble in the area was unique in the Dallas area and all home builders in the area were to preserve it as part of the covenant.


Preston Hollow Today

In the early 1930s during the Depression, Edward James Solon, the treasurer of Interstate and the partner who came with Karl Hoblitzelle from Chicago to Dallas, purchased the first Preston Hollow corner property at Douglas and Avrille Way. Mr. DeLoach was to build a Dillbeck designed house on the property. This Tudor styled home was considered the first of many large homes built in what is now termed the Old Preston Hollow area. Originally, there was one large house in the area further over by the pond near Avrill, but it was considered as having been part of the farm. In the 1930s jumping across NW Highway was considered going into the sticks and risky in terms of attracting the affluent during the Depression. Later many people said that E.J. Solon started the North Dalllas migration. Preston Hollow originally extended from east of Preston Road, slightly north of Walnut Hill Lane, west of Midway Road and southwest of Northwest Highway. In 1945 Preston Hollow residents voted to join the city of Dallas, and the municipality was annexed to Dallas shortly thereafter.

In September 2008, Preston Hollow returned to national headlines when New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams wrote a column claiming that U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush had purchased a home in Preston Hollow. Described as “a big house on five acres,” Adams also claimed that this house would have “horse stables, lake views, mountain views, golf club views” and that Preston Hollow is “a town outside Dallas.” Dallas media pointed out the significant factual errors in the column (perhaps, most glaringly, Dallas’s location in the Great Plains region of Texas, where no mountains exist) and noted that the real estate agent cited denied both the report or that she had ever been contacted by the Post.

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About Victoria Barr de Quinones

Ask Victoria Barr, and she will tell you that "to know Dallas is to love Dallas.” And she would like to be the one to show it to you.Primarily specializing in the luxury markets of the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Devoonshire, Bluffview, Lakewood, Uptown, and downtown Dallas, Southlake and Westlake. Victoria Barr de Quinones is an award-winning leader in the real estate industry. “People ask me what areas I represent, but truly what I represent are my clients,” she says. “I work in any area that helps them meet their real estate goals, whether its schools, price point, style, location, or investment strategy.”
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