The Devonshire neighborhood of North Dallas consists of mature trees, sidewalks and shopping within walking distance on Lovers Lane.
The Devonshire neighborhood includes about 750 homes and is bordered by Lovers Lane, Northwest Highway, Inwood Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Many of the original homes were built along with University Park. You can find many of the same kinds of homes but you’ll pay considerably less for an equivalent home in Devonshire.”
Whereas prices of lots alone start about $500,000 in University Park, home prices in Devonshire start around $375,000.
Why the price break? Two things that keep University Park pricey: its Highland Park school system and University Park fire and police services.
Devonshire is served by the Dallas Independent School District and by the Dallas police and fire departments. The Devonshire Neighborhood Association has a crime watch organization and pays for extra patrols.
The trade-off suits many since several residents are singles, empty-nesters or young families with babies or preschool-age children – people for whom the school system isn’t a factor. Some people buy starter homes in Devonshire, then move into the Highland Park district when their children reach school age.
A popular neighborhood spot is the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Devonshire Drive. The church opens its playground to residents, and pets are welcome at the large field behind the church.
Many streets in Devonshire share the same names as University Park streets because they were built at the same time, bisected by a railroad and later the tollway, with Devonshire on the west side. Much of Devonshire was laid out similarly to University Park, too, with small lots 50 to 60 feet wide and 150 feet deep. Over the years, most of the original houses have been remodeled or torn down.
There’s a huge mix of older remodeled homes, a few smaller original cottages, mixed in with large brand-new homes. It doesn’t have the homogenous feel that you see in all-new developments.
Since it is right next to the tollway – you can get to downtown in 10 minutes, and it’s close to Love Field without being in the traffic pattern.
History: Most of the southern half of Devonshire was developed largely in the 1930s and 1940s, along with University Park. Farmland occupied much of the remaining area; most was developed later, a parcel at a time, beginning in the late 1950s.
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