Turn south from Northwest Highway into the Devonshire neighborhood, and the sidewalks disappear. Lush lawns slope down to the streets from original one-story stone cottages and two-story Tudors built in the 1940s. New construction, begun in the ’90s, continues in the luxury category along Preston Park Drive.
This is a walkers’ neighborhood with shopping and dining along Lovers Lane, at The Pavilion on Lovers Lane, and in Inwood Village. It’s just a short walk to Trader Joe’s for groceries, DD Cleaners & Tailors to pick up dry cleaning, or Hollywood Star Nails & Spa for a mani/pedi.
Devonshire has an active neighborhood association, which primarily funds security for the neighborhood and organizes special events with Westminster Presbyterian Church. Annual dues are $325. Contact: Ann Rosenzweig Devonshire75209@gmail.com.
From The Dallas North Tollway, the neighborhood’s eastern boundary, it’s just 10 minutes to downtown. Inwood Road and the Bluffview neighborhood are on the west.
You get to know your neighbors as the area is only three blocks wide and 25 blocks long.Haley Gigliotti, Devonshire Resident
WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
The second oldest Presbyterian Church in Dallas moved to Devonshire in 1955. Today Westminster Presbyterian Church considers itself a partner with the neighborhood association hosting the neighborhood Fourth of July Parade and Chili Cook-Off and welcoming guests to the Community Dog Park and Gardens. The dog park provides a dog spa, shaded seating, a dog run, and an annual blessing of the animals. Individual 6-foot by 8-foot plots are allotted in the community garden, where various vegetables and fruits are grown. Boy Scout Troop 35, one of the oldest continuous-meeting troops in the DFW area, also meets at Westminster. Other activities include a book club and outreach to The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center and the Austin Street Center.
One of the best-kept secrets in Devonshire is the Devonshire Apartments at 5411 Amherst Circle. Built just after World War II, these apartments have been updated with new appliances, quartz countertops, recessed lighting, and hardwood floors.
DID YOU KNOW?
Built in 1952, 5323 Rock Cliff Place, a mid-century modern jewel by architect Harwood K. Smith with walls of windows overlooking the forest-like setting beyond, is one of only six homes built on this small cul de sac street.