University Park and Volk Estates

Volk Estates, St. Andrews Drive and the Finest Neighborhoods

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Architecturally and Historically Significant Homes in University Park & Volk Estates

The unifying theme of University Park is the excellent Highland Park Independent School District schools. Coupled with University Park’s reputation for safety, parks and tree lined streets, families with young children flock to University Park. Often the mortgage on a $1 million or $2 million home is less than the tuition for three children at the private schools. But there is more to University Park than just the extra value the good schools bring. The success of SMU, founded in 1911, prompted the incorporation of University Park, founded in 1924. A great relationship has continued for over 100 years of professors finding homes close by and University Park residents taking advantage of the extraordinary resources, lectures, museums and performances Southern Methodist University offers. Continue Reading

Dallas Hall at SMU is a symbol of SMU, a symbol of University Park, Highland Park, and Dallas. SMU has been an academic and athletic hub of both the Park Cities and Dallas.

Video of Volk Estates – Originally Developed as the Estate Home Neighborhood in University Park

Volk Estates was originally developed as the estate home neighborhood in University Park. Early University Park homes were primarily for SMU professors and families associated with SMU. The wealthiest in Dallas gravitated to Volk Estates when it was developed for estate homes. Dallas residents of great prestige and resources continue to make Volk Estates the location of their Dallas home.


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-Douglas Newby

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Neighborhoods of Turtle Creek Area

St. Andrews Place Neighborhood

One of the most scenic University Park neighborhoods across from fairways of the Dallas Country Club, with winding streets of lots between 70′ and 110′ feet wide and 170′ to 217′ deep that accommodate beautiful period and contemporary homes.

Windsor Place Neighborhood

Windsor Place is a neighborhood of many original two-story homes from the 1920s and 1930s alongside one-story cottages and large homes built recently. Preston, Williams Parkway, Shannon and University are the boundaries.

Volk Estates Neighborhood

Volk Estates is often considered the most prestigious neighborhood of Dallas. In University Park, Volk Estates is comprised of architecturally significant homes on estate lots, many of which are over one acre in size.

Brookside Estates Neighborhood

University Park Neighborhood

Troth’s Addition Neighborhood

Francis Daniel Park Neighborhood

When one thinks of the great neighborhoods of University Park, Volk Estates, St. Andrews Place and Francis Daniel Park neighborhoods quickly come to mind.  On Golf Drive the neighbors share Turtle Creek with the home Governor Bill Clements build across the creek.

Westminster Place Neighborhood

“I look forward to exploring the subtle opportunities, hidden streets and extraordinary homes with you.” -Douglas Newby

University Heights Neighborhood

University Heights is an important neighborhood developed from the 1930s through the 1950s. Newer homes were built in each successive addition described in the University Heights sub neighborhoods.

University Heights Original Neighborhood

University Heights No 2 & 3 Neighborhood

University Heights No 4 & 5 Neighborhood

University Heights No 6 & 7 Neighborhood

Stratford Manor Neighborhood

Stratford Manor is the neighborhood between Douglas and Preston and between Windsor and University. Here you will find many two-story homes built in the 1930s and 1940s.

Potomac Park Neighborhood

The Tollway to Lomo Alto and Mockingbird to Windsor make up the boundaries of this neighborhood. The lots are approximately 55’x147′ with one and two-story houses built in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Loma Linda Neighborhood

Standard 50’x150′ lots make up the neighborhood between Lomo Alto and Douglas and between Mockingbird and San Carlos. Original homes are both from the 1920s and 1930s.

Idlewild Neighborhood

This University Park neighborhood of mostly one-story, late 1930s cottages on 60’x 140′ lots is found between Preston Road and the Tollway and between Lovers Lane and Southwestern. It is adjacent to Smith Park, Preston Center and Hyer Elementary School.

Preston Homes Addition Neighborhood

Preston Homes Addition is made up of predominantly one-story cottages from the early 1940s on relatively standard 60’x140′ lots. This neighborhood is next to Hyer Elementary School, the tennis courts of Smith Park and the retail, restaurants and offices found in Preston Center.

University Highlands Neighborhood

University Highlands is the neighborhood between Preston and Tulane and between Lovers Lane and Purdue. The original one and a half story cottages built in the mid and late 1930s are being increasingly replaced by 5,000 square foot new homes.

Armstrong Fairway Neighborhood

Armstrong Fairway is found between Lomo Alto and Douglas and between Shenandoah and University. On relatively wide 65′ but shallow 130′ lots, there are still many original two story homes designed in the 1930s and 1940s.

Highland Park High School Neighborhood

This University Park neighborhood is adjacent to the high school, Germany Park’s tennis courts and track. The mix of housing includes Tudor cottages, one-story and two-story homes, but on classic city lots of 50’x150′.

SMU Neighborhoods East Neighborhood

SMU Neighborhood East runs from Airline to Central Expressway and Binkley to Lovers Lane. This SMU Neighborhood was originally built with predominantly one-story cottages and modest two-story homes close to SMU.

SMU Neighborhoods West Neighborhood

As in most university neighborhoods, you will find a mix of student housing, townhouses for faculty, one-story and two-story homes and attached duplexes from almost every decade.

SMU Heights Neighborhood

Caruth Hills Neighborhood

Next to Snider Plaza and Caruth Park, one-story and two-story homes are found on 60’x140′ lots. Next to Caruth Park, the neighborhood boundaries are Airline to Willard and Lovers Lane to Southwestern.

Preston Place 3 Neighborhood

The four sisters – the Charles Dilbeck designed homes on the four corners of Shenandoah and Douglas are the centerpiece of Preston Place 3, a University Park neighborhood just North of Highland Park.


Today’s New University Park Listings and MLS Status Changes

Acres0.24Sqft.5,861Bed5Bath5Year2025Lot Size70X150
Acres0.24Sqft.6,162Bed5Bath5Year2005Lot Size70 x 150
Acres0.29Sqft.7,530Bed5Bath5Year2003
Acres0.25Sqft.2,398Bed3Bath3Year2008
Acres0.09Sqft.3,702Bed4Bath4Year2000Lot Size50 X 155
Acres0.17Sqft.4,159Bed4Bath4Year2013
Acres0.17Sqft.3,947Bed4Bath4Year1981Lot Size48x155
Acres0.26Sqft.4,573Bed6Bath6Year1945Lot Size70 x 160
Acres0.16Sqft.2,465Bed4Bath4Year1945Lot Size50x142
Acres0.16Sqft.4,731Bed5Bath5Year1993Lot Size60x119

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University Park Neighborhood – Continued

In the heart of University Park is Volk Estates. Volk Estates has large estate lots, extraordinary architecture, and homeowners who are world leaders. Throughout University Park you will find lovely streets like St. Andrews, with a flowing creek that runs through front yards or the Dallas Country Club golf course sharing a boundary.

University Park has both affordable homes for professionals and extraordinary architect designed homes with a price reflecting the acreage of spacious lots, the architect and quality of the home and site.

When SMU opened in 1911 University Park, Texas, began with the president’s house on University and a few faculty homes close by. By 1924 the population grew to 1,200 and it was incorporated. There are many distinct neighborhoods in University Park, but the range of homes can be seen by the small houses and duplexes close to SMU, to the golf course setting of St. Andrews to the one and two-acre lots of Volk Estates.

SMU Has an Increasing Impact on University Park

The 50-year-old live oak trees lining Bishop Boulevard provide a civilizing experience to the students of SMU going to class on this Georgian architectural style campus. The 21st century at SMU has emphasized renovating the buildings and expanding the campus.

With a population of approximately 20,000, the shops of Snider Plaza, the Park Cities swimming pool, the YMCA and many churches, University Park, Texas, is like many old suburbs across the country, with the exception that it is in the middle of Dallas and the Highland Park School District.

I just want to thank you for your contribution to Texas Modern architecture style. I have found your website to be very informative on the subjects of my grandfather, David Williams, and of the other notable architects that have contributed to this regionalist movement.

-Thomas McMahon