In a time where monikers are often misleading, Bluffview is a refreshingly spot-on description of this iconic Dallas neighborhood. With a dramatic 50-foot bluff carved over eons and the sun-dappled waters of Bachman Creek winding their way through its ravines, no wonder a famous rock musician with a deep love for Walden Woods and Caddo Lake chose this bucolic neighborhood for his un-citified Dallas digs.
He can thank John P. Stevens (who developed the rolling hills of Oak Cliff’s Steven’s Park) for his keen eye. Stevens astutely recognized the potential of this former dairy farm back in the 1920s. No doubt he thought its slice-of-heaven-on-Earth appeal was probably lost on a heard of bovine, so he acquired its 215 acres and created estate lots (most nearly one-acre or larger) that were quickly scooped up by residents and architects eager to build significant homes atop the bluff.
Today, Bluffview is home to million-dollar country cottages and multi-million-dollar mansions, but more importantly, it’s a haven where residents can walk their dogs along winding streets that were once old pastures, and watch their kids skip stones over the ruffled waters of the creek. But along with all this natural charm and welcome seclusion comes amazing convenience. Bounded by Northwest Highway to the north, Midway to the west, Lovers Lane to the south and Briarwood to the east, Bluffview only seems a world away from the hectic pace of urban life.
In reality, Bluffview is just five miles from downtown Dallas and all it has to offer—the Dallas Museum of Art, the world-class performance halls and eclectic theaters of the Arts District, American Airlines Center, renowned restaurants and bars, and the dynamic business centers that make the city’s economy so robust. It’s close to tony Highland Park and Park Cities and all the amenities those exclusive communities have to offer, too. Proximity to Love Field and its private jet services makes the neighborhood appealing to movers and shakers who routinely jet off to both coasts.
Parents appreciate its easy access to some of the nation’s best private schools—including Hockaday, St. Mark’s, Episcopal School of Dallas, Greenhill, Jesuit, Ursuline, and The Lamplighter School. But most of all, residents love the relaxed atmosphere of a close-knit community that isn’t ostentatious. Bluffview Park is a favorite gathering place for residents and their four-legged friends. And it isn’t rare for neighbors to meet at the relaxed Inwood Theatre and Lounge for a movie, conversation and cocktails—or one of Inwood Village’s other haunts. The Saturday morning Farmer Market always brings out Bluffview locovores—just another sign that this neighborhood is perfect for those who like nature to peacefully coexist along all the amenities of a world-class city.