About The Neighborhood
Heritage Oak Cliff Grants
Published: 20 September 2008
Angus Wynne was a Dallas oilman who developed and built Wynnewood Village in 1948. The large strip shopping center answered consumer needs during the post-war building boom in Oak Cliff. It was expanded during the '50s, and included major department stores, a theater, office buildings, banks, and a small hotel. Tenants included Titches', Colbert's, Margo La Mode, and Lilly Dodson, who opened her first dress shop in Wynnewood Village. Large apartment complexes were also built at the south and east perimeters of the development. It was a successful venture for Wynne, who would later create the famous amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas, in the early 1960s.
The area north of the village was developed as Wynnewood North in the 1950s. One look at the homes makes it clear that this neighborhood catered to middle and upper income clients. The lots are generous and laden with massive oak trees. Sprawling ranch-style custom homes of traditional, western and contemporary design, with the occasional twostory Colonial, wind around the hilly terrain. Quality construction, large formal rooms, plaster moldings, spacious kitchens, and bright tile baths are found in Wynnewood North.
Dallas architect Bud Oglesby designed one of his first contemporary homes on Bizerte Drive as a prototypical affordable house. The home extolled the virtues of nature, and took advantage of the hilly site. This design philosophy was fortunately contagious. Most have generous outdoor living areas that take advantage of the shady yards. Numerous small lakes and creeks course through the development.
The neighborhood association is active in Crime Watch, hosts an annual block party, and monitors development and redevelopment activities in the surrounding area. Homebuyers who appreciate the quality that was the hallmark of this neighborhood from the beginning are rediscovering Wynnewood North. The homes represent fine examples of their genre, and offer excellent value.