Casa Linda Estates
Featuring large lots along tree-lined, winding streets, Casa Linda Estates is situated near White Rock Lake south of Garland Road and bisected by Buckner Boulevard. Casa Linda means “beautiful house” in Spanish and most of the streets have Spanish names, which were chosen by the original developers in the 1950s. The area was subdivided in 1939, but building stopped during World War II. Developer Carl Brown built Casa Linda Plaza in 1945 and most of the 450 homes in Casa Linda Estates were built in the 1940s and 1950s. The architectural styles of the homes vary, and some excellent examples of Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture featuring tile roofs and masonry walls can be found in the area. Casa Linda Estates residents take pride in the heavily treed lots and homes display well-kept and, in some cases, elaborate landscaping.
In April 1924, Leon Fechenbach dedicated the plat of the Forest Hills Addition six miles from the Dallas city limits. The land was bounded by Garland Road (old Bankhead Highway), Lakeland Drive (old John West Road), the Santa Fe tracks, Highland Road (then called Wilshire Blvd), and one block of San Rafael Drive. It had its own water supply, a 1,200 ft artesian well with a high-pressure pumping plant. Forest Hills was later annexed in May 1945. An advertisement in November 30, 1924 Dallas Morning News shows an English Tudor house with the headline, “Forest Hills along the shores of White Rock Lake” and the proclamation, “Your home in a forest!” At that time, Forest Hills was truly in the country and was one of the few wooded areas around the Lake. Today the established neighborhood has 585 properties, a great sense of community and is a place homeowners are proud to call “our home in a forest!”
Little Forest Hills
Sandwiched comfortably between Forest Hills and Casa Linda, Little Forest Hills began in the 1920s with the majority of the 950 homes being constructed in the 1940s and 50s. The small lots, with predominately wood frame cottages, are unconventional and often artistically inspired, some might say bohemian. The thickly wooded properties evoke a feeling of the northeastern states and many of the homeowners take great pride in their “no wasted space” tidy little gardens. The small lot sizes encourage this high-density gardening concept indicative of the English or European gardens. Enjoy your exploration of this unique “funky” Little Forest Hills neighborhood.