Elmwood is a picturesque neighborhood in central Oak Cliff of charming homes and expansive parks. The community is located on gently rolling, tree-shaded hills above the limestone banks of Cedar Creek. Once the Tennessee Farms dairy, it was purchased for residential development in 1924.
Due to its thirty-year span of development, a variety of architectural styles are represented in Elmwood. These include Tudor cottages with unique exterior treatments of brick and stone and sometimes lovely stained-glass windows; craftsman bungalows; 1930s cottages of brick or wood; and a variety of ranch-style houses from the 1940s and 50s made of stone, brick or wood.
Greenbelt & Downtown elmwood
Elmwood Parkway is a focal point of the neighborhood. The park follows Cedar Creek on the northern edge of the neighborhood and then runs south along Rugged Branch through the middle of the neighborhood. Full of mature pecan, oak, elm and hackberry trees, and home to a variety of birds and wildlife, the park has play equipment and open spaces for sports, being a popular place for walking dogs and jogging.
Elmwood also has its own small business district along Edgefield Ave. This area features a collection of unique small commercial buildings, professional offices, a Masonic Hall and several churches. In 1988, this location was used for the filming of parade sequences in the movie Born on the Fourth of July.
With its expansive parks and greenbelt, it's easy to forget that Elmwood is just 15 minutes southwest of Downtown Dallas. Convenient vehicular access and two DART rail stations serving the neighborhood place all the amenities of the city within easy reach.