Population: About 500 families live within the core of Bluffview.
Location: Generally, Northwest Highway to Lovers Lane, Inwood to Midway roads
Average home price: $2.5 million (with homes ranging from $1 million to $10 million)
Average lot size: Most are close to an acre at least.
Why Bluffview: Homes here are not ostentatious. Real estate agent Doug Newby cites three reasons people choose Bluffview — it’s the closest estate neighborhood to the Park Cities and downtown; it’s proximal to the private school corridor (Hockaday, St. Mark’s, ESD, Greenhill, Jesuit, and Ursuline); and people love the relaxed feel of the topography, terrain, and trees. “The original boundaries of townships and farms followed creeks and farms and natural boundaries,” Newby says. “Now the neighborhoods have been reformatted in more geometrically precise boundaries, determined by major thoroughfares. But the streets and public areas are less finished here. The country estates and country cottages were intended to be just that.” These days, neighbors gather for book and garden clubs and the crime watch group’s annual picnic and the Fourth of July neighborhood parade. Alcala’s 1,500-square-foot house was built in the 1930s and was the first house on Midway Road. Midway used to dead-end into a quarry. These days? “It’s like a little country road,” she says.