Swinging Sex Controversy

Sex club gets a Texas suburb all hot and bothered: Swinging's not so free and easy with these neighbors

Sex club gets a Texas suburb hot and bothered: It's a swinging furor

Exterior of 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
There's an alleged swingers club operating at 2429 N. Cooper St. in Arlington. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Bar at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
One of several living areas; this one has a bar. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Living room at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
The home sits on a private lot, but there are lots of windows. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Fireplace at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Imagine the parties that could be throw in here. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Kitchen at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
The contemporary kitchen. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Dining room at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
And the dining room. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Den at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
More living area. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Breakfast nook at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
A breakfast area. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Master bedroom at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
The master bedroom is one of four. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Bathroom at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
The master bath. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Exterior of 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
The home has nearly 5,000 square feet. Photo via Candy's Dirt
Exterior of 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Bar at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Living room at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Fireplace at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Kitchen at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Dining room at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Den at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Breakfast nook at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Master bedroom at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Bathroom at 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington
Exterior of 2429 N. Cooper in Arlington

An alleged swingers club in Arlington has the neighbors and the city in a twist. The City of Arlington sent a cease-and-desist letter to homeowners James and Mary Self and “interested parties” David and Shannon Esopenko, who lease the house at 2429 N. Cooper St. for their Eutopia DFW parties.

According to the Eutopia website, it’s “a new and exciting venue that is completely different than anything you’ve experienced!” The Esopenkos have been throwing house parties since May.

The city asserts that the business violates zoning and goes on to list the 20-plus reasons why — including lack of residential occupancy (the Esopenkos don’t live there but plan to move in, David tells USA Today); regular operating hours (8:30 pm to 3 am on weekends); and “flat rate donations” of $80 for couples and single men and $20 for single women.

 "We don’t take people’s money. We take suggested donations, which people put in an envelope without their names on it and it goes in a box." 

Candy’s Dirt, which published the photos in the slideshow above, reports the expansive contemporary home, built in 1973, has four bedrooms, four full and one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas and a pool.

“We don’t consider ourselves a business,” Esopenko tells the Dallas Morning News. “We don’t have employees, We don’t take people’s money. We take suggested donations, which people put in an envelope without their names on it and it goes in a box. If they think that constitutes a business we’re in trouble in this country.”

Arlington spokesperson Jay Warren insists it isn’t a morality concern. “There isn’t any criminal activity,” he says. “It doesn’t comply with the zoning codes for that area. This is a business. It could be any business, frankly, but if it it’s a business, that does not meet the code. So we had to take action.”

“This is a sexually oriented swingers club in my neighborhood,” neighbor Jon Vecchio tells USA Today. “We don’t want it here.”

Esopenko tells The Arlington Voice he thinks a competitor, Lucky’s Clubhouse, is to blame for the hubbub. He plans to appeal to the zoning board.