Andrew Sarris in "The American Cinema", did file Stevens and his two films (to that date) under Miscellany. The star of Private Property, Stevens' then wife Kate Manx, found the enterprise too arty and 'less than meets the eye'. Now over 50 years later, Ted McCord's showy camerawork seems less a distraction and the use of locations plus central performances utterly compelling.
The roles of Corey Allen and Warren Oates as a pair of drifters who stalk a rich Beverly Hills housewife, study her movements around her hilltop home and pool from the empty mansion next door in her husband's absence, dominate this film. Allen's plan to seduce Manx then 'give' her to the insecure Oates is disturbingly carried out as he ingratiates himself using his landscape gardening background to win her confidence, and the homoerotic undertones are subtly handled.
Harder to find, although it turns up on US TCM, is Stevens' next feature, Hero's Island (USA, 1962), with the offbeat historical subject of a small family of settlers clashing with pirates on an island off the Carolinas coast in the late 18th Century. Who could resist a cast led by James Mason and Kate Manx and featuring Rip Torn, Warren Oates Neville Brand and Harry Dean Stanton ?
One of Stevens' later features of interest is Incubus (1966) an odd SF/horror hybrid shot by Conrad Hall. It's really for those keen on these genres, William Shatner fans or anyone who wants to see a film with the dialogue in Esperanto!