Moving to OKC...Any info is helpful!!??? (Norman, Edmond: rent, condos)
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We are moving to OKC from San Antonio this summer. How nice are Mustang and Yukon. We are hoping to find a house with a large lot (.50 to 1 1/2 acres), we don't want to live in the city or even a house on top of house suburb, we also don't want to live more than 15 minutes from city like ammenities. (blockbuster,grocery stores...) We also have 2 children ages 3 1/2 and 16 months, with a 3rd due in 4 weeks. So what are some good schools? Is that area growing? We are hoping to buy a house that will increase in value... Anyway, I have been hearing a lot of good things but won't officially know how I feel about the city till I visit it... Which hospitals are nice? Does anyone know any good Pediatricians? Cool places to take young children? Good Non-Denominational Churches? Willing to go to denominational large church with something to offer young children...My 3 year old has learned so much from a new program our church offered for young kids. (It has amazed me)
I just got back from spending time there and it is really nice. Some parts are bad like the south side but the north side of the city is so large and is really pretty. I do know its a growing area from what i see and a lot of development. i mean the place has cranes everywhere. Some big company near a really nice neighborhood is building like a billionaire to create some kind of huge campus. This is near a neighborhood or city( they had their own fire trucks and police and stuff) called Nichols Hills. My friend drove me along many of its twisty roads (this place is incredible!) with huge homes and mansions that rest around some rolling hills. It was pretty stunning because of all the natural parks/trails and bridges along with the flower beds. These parks wind around and are apart of the small community. Most of the mansions have huge lots with incredible landscaping. It has a town square with shopping and a country club. I am well travelled and they seem to have a really elite little city that is very charming. I was really impressed to find out that it is in the middle of OKC, since those kind of places are usually outside of a large city. Many other places with country like homes in OKC that had big lots seemed to be in the east and NE of the city. The city is rather flat like Dallas but has many beautiful rolling hills on the East side. This is near a zoo, omniplex and horcetrack along with some really nice golf courses. You would be really surprized because you will go from flat to hilly in a minute of driving east. So I found the city to be really cool and I am looking into the right University and live in the downtown/art district or bricktown/midtown. Hope this helped at all.
Crasher- I am happy with what you found. Many opinions come from people who just dont know OKC. So they tend to be not true. It sounds like the areas you mentioned would be a great place to live. It sounds like you spent more than a week in OKC because that is the only way for someone to kinda understand what the city is all about. You seem to have found many of the special qualities OKC has to offer. good luck with your school. happytown
We moved from San Antonio to OK about 8 years ago, so I understand the anxiety about the change! We live in Yukon, and absolutely love it. If you're looking to be a bit outside the city while still close to all the benefits, Yukon has a great variety of options, from traditional subdivisions to 2-3 acre homes set out amid farmland. There is a hospital in Yukon, plus you're just a hop on the turnpike from several others in OKC. There are a variety of churches, a good public school system, a Catholic elementary school if you'd like private education, and always lots of family-oriented activities (Czech festival, 4th of July with the philharmonic at the park, Chisholm trail festival, etc...). It's also a little lower in price than Edmond, and less of a college town than Norman (I know, I lived in Norman for four years going to OU!). Good luck wherever you choose to live, though! - E.
That is great to know since I'm trying to relocate to the area. What is the rent like there? Do you know about the job market too?
OkC has reasonable rent and there are quite a few jobs there. Actually, the city is booming, big time and there is a lot going on. Bricktown is great. The city is clean and the cost of living is very reasonable.
You have only got to watch a summer sunset on lake Hefner to know
you have arrived! It is breath taking. N.W OKC is where to live. Close to
fine schools, Downtown, shopping, work, and play. The area is covered with
trees, parks, and homes in ALL price ranges. The main feature is this lake.
Here you are 15 minutes from downtown. N.W OKC has homes built around
private lakes like Ski Island. It also has city parks with public fishing like Dolese park. Dont pass up N.W OKC. It is first class for everyone!!!!!!!!
I would agre Parkapa. Lake Hefner has come a very long way from what it use to be .The marina really is growing from international sailboat events ironically, because of the wind on the lake! The trails are long really nice and along with all of the trees planted ten years ago reshaping the topography of the lake, they are also constantly planting more and making it prettier. Along with a golf course that is ever changing for the better. The lake has even changed color because of all the stone used to build along the borders. The color almost is a dark blue green-nothing like grand, but real nice. I remember it to be a waste hole with brown water. Many activities happen on the lake, you cant 'all out swim' but it is because the water is to drink- a good thing if you know what I mean. With all the former business highrises turning into nice condos you can get a great view of the lake. The area is near the richest community in Oklahoma and the region called Nichols Hills. It is near Nichols Hills, so I think the NW side has benefitted from this in many ways. The area you are talking about does have great driving times to many great venues thanks to the huge highway system that was developed during OKCs worst of times. Penn Square the nicest mall in the state and is very close by and Quail Springs one of the nicer ones in the state that is also close by. The area around Quail Springs is very vibrant with a community called Gallardia. This community was developed by the Gaylords and is the nicest 'new' residential development in the state by far. Memorial is also becoming a boom town with all the development. The city will increase in population dramatically in the next ten years, bacause of all the maps projects that have generated over a billion in Downtown. Which spreads the wealth big time.
There are many areas in and around the OKC metro area that would fit what you are looking for. The housing market here in Oklahoma is much better than the rest of the country. Good luck in finding what you need.
OKC is alright if you want gangs, bad roads (Oklahoma is voted having some of the worst roads in the U.S.A.), high motel prices because of the newly implemented hotel/motel tax. Anyway, enjoy OKC and the fast food joints. Oh yeah, also enjoy the banks, pawn shops, used car lots and the always threatening weather.
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