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Old 04-19-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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My family is relocating to the Tulsa area from Albuquerque. My husband will be working in Catoosa, so we're looking for something fairly close to there. We have two young boys (3&8) so schools are a major consideration. I've checked out Owasso(the front runner so far), Broken Arrow,Jenks and Bixby. Does anyone have input good or bad regarding these areas?
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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Owasso!
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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My family is relocating to the Tulsa area from Albuquerque. My husband will be working in Catoosa, so we're looking for something fairly close to there. We have two young boys (3&8) so schools are a major consideration. I've checked out Owasso(the front runner so far), Broken Arrow,Jenks and Bixby. Does anyone have input good or bad regarding these areas?

Bixby and Jenks are going to be pretty far from Catoosa, at least 30-40 minutes.

I would look at midtown Tulsa, the schools there like Lee or Eliot and definitely the magnet schools are better than BA and Owasso.

Owasso is kind of a soul sucking bland upper middle class ugly suburban town and it's pretty isolated from the bulk of the metro area. I personally really can't stand it. Broken Arrow is a big city all on its own now and has some nice areas and some not so nice areas. But, most of the nicer areas in Broken Arrow are in Union Public Schools and are not close or easy to get to Catoosa from. The nicer areas in Broken Arrow Schools are way south or way out east.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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Ouch! Poor Owasso gets no respect...Of course, I would have felt the same way a couple years ago when I rented a house in a very transient neighborhood and never settled in. That is SO not how I feel now. I live in an area where there are kids in every yard, everyone is open and hangs out outside all evening, and the neighborhood market is just down the road. The schools have been fantastic so far, and we have three kids so we get to test them all!

Seriously, the thing to do is good homework. Get a local realtor who knows the character of the neighborhoods and will really work with what you want. There are STEALS right now in Owasso as far as square feet per dollar. I will totally admit that as far as prettiness, we can't compete with historic neighborhoods, but I'm priced WAY out of that market anyway. Also, the other problems that come with being downtown are pretty much nonexistent.

Just get involved, do parents activities, churches, sports, whatever you like. Owasso is about the community. The trees will grow eventually . Plus, if you want to live a bit east of town, gorgeous country living can be yours.

Shoot me a PM and I can give you more neighborhood details based on your budget and wants...

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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For commuting to Catoosa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Inola are best. There are lots of nice neighborhoods in Owasso, very few poor ones, great shopping for a suburb, the schools have a good rep, and there are lots of activities for kids. My grandkids all do tae Kwan Do, swimming classes, active in church, and love the area. No more than about 10-15 minutes easy drive to the Casino and an easy drive to Tulsas nightlife and events. .
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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There are several new and nice areas of Broken Arrow on the northeast side of town that would be an easy drive to Catoosa. The schools in north Broken Arrow are awesome and expanding. Liberty Elementary is the newest and receives great test scores. Country Lane is excellent as well. A new elementary is being built at 91st and Oneta in east Broken Arrow and is in a great part of town. North BA has lots of shopping options. Broken Arrow was voted a couple years ago as one of the best places to raise a family by FamilyCircle magazine.

There are all sorts of activities for families and kids. Nienhuis Park is between 51st and 61st along Lynn Lane and has several football fields, a community center, pool, skate park, etc...Youth Sports is big in BA. The Pride of Broken Arrow marching band has won grand nationals twice recently (2006 and 2012) and several teams at the high school are state champs. We have a student in AP classes now at the high school level and one off to college now who was well prepared for school and received scholarships.

Let me know if you have any questions about Broken Arrow.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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You might look into Inola also. It would be a short commute to catoosa.
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