Whereas he used to think that having a big family meant he needed to live in the suburbs with a big yard, he said his mind-set changed when friends told him their children rarely played outside in their gated community. And he said he won't miss having a yard to maintain. Another project of The Humphreys Co., The Flatiron, is a mixed-use project that will combine modern urban living with retail and business spaces. It will start construction in October. The company also has plans for a $100 million inner-city, mixed-use development at NE 36 and Interstate 235. The Brownstones at Maywood Park are another new addition to urban Oklahoma City housing options. Four-story brownstones line NE 3 between Oklahoma and Broadway with stunning views of the downtown skyline. Among the largest of the new urban dwellings, the brownstones' price tags start at $590,000 for a 2,371-square-foot model. "The outsides are totally finished,” Craiger said. Triangle Development is developing the brownstones. "The insides are left just framed. At this price point, we realize that people who buy will want to pick out every finish, they may want to change a wall or add a wall. It allows all that to be done if we stop at the framing stage.” Triangle Development has two other endeavors more moderately priced at The Lofts at Maywood Park on NE 2 between Oklahoma and Broadway, and Central Avenue Villas at 400 N Central Ave. The villas and lofts start at $138,000 for a 606-square-foot flat and range in price to $478,000 for a 1,944-square-foot flat. "Those are selling quickly because of the price points,” said Ron Bradshaw, a partner in Triangle Development. If you want to experience living downtown but don't want to buy a home, several apartment complexes offer the urban lifestyle without the hefty price. Deep Deuce apartments start at $645 per month and come with amenities including a community pool and clubhouse as well as being within walking distance to Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City. "It's very fast-paced. At Deep Deuce, it's a young generation,” said Christy Anglin, the property's manager. "We've already had people inquiring about the Sonics. I've had people leasing an apartment here to stay at when they're in town for the games.” Downtown Oklahoma City is fast becoming a cosmopolitan city. "I never thought of OKC being condos and metropolitan, and when you come down here it's just shooting up, and people just don't realize it,” Anglin said. "It's really starting to boom.” For a listing of various housing options downtown, go online to www.downtownokc.com.
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Take a tourGo online to NewsOK.com/home-garden to watch Dave and Angi tour downtown living at the Brownstones at Maywood Park.