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Bungalows to abound in new Edmond, OK, neighborhood

McCaleb Homes had success with Arts & Crafts bungalows in Edmond's Arbor Creek addition, even during the housing slump. Historic architecture is calling again in its latest neighborhood, Town Square.
by Richard Mize Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013

McCaleb said he looked again to Edgemere and other historic Oklahoma City neighborhoods, as well as vintage neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, for guidance for Town Square. McCaleb Homes and builder Jeff Justice of Justice Homes will be the builders.

McCaleb plans to have the three styles of architecture spread across the new neighborhood — with three or four different floor plans representing each.

Another feature of Town Square homes: rear garages, separate from the houses, which will have porte cocheres.

“A lot of these carriage garages in historical areas were done prior to the automobile revolution,” he explained.

His said his favorite of the three styles is the jewel box Tudor found in Edgemere, with covered front porches and side courtyards. Interior designer Terri McCaleb, his wife, said she prefers the Arts & Crafts style with its simple lines, low-pitched roof, hipped or with gables — and interiors with a mix of textures.

Variety — within well-established historical parameters — is the point, Caleb McCaleb said.

“People in Oklahoma City got tired of building these steep-pitched, country French (homes). We all overdid it. We overdid it ourselves. We probably went 10 years too long with that European country look,” he said.

Town Square homes will range from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet with most from 2,200 to 2,500 square feet, he said.

With housing in hit-and-miss recovery nationally, and Oklahoma City's economy still the envy of most of the rest of the country, McCaleb said homebuyers aren't as spooked away from big houses as they were a few years ago.

In fact, he said, younger well-paid engineers and executives moving in to work for the likes of Devon Energy, Continental Resources and Boeing Corp, are buying houses as big as they can afford.

Not that anyone is throwing money to the wind.

“Everybody is still cautious. The Great Recession was tough on everybody. People are still putting a lot of features in their houses, but we're not seeing the megahouses. We're not building the 5,000-square-foot ones anymore,” he said.

For McCaleb Homes at least, the future of housing looks like a bungalow.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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