Hawthorn addition brings urban-chic aesthetic to The Village

BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Modified: July 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: July 13, 2013

— Richard Kleffman knew it when he saw it.

He was in the market for convenience, style and energy efficiency.

In the two-bedroom town house he recently purchased in The Village's Hawthorn addition, he found all three — plus a bunch of “wonderful neighbors” he started meeting during morning walks with Truman, his Pekingese mix.

Johnston Builders developed the infill acreage near Hefner Road and N Pennsylvania Avenue. Co-owner Jay Johnston described Hawthorn's townhomes as having a modern flair.

Indeed, the eight dwellings bring to mind the urban-chic aesthetic that has taken root around downtown Oklahoma City but is unusual for a neighborhood as far north and west as Hawthorn — in The Village.

About two years ago, Johnston Builders entered into a deal with The Village that allowed the company to begin transforming a 25-acre swath that Johnston called blighted.

Hawthorn is embarking on Phase Two, platted for single-family “garden” homes along the west bank of a canal that runs north to south between Vineyard Boulevard and Finley Road.

The Hawthorn Townhomes, at 2200 Vineyard Blvd., feature back patios looking south across the greenbelt where Kleffman and Truman walk.

Kleffman's home, at 1,700 square feet, is an example of the larger of two models offered by Johnston Builders. Although every unit is two stories and features two bedrooms, Kleffman's layout has one bedroom downstairs and one up.

The cozier 1,485-square-foot model situates both bedrooms upstairs.

Each home includes an ample foyer which, in the larger units, opens to a living room with soaring ceilings.

Finish details vary from home to home, from wide-plank hardwood flooring in one model to Kleffman's choice of rustic tile flooring.

Kitchens open to spacious dining areas in both plans, with granite-topped counters perfect for pulling up a bar stool while the chef prepares a meal on the stainless cooktop and oven. Unusual tile backsplashes round out the kitchen decor.

The master bedrooms are large, with impressive master closets accessed via sliding “barn doors ” The master bathrooms are finished “like a $400,000 house,” with granite countertops, custom cabinetry and fixtures, and spa-style showers, Johnston said.

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