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Many finding change in lifestyle is exciting

By Heather Warlick Published: July 31, 2008
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Billy Garrett sold his home in the suburbs in 2005 because he wanted a more urban lifestyle. The former Edmond resident decided to buy a home at the Brownstones at Maywood Park. His family has business interests in the development of the area, and he knew a brownstone would be a good investment.

"I believe that Oklahoma City is going to be growing in leaps and bounds. It's going to take a little more time, but I wanted to get in on the ground floor before prices skyrocketed,” he said.

Two months ago, he moved in to his new brownstone. Just blocks from Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City, he has stunning views from his fourth-floor covered patio.

"I went to law school in New York City, and you can't find anything like this there,” he said.

His brownstone is about 3,700 square feet, and he chose traditional colors and textures to finish the interior with earth-tone carpet, wood blinds, banisters and other accents. Granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms give the home a warm feel that contrasts sharply to the modern, minimalist styles found in most of the model homes in the new urban developments in Oklahoma City.

Since moving in to his brownstone, Garrett said he has enjoyed being so close to the restaurants in Bricktown, and he is excited about walking to NBA basketball games.

"One bad thing is that there's not a grocery store nearby,” he said.

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