• Listing of the week

    Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Listing of the week: Home features custom details

  • 'Create Great Neighborhoods' finalists announced

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    For the Northwood neighborhood, south of Memorial Road across from Oklahoma Christian University, a facelift at the main entrance has been on the wish list since a stray vehicle bowled a perfect strike on brickwork and landscaping there. In Rollingwood, a midcentury addition near NW 63 and Meridian, the neighborhood association has designed and built new boundary-marker signs — but so far they’ve funded only two of the four they need. Those communities, along with the JFK neighborhood in northeast Oklahoma City, are finalists in the 2014 “Create Great Neighborhoods” campaign, with each finalist guaranteed a share of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s $5,000 Positive Energy Grant.

  • Oklahoma County land sales

    Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $33 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • House plan

    Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    House plan: The Lakeview

  • When customer service falls in the toilet

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    At home with Marni Jameson: When customer service falls in the toilet

  • Winter doesn't mean goodbye for geraniums

    Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The first hard frost doesn't have to be the end of your geraniums.

  • Students reminisce at a demolition party on the site of the former John Marshall High School

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Oklahoma City developers plan townhomes on the site of former John Marshall High School. About 60 graduates attended a ceremony for the old campus before demolition begins.

  • Art lovers help demolish Oklahoma City home while adding to their collections

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Kayla Baker, owner of Northline Development, was brainstorming with her assistant, Sara Tham, Tennille McCallister, of Verbode Homes, and Dylan and Amanda Bradway, owners of DNA Gallery, when the Bradways discussed Oklahoma City’s lack of public art. Baker quickly suggested the old wood frame home set to be demolished at 811 NW 8 be turned into a canvas for artists that could then be salvaged by art lovers.

  • Tiny houses save Orlando owners money

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Emily Lindahl's house has all the amenities she needs to live, despite the fact that it's only 120-square-feet in size. "I used to live in almost 2,300 square feet, so it's about five percent of the size of my old house," Lindahl said. Her home includes a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave. Lindahl converted a small "second bedroom" into a closet and her bed sits in a loft above her small living area.

  • The living house

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    On 300 acres between Williamsburg and DUMBO, the former Brooklyn Navy Yard had shipbuilders once construct war ships. Now, the property is being used as a green manufacturing center, a new kind of factory for inventors cultivating the next "big thing." Harvard graduate, MIT PhD, and now NYU professor Mitchell Joachim is working on environmentally friendly ways for us to live.

  • Listing of the Week: 7025 NW 131 Terrace, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    The 1,640-square-foot home at 7025 NW 131 Terrace has three bedrooms, two baths, one living room, one dining area and an attached two-car garage.

  • Gatewood historic home tour in Oklahoma City includes remodeled 92-year-old Colonial Revival

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    The 18th annual Gatewood Historic District Home and Garden Tourwill be Sunday in Oklahoma City.

  • Smart Moves: Tips to make trading up easier

    by Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    While the real estate market traditionally slows in the fall and winter, that doesn’t stop diehard buyers who aspire to a property that’s newer, larger or simply more to their liking. Take the true story of a couple in their early 60s, a travel agent married to a government consultant, who sold their multilevel family house and plan to buy a more expensive single-story place with a huge gourmet kitchen and an expansive patio. “Lots of baby boomers are now aching to bail out of a dated suburban house in favor of a newer one with no stairs. And some of these folks are so restless that they refuse to wait until spring to move,” said Sid Davis, a real estate broker and author of “A Survival Guide for Buying a Home.

  • Rodd Moesel: Extend the season of many of your plants by covering them

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Most of Oklahoma has been blessed with much-needed rain in the past two weeks. Hopefully, more rain will fall our way in the near future. Those rains have made our plant materials much happier as we march toward the first freeze of fall. If the averages hold true, we can expect our first freeze in the next week or two. We often end up with several weeks of beautiful “Indian Summer” after or between some of these early frosts and freezes that will give us even more time to enjoy our gardening. If we are going to get a light frost, you can extend the season of many of your plants by covering them with a commercial garden row cover, burlap, old sheets or towels for a few extra degrees of protection.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: For vets, a housing boom

    BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — There may be fewer military boots on the ground overseas, but here at home there have been major campaigns in the housing market this year directed at veterans. Not only has the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA home-loan program gained significant market share compared with competing private and government mortgage options, but big banks and mortgage companies have stepped up efforts to help returning veterans obtain decent and affordable housing, including by gifting them hundreds of homes free of charge, with no mortgage attached. The VA’s home-purchase financing program is now at record levels. New loans to buy houses have more than doubled since 2007.

  • Richard Mize: Oklahoma home love fades

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Romancing the home takes flowers

  • At Home With Marni Jameson: Design team promotes 'gilt by association'

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Atlanta architect Bobby McAlpine woke up one morning and saw the light, in the most poetic sense. This never happens to me. “I noticed the light would move through the space, selectively choose objects and illuminate them to the point of bursting,” he told me describing the moment he knew he was onto a new book. “It was very choosy. Everything got its turn at being precious and focused upon.” How many of us, and my hand is up, would have rolled over that morning, pulled a pillow over our heads, and said, “Who opened the blinds, dagnabbit?” Not McAlpine, which is why we have “Art of the House: Reflections on Design” (Rizzoli 2014), which McAlpine wrote with his long-time business partner, interior

  • The House Detective: The home inspector's Halloween

    By Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: You never do columns that recognize holidays. Even at Christmastime and the Fourth of July, your articles are always about property defects, real estate disclosure and home inspections. Now that Halloween is here, how about a spooky house story? Something in keeping with the season. Surely you've inspected a few creaky old houses. How about it? — Bram DEAR BRAM: Home inspections tend to be business-as-usual events: checking the foundations, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring and so on. But there was one inspection that I recall with dread and discomfort; an inspection where property defects ceased to be of concern, where routine was overshadowed by fear, where disclosures were eclipsed by a frenzied

  • Oklahoma City building permits for Oct. 25

    Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City Concrete Enterprises Inc., 1609 SE Grand Blvd., warehouse, erect, $12,000,000. P&P Homes, 525 N Sara Road, business, erect, $550,000. Manhattan Construction Co., 800 N May Ave., warehouse, erect, $400,000. Manhattan Construction Co., 800 N May Ave., warehouse, erect, $400,000. Jason Powers Homes Inc., doing business as JP Homes, 10632 Daryl Drive, residence, erect, $390,000. Brass Brick Platinum Series Homes LLC, 2920 NW 184, residence, erect, $339,200. Brass Brick Platinum Series Homes LLC, 1001 NW 185, residence, erect, $339,200. Waldrop Construction Inc., 13401 N Western Ave., medical clinic-office, remodel, $324,000. Raywood Homes, 10905 NW 36 Terrace, residence,

  • Oklahoma City home supply slips again

    By Richard Mize, Real Estate Editor | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The number of homes listed for sale at the end of September amounted to a 4.17-month supply, according to the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.