• House Plan: The Lynden provides spacious feeling

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Multiple peaks and a lofty arched porch make viewing the Lynden an uplifting experience. A wrap-around planter, plus half-round windows in the door and front bay, add touches of grace. This single-level plan could be adapted for wheelchair accessibility. The 12-foot-high entry gives you an instant feeling of spaciousness. Double doors on the left open into a bright room expanded by a window bay that fills most of the front wall. This room could be a home office, study or parlor, whatever suits the needs of the family. An art niche nestles into the passageway leading into the kitchen and great room. Across from the kitchen, another window bay brightens the eating nook. Kitchen and great room are all of a piece.

  • Oklahoma County land sales for July 11

    Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $64 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill's Office. Major sales are those of $200,000 or more.

  • Major real estate brokerages join forces in OK

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort brokerage has joined its investment group with ARA Newmark's.

  • About space

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Oklahoman real estate briefs, July 11, 2015

  • DOWNTOWN DIGS: Metropolitan Apartments set to open in January

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Wet weather has created some delays, but leasing is underway for the largest apartment development to be built in downtown Oklahoma City, with an opening in January for the Metropolitan Apartments, a 329-unit development being built along Oklahoma Avenue between NE 6 and NE 8.

  • Oklahoma City building permits for July 12

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Oklahoma City Clyde Riggs Construction, 7501 W Memorial Road, office, add-on, $10,000,000. Hixon Construction Co., 1320 Classen Drive, apartment, erect, $5,500,000. Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC, 6120 SW 29, shell building, erect, $2,745,000. Dub Stone Construction Co., 14421 Brent Drive, residence, erect, $1,686,000. CP Integrated, 3901 S Roff Ave., office-warehouse, erect, $1,200,000. Bear Creek Homes LLC, 15201  Salem Creek Place, residence, erect, $500,000. The Roberts Group LLC, 16332  Morningside Drive, residence, erect, $500,000. TAP Architecture, 222 NW 15, church, install, $500,000. Clyde Riggs Construction, 5109 NW 3, office-warehouse, erect, $500,000.

  • The Listing of the Week: 2624 Cattle Drive, Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The 3,405-square-foot home at 2624 Cattle Drive has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, three living rooms, two dining areas, a storm shelter and an attached three-car garage.

  • House Plan: Duplex has different floor plans

    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The Corydon is not your standard mirror-image duplex. In fact, it takes a bit of study to see what's going on with the floor plan. Here's how it shakes down. The plan is designed for construction on a corner lot, or a wide lot with both front and side access. Front porches are not next to each other, and garages are well-separated. This gives each unit a large measure of privacy. Unit A has two stories. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs, and it has direct access to a two-car garage. Unit B is a single-level, two-bedroom plan with an attached, direct entry one-car garage, right next to a two-car garage. It would be up to the owners which unit used this double garage. This plan would be ideal for an

  • Avondale addition goes all geothermal in Moore

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Thanks to geothermal heating and cooling included as a standard feature in all 44 of Avondale’s home sites in Moore, Oklahoma builder-developers Greg McAlister and Josh Kitchen said that residents could expect dramatically lower monthly costs for those services.

  • Smart Moves: Tips for young buyers in expensive areas

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Besides the continuing availability of low mortgage rates, more young purchasers are now eligible for down-payment assistance programs. One source of information about these — along with homeowner education seminars — is the NeighborWorks website: neighborworks.org.

  • The Housing Inspector: Additions without building permits

    By Barry Stone | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Whether your home inspector is liable for professional negligence depends on whether pertinent defects involving the additions were visible and accessible at the time of the inspection.

  • Classen-10-Penn mixed use development gets commission approval

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Apartments and ground-floor retail in development also will feature access for bikes, pedestrians and public transit.

  • Straw bale gardening has benefits

    By Ray Ridlen | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Some benefits include extending the growing season by planting a little earlier in the spring and later into the fall as the bale provides insulation to plant roots, plus, as it decomposes, it provides heat to keep plants warm.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Mortgage customers vent; lenders fume

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Starting in late June, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began posting what it calls "narratives" that name the bank or company involved in a complaint and go into sometimes excruciating detail. Allegations get pretty serious — charges of lending fraud, violations of federal regulations and illegal overcharges.

  • All the Home’s a Stage Part 9: First comes house love, then comes marriage

    By Marni Jameson   | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    While the ink was still wet on the loan docs, DC asked me to meet him back at our happy yellow house. There, he opened a kitchen drawer, pulled out a little box and asked me if I would marry him.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • Tickets for St. Jude Dream Home are on sale

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The value of the homes is estimated at $400,000. Winners of the house and other prizes will be announced at noon Aug. 16 on KOKH-25. Proceeds from the giveaway will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

  • OKC Beautiful’s Gardening Tip of the Month: Take care of berry shrubs now for beautiful displays this fall!

    By Carla Sharpe  | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Berried shrubs and trees add wonderful interest to the winter landscape. Take some time now to plan ahead. The payoff will be worth it.

  • Central Oklahoma Habitat builds its 800th home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The effort took part in conjunction with National Women Build Week, a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program that challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

  • Outdoor living transcends trendiness, especially on the Fourth of July

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    For Independence Day at home with family and friends in Oklahoma, some folks will be showing off their outdoor living space to visitors whose eyes will be opened to the possibilities for the first time.