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Downtown Oklahoma City’s amenities are attractive, even compared to Santa Fe, N.M.

BY DYRINDA TYSON Published: August 11, 2012
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Central Avenue Villas, 444 N Central Ave. Photo by PAUL HELLSTERN, The Oklahoman

“Very few things were ordered out of a catalog,” Bevers said.

The McCurdys took up residence in their new home in November and immediately were caught up in the lifestyle. They rarely spend their evenings at home in front of the television, Janie McCurdy said.

“We go out three or four nights a week,” she said.

Her husband added, “One of the nice things is you can just walk there.”

And they’re getting more company. Massey, who was brought on board with RE/MAX associate Wendy Chong to market Block 42’s last 10 units, has sold four and has six under contract.

Block 42 isn’t the only popular spot downtown. Keller Willams Realtor Peter Levinson, who helps market the Brownstones at Mayfair Park on NE 3 among others, said he averages two or three condo sales a month.

“People are really excited to be living down here,” he said.

He said downtown buyers tend to fall into two groups: empty-nesters like the McCurdys and young professionals either working downtown or somewhere close by like the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Matt Marcacci, a Realtor with First Source Real Estate working with the Hill at Bricktown on NE 2, said he deals with some clients from outlying towns who are seeking a second home.

“A lot of them were doing business here, and they were spending a fortune on hotels,” he said. “So they decided it was more economical and better in general to have a place to hang their hat.” It’s just a handful of clients, he said. “But it’s still an interesting demographic.”

The one piece missing downtown, Levinson said, are smaller condos, one-bedroom units for around $200,000.

“I probably get two or three calls a day from buyers calling and asking if there’s anything like that, and there’s just not,” he said.

For those making the move, though, downtown Oklahoma City offers more than hustle and bustle and a spot in the middle of the action. Friendships are formed, and residents become “regulars” in the neighborhood businesses.

“It’s like back in the day when everyone knew their neighbors,” Bevers said.


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