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Oklahoma City Symphony Show House: Perfect timing for The Abbey addition

The fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic is good exposure for a project aimed at upscale homebuyers when started in 2007 but stalled by the Great Recession the next year, developer Mark Gautreaux said.
by Richard Mize Published: May 11, 2013

From do re mi to la ti do — that's what developers of The Abbey at Fairview Farm hope to hear from this year's Symphony Show House fundraiser: a rising upscale market.

Up to 10,000 people will see the cozy gated addition inside the already gated Fairview Farm neighborhood who wouldn't have ventured in otherwise because of the 40th fundraiser by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League. The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through May 19. Tickets are $15. See

It's good exposure for a project aimed at upscale homebuyers that started in 2007 but was stalled by the Great Recession a year later, developer Mark Gautreaux said.

Rather than the usual one renovated house, visitors will see three new houses totally decked out for the event, which raises money for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and music education. Almost 40 designers have left their mark on 72 separate spaces across the combined 11,000 square feet of living space.

Gautreaux and homebuilder Mark Dale are partnering on The Abbey, which is the last phase of Fairview Farm, southwest of NW 164 and Western Avenue. Dale was one of the first builders in the addition when Gautreaux started it in 1993. They decided to work together on The Abbey and its 34 lots and homes, including the three on view for the Symphony Show House.

“The Trio at The Abbey” includes the Traditional, a 4,208-square-foot, two-story home at 1401 NW 158; the Contemporary, a 4,590-square-foot home with a large finished basement at 1501 NW 158; and the Italian, the smallest of the three at 2,646 square feet, at 15820 Chapel Ridge Lane.

Gautreaux said The Abbey became the venue for the Symphony Show House by happenstance. He said a friend on the Orchestra League board asked him if he knew of a potential house. Knowing that the show houses usually are large vintage mansions in Nichols Hills or Heritage Hills, he volunteered The Abbey, but not all three houses, doubting it would work.

But it did — after a little negotiation opened all three houses for the fundraiser — even though the locale in north Oklahoma City is outside the Orchestra League's usual environment and the houses, “scaled down but high end,” are more compact than the usual sprawling manses that become show houses.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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