Maintenance-free living is well represented in Oklahoma City. There are many choices in the entire metropolitan area but each offers a totally different atmosphere and lifestyle mostly due to amenities and location. Condos and garden homes are the most common lock-and-leave communities in this region.
Year built has a great deal to do with how these communities were created. The historic areas feature multi-family living with apartment houses plus the smaller 8-plex to duplex living. Most of these were built just after 1900 and fell out of favor toward the 1940’s. Oklahoma City developers have reinvented many of these and created great opportunity for those who want to either buy or lease these properties. Mixed in with the historic area original buildings are new construction apartments and condos. Some are high rise, while others are two and three story. The majority of the newer construction residences were built from 2006 to current including Block 42, Lofts at Maywood Park, The Hill at Bricktown, Central Avenue Villas, Centennial Lofts at Bricktown and City Place.
The 1980’s brought a lot of condominium development to Oklahoma City. Some of the well-known complexes of the time are The Waterford (with nearby Renaissance Waterford Hotel), Hunter’s Green, Nichols Hills Manor, Grande Pointe, Jamestown, St. Martin’s, Sutton Place, and Copperchase. The general model for these associations was based on a total maintenance-free lifestyle for homeowners. Dues are higher but most include: gated entry (or 24 hour manned), all lawn care, pool(s), clubhouse, tennis courts, walking trails, exterior maintenance, exterior insurance and city utilities. The average monthly dues for this type of community are $225-$1000/mo. depending on community and square footage.
The 1990’s and early 2000’s saw a shift in maintenance living and the garden home concept was born. Free standing dwellings where the homeowners maintain their own exterior maintenance and insurance but the lawn care, common areas and gated entry (if available) is maintained by HOA. These were developed with lower dues in mind. Some have a small pool and other features but the average monthly dues for this type of community are $85-$150/mo. Edmond and NW OKC have the high density of garden homes. Some of these are the Nichols Gate, Villas at the Vineyard, Hawthorn Place, Villas at Hidden Creek, La Reserve at Quail Creek, Glengate in NW OKC. In Edmond, Villas at Blue Quail Ridge, Fenwick Gardens, Borgata, Edinbourg, Vintage Gardens, The Highlands at Oak Tree, Villas at Auburn Meadows, Sonoma Gardens, Villas at Copper Creek, Porches at Arbor Creek
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