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In My Neighborhood in Oklahoma City : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 6, 2013
Melissa Dana answered:
I believe your are referring to the area of Greenvale Elementary which is Western Hights. Depending on the information you are looking for you can click the local information tap at the top and see various things like crime level, community info, schools, home prices. ... more
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Mon Mar 4, 2013
barry6351 answered:
After investigating this case personally back in 2009, I am convinced that something of high strangeness occurred here. The witnesses were solid. No evidence was found supporting the idea that someone hoaxed this by manipulating a doll in front of Puckett's security cameras despite proclamations from detractors to the story. And what convinced me more was the fact that if indeed a hoaxer had been present, how would they have known what Tracy Martin was wearing the night of the fatal crash? Only OKC officer Kevin Parton would have known that information as I talked with him on camera when I was there. Tracy had been attired in coveralls correlating to what the phantom was wearing when captured on Puckett's security camera rig. ... more
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
okiedoke answered:
I wouldn't live there. Nor would I live in Putnam Heights or the surrounding areas.

But, then again, I wouldn't even live in the Paseo. Those areas are generally more walkable, young/hip/trendy, closer to bars/nightlife/organic stores/yoga studios. There are some nice houses there, and some gross places. It just feels old and less safe to me than, say, Edmond. It's not uncommon to hear sirens in the Paseo. Putnam Heights and Sheperd Historic District have quite a few "crime dots" on the crime map I like to below. It's not the worst place ever, but not the safest. It's generally regarded as a more up-and-coming area. In the 1980s, it sucked. The Paseo was the hood. In the 1990s it got better. Now there are some expensive houses in both of those areas. Even so, they still have their share of crime.... several times that of nice Edmond neighborhoods.

Here's the easiest crime tool. Just type in Sheperd Historic District:

News 9 Crime Tracker: http://www.news9.com/category/161407/crime-tracker

You could probably live there and be fine. It appears that car break-ins are the most common occurrence. Like I said, I wouldn't live there... but plenty of people think it's a trendy cool area.

I just don't consider it safe enough, and I don't think you get enough for your money. While pay $150,000 for an old ("historic") house in Putnam Heights that's a 3 bedroom with only 1 or 2 small bathrooms that needs renovation when you can pay the same price or a little less for a nice, new 3-4 bedroom in Edmond? Or a 1980s/1990s larger house in Edmond? I don't understand the desire for the old and not updated. But, many people like original bathrooms and everything else from the historic district. Putnam Heights and Paseo and Shepperd Historic District have houses from the 1920s even. If you like historic homes, you've got it there. Some are nice.... but some are overpriced. There aren't a great deal of historic homes in OKC. Some are pretty. Some are gross. Some are nicely updated. Some are run down. I understand the charm in nicer, well-kept, renovated old homes. I just haven't seen many well-renovated, nice homes in Putnam Heights or Shepperd that I would say are worth the money. Some are simply overpriced. You pay more there for what you could get elsewhere that's nicer and newer.

I've seen a lot of homes in Putnam with only one bathroom in the house for 3 bedrooms. Or the master bedroom upstairs. Um, what? Who wants a master bedroom upstairs? People used to. Now buyers want the master bedroom downstairs... always. And, more than one bathroom in a house. And, a garage. And, closets.... and master bathrooms. Old historic houses in those areas rarely have all the above. Think about your potential buyers when you sell the house. How many people with kids want a 3 bedroom house with ONE old small bathroom and no master bathroom? And, the master bedroom upstairs? In those public schools? Yeah. Have fun trying to sell that house. Those buyers are often either younger and childless, or retirees, or transplants from big cities like Portland. Think about what percentage of the market would buy the house you buy there with 1-2 bathrooms for 3-4 bedrooms in those schools, etc.

If you insist on an old historic home and the charm that such old homes have, Shepperd Historic and Putnam Heights are an adequate area for that. It does have its charm. It also has it's crime.

Note the crime along 23rd street in the map. In August alone, there were half a dozen or more assaults, burglaries, and robberies just on 23rd street within a few blocks between May and Western. If you enter Shepperd Historic on that map, you'll see probably 50 "dots" locating where crimes occurred just in August in Shepperd Historic District.

If you like historic, and want "young hipster," Putnam Heights and Shepard Historic are good places. I just prefer to get more/better house for my money, and want safer areas. Those are fairly trendy neighborhoods, especially for younger people who want to live near the bars and nightlife of those areas and 10-Penn. Those areas do have more of a nightlife nearby and "urban" things like health food stores, yoga studios, bars, nightlife, places that stay open late, etc. It's more "hip."

Some of those areas are walkable. Places like Paseo, Shepperd, and Putnam Heights are often more walkable. That's a plus. You rarely can walk to restaurants, bars, or grocery in Edmond.

Let's take another look at the crime map.

News 9 Crime Tracker: http://www.news9.com/category/161407/crime-tracker

Type in Shepperd Historic Historic. See all those crime "dots" this month? Can you count them all?

Yeah.

Now, type in an Edmond neighborhood.

See how relatively few crime dots there are? I can count Edmond's crime dots on 2 hands or less.

Yep.

Oh, and schools? I won't even TALK about that. The schools that Sheppard Historic District kids go to... less than good. Can you afford Cassady private school?
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Leah Brown answered:
I always send my clients to News 9's Crime Tracker site as well. You can enter an address and pull up what crime activity has occurred within a certain radius and time frame. The link is http://www.news9.com/category/161407/crime-tracker.

Family Watch Dog is the website for tracking violent offenders. You type in the address and can see who lives nearby. You can access this site via my website, http://www.HomesWithLeah.com, under the Resources tab.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Leah Brown, Prudential Alliance Realty
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Tue Sep 4, 2012
Karen Moseley answered:
I live in the Bel-Aire area on 118th. We have been here for over 24 years. No problems. Everyone kind of looks out for each other. There is an active volunteer HOA. I have a house listed on 110th. There seems to be some improvement in that area in the last few months. There are some foreclosures and short sales, as in most areas. It is still a decent area. ... more
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Mon Jul 23, 2012
Josh Barnett answered:
Katherine,

There are two Woodland Parks in the OKC Metro. If you type your address into, New Channel 9's Crime Tracker, you will be able to find the information you are looking for.

News 9 Crime Tracker: http://www.news9.com/category/161407/crime-tracker

Hope this helps,

Josh Barnett, Realtor
Metro First Realty
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Thu Jul 19, 2012
Lnrmom answered:
I've been to Looney Bin a couple times and have yet to be disappointed. Some of the opening acts can be skipped in my opinion, but typically we have a great time. They have a website that lists the headliner for the week. Last year they brought Carlos Mencia and ended up having to add another show because it was so packed. ... more
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Sun Jul 15, 2012
valeriehelgeson answered:
Whole foods is less than a mile away and Penn Square Mall, which is the best mall in Oklahoma City is a 1/2 mile away. There is a park within waling distance. Chesapeake Energy is 1 mile away, downtown OKC is five minutes. Great restaurants all over the place in this neighborhood. ... more
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Tue May 22, 2012
Sandra Dawson answered:
It all depends. If you are an investor with time and money it may be good, there could be a good potential for profit. If you are looking at it for a place to live, most likely not. The things you named already will likely cost nearly what the home costs to fix, so be sure to add that to the price.

Many of these great foreclosure deals are great deals but unfortunately with the backlog that we have most of them go vacant for a long time (years). Homes were meant to be lived in, and when the arent, things go wrong with them in a hurry. I hope this helps!
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Sun Mar 25, 2012
John Phillips answered:
Hi Annnas:
In my opinion only Mesta Park is a very nice and good neighborhood to raise a family: You can go on line and check it out in the Sheriff's page: I would live there: I would also be glad to do a tour with you:

John Phillips
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Fri Mar 23, 2012
Rose Wilkinson answered:
Go to your local library and ask for their "Criss Cross" directory. You should be able to find the neighborhood in there you are interested in.

If there is a solid black dot by a lot of people's names in the neighborhood you are interested in - this is a good sign. This means that the home is owner occupied.

If there is no black dot by the name, that means the person who owns the home doesn't live in it and it is a rental property, aka "tenant occupied."

A "good" neighborhood usually has a good ratio of owner occupants versus tenant occupants. Of course, crime statistics would help as well. But most of the time, if an area is heavily saturated with tenants, crime is sure to follow.
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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
I've attached some comps, it's a very generic look into what's sold recently. Are you using this to help price a home or purchase a home? Either way, my team and I would love to help you and can. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jennifer Henning
REALTOR | GREEN
Home Makers Team
RE/MAX Preferred

[p] 405.625.1576
[o] 405.751.4848
[e] Jenn@HomeMakersRealty.com
www.HomeMakersRealty.com
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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
As Realtors we can't give an opinion to what neighborhoods are "good." However, if you tell me what you want in a neighborhood/community, I can possibly help you determine which areas might work best for you. ... more
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Tue Jan 31, 2012
Orjana Bleta answered:
There are currently 12 active listings (Short sale & REO) in the 73127 zip code. Prices ranging, $34,900-$159,900. A Real Estate Agent should guide you towards making the purchase that fits your family’s needs best! ... more
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Tue Jul 12, 2011
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
Hi Cardell:

Here is a virtual tour of City Place: http://www.cityplaceok.com/live/virtual-tour. Here is a link to the flooroplan off the 32nd floor: http://www.cityplaceok.com/live/floor-plans/penthouse32 and the 33rd floor: http://www.cityplaceok.com/live/floor-plans/penthouse33. This would be a fabulous place to live!

Jennifer Henning
REALTOR | GREEN Designee
[p] 405.625.1576
[e] Jenn@JenniferSellsOklahoma.com
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Wed May 25, 2011
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
Hi Terry:

Go to http://www.crimereports.com/ and plug in any address you wish to check out crime rates. If you are looking for a home or for further help, email me at Jenn@JenniferSellsOklahoma.com or call (405) 625-1576.

Jennifer Henning
REALTOR | GREEN Designee
[p] 405.625.1576
[e] Jenn@JenniferSellsOklahoma.com
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Wed Mar 23, 2011
Russell Benson answered:
I wanted to add that you should always contact someone with expertise in that area and in the Moore Schools in general. Our market in South OKC & Moore are much different than NW OKC, etc. Our schools here in Moore are outstanding and you're really close to Briarwood and SouthMoore and you can't beat all the new retail we have and it's growing all the time.

Russell Benson, Realtor®
Prudential Alliance Realty
405.378.4442
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Wed Mar 9, 2011
David Franke answered:
Bush Hills is an exceptional addition. Some of the old money from OKC used to have summer homes there. They lived downtown and went out there. One of the recent Mayors of OKC lived there for years. Crime reports are on New9 website

Thanks

David Franke
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Wed Sep 15, 2010
Jennifer Blackwell answered:
Did you ever locate anyone from Woodlake? A couple others on Trulia are looking for them too. I located this information, if you haven't had any luck. Mailing address for Woodlake HOA, Inc PO Box 23841, OKC, OK 73132. You might also try Woodlake Partnership PO Box 721413 OKC, OK 73172. Phone number 405-787-5304.

Good luck!

Jennifer Henning, Realtor
Keller Williams Northwest
Oklahoma City, OK
Jenn@JenniferSellsOklahoma.com
405-625-1576
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