Have you been considering breaking out of your old rut and kick-starting a new era in your life by moving into a new home? Are your closets bursting at the seams and your family needs more space? Or maybe, you’ve become empty-nesters and have been thinking about downsizing, but you don’t want to move into a retirement apartment just yet. Should you buy an existing home and begin remodeling? Should you find a lot, hire a contractor and build a house that fits your needs? Does considering your options boggle your mind and keep you where you are? Then maybe you should consider buying a newly-built home!
5 Reasons to buy a newly-built home
1. Better for your health
A newly-built home is less likely to have the health concerns or toxic materials such as asbestos, lead paint or even mold, that an older home may have.
2. Better for the environment
Newly-built homes are more “Green” – using certain materials that are better for the environment; use Green and Energy Star rated appliances; install more efficient toilets, plumbing fixtures and electrical fixtures than do older homes.
3. Better for your pocketbook!
A newly-built home can allow you the option to wire for future technology upgrades, such as home automation and solar that could save you thousands of dollars in the long-run. Newly-built homes require fewer repairs and less maintenance, which can save both money and time.
4. Get EXACTLY what you want without the headache
You could purchase a lot, hire a contractor and start on the arduous task of building your dream home, yes, but by buying a newly-built home you can avoid the two biggest drawbacks to building, both of which can increase throughout the home-building process: higher costs and longer time-frame. And many newly-built home packages allow you to choose surfaces, colors and even the style of the home itself!
5. Live in one of Tulsa’s Newest Hot Spots – The Golden Horseshoe
The Golden Horseshoe is a moniker that defines the hot spots of south Tulsa county real estate which includes the Glenpool, Bixby and south Tulsa markets. “The Golden Horseshoe refers to Hwy 75 south from Tulsa Hills to 151st south, which is also state Hwy 67, then back up Memorial to the Creek Turnpike. That is a hotbed of activity with significant commercial and residential development, both on-going and future,” explains Curt Roberts, a full-time, full-service REALTOR at McGraw REALTORS, and an expert about developments inside of the Golden Horseshoe.
2 Exceptional New Additions You Could Move into This Year!
Located at 131st & Peoria/Elm in South Jenks, here are just a few of the things you will enjoy by moving to Yorktown:
- Large green spaces
- Miles of jogging trails
- Multiple pools and water parks
- A large football field and stadium
- Active Homeowner’s Association
- A walkable, bikeable lifestyle
- 2 miles from Jenks
- 2 miles from the 121st Street and Hwy 75 shopping corridor
- Variety of price points ranging from the mid $200K’s to $800K +
- Bixby school system
- A bond issue passed and funded for a new elementary school at 148th and Harvard, scheduled to open in 2020
There are seven phases in this development totaling over 700 homes that will be built. The last 2 phases are available with numerous homes still being built, all of them customizable to some degree. Curt explains that some of the homes have a total floor plan design package but some offer appointments and amenities options allowing you to choose surface materials, colors and exterior design choices including Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional and French Country styles. Sizes range from 1600 SF to 6000 SF – perfect for downsizing baby boomers as well as young couples needing more space for a growing family.
“The main draws to this addition are the amenity packages, the style and size of the development itself and its proximity to the Creek Turnpike and Hwy 75, making it easy to get to Tulsa Hills as well as convenient for people who work in downtown Tulsa,” Curt explains.
Estates at the River
This exciting new addition, located on 121st between Yale and Sheridan, lies on over 100 acres inside of the Golden Horseshoe and has/is:
Neighborhood pool and walking trails
- Tied to the Riverpark’s Walking System
- Easy access to all linkages and services
- 1st phase has homes in the $300K – $400K price
- 2nd phase has homes in the $500K – $600K price
- 3rd phase in the planning stages now will be patio homes typically for downsizers or singles
- ½ mile from Bixby North campus
- A new elementary school at 131st and Sheridan is being planned now
Are You A Baby Boomer or Empty Nester Wanting to Downsize?
Downsizing is a driving force in the real estate market right now. Baby boomers and empty nesters want the quality they have enjoyed in the larger homes they’ve owned but they want it in a much smaller footprint, typically a one-story in a gated neighborhood with golf cart accessible roads.
Two such successful additions within the Golden Horseshoe are Hyde Park and Rabbit Run.
Not Quite Ready?
Dozens of additions within the Golden Horseshoe are currently being built-out, but there are at least 10 major developments consisting of over 1,000 acres that are under contract to be developed within the next 10 years.
Curt Roberts’ odyssey into real estate has been a long one. He tells us, “While many people are retiring at this age, I find my work stimulating. I enjoy making people’s dreams come true.” He was a real estate appraiser for 26 years and a builder for 15 years, owning three building companies. Curt and over 500 expert McGraw agents are available to guide you with your next home. Whether you decide to build, buy a newly-built or an existing older home, be sure to choose an experienced, licensed agent backed by a reputable company. McGraw REALTORS is the largest independently owned Real Estate Company in OK, serving northeast OK for over 80 years.
by Rosie Gorrell