Top 10 Tuesday at Verbode- Fall Events in the OKC Metro

Top Ten Tuesday at Verbode – Fall Events in the OKC Metro

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There are so many fun fall events coming up in October and November in the OKC Metro. Here’s a run-down of the ten we think you should not miss:

1. OKC Horror Fest: Two Things

This event put on by the OKC Film Society and hosted at The Venue OKC will offer a viewing of The Thing From Another World (1951) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). These movies both offer political commentary on their respective eras without sacrificing story. Catch the showings for free from 6-11 PM tonight, October 3rd, 2017.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1895443027134303/

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2. A Night Out for Puerto Rico: Fundraiser and Supply Drive

On Thursday the 5th of October from 5-8pm, Flashback RetroPub and The Fried Taco have joined together to throw a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts. 100% of the evening’s food and beverage sales will be donated in conjunction with a supply drive for needed items. There will be tables set up outside for families and those who wish to enter Flashback will need to be 21+.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167705537140003/

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3. Lunar Moon Festival

Saturday, October 7th, from 4PM-10PM the Vietnamese American Community of Oklahoma City and Vicinity are hosting this harvest festival that is celebrated by ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese. According to the Facebook event, “Dragon dances, traditional dance performances, food trucks, vendors…and games” will be essential parts of this celebration. Children will also be treated to free lanterns and other goodies. It will take place in Military Park.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718783128427502/

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4. Midtown Walkabout

October 21st, from 2-6PM the 4th Annual Midtown Walkabout will feature live music, giveaways, specials from local businesses and more. For a complete list of offers visit the link below. Listed on their website are several new additions to the event including, “Live pumpkin carving demonstration, live muralist, The Big Friendly, live chalk artist, and more!”

More information here: http://downtownokc.com/midtown-walkabout/

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5. Brick or Treat

At this free event Bricktown businesses cater to the kiddos encouraging children under the age of 14 to come dressed in full costumes. Maps will be passed out in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and Mickey Mantle Plaza for trick-or-treaters. Afterwards, the movie Hocus Pocus will be played at 7:30pm in the Ballpark. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 24th from 4-7PM.

More information here: http://downtownokc.com/brick-or-treat/

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6. St. Elijah Annual Food Festival and Bake Sale

Well worth the short drive to St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church on North May Avenue, this annual festival combines culture, arts, and extremely good Mediterranean ethnic food. This event runs from October 27th at 10 AM until October 28th at 8pm. In addition, the church itself has beautiful architecture and a small room is staged for displays on history and tradition.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/StElijahAnnualFoodFestival/

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7. Gypsy Glam Roadshow Fall Festival

October 28th from 11AM-3PM at Tony’s Tree Plantation. This family-friendly event will feature a “pooch parade” and pumpkin decorating as well as numerous pop-up shops and food trucks. Halloween costumes are encouraged for this event as there will be selfie-stations for your children and/or pets.

More information here: https://www.oklahomagypsyglam.com/show-details

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8. Fall Open Streets OKC

This street festival is a celebration of healthier living and community. The stretch of S. Robinson from SW 15th to SW 29th is “reclaimed” for the use of cyclists, walkers, skateboarders, etc. and the purpose is to encourage accessible communities in order to strengthen the local community and economy. Local food and activities will be a key part. It will take place from 1-5PM on October 29th.

More information here: http://www.openstreetsokc.com/about-open-streets

 

9. Wizards on Western: Harry Potter Festival

Hosted in the Western Avenue District of Oklahoma City, this event combines all the love for Potter World with the idea of community and local business patronage. The sorting hat, selfie stations and photo ops, activities, and more will be high-points. Additional activities will require a paid admission but include Tri-Wizard Harry Potter Trivia and a Harry Potter themed band inside Will Rogers Theater. November 12th from 1PM-6PM.

More information here: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Calendar/Events-Calendar/index.php/name/Wizards-on-Western-Harry-Potter-Festival/event/27048/

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10. Thanksgiving Celebration at Chickasaw Cultural Center

Saturday November 25th and Sunday November 26th the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur opens their doors for two days filled with cultural demonstrations, including stomp dance, and tours of their traditional village. There will also be a children’s Christmas workshop and decorations on display and for sale throughout the center and in the retail shops.

More information here: http://chickasawcountry.com/events/ccc-thanksgiving-celebration

Photo from the Cultural Center in Sulphur. January 25, 2011 Photographer: Mike McKee

Photo from the Cultural Center in Sulphur.
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Photographer: Mike McKee

 

Let us know which ones you make it to!

 

 

 

Top Ten Ways to Pick a Neighborhood for your Family

In modern day Real Estate, we have found more than ever that choosing a Neighborhood is the most important decision a Buyer makes. They are looking for the perfect community, not just the perfect home. Schools, retail, traffic, walkability and style all play a role in choosing a Neighborhood. The Urban Core of OKC is seeing a renaissance of the City Neighborhood.

The diversity of style and location in the Urban Core allows many buyers to have multiple options. Everything from Historic to modern housing is on the rise. So how do you find that perfect Neighborhood for your Family? We put together a list of ten ways to make that decision.

10. Traffic

Living in the Urban Core of a major Metropolitan area can be a time saver. Unless of course you live next to a major street or highway. Always check the traffic in and around the Neighborhoods you are looking at. You might find it is too much for your sanity to wait in line to get only a few blocks. Oklahoma City is still relatively light on traffic, but populations grow.

Example: Jefferson Park is close to a major highway, but is hidden away from major traffic.

9. Landscape

Believe it or not, there are Urban Core Neighborhoods with inclined streets and busy yards in OKC. If you love doing yard work yourself, look for homes that have customizable spaces. Streets lined with tall streets can give you shade during Summer months. However, those trees then drop their leaves all over yards and streets. If that is a hassle to you, choose a Neighborhood with younger, smaller trees.

Example: Crown Heights is known for the many different landscapes and has close access to multiple parks.

 

 

8. History

At Verbode we love the history of our homes. The stories of owners past and the many changes the Neighborhood and home have been through. Some Neighborhoods have more history than others which will likely give them protection from the Historic Preservation of OKC. Changes to homes must be approved in order to keep the Neighborhood as it was meant to look.

Example: Heritage Hills has more homes with great stories than they know what to do with.

7. Retail

With the rise of OKC districts, more and more local retail is opening near Urban Core Neighborhoods. Whether it be restaurants or shopping opportunities, the Urban Core has plenty to choose from. If your favorite store or restaurant is only walking distance away, you may want to rethink moving in that Neighborhood. It may cause you to gain weight or spend too much money. All joking aside, there are many Neighborhoods that benefit from their close proximity to retail.

Example: Gatewood, in close proximity of the Plaza District, is walking distance from many new shops and restaurants.

 

6. Walking & Biking Ability

Cities are trying harder to give their citizen’s more options of getting around town. It is a huge plus to have sidewalks and plenty of room for bikes in a Neighborhood. It almost seemed a sense of nostalgia to think of a Neighborhood that was walkable and bike safe. Now thanks to a few Maps Projections, OKC neighborhoods are getting new sidewalks and streets are being widened. Nothing is better than walking in your Neighborhood with your family and pets. Check out the walkscore of your favorite Neighborhood.

Example: Mesta Park has wide streets and brand new sidewalks that a many residents use on a daily basis.

5. Association

Not all Neighborhoods have Associations, but the strong and well connected ones do. In recent years a few Neighborhoods in the Urban Core lacked a plan of action to make their Neighborhoods better. Now there are strong Associations within even the smallest of Neighborhoods. Associations can help with beautification and maintenance of the area. It also allows for block parties and get togethers so you can better know those who live nearby.

Example: Miller has recently put together a great and well received Neighborhood Association.

4. Access

Access has a lot to do about location and how to get in and out of your Neighborhood. Most Neighborhoods in the Urban Core were planned on a grid system. Allowing multiple different entrance and exit points through out. It is now important to find the routes through your Neighborhood that take you to your favorite Districts. You may find out it is easier to access by foot or bike, than by car.

Example: Paseo is wedged between the Paseo Arts District and Uptown 23rd. Both a short walk from the Neighborhood.

3. Affordability

We are very lucky in the OKC Urban Core to have many ranges of affordability. Yes, most everyone wants to live in the Historic Neighborhood with large estates and amazing architecture. However, the best Neighborhood for your family, is the one that is affordable to your financial situation. There are Neighborhoods that would surprise you with their affordability.

Example: Crestwood gives you the historic feel with the affordability for all price ranges.

 

2. Schools

Now more than ever we are searching for schools that we feel safe sending our kids too. Not only do we want them to receive a great academic education, we also want them to have a strong social education. Learning to interact with all types of people and cultures. Many of the Urban Neighborhoods have schools built right in the middle. This means you can walk your most precious of family members to school everyday.

Example: Cleveland has a school with the same name and is also close to the Middle & High schools your children would attend.

1. Safety

Above all we want to feel safe in our Neighborhoods. Crime is not always consistent in certain areas, so it is important to research the area and those living in it. Ask potential Neighbors if they have felt safe living in that Neighborhood. Make sure the crime rate is low and on the decline. Take a stroll through the streets at night to gage if it feels safe. Street lights and open front doors are good indicators of how safe a Neighborhood is.

Example: Putnam Heights has sidewalks with lights and plenty of room between homes. Allowing for a buffer from the major streets and traffic.

 

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Verbode’s Top 10 Tuesday Mesta Park

unnamedVerbode’s Top 10 Tuesday features Mesta Park. Mesta Park, also known as the University Addition,  is a distinct neighborhood situated in the heart of Oklahoma City. Though there are so many things we love about this historic area adjacent to Heritage Hills, we’re sharing ten of our favorites!

 

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1. Landscaped medians- Along 18th Street and Shartel are medians home to gorgeous seasonal plantings. At one time, this route served as Oklahoma City’s old trolley line. The trolley was designed to make Mesta Park, once considered “the suburbs”, accessible and close-by to the growing downtown area.

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Diverse historic home styles- Bungalow, Craftsman, Victorian, Four-square, Neo-classical and Prairie home designs can be seen on a walk or drive through Mesta Park. If you are an architecture fan or even an Oklahoma history buff, you’ll find the area rich in information and restored historic homes.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Namesake- “Perle Skirvin Mesta” was a renowned hostess within the neighborhood. Her father was William B. Skirvin (yes, of the Skirvin hotel) but her own accomplishments and reputation are infamous in their own right. Besides throwing lavish parties for everyone in the political world including presidents, and later many others, she was dedicated to helping the underprivileged and a marked businesswoman. Check out this excerpt from a story by the Oklahoman: “When her husband died from a heart attack in April 1925…[she] inherited an overwhelming majority of company stock and stunned the all-male board of directors by seating herself as her husband’s replacement on the board.” Perle Mesta is an excellent and incredibly interesting namesake. For more information see: http://newsok.com/article/2149382

 

 

 

 

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4. Holiday Home Tour- Around Christmastime the air in OKC changes and many look forward to local events that define the season. The Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour is an excellent way to get an inside look at the different homes and see the holiday decorations. Carolers roam the neighborhood, food trucks park, and often a van service is provided for transportation. Click on the photo to see the video!

 

 

 

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 5. Trees- These beautiful trees were most likely first planted when the area was platted and developed. That makes these trees over a hundred years old. They provide excellent shade and break that enduring Oklahoma wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 6. The People- Mesta Park is  a friendly neighborhood with  diversity in abundance. This  has always been the case and  can be seen walking to and  from different areas of the  neighborhood. As one article  stated, “[homes] 1,200 to  5,000 square feet- is one of  the main reasons why the  neighborhood attracts such a  variety of residents.” On top of that, the neighborhood’s hosting of events and decorating in the seasons makes it a community hub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The holiday decorated home of Will Lightfoot at 501 NW 18th in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Lightfoot's home is on the Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour Dec. 3-4. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

7. Halloween- Mesta Park is one of the hottest neighborhoods to trick-or-treat and view elaborate decorations. Giant blow up cat? Check. Massive spiderweb draping not only the yard but even the columns of the house and adjacent tree? Check. Members of the neighborhood stock up on candy, but it’s easy to run out by 8pm because of the sheer volume of cute kids and their parents who line the streets in various costumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Perle Mesta Park- This city park is host to a plethora of activities. Mesta Festa takes place on its grounds, kids often play here, and it serves as a place of community. There are swings and a playground for kids and young at heart, a wonderful pavilion to shelter from the harsh weather and a fantastic sand volleyball court. The grounds are overall well-maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Walkable to Midtown and Uptown- Driving through the neighborhood from 23rd to 13th on Dewey or other North-South streets, you’ll catch numerous families or groups walking to get dinner or visit neighbors. A walk away from fantastic restaurants like Cafe Antigua, grocery shopping at Homeland, home furnishings at Interior Gilt or the Commonplace Bookstore in Midtown. Sidewalks are well cared for and easy to walk, run, or bike.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. Mesta Festa- This annual party has been taking place for the last 22 years. Beer garden, food trucks, live music, and a preceding 5k are just some of the fun. Verbode is excited to be a sponsor this year! Stop by our booth and say hello! We can acquaint you with Mesta Park history, introduce you to neighbors and provide friendly real estate information.

 

 

 

We love you Mesta Park! Want to see some homes for Sale in Mesta Park? Click here: Homes In Mesta Park

 

Top Ten Oklahoma City Events Happening this Spring

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10. Eats on 8th

Eats on 8th is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the third Saturday of each month from noon until 8:00 PM. There is no cost to attend.

9. Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops at the Ferris Wheel

Wanderlust Pop Up Shops will be an outdoor market that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand crafted artisans, boutiques, repurposed, vintage and unique local businesses. April 15th at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission.

8. Uptown Uncorked

Uptown 23rd District’s fourth annual fundraiser, Uptown Uncorked, is March 30, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Come and enjoy our food and beverage-tasting event that features Uptown restaurants and merchants. The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.

7. Metro Family’s Kid’s Fest

MetroFamily’s Kids Fest unites families, businesses and service providers for a lively, full-of-fun event unmatched in the Oklahoma City area. April 1st, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

6. Midtown Walkabout

Saturday, April 22nd is the 3rd Midtown Walkabout! From 12pm to 7pm, Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition to live music, free face painting, and a free photo-booth. Get to know this cozy community the old fashioned way – a district walkabout.

5. ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently secured Guided By Voices, iconic indie rock band, as the headlining act at the eighth annual ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Saturday, April 8. Additionally, the festival will highlight ACM@UCO student acts that have become regional headliners in their own rights. Acts include Space4Lease, Cutter Elliott, Grant Adams, The Lunar Laugh, Lincka, and Original Flow & The Fervent Route. A complete lineup of all artists, including additional national acts, performing at the festival with corresponding stages/performance times will be released at a date closer to the event.

4. Broadway & Brew

Broadway & Brew 2017 is THE EVENT of the spring! Join us in supporting Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma by drinking the best local brews and amazing local bites! May 11, 2017  from 6 to 11 p.m. at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

3. Open Streets OKC

Open Streets OKC will turn NW 23rd St. from Robinson to Western, including the Paseo Arts District, into a car-free space for biking, walking and more! April 2nd from Noon to 4 p.m. free and open to all ages.

2. The Greatest ARTini on Earth

Allied Arts’ young professionals network – the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. The event will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live performances from Inspyral entertainment, music from The Hot Jazz Group and Harumph, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!

1. Festival of the Arts

Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts. The 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 25-30 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place and Creation Station for more fun! For more information call (405) 270-4848.

Top Ten New Local Businesses in OKC

Coming Soon:

Bunker Club

The great people behind the Pump Bar in Uptown 23rd are already giving us another bar to fall in love with. The nostalgic 80’s born millennial will love this cold war themed bar. Set to open any time now, we will have to do more research and let you know all about it.

Ur/Bun Eats

If you love the food at Chae, you will probably enjoy a delicious Korean style bun from UrBun Eats. They will be located next door to the Bunker Club. Which will make a great combination!

Just Opened:

Esca Vitae

A new bakery concept for the Midtown OKC district, Esca Vitae will be located in the same spot Prairie Thunder use to have their bakery. Their soft open was Monday and it will likely become a favorite of the locals.

Rewind Retro Pub

Located in the Farmers Market District, Rewind is a pub with a food menu and plenty of old school arcade games. They are just opened last week and reviews have been pretty good so far. Take the whole family for a night of games and delicious food.

 


 

Top Ten:

10. The Laboratory

One word: Sneakers. The Laboratory is not the first speciality shoe store in the urban core of OKC, but it is the first to focus on athletic sneakers as a fashion statement. This small shop is located in the heart of OKC Midtown District and has a new neighbor in Insomniac Cookies. What could be better?

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9. Bone Dog Boutique

Deep Deuce now has a great place to pamper that furry friend of yours. Located at street level inside the Aloft Hotel, it is walking distance for anyone that lives in the apartments near by. It is conveniently next to the Deep Deuce dog park. They offer washing bays, toys, many types of food and an assortment of treats safe for your best friend with four legs.

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8. Yuzo Sushi Tapas

The newest kid on the Automobile Alley block is impressing just about everyone who sits down to their food experience. The saying, “You get what you pay for!” is a great way to describe Yuzo. It may have a higher priced menu, but it makes up for that with the taste and presentation. If you are a sushi fanatic this is should be your new favorite dining location. Try the Elotes, all I have to say is, you’re welcome!

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7. Wheeze the Juice

A child of the 90’s will more than likely get a good laugh out of this clever name. All kidding aside, Wheeze the Juice is not just another juice bar. They bring new flavors to life that you weren’t expecting. If you are not the juicing type, they also offer smoothies. We really love the Camp Anawana smoothie. It fills your stomach while also being filled with flavor. Located in the OKSEE storage containers in Deep Deuce.

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6. The Yoga Box

Yes, there are many great places around OKC that can give you the best Yoga experience. However, there is only one that offers up meal plans as well. The Yoga Box not only heals your mind and muscles, it cures your stomach of bland processed foods. Located inside of the 50 Penn Place building it also gives you a great opportunity to rest after a long session at Full Circle Bookstore.

5. Pritchard Wine Bar

A year or so ago there was a void in the Plaza District. A wine bar had closed and there were many looking for their new place to relax with a glass a wine. Pritchard Wine Bar has come to the rescue. Lovely staff and warm interiors make this a wonderful place to bring your closest friends and indulge in a great wine list.

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4. Silo in Farmers Market

A space with collaborators from JL Woodworkx, The Okay See and Brad Snider Photography. This is the retail location for those who love local craftsmanship and clever t-shirt designs. With the Silo opening in the Farmers Market District, you can now spend all day spending your local dollars in one location.

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3. En Croute

En Croûte is a restaurant, bar and fromagerie opening in 2016 in Nichols Hills Plaza. It is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle the team has enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars in European country villages, but with an American twist. It is the place to try something new and they will take you on a taste adventure.

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2. Loaded Bowl

Started from the food truck craze and has now added a brick and mortar location in the Farmer’s Market District. Great tasting food you almost forget is vegan. Sure, the menu says chicken, bacon and cheese, however their menu is vegan. Fresh flavors are at an abundance here and you will soon find your favorite vegan entree.

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1. Common Place Books

Before they have even finished their actual location, Common Place Books opened up in the OKC Midtown District with a ton of fanfare. With all the new technology we have in the world there is still something very satisfying about reading a book with paper and a cover. This is an intimate place to bring the family, especially the kids considering their new program called Books and Kids and Art and Stuff.

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Top Ten Verbode Listings of 2016 & a few more great listings!

It was one amazing year for Real Estate here at Verbode. We had the pleasure of listing so many great properties. Every year we love to compile a list of our Top Ten Verbode Listings and 2016 was our best! So enjoy take a minute to gaze at the wonderful world of Verbode Listings!

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10. 316 nw 21st street ~ heritage hills ~ $386,500

Renovated Heritage Hills charmer within walking distance of the Uptown and Midtown Districts. Historical significance: original home of prominent entrepreneur Charles G Frost who was best known for being one of the largest suppliers of bottled water in OKC in the early 1900’s.

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9. 6301 stone valley drive ~ edmond ~ $410,000

This stately cottage in the woods is perfectly welcoming. From the moment you walk down the sidewalk past the patinated copper awning and ivy laced patio and through the double doors you are charmed.

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8. 1009 nw 18th street ~ mesta park ~ $455,000

This gorgeous home built in 1910 still has all its original charm.From the moment you walk onto the large covered front porch, and step into the estate its ten foot ceilings with plaster detail and heavy craftsman wood trim will dazzle you!

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7. 1441 nw 36th street ~ putnam heights ~ $465,000

This stately remodeled home in Oklahoma City’s smallest Historic Preservation neighborhood, Putnam Heights, is going to impress you.From the moment you walk through the double doors and see the restored crystal chandeliers, the stunning custom drapes, and the glass paneled french doors you will swoon.

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6. 532 nw 40th street ~ crown heights ~ $545,000

On a beautiful street in the middle of Crown Heights every home is perfection! 532 is the perfect home for entertaining! With an incredible remodeled open kitchen in the center of the house, a pool with a new portico in the back yard, and a theater in the basement.

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5. 501 nw 18th street ~ mesta park ~ $575,000

This home looks like it is straight out of a magazine. The chefs kitchen boasts marble counter tops, stainless steel double ovens, microwave, gas stove, dishwasher, and farmhouse sink. If you took the Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour, you were able to see this amazing home in all it’s glory!

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4. 1500 nw 190th street ~ edmond ~ $608,400

Upon entry, you will be greeted by stunning formal living and formal dining rooms which set the tone of luxury. Head over to the unbelievable Chef’s Kitchen anchored by two islands and an abundance of cabinet and counter space inviting you to imagine elaborate meals and dinner parties. Plus, you’ll enjoy up to a 50% savings on your utilities as this home is built to NAHB Certified Green standards! This was just one of many homes sold by Sarah Bytyqi in the Barrington neighborhood.

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3. 15 ne 3rd ~ downtown brownstone ~ $729,886

Spectacular balconies, rooftop decks and outdoor spaces with truly unmatched downtown views and custom designed open loft-style living spaces set this luxury brownstone apart from any other in Downtown OKC.

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2. 15908 oaklawn court ~ edmond ~ $910,000

Incredible custom built lakefront estate with panoramic scenic views from almost every window. Dramatic glass entry welcomes you into the gorgeous great room designed for entertaining with a spectacular view of a 12 acre private lake.

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1. 826 nw 8th street ~ sosa heights ~ $969,000

Stunning Single-Family Home in the Heart of Sosa. Amazing views with around 1000 sq ft of outdoor entertaining space. This home is one of a kind and has been in Sosa before it was Sosa for over a hundred years. This home also broke a record for the neighborhood. Adding tons of value for all the homes around it.

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Top Ten Urban Core Retail Spots for Holiday Shopping

Yes, it was a super long Summer and we are finally starting to feel the weather move into Fall & Winter, but the great weather aloud for many new shops to open in the Urban Core of OKC! This means there is no excuse to shop local and shop early. Shopping can be a hobby and if it is your hobby, your in luck. Every district including Film Row, Uptown, Midtown and The Plaza District, added local retail this year.

You will likely still need to go to the Mall for some gifts, but local retail is starting to spread to many different markets. It is fact that you probably know someone that knows someone that opened a new retail store in the Urban Core. We decided to compile a list of those new places in order to make your Holiday shopping easy. Here are the Top Ten New Urban Core Retail Spots for Holiday Shopping!

10. Opolis Clothing in Midtown

As one of the few companies that started up around 10 years ago to create local styled clothing with an emphasis on T-shirt designs, Opolis Clothing has stood the test of time by being creative and positive. They ask all their customers to “Love life, live comfortable”!

This year they went an extra step and bought an Historic Fire Station in Midtown, fixed it up, and then recently opened it up as a retail location.

9. T, Urban Tea House in Uptown 23rd

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Not all gifts have to be wearable. Sometimes you need to give a gift that activates the taste buds and warms from the inside out. At T, Urban Tea House in Uptown, you can buy just that. With over 100 different types of tea, T, Urban Tea House wants to share with you the many benefits of tea.

“Tea predates coffee by 3,000 years. And because of tea’s respectability, quality caffeine source, and myriad health benefits, there’s no denying its enduring popularity.” – T, Urban Tea House

 

 

8. 9th Street Barking Lot in Automobile Alley

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This holiday do not forget about your favorite furry family member! The 9th Street Barking Lot in Automobile Alley is a one stop shop for the family dog. They have eats, treats, daycare, grooming and even toys.

With many different packages available, you can customize how much fun your dog will have. 9th Street considers your dog apart of the family and will take care of them as one of their own.

 

 

7. Rough Hand Collective in The Plaza

 

Are you a stickler for handmade craftsmanship? Do you like the smell of leather? There is a new place for you. Rough Hand Collective is a shop full of different goods by great craftsmen. Located behind Saints in the Plaza District, it might be hard to find parking, but you will spend more time inside looking at all the product.

They are looking to add more Vendors to their already impressive list. Check out Simpleton Goods and Hix Design!

 

6. The Laboratory in Midtown

 

For those sneaker fanatics this consignment boutique has been a want for a long time. The Laboratory recently opened to a long line of sneaker owners looking to change it up. From one of a kind styles to vintage style Jordans, you can find something for anyone here.

 

 

5. The Clad Stache in Automobile Alley

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Sometimes it is hard to shop for Dad or any man in general. It isn’t that they are picky, they just don’t like to shop. Leave your worries behind, there is a place where you can shop and send your Male family members back to get the best fit possible.

Located above Broadway Wine Merchants and in the same area as Hans Herman tailoring, The Clad Stache has bow ties, neck ties, and men’s grooming products. You will also find Spruce Midwest for the young adventurous type.

 

4. Mode in Midtown

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Now it is time to take care of the Women! Mode is a new women’s fashion boutique in Midtown. They offer a wide variety of styles and colors. Mode has finally been able to put out their Fall & Winter apparel just in time.

There are plenty of shoes, sweaters, and accessories to choose from. The best part, they can help you put together the perfect outfit! That was a hint to all you Dad’s out there.

 

3. Fit Circle in Midtown

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A store for the active person in your life. Sports, outdoor activities, and comfortable clothing for those yoga gurus. Fit Circle is a place to help anyone find their next adventure. All you need to do is buy some athletic clothing and it makes you want to get out and do something.

If this weather stays the same, you will likely be able to be outdoors all the way through December.

 


At Verbode we understand how hard it is for the Modern family to get out and travel all over town to find the perfect gifts. Luckily we have great pop up shops that happen every year that combine all of our favorite local places to shop.

2. Holiday Pop-Ups in Midtown

 

This year, visit over 40 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes & the tree lot is available until trees sell out.

Here is a list of all Vendors and the dates they are available at the pop-up shop: Vendor List.

 

1. Winter Shoppes in Myriad Gardens Park

Open weekends from November 25 – December 18, the Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens can be your new family holiday shopping tradition in downtown Oklahoma City.  Enjoy a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights, ice skating, a fine selection of boutique-style vendors and all that the Myriad Gardens has to offer.

2016 Vendors will be announced November 9th. You will likely see some brand new local shops.

 

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10 Patios to Wine & Dine at in the Urban Core of OKC

Patios might be the greatest invention on Earth, especially when you add food and drinks. In the Urban Core of OKC, there are many to choose from. So we had to tell you about 10 we are in love with and excited to take advantage of.

10 Patios to Wine & Dine at in the Urban Core of OKC

10. Cultivar on Automobile Alley – We will start with our newest patio in the downtown area. Cultivar just opened yesterday and is already getting a ton of praise for their service and delicious tacos. They have a patio that includes a walk up bar. This makes for easy access to your favorite margarita!

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9. Fassler Hall in Midtown – If you are okay with meeting tons of people and sharing a large table while drinking a pint of German beer, this is your patio! A giant one at that. There is so much room on this patio you would think it would be impossible to fill up. You would be wrong. Try it on a work day during happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. They have mini brats and hotdogs to go with your pint!

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8. Museum Cafe in the Downtown Arts District – “The artful Museum Cafe is a full-service restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch and offering beer, specialty cocktails, and an award-winning wine list. An array of coffees, teas, espresso, cappuccino, and a full bar are also part of the Cafe’s repertoire.”

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7. The Red Cup in the Asian District – This patio is for deep conversation and vegetarian meals. It also makes for a great place to get work done, thanks to their free Wi-Fi. There is also a garden and pond area to take in the wonders of nature.

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6. The Barrel on Western Ave. – Considering St. Patrick’s day is a couple of days from now, the Barrel is a great place to get your Irish food fix. Bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie, they have it all. The patio is perfect for those days when the weather isn’t the best, but you still crave the patio feeling.

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5. Deep Deuce Grill in Deep Deuce – If you don’t know, well now you know. Residents of Deep Deuce don’t want you to know about this amazing patio. It is a classic neighborhood bar feeling and you can get a bucket of ice cold long necks or a large pitcher for a few bucks. It has an all-American food menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, and plenty of classic starters. It is a great stop after a Thunder game, especially next to the fire pit.

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4. The Powerhouse next to the Farmer’s Market – This patio has quickly become the talk of the town. With a constant rotation of local musicians keeping the regulars happy, this is one place you need to experience on several occasions. It seems this like place has sparked a resurgence at the Farmer’s Market.

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3. Empire Slice House in the Plaza – And you thought it was all about their pizza. It is, but they have a couple of patios to choose from. One right out front with the pink elephant and one in back with picnic tables and great graffiti. This is the best place to patio on a budget. A slice and a can of beer are less than $10.

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2. Picasso Cafe in the Paseo Arts District – From their humble beginnings replacing a staple and instantly becoming the new area favorite, Picasso Cafe has made the patio concept simple. It is located right in the middle of the sidewalk, forcing those walking by to see the delicious plates of food. The menu boasts many local favorites and is most brunch goers favorite Sunday morning stop.

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1. Bleu Garten in Midtown – Yes, Bleu Garten is a giant patio of food, fun, and furry friends. This is by far the patio with the most to do and with the most variety of food. You can play games like cornhole and jenga while also watching the game. Which will probably make this the best destination for March Madness!

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