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The state capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, a thriving metropolis in the heart of cowboy country. The city is growing, drawing young families and millennials thanks in part to revitalization projects like Bricktown, a former abandoned warehouse zone that's now the city's entertainment district, and it's home to museums, restaurants, retail, hotels, and the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
OKC's downtown area is also in the midst of a revitalization, with areas like Deep Deuce offering vibrant bars and music venues (including spots for jazz and the blues) that appeal to younger professionals. The Paseo Arts District is also a popular spot, home to historic houses and a slew of galleries and residential artists.
There are a slew of breweries (Anthem Brewing Company, Twisted Spike, and Bricktown Brewery are all worth a visit, among others), some great barbecue (Earl's Rib Palace, Leo's Barbeque, George's Happy Hog Barbeque), steakhouses, a lot of Sonic Drive-Ins (the chain is actually based in OKC), and some very friendly locals.
And if that's not enough to tempt you to take a look at the Sooner State, OKC is one of the best large cities in the country to start a business, according to a recent Wallethub study. When you factor in the city's low cost of living (the median listing price is $189,000, per Zillow) it is a pretty livable spot. If any of that appeals to you, read on.
615 NW 25th St., Paseo Arts District
This three-bedroom, three-bath colonial revival, also pictured top, is in the Paseo Arts District, a funky, bohemian area full of galleries, dive bars, cocktail lounges, hip eateries, and music venues. This house, which was built in 1923, has a portico porch and barn doors. There's also a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar; a master bedroom with an en-suite bath, two closets, and a reclaimed wood accent wall; and an electric fireplace in the living room. Other highlights include a big backyard and a built-in projector in the entertainment room. The house is priced at $344,900.
229 NE 11th St., Automobile Alley
This four-bedroom, five-bath property was built in 1930, allegedly by the famed G.H. Nichols industrial family, though it's been updated recently. Highlights include a covered porch with downtown views; big, modern windows; cathedral-esque celings, and lots of exposed brick. There's also room for a wine cellar in the basement, and one of the baths has a standalone tub in addition to a funky standing shower. The house is located close to Automobile Alley, a section of the downtown area that was once home to 1920s era car dealerships and now features restaurants, bars, and retail. The house is priced at $699,900.
4501 Quartz Ridge Dr., Winds West
If you're looking for a little more of a rural living experience, this four-bedroom, three-bath house is located in the Crystal Hill Estates subdivision of Winds West, in Southwest Oklahoma City. The property was built in 2017 and sits on a half-acre lot. Highlights include a farm sink, barn doors, 10- to 12-foot ceilings, an impressive kitchen with built-in stainless steel appliances, and a handsome master bath with his-and-her sinks and a tub.There's also a fireplace in the living room and lots of light throughout. The house is priced at $355,900.
213 N Geary Ave., Deep Deuce
Deep Deuce is a section of Oklahoma City's downtown, located just a few blocks north of Bricktown. Historically, the area was home to a thriving black community—famously, Ralph Waldo Emerson lived here when he was very young—and was a major hub for jazz music from the 1920s to the 1950s. The area changed significantly in the 1960s and 1970s, and recent revitalization efforts have turned it into a hip hangout spot full of bars and restaurants, though the jazz venues remain. This two-bedroom, three-bath townhouse was built in 2012, and has chandeliers, walk-in closets, a gourmet kitchen with wooden cabinetry, and a master bath with his-and-hers sinks and a glass-walled shower. The property is priced at $499,990.
1121 Glenwood Ave., Nichols Hills
If you're able to swing something closer to a NYC prices, this three-bedroom, three-bath house is located in Nichols Hills, one of OKC's swankiest neighborhoods. Highlights include a white kitchen with stainless steel appliances; an expansive living room with a fireplace and French doors; an attic-like nook with cathedral ceilings and beautiful windows. and a master bath with his-and-her sinks, a tub, and a glass-walled shower. There's also a three-season porch, in addition to an outdoor portico porch and a front and backyard. The house is priced at $1,250,000.
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