For a hot minute I found myself seriously considering selling everything I own and moving to an apartment in the urban core to experience downtown Oklahoma City living. I was on Downtown OKC’s recent Downtown Home Tour and I couldn’t help but daydream about living at almost each stop along the route.
On a warm and windy Sunday afternoon my daughters and I toured seven apartment buildings in downtown Oklahoma City; The Sieber, Metropolitan, The Edge, The Frank, The Haven, Marion, and The Montgomery.
We started at The Sieber, 1305 N. Hudson Avenue, which had the most interesting history of all our stops. We learned that the first building (there are two) was built as a grocery in the 1920’s by Robert Sieber, a popular meat distributer then. Later, the second building was added as a hotel. Both the buildings are on the National Registry of Historical Places. Today the buildings house 30 apartments, 8 loft spaces, and commercial space on the ground floor. Currently one and two bedroom units are available leasing from $1300-2600 per month. There is a waitlist for the lofts.
Next we walked over to The Edge at 1325 N. Walker. If she was in a place to do so, I think my daughter would have signed a lease on the spot! This was her favorite option for Downtown OKC living that we saw. It’s in the heart of Midtown with common areas that are perfect for entertaining. She especially liked the rooftop terrace and dog park. One and two bedroom units were available and now leasing between $1400-1900 per month (we had conflicting information on whether the garage parking is included in the rent).
Ah, The Marion… So very beautiful is this building at 110 NW 10th Street, it really had me pondering a life downtown. It’s not far from Automobile Alley so I could picture myself walking to a Shop Hop or dinner at Packard’s. After sitting abandoned and vacant for decades, The Marion has been completely renovated into ten gorgeous luxury apartments that would be the envy of all my friends. Sadly, I believe they are all now occupied. A 1200 square foot unit leases for around $2050 per month.
The Frank at 1201 N. Francis Avenue near St. Anthony Hospital is for the minimalism fans out there. It’s very contemporary (almost stark) with clean lines and efficient storage. It was not a favorite of mine at all but my younger daughter said she could definitely see herself there. The newly constructed building offers 45 units and seemed to have many vacancies. I was unable to get any rental information.
The Haven at 601 Robert S. Kerr seemed to be the best value among the apartments we toured even offering discounts on rent to the employees of many nearby businesses and college students. The complex was built in the 80’s and has recently been updated with systems upgraded as needed. The units were large and had an extra flex/office space. Currently they have vacancies and are leasing for about $1200 per month for a two bedroom unit.
After a stop for lunch at Iguana, we walked over to the Metropolitan at 800 Oklahoma Avenue. This was a close second for the girl’s favorite stop on the tour. The Metropolitan feels like a trendy boutique hotel with beautifully designed common areas that beg you to have a seat and hang out with friends and neighbors on a lazy Sunday afternoon or to share a pizza and watch a game. The units are contemporary in design and are now leasing from $800 for a studio to around $1800 for a two bedroom.
Finally, we stopped to tour The Montgomery at 500 W. Main Street. It was built in the 20’s as the Montgomery Ward Department Store. This was the stop I was most looking forward to seeing. Unfortunately I was totally disappointed (so much that I just realized I didn’t even snap any pictures). We were invited to tour several units. I found all of them very heavy, dark, and dated. A big contrast to the other bright modern apartments that had filled the day. Units at the Montgomery now lease from $1800-3200 per month. Concierge service is also available to tenants in the lobby.
Later that day I arrived back home to my little place in suburbia, parked my car in the garage, then went inside to let the dog outside while I plopped on the couch. It seems I’m really not quite ready to sell everything and begin downtown Oklahoma City living. Are you?