Historic districts are commonplace today. In 1969 it was a still new concept when Oklahoma’s first Historic Preservation (HP) District was created. It happened when sections of several of Oklahoma City’s earliest neighborhoods joined to become known as Heritage Hills. Pro tip: when searching for a home in Heritage Hills, enter Winan’s Highland Terrace, Classen’s Highland Park or Harndale not Heritage Hills as the neighborhood. Those are some of the original platted neighborhood names and how they are usually listed in the Oklahoma City MLS .
Long before becoming a historic district, there was nothing but an open field north of the newly formed city. That was until 1903 when Henry Overholser decided to build his home out in that field (what is now 405 NW 15th Street). Although it was “out in the country” the home was the place to go for many social gatherings hosted by the family for years. Remarkably, the home remained in the Overholser family for almost 70 years until it sold complete with furnishings, to the city in 1972. Today, the Overholser Mansion is owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It’s a popular tourist destination open for tours Tuesday through Saturday for $10.
Many city leaders soon followed Overholser out to “the country.” William Taylor Hales, a prominent developer, built his home across the street from Overholser in 1916 at 1521 N. Hudson for $125,000. At 20,000 plus square feet, it was (and likely still is) the city’s largest home. In 1939 it became home to the Catholic Diocese. In the early 90’s the property once again became a private residence.
When visiting Heritage Hills today you will notice the streets are lined with mature elm trees and sidewalks. The homes all sit back about twenty feet from the road. This was all by design. A typical home was built prior to 1930, has two stories and about 3100 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Many have one or two car garages that are detached. Popular architectural styles include Georgian Revival, Jacobethan, Dutch Colonial and Mission. Check out these examples from the neighborhood:
There are 362 residences in Heritage Hills and just 21 sold in the last year for an average $161/SF. The highest priced home sold went for just over 1.6 million but a more modest home went for under 180K. Needless to say they don’t come available very often! If you need me to keep an eye out for you, let me know by completing the short form below.
Sources for this post:
- Realtor Magazine Architecture Guide
- OKC MLS
- Oklahoma County Tax Assessor