Last spring, a Santa Monica landmark made its way to the southern Canadian River shore. The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel found its new home in the Wheeler District and is now open for business. Last week I got to check it out while on a Commercial and Community Bus Tour presented by the Oklahoma City Board of REALTORS. We were on the road learning about future developments around the city, including the Wheeler District.
During our stop at Wheeler District, we listened to a presentation by one of the developers then went for a spin on the Ferris Wheel.
Housing Plans for Wheeler District
The developer who spoke to us (I totally missed his name) shared plans for homes in Wheeler District. As you can imagine, it brought a lot if interest and enthusiasm from the Realtors in attendance. There are plans for townhouses and apartments with the first phase of construction to be single family homes. The proposed first price range will be between $250,000-300,000 with a price per square foot that is in line with other urban housing options in Oklahoma City. Plans also include a school, retail, playgrounds and walking trails. We heard that they hope to begin building homes in the spring.
The addition of new single-family homes so close to downtown Oklahoma City is very exciting! Many folks who consider a move downtown ultimately decide against it because options are limited to apartments, condos, or historic homes.
Once construction begins, I predict we will see another influx of people taking residency downtown.
The Ferris Wheel
Now for a little fun! First, you should know that I have a terrible fear of Ferris Wheels. We’re talking full on panic attack inducing fear. So, all week before the bus tour I gave myself pep talks about the upcoming ride. I really didn’t want to freak out in front of the other agents on the tour, especially the ones from my office! I’d never live it down, ugh!
All that worry was a waste of time! As it turned out, I wasn’t scared at all. The gondola seats about five or six adults comfortably and is pretty much enclosed. When we were there, the weather was perfect; clear skies and a slight breeze. We could see for miles! Next, I want to go for a ride at night to see the skyline lit up!
The Wheeler Ferris Wheel is open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 9pm (later on the weekend). A single ride is just $6 and kiddos 3 and under ride for free.
Where is Wheeler District?
Wheeler District is at the former site of the downtown air park, 1701 S. Western Avenue. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s the south side of the Oklahoma River (Canadian River) and Western Avenue.
I’ve already started to see many wedding and senior photos with Wheeler District as the backdrop. I’m certain this will soon become a worthy destination for Oklahoma City!