Of all the things that Tulsa is known for, hot steamy summers are near the top of the list. And with the heat comes pouring rain, thunderstorms, and other forms of precipitation. When the weather gets crazy, we head indoors. Luckily, Tulsa has lots of fun indoor places to beat the heat. Here are a few of our favorites.
Climb Tulsa (Climbing, Fitness &Yoga) | 4923 E. 32nd Street
Are you a fan of water-based fun? Do you enjoy being out in nature? How do you feel about free concerts? There’s a reason why Frommer’s named Oklahoma City one of the best destinations to visit in 2022! You’ll enjoy these perks all summer long when you live at Morgan Creek. Read on to learn more about the best summertime activities in OKC.
1.) Water, water everywhere
OKC has plenty of ways to cool off on sultry summer days. From the city’s many splash pads to a unique variety of waterparks, this town heads for the water when it’s hot!
EB Jeffrey Park | 4432 NW 16th St.
Melrose Park | NW 5th & Council
Reed Park | 1217 N May Avenue
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor | 3908 W Reno Avenue
The biggest waterpark in the OKC metro, with never-ending water activities.
2.) Get out(side)
OKC is blessed with so many outdoor recreation options. Go play outside!
Scissortail Park | 300 SW 7th
Enjoy the lake, children’s playgrounds, water fountains, dog park, ornamental gardens, and more.
Myriad Botanical Gardens | 301 W. Reno Avenue
A 15-acre escape in the heart of downtown. Explore the children’s garden & playground, splash fountains and walking paths.
Lake Overholser & Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge | Council Rd. and Morgan Rd.
A popular spot for boaters, fishermen, nature lovers, and picnickers.
3.) Be a tourist in your own town
There’s something to be said for exploring the wonders in your own backyard!
The Oklahoma City Zoo | 2000 Remington Place
More than 1,900 animal species live at OKC’s wildest attraction. Plus, the Outdoor Safari Walk!
The historic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel | 1701 S Western Avenue
It stands 100 feet above the south bank of the Oklahoma River, overlooking the city skyline.
The Orr Family Farm | 14400 S. Western Avenue
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind overnight camping experience in historic Conestoga Wagons and Teepees.
Concerts At The Creek | 13230 Pawnee Drive
Fee, live music every Friday evening. Local musicians perform from 7-9 p.m.
Here’s to a great summer in Oklahoma City! For information about our homes in Morgan Creek, call Cori Masters at 405-358-8615.
Figuring out the formula for mortgage rates can seem like magic. There are so many factors that can nudge rates up or down. So here at Beacon Homes, we thought we’d offer a bit of insight into what makes mortgage rates change.
WHAT DOES THE FED HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
The role of the Federal Reserve Bank in mortgage rates is a bit confusing. The members of the Federal Reserve Bank do not set mortgage rates. Rather, they control the Fed Funds Rate, which is the interest rate at which financial institutions borrow money from each other in order to meet short-term loans and withdrawals. Short-term interest rates do not impact long-term financing, like mortgages.
What about the “prime rate”? Each bank decides on its own prime rate, which is the interest rate for lending money to customers with good credit. These financial institutions may set their own prime rate according to the Fed Funds Rate, often a few percentage points higher. Credit cards, for example, reflect the prime rate. If you have a good credit rating, you get a lower interest rate on your credit card balance.
WHAT ARE MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES?
Home loan rates are actually determined by investors who purchase mortgage-backed securities (MBS). These investments are bonds that are backed by mortgages in the United States. As bonds are traded in the stock market, the MBS pricing changes—up and down. MBS are traded every day, so the rate is in constant flux. Every type of mortgage is affected: conventional, jumbo, FHA, VA, and USDA loans.
WHAT ABOUT SUPPLY AND DEMAND?
In some industries, when demand goes up, the price goes up as well. In mortgage bonds, however, the opposite happens. When the demand for mortgage bonds increases, the price increases, BUT mortgage rates fall.
Tim Lucas, editor for The Mortgage Reports, explains, “Demand for mortgage bonds can change for a multitude of reasons, but the most common driver is risk–avoidance. Most mortgage-backed bonds are guaranteed by the U.S. government, so they’re considered ‘extra safe’. Default risk is practically nil with U.S. government-backed debt.
“During periods of economic or political uncertainty, U.S. mortgage bonds tend to be in high demand. This trading pattern is known as a ‘flight–to–quality’. When there’s a bona fide flight–to–quality going on, consumer mortgage interest tends to drop.”
For example, in 2020 and 2021, the Feds bought billions of dollars of consumer mortgages to keep mortgage rates low and pump cash into the economy. At some point, though, when the economy improves, the government no longer intercedes, and rates go up. When the Fed sells government securities (MBS), it reduces the amount of cash in the system, and banks then raise interest rates. We’re seeing that trend now.
MORTGAGE MYTHS: FACTORS THAT DON’T MAKE MORTGAGE RATES CHANGE
Let’s look at things that DO NOT impact mortgage rates.
The 10-Year Treasury Note
Contrary to popular belief, mortgage rates do not change according to the 10–Year Treasury Note. According to mortgage expert Tim Lucas, “The 10–Year Treasury Note is a debt–issuance from the U.S. Treasury. Over time, the 10–year note and mortgage–backed bonds will trend together; but, on any given day, the two can diverge. Therefore, you can’t watch the yield of the 10–Year Treasury Note and know in which direction mortgage rates are moving with certainty.”
So, why do people use the Treasury Note as a measuring stick? Lucas explains, “One of the reasons is because access to real–time MBS data is expensive whereas data on the 10–Year Treasury Note is as close as turning to CNBC.” If you want an accurate predictor of what makes mortgage rates change, pay attention to MBS prices.
Members of Congress.
Don’t direct credit or blame for the current mortgage interest rates at your elected officials. While they create legislation and might spark demand for MBS, this government body has no say in the rise and fall of those figures.
Even though mortgage rates are fluctuating, now is still a great time to buy. If a new construction home is what you’re considering, Beacon Homes has communities in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.
At Beacon Homes, many of our communities are conveniently located near farmer’s markets. And although you can purchase various types of produce at the local grocery store, nothing beats the fresh quality and seasonal selection of produce found at farmer’s markets.
Why Seasonal Produce Is a Winner
Freshly harvested produce has a higher nutritional value. For example, a stalk of broccoli from a local farmer will have more vitamin C content than a pack of broccoli from a grocery store.
There is a science to growing produce. When produce is grown out of season, ripening agents are used throughout the process. Ripening agents are special gases and chemicals for plants. The problem is that these agents can alter a plant’s essential properties. This is why some mass-produced fruits are extra shiny. Seasonal produce from a farmer’s market is better for you because it’s never altered. It’s the definition of “farm to table.”
Fresh, seasonal produce also tastes better. Science is the key because proper farming is all about strategic growth and development. Fruits and vegetables develop better flavors when they grow in their natural habitat in season.
If you buy a home near a farmer’s market, you’ll have access to delicious, seasonal produce.
Plant Your Roots in Oklahoma
If you want to support local farmers in Oklahoma, here are five noteworthy farmer’s markets you should have on your radar.
The Edmond Farmer’s Market in Edmond
The Edmond Farmer’s Market has been in business since 1988. It’s a popular destination in downtown Edmond for bakers, gardeners, food manufacturers, artisans, and ranchers. However, it’s primarily a place where locals can buy fresh food.
Want to live near the freshest and tastiest food? Check out these communities close by
When buying a to-be-built home, it’s understandable to have a million questions running through your mind from the timeline for completion, to what upgrades are available, and more.
At Beacon Homes, we want to alleviate some of these questions and make sure the home buying process is a breeze. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.
How long does it take to build?
The time it takes to build can vary. Especially if you’re looking to buy a quick move-in home versus a to-be-built.
A quick move-in home refers to a home that has been pre-designed and is currently being built, if not already completed. These types of homes would take a shorter time to build as most of the design and style decisions have been pre-selected. These could be ready in one to six months depending on what stage the home is at in the building process.
For a to-be-built home, you start by choosing your homesite and floor plan. This means you have more flexibility when it comes to personalizing details with a Beacon design consultant. Each month we reserve a number of openings in our construction schedule for to-be-built homes. Your Beacon Sales Specialist can tell you what the next available opening is and provide an estimated time frame for the entire process.
Do I need an appointment to view model homes?
Yes. In order to make the most of your visit and dedicate time to any questions, we recommend scheduling an appointment. Though we have a few model homes, they are not always open. Our sales team is available 7 days a week, but they often out at the model home showing homes and homesites to other clients. Scheduling an appointment ensures that we are able to give you the time and attention you deserve.
Better yet, we recommend connecting with our New Home Specialist, Cori. She is available to help answer any preliminary questions you have and guide you to the right community and home that fits your needs. She can also schedule an appointment for you to meet with our team in person.
Will I need to make a lot of upgrades to the home?
No. A large percentage of our buyers don’t spend very much adding options to their home. We put a lot of consideration into the way our homes are built and designed and include a lot of great features that might be an extra cost for other builders.
What options do you offer and what color choices do I have?
We currently offer 8 design packages that our wonderful designer, Chelsea, has put together.
Fresh & Airy
The Modern Farmhouse
Something Old, Something New
Start with the package that speaks to you. Do you prefer something bohemian with warm, neutral colors? Choose Fresh & Airy! Maybe you prefer a more moody, trendy feel? After 5PM would be your best option.
Once you’ve selected a design package, we can then move on to personalized details and finishes that speak to your unique style. From paint to countertops, lighting to flooring, and more, we offer a wide variety of options to create a home that is designed just for you.
Do you allow changes to your floor plans?
Yes! We have invested a lot of time studying the different ways that people use the spaces in their homes and creating options to meet those needs. We offer a wide variety of pre-designed choices to change your floor plan. You can even use our interactive guide to see these options and exterior color schemes
How many years has Beacon been in business?
We’ve been in business for almost 20 years. Within those 20 years, we’ve kept our promise to build with integrity and build homes that last the test of time, focusing on serving families of all shapes and sizes by helping them find a home that fits their lifestyle.
With our team’s hard work and maintaining our core values, we will continue building dream homes for many years to come.
What kind of new home warranty does Beacon Home offer?
We offer a 1-year builder’s warranty along with additional manufacturers’ warranties. The BHG, or Beacon Homeowner Guide, includes clear details about your warranty so there’s no guesswork when it comes to what is and isn’t covered.
Our customers also enjoy our in-house warranty service with Chelsi,Billy, and Daniel. We believe this sets us apart from other builders by allowing us to truly be with you every step of the way.
How much money do I have to put down?
The answer to this question varies. It would depend on whether you’re interested in purchasing a quick move-in versus a to-be-built home.
With a to-be-built home, you choose the community, homesite, floorplan, and finishes, then we construct the home from the ground up. The investment needed to get started on this process varies from 3-5%. If there are additional options you’d like to add to the home, this may require a bit more of an investment.
Quick move-in homes are already in development and have the home options already picked out. The initial investment for this type of home ranges from 1%-3% depending on the home you select.
Do I have to get a construction loan?
No! As your new home builder, we take on the responsibility of the construction loan. All you need by the time of the contract is a pre-qualification letter from a lender.
But don’t worry, our team will assist you with any questions throughout the process and we can recommend a fantastic lender to assist you with pre-qualification at the beginning of the process and your mortgage when you’re ready to move in.
If I’m interested in a particular new home or community, what do I do next?
Contact Cori! Cori is our New Home Specialist. She is available whenever you decide to build and will be the start to your new home journey!
Give her a call at 405-358-8615 or email Cori@Mybeaconhome.com. We also offer a convenient chat option on our site!
If you’re planning a move to or around Tulsa, your timing couldn’t be more perfect. Frazier Meadows, the newest community of Beacon Homes, is ready for home buyers! Let’s highlight why Frazier Meadows is the perfect place to build custom homes in Tulsa and how you can make this exciting new residential community your home this year.
Availability, Pricing, and Lot Size
With construction starting in June of 2022, phase 1 of Frazier Meadows has about 100 lots available. What a great way to start a fresh, sunny season!
Our custom homes range from the upper $300,000’s to the $400,000’s. While lots vary in size, the average lot size is 63 x 120 ft.
Where Are These Custom Homes Located?
Frazier Meadows is located in Jenks, Oklahoma, on the northwest corner of 131st Street and Harvard Avenue. We’re just across the Arkansas River from South Tulsa and minutes away from Hwy 75 and the Creek Turnpike. Whether you’re heading into Tulsa for work, play, or venturing out into the country for some much-needed solitude, both are equally accessible from your new custom home.
For parents and families, you’re located in the middle of the wonderful Bixby school district. Children in grades K-6 living in Frazier Meadows will attend the highly desired, new Bixby West Elementary School!
What Will Life Be Like at Frazier Meadows?
If being surrounded by the best parts of the greater Tulsa area isn’t enough to draw you in, Frazier Meadows’ community amenities will seal the deal.
Cool down and meet neighbors at the neighborhood swimming pool and recreation area.
Go fishing at the tranquil pond.
Get some nature therapy on the jogging trails and walking paths.
Looking to get your blood pumping? Visit the community pickleball court or take your kids to the playground.
These eco-friendly features help keep allergies at bay.
Fresh Air Systems to reduce dust, odors, and indoor contaminants
Schluter® Shower System to prevent mold growth
Low VOC(Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint to improve indoor air quality
How Do I Get Started?
If you’re ready to take the plunge or still have questions about the custom homes in Frazier Meadows, contact Cori. As our New Home Specialist, she’ll help you get started on finding your own slice of homey bliss at Frazier Meadows today!
So… you’re starting to think about what it might be like to own a new home in OKC or Tulsa. Imagine a fresh, modern space that’s all yours, built with the latest, high-performance materials and systems, and an opportunity to personalize your home so that it’s a reflection of you. Sounds pretty spectacular, right?
If you’re going to be making this move anytime soon (or even sometime in the future), there are a few things to do to be prepared. The more organized you are now, the faster you’ll be able to act when you find that perfect home. Here are six tips to help you get started on your new home journey:
Start a Design Look Book
It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want your new home to look like! When you come across a design detail or a picture that inspires you, save it to a folder on your computer or phone for easy reference later on. The more you can imagine your new home, the easier and faster the design process will be later. Check out our Photo Gallery for inspiration!
Narrow Down the Location
Make a list of all the locations where you’d consider living and do some internet research to find new home builders in those areas. Take a look at area maps and plats on websites so you can understand exactly where the homes or homesites are located in relation to work, school, family, or favorite recreation spots. Make notes of when communities are releasing new homes so you can be the first to act. (Be sure to join our Interest Lists!)
Join Interest Lists
Once you’ve found a few favorite communities, go ahead and sign up on interest lists to receive news and updates. The housing market is in a bit of flux right now because of extremely tight supply due to scarce building materials. As new homesites and move-in ready homes become available, you can be the first to know and take action (which is when that pre-qualification letter will come in handy).
Choose Your Favorite Floorplans
Once you’ve found a community in your preferred area, have a look at our floorplans and choose a few favorites within your price range. Start thinking about how you would live in the home, and whether or not any customization would be necessary. When you’re ready, the process will go much faster because you’ve already thought through the details.
Speaking of the details… there are quite a few to consider when making your final floorplan choice:
What size home do you really need?
Rather than concentrating on square footage, think about how you would use the space.
How many sleeping spaces do you need? Could a guest room double as an office if it won’t be used often? Think about the space you wish you had (or don’t use) now and prioritize your needs.
Think about how you live.
Every family has their own style, so choosing a floorplan that meets YOUR needs is essential. Do you need an office? A rec room? A home gym? Would a multi-purpose flex space that changes as your family grows work for these applications or would you prefer dedicated spaces?
Be honest about your needs.
Before choosing a home plan, ask yourself:
Is your family situation changing, either growing or shrinking?
Do you need guest rooms for overnight visitors?
What about longer-term living space for visiting parents or grandchildren?
Are you approaching retirement? Will you want to age in place?
How do you entertain? Do you want formal spaces or more relaxed gathering rooms?
Are you working from home? Do you want a dedicated office space?
Do you have hobbies or special interests that might require special rooms to enjoy them?
Do you need lots of attic or storage space to store your treasures?
If you are considering a new home in OKC or Tulsa, we’d love to help you kickstart the planning process! To learn more about Beacon Homes’ communities or quick move-in homes, give us a call at (405) 358-8615.
Located around 110 miles apart in the heart of Oklahoma, the major cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City, or OKC, are rapidly becoming hotspots for remote working. There are many reasons people are relocating to Oklahoma and working remotely from home in the state’s two largest cities.
Appealing Relocation Packages
Through the Tulsa Remote program, Tulsa is offering cash incentives to remote workers willing to relocate to the city for at least a year. Eligible individuals receive $10,000, either in split payments or as a bulk payment towards the purchase price of a local home. Those wanting to escape the home office from time to time can also benefit from free membership to co-working spaces.
Low Cost of Living
Compared with nationwide figures, the overall cost of living is lower in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Housing costs are particularly more affordable, with average costs for groceries, utilities and transportation also below national norms.
Flourishing Local Economies
Both Tulsa and OKC have lower rates of unemployment than the U.S. as a whole, and the job market is growing in both cities. This would be especially appealing for remote workers who have spouses or adult children who would be looking for jobs locally after relocation.
Good Health Care
As compared with national statistics, Oklahoma City and Tulsa each have a higher number of physicians per capita. There are high-performing hospitals in each city, including St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and Integris Baptist Medical Center in OKC. Both cities have a wealth of pharmacies and clinics to further support residents’ health.
OKC and Tulsa are both home to great schools, ideal for remote workers relocating with their families in tow. The state also has excellent opportunities for further and higher education. In fact, The University of Tulsa is often referred to as “The Harvard of the Midwest”!
Located in the heart of the U.S., with excellent road connections, OKC and Tulsa are both terrific bases for traveling to other parts of the country. With Oklahoma as a base for remote working, people really can enjoy the flexibility of easily working from new pastures from time to time. Plus, each city is well-connected by air routes, with Tulsa International Airport (TUL) and Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) close to hand.
Awesome Leisure Options
Wherever you’re working from, it’s important to have plenty of ways to enjoy your downtime. Not only do Tulsa and OKC boast a wealth of amenities, such as shopping, restaurants, bars, churches and local businesses, but each also has an array of cool attractions and recreational facilities.
While a lot of homeowners started gardening due to the pandemic, a survey found that 86 percent of its participants actually planned to continue gardening.
So what if you’re just starting your garden? It can be fun, but also overwhelming if you don’t know what to plant. Luckily, we’re here to help you out. Oklahoma is home to several well-known garden influencers, including Linda Vater and Dee Nash. (And lifestyle maven Martha Stewart was recently in town and bought Eastern Redbud trees at the Stringer Nursery in Tulsa.)
Our landscaper, Andy Zupan, offers his recommendations for plants that are easy to grow and do well in our Oklahoma climate! (Not every plant loves our clay soil and hot dry temps.) He’s included a mix of annuals and perennials, and a stunning variety of colors and textures. Any or all of these would make a great addition to any garden.
Read on to learn the best plants for your Oklahoma Garden.
1. Lamb’s Ear
Lamb’s ear, or Stachys, is a great perennial — especially if you have a bright & sunny yard. While it can thrive in the sun, it does better with afternoon shade during the hotter months. If your yard is prone to deer and rabbits, it will also hold up well against them. This plant’s flowers are soft and elongated, with silvery-gray foliage that resembles a lamb’s ear. It blooms light purple in summer, and it looks beautiful when paired with brighter annuals.
With so many varieties, finding a coleus variation that fits your preference is easy to do. It is drought-tolerant and can handle bright amounts of light during hot summers. Since there are so many kinds of coleus, it pairs well with a lot of different plants, but looks especially great with native prairie plants.
Lantana plants have a unique vine-like sprawling appearance from woody branches, making them popular to grow in outdoor hanging baskets or as ground covers. Lantana is known for its rounded clusters of small, brightly colored flowers that may be yellow, orange, white, red, pink, blue, or purple. Although they may act like a vine, they are classified by botanists as shrubs and are often used as border shrubs and as ground cover in areas with full sunshine in warm climates. Lantana plants like full sun and thrive in well-draining soil.
Hostas are a perfect option for shady gardens. Whether in-ground or in a container, these plants are tolerant of shaded areas but tend to prefer slightly sunny gardens whenever it is grown. It can be difficult to start from a seed, so it’s best to purchase them as a started plant or to acquire them as a cutting. Patience is also key with Hostas, as it can take up to three years for the plants to grow fully.
Daylilies are great for planting first thing in the spring or fall. Remember, however, to not plant them newly during the summer, as the hot temperatures on a developing root system can lead to root rot. Perfect for growing in full sun conditions, daylilies require at least weekly watering during dry spells; they prefer to live in moist conditions. But during the rainy season, you won’t have to water them yourself.
Now that we’ve gone over what’s best for your Oklahoma Garden, are you ready to get started? All the plants we’ve talked about are going to grow wonderfully in your yard, and they’re likely to attract butterflies and other types of wildlife.
If you’re moving into a new home, now is a great time to start planning your landscaping. Luckily, Beacon Homes can help you out! Contact us today to get started.
Spring has officially arrived in the great state of Oklahoma, and residents can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it! There’s no better way to soak up the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air than by visiting one of the great parks throughout the state. In Oklahoma City and Tulsa, there are unique green spaces that offer much more than your average park. Here are our top park picks in OKC and Tulsa to enjoy the best of this beautiful spring weather.
There are so many ways to enjoy this large lake on the city’s central northwest side. Land lovers will appreciate the paved trails encircling the lake that are great for walking, running, cycling, and skateboarding. In the summers, water enthusiasts can jump right into kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing.
A peaceful place to spend a few minutes or an entire day, this public park offers 70-acres of green space and engaging experiences including ornamental gardens, a 3.7-acre lake, children’s playground, water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, performance stage, and more.
“Tulsa’s Riverfront Park” is quite an experience. There are more than 100 unique attractions, including an adventure playground, places to eat and relax, a boathouse, the water features of Mist Mountain and Charlie’s Water Mountain, sports courts, and much more.
Located in the Historic Snedden Mansion within Woodward Park, these beautiful grounds offer horticultural events and programs, gardening classes, outdoor classrooms, or just a serene place to stroll and soak up the sunshine.
There are so many opportunities within this botanic garden to appreciate the beauty of the season. There are currently six gardens surrounding a 7-acre lake, with plans to develop more. There are also exhibits and seasonal events, like Tiptoe Through The Tulips on April 2, 2022.
A visit to this urban wilderness area is sure to get your blood pumping! There are over 300 acres of park land that have been left intentionally rugged where visitors can hike, climb boulders, and ride horseback.
Did you know that you can also live near one of these amazing parks? Beacon Homes offers new home communities throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa that put you within close driving distance to one or more of these wonderful green spaces. Contact us for more information!
At Beacon Homes, we believe that excellent customer service doesn’t stop at the closing table. We understand the financial and emotional investment in building a new home, so we want to be there for you even after the sale to make sure you’re 100% satisfied.
Many other builders outsource their warranty departments, but we believe that our customers are best served by our own, full-time, in-house warranty team. Beacon Homes’ warranty professionals are familiar with our homes, our service, and most importantly, our standards of excellence. Meet the warranty team!
Beacon Homes Warranty Department
Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction Administrator
“My heart has always been happiest helping people, which is why I look forward to maintaining a positive and lasting relationship with you beyond the completion of your future home!”
Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction Technician
“I am so grateful to be working in the Warranty department at Beacon Homes. The quality of the members of our team has greatly impressed me. I look forward to meeting you and serving you in your journey of making your house a home.”
Warranty & Homeowner Satisfaction
“After 21 years in many roles in the construction process, I am excited to oversee the day-to-day construction of new homes. I have always wanted to be a part of a team like Beacon.”
This is the team that is dedicated to giving you unconditional support throughout your new home journey, even past your closing date! Learn more about our warranty program or feel free to contact us with any questions.
There is no greater feeling than finding the perfect home for you and your family. And when you finally connect with “the one,” this may mean moving to a new city! Relocating is an exciting opportunity for you and your family to start fresh — but it is understandable if you feel a bit nervous too. After all, it is not always easy to leave your current hometown, no matter how much you are looking forward to your new neighborhood.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your big move as smooth as possible for everyone, because you should enjoy every moment of your new home journey! Take a look at a few of our favorite tips for moving to a new city:
1) Explore by car or foot. One of the best things about a new hometown is finding the local spots you will love to drive or walk to in your daily life, from the coffee shop down the street to the ice cream place you enjoy with your kids. When you are all settled into your home, take some time to explore the town. Pop into the stores you see, try an interesting-looking restaurant, and get acclimated to the streets you will soon know like the back of your hand.
2) Enjoy a family outing. With all of the new places to explore, it is always helpful to do some research online. Search for parks and trails near your home where you can spend an afternoon relaxing in the great outdoors with your kids. You can also search for fun attractions like zoos, shopping centers, or museums for a family outing. Set aside a day to spend quality time together — this will help everyone feel comfortable and get excited about your new hometown.
3) Meet your neighbors. It goes without saying that your neighbors are part of what makes your daily routine so special. As you go for a walk around your neighborhood, make sure to say hello to new faces and introduce yourself. Let your neighbors know that you are new in town, and ask for recommendations on where to eat or relax around town. Consider inviting new friends over for a get-together or one of your very first outdoor dinner parties!
4) Join a club. If you enjoy organized activities with other people, you will love joining a club or taking a new class. Take a look at the local library, a museum, a public garden, or an art center — there are bound to be art classes, book clubs, and more to enjoy! Another great way to meet people (while staying active) is to join a gym and take fitness classes. This will also help you get settled into a routine and enjoy the company of others who live close by. You can even start your own walking or jogging club with your neighbors!
Above all else, one of the best things you can do is simply relax and enjoy your time. You have just made a big move, and you do not have to know everything about your new hometown right away. As the days go by, you will come to feel a sense of familiarity and belonging — but there is certainly no rush. Give yourself time to explore and enjoy the excitement of something new. There is so much to look forward to!
If you’re interested in moving to Tulsa or Oklahoma City and need help with your home search, please contact us! Beacon Homes is building new communities in Edmond, Yukon, Glenpool, OKC, Arcadia, and Jenks, and we’re sure to have a home that’s just right for you.
Oklahoma is home to so many great universities, and many of our homebuyers either have professional ties to them or family members who attend them. These schools are an important part of our state and local communities so we wanted to highlight a few in OKC and Tulsa that are located in the areas that we build. Whether you are a parent of a student, work in higher education, or are interested in taking continuing ed classes, these institutions of higher learning offer opportunities and resources for everyone!
This university is known for its strong connections throughout the metro area of Oklahoma City. Students are able to take advantage of the rich opportunities offered to them like student organizations, internships, and employment offerings. See what life is like at UCO: https://www.uco.edu/
New Home Communities Near University of Central Oklahoma:
This university focuses on providing a higher learning community through Christian faith, academics, and a variety of extracurricular activities. View the areas of national recognition and additional rankings OC has earned here: https://www.oc.edu/
New Home Communities Near Oklahoma Christian University:
This upbeat and diverse campus has all you could want and more. They pride themselves on receiving more nationally competitive scholarship winners than all other Oklahoma colleges combined. View the TU points of pride here: https://utulsa.edu/
Woodland Park is a beautiful new community located on the wide-open and picturesque lands of Arcadia, OK, just northeast of Oklahoma City. Since its launch three years ago, Woodland Park has proven to be a popular choice for homebuyers seeking more space, luxury amenities, and finely crafted homes in the East Edmond area.
We’re thrilled to announce that Woodland Park has just released a new section of homesites for purchase. You can build the floorplan of your choice or choose from one of our limited availability quick move-in homes. We can’t wait for you to experience living in Arcadia!
Arcadia occupies a unique place in Oklahoma history. The famed Route 66 runs right through town, and many travelers marvel at the 1898 Round Barn, the only one of its kind and a historically significant landmark. POPS 66 Soda Ranch is also located along Route 66 in Arcadia. At this iconic restaurant, gas station, and convenience store with a 66-ft pop bottle out front, you can enjoy over 600 different types of soda. Arcadia is located a quick 24 miles from downtown OKC along I-35.
Woodland Park is also less than 3 miles from Arcadia Lake, where you can picnic, camp, swim, fish, water ski, boat, play disc golf, hike, bike, or go horseback riding.
Nestled in the heart of this scenic and beloved town and conveniently located just 2.5 miles from I-35, Woodland Park offers resort-style amenities that will have you eagerly anticipating returning home each day. Two swimming pools, a basketball court, playground, and pond are perfect for summertime fun, and the clubhouse, fitness center, and walking trails are welcoming all year long. Children attend top-rated East Edmond Public Schools.
With the newly released homesites, homeowners have a variety of spacious floorplans they can build from the ground up. Choose from 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2,000 to 3,822 square feet, and a 3 or 4-car garage. Homes feature high-end finishes and quality features like an outdoor fireplace, healthy air filtration system, and designer lighting package, among many others.
Homeowners can choose from 8 stunning, professionally-curated design collections to complete their home, and personalize items like flooring, paint colors, and cabinet colors. And for those who may not have the time to build,you can browse from our selection of quick move-in homes, which are finished, professionally-designed and ready for you.
If you’re ready to live in a beautiful new home in a scenic and quaint, but culturally significant town, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to welcome you home to Arcadia!
Beacon Homes provides a choice of professionally-curated interior design collections for every home we build, but sometimes the best trends are the ones embraced first by our customers. We love keeping track of the features, finishes, and styles that resonate with our buyers, because it helps us put together looks that they and future customers will enjoy even more. Here’s Chelsea Harper, Beacon Homes’ in-house designer, on the top-requested design trends from buyers so far in 2022!
Ceiling Beams in Rich Wood Tones
Rustic yet elegant, exposed ceiling beams lend a sense of drama and strength to any room. Though decorative beams come in many styles and finishes, our homeowners are leaning more toward the elegant rather than the rustic. The sleek and modern look of maple has been a favorite finish that continues its reign into 2022.
Dark Painted Walls
Dark walls are an entire mood this season, and our customers can’t get enough. They’ve been painting accent walls and even entire rooms — like a powder bath or study — a deep, moody color like Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore. This is also the color I painted the powder bath in our new model and it’s getting really great feedback from prospects.
Oversized Subway Tile
White subway tile as a kitchen backsplash or shower surround is a classic choice because it looks great in any home with any design style. To add an interesting twist but still maintain that timeless appeal, our homeowners have been choosing 3″x12″ or 4″x16″ tile rather than the standard 3″x6″ size. The result is an elevated look that still allows their quartz countertops and wood cabinetry to shine.
Light Wood Floors
When it comes to flooring, a majority of our customers are choosing light wood or wood-look ceramic tiles. This is a modern, fresh, natural look that pairs well with the dark accent paint that many people are using. Lighter floors make a space feel larger and more open by reflecting the light, and they also allow beautiful furniture or decor to stand out.
Many of our customers have found themselves working from home lately, so there is a definite need to incorporate a home office into their new space. Even if they were not able to dedicate an entire room to a home office, they creatively added built-in desks and storage for work zones or study spaces. Working from home is a reality for many these days, and our customers are making sure their homes make it easier.
Glam Light Fixtures
For many of our customers, the concept of “home” is now multidimensional. It’s the place where they eat and sleep, but also where they enjoy more elegant experiences, too. Dramatic light fixtures in the kitchen and dining room enhance the ambiance. We’re seeing lots of champagne bronze mixed with other finishes like matte black or brushed nickel to create a “wow” factor.
If you are interested in learning which personalized design choices you can make in a new Beacon home, browse our design collections online, then contact us to see them in person!!
If you’re looking for a great place in Oklahoma City or Tulsa for a romantic date night, you’re in luck because these cities have plenty of impressive options. Whether you’re into exceptional food, cool music, or enlightening art — or you want to experience it all — they have you covered. Here are our favorite date night spots in OKC and Tulsa!
Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse – Serving refined fare in a cozy, casual atmosphere, Broadway 10 impresses, not only with their wood-fired meats and handcrafted cocktails, but also with their near-panoramic views of the Automobile Alley cultural district. Reservations recommended.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – If you’re looking for something interesting and new to do on date night, check out the gorgeous exhibits at OKCMOA. Current exhibits include Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light, Pop Art and Text, Perception and Technique in Abstract Art, and From the Golden Age to the Moving Image. The museum is open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and until 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Vast – Oklahoma City’s only AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, Vast serves fresh fare and cool cocktails on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon Tower in downtown OKC. The nighttime views are tremendous, as is the quality of the food, and the time you’ll have there. Reservations required.
Duet – Duet in the downtown Tulsa Arts District effortlessly combines amazing food and jazz music into one unique experience and venue. Upstairs you can enjoy modern American fare with a fresh and vibrant menu, and downstairs continue indulging your senses with live jazz by some of Tulsa’s most talented musicians. Reservations required for dinner, the jazz club is open admission.
The Tavern – A modern interpretation of the classic neighborhood pub, the Tavern offers world-class wines, craft cocktails, artisan beer, and upscale tavern cuisine in the Tulsa Arts District. Reservations recommended.
Mi Cocina – This upscale Tex-Mex restaurant uses only the highest quality ingredients served in a warm and friendly environment with professional service. With both classic and reimagined Tex-Mex dishes, it checks all the boxes for a memorable meal. Reservations recommended.
Now that it’s winter and you’re enjoying more time indoors, you may notice that you could use a little more organization throughout your home. If 2021 brought an abundance of extra things into your living space, then 2022 is all about getting rid of what you don’t need — and keeping the things that serve a purpose in your daily life.
At Beacon Homes, we believe that 2022 is your time to enjoy your moments at home without the stress of unnecessary clutter. Finally, with a fresh, new home in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, you can create the atmosphere that you love to be surrounded by, day and night. Take a look at our favorite tips for starting off the new year in an organized, clutter-free home:
How To Organize Your Home
Decide What To Store: Before you start, it’s a good idea to “assess your mess” and make a decision about how much storage you may need. Go through each room and envision the bins you’ll need to keep everything clean and tidy, whether it’s cloth bins for your children’s toys or plastic bins for a food pantry.
Use Your Doors: Don’t underestimate the versatility of doors! The back of a door can be a life-saver. For instance, if a secondary bedroom is becoming tight, an over-the-door organizer, shoe rack, or hook rack will free up space while storing everything from shoes and jackets to hats, belts, scarves, and everything else.
Work Smarter in the Laundry Room: The laundry room can get crowded with piles of laundry, cleaning supplies, and other odds and ends. Make some space by mounting a fold-down drying rack on the wall. When it’s not in use, just flip it up and you can navigate the room again. You can also add a rod or wall hooks to hang clothes straight from the dryer so they don’t get wrinkled.
Compartmentalize Your Drawers: As small as they are, drawers are one of the hardest areas of the home to keep organized. Divide larger drawers into smaller compartments so that you can group items by use or category. There are tons of drawer organizers on the market, or you could simply use empty shoe boxes and glass jars for deep drawers, and shoe box lids and small bowls for shallow ones. This will save you time and frustration when trying to find an item.
Clean Your Closet: First things first, ask yourself: “Do I really need it?” Donate items you don’t wear or don’t make you feel great, and keep the items you love. (If you haven’t worn something in the past year, give it a new home!) You’ll be amazed at how much easier (and more enjoyable) it is to step into a clean, organized closet.
Tidy Up the Toy Room: Most kids are mini hoarders, and never want to give up their toys. The result is a toy room or closet that is overflowing with old toys and lots of broken pieces. In the new year, establish the “One In, One Out” rule. For every new toy that comes into their space, your kids should donate or give one away. Be sure to do a good purge before implementing this rule, though, so that you can start off with as clean a space as possible.
Free Up Your Fridge: Takeout meals can make your evenings so much easier. But those boxes, containers, and bags take up lots of space, so make sure to put food in your own tupperware and label them with the date you ordered it. You can also do a complete “refrigerator overhaul” — take everything out, throw old items away, and keep what you need.
Stay Trendy: A beautiful storage ottoman is not only a comfortable seat in your bedroom or family room, it’s a great way to keep items off the floor. Similarly, functional and stylish ladder shelves are perfect for picture frames, candles, succulents, watches and jewelry, books, and so much more.
Organize Recipes: You may have certain recipes that you can’t live without, but you don’t need whole cookbooks sitting in your kitchen. One way to free up extra space is to scan the recipes you use and love from cookbooks, cut out your favorites from magazines, and organize them into clear pages in a binder or folder.
Declutter the Car: Let’s face it — between drop offs, pick-ups, soccer practice, and dance recitals, your car is an extension of your house. If you have children, as much as you try to keep the car clutter-free, it’s nearly impossible. Toys, snacks, schoolwork, wipes, hand sanitizer, and everything in between piles up on seemingly every seat. Instead, hang clear shower organizers over your back seat and organize all your essentials.
Start Small: If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, a great way to destress is to do simple cleaning tasks around the house that make a big difference — like Windexing the windows, straightening the tops of dressers, and clearing off the kitchen table. A clutter-free home makes for a clear mind.
Oklahoma City and Tulsa New Home Builders
We believe that great things are coming your way this year! With a little home organization, you’ll feel energized and motivated at the start of every day. For more information about our new homes throughout OKC and Tulsa, please contact us.
One of the best things about living in Oklahoma City or Tulsa is the beautiful year-round weather. In the winters, with relatively mild weather and minimal snowfall, you can continue to enjoy the best in outdoor recreation. But before you head out, there are still a few key home maintenance items to check off your list.
Once you have these tasks squared away, you can enjoy all of the outdoor fun that Oklahoma has to offer without a worry about your home.
Winterizing Your New Home in OK
Remove Hoses From Water Spigots – Even freeze-resistant hoses left attached to the spigot during freezing weather can form an ice block, which can create a leak during thawing. Disconnect your hoses and sprinkler system and cover or wrap your spigots when the temperature dips below 32 degrees.
Locate Your Water Shut-Off Valve – Broken pipes due to freezing may not be noticeable until thawing begins. If this happens in your home, immediately shut off the water at your home’s shut-off valve and call your plumber. (Be sure to have a back-up plumber’s number handy, too.) If you are in a Beacon home, the shut-off valve is located in the closet with your water heater. There is an additional shut-off in your yard. Call us if you need help finding either of yours.
Have an Alternate Plumber Available
While we hope you will use the plumber that built your home, you are not required to
unless your home is still under warranty. It is possible in extreme conditions that your
home’s plumber could become overwhelmed and service delayed. In some cases, prompt
attention can limit further damage to your home.
Prepare Ahead Of Time
Before the next arctic blast… disconnect all hoses from your home… cover your outdoor
spigots… open cabinet doors containing plumbing on exterior walls… winterize and/or
seek advice on your sprinkler system, water features or pools.
If your heating system shuts off…
it could be caused by sensors doing their job. They are monitoring the condensation line
and will shut off your system for irregularities such as FROZEN CONDENSATION LINES. Call your HVAC provider for advice and/or service.
These are just a few of the many important tips in caring for your home. If you live in a new Beacon home, we recommend consulting your homeowner guide and/or a trusted professional for more complete information.
No matter how you plan on enjoying the winter, there are a few things you can do to ensure that no surprises interrupt the season’s fun. After a day out exploring your neighborhood and beyond, you’ll return to a home that’s safe and sound, with all of that winter coziness you know and love.
From all of us at Beacon Homes, we hope you enjoy a happy and safe winter season!
These are just a few of the many important tips in caring for your home.
We recommend consulting your BEACON HOMEOWNER GUIDE
and/or a trusted professional website for more complete information.
The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to plan warm, fun-filled celebrations with those we love most. Whether that means a full-course holiday dinner, impromptu get-togethers, or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with friends, your home — and your kitchen — will become the epicenter of your holiday festivities.
The next time it’s your turn to host, make it easier on yourself by entertaining in style in a brand new, gourmet kitchen that’s fit for a chef. Not only are Beacon Homes’ kitchens beautiful, they are also intentionally-planned, highly-efficient work centers, designed to be used — a lot! Here are a few of our favorite kitchen features that you can take advantage of next holiday season.
Holiday Entertaining in a New Home
Thoughtful Placement: Everything in a Beacon Homes’ kitchen has been thoughtfully planned and intentionally placed to eliminate bottlenecking and crowding. The oven location is carefully chosen, and the fridge is perfectly positioned so that you can work quickly and efficiently. These kitchens are designed to be modern gathering places for your family, but also functional work centers where you can prepare a meal for 12, or simply dinner for two.
Large Kitchen Islands: Perfect for serving large platters of holiday treats, or just for cozy breakfasts of leftover cakes and pies, a kitchen island has a million uses for the modern family. Encourage your family and friends to have a seat at the island to keep you company while you cook, and they might be inspired to lend a helping hand.
Lots of Storage: From generous cabinet space to your walk-in pantry, there’s a place for every dish and utensil, and your holiday-themed ones, too! Lots of storage in the kitchen means a less cluttered countertop, so that you can move around quickly and easily to get things done!
New Appliances: Not chef status? That’s ok. With our modern appliances that have a setting for everything, you’ll still be able to whip up impressive dishes. And if you leave something on the stove or in the oven for too long, your appliance will tell you!
Unique Tile Backsplash: Our unique backsplashes are just as functional (they wipe off in seconds!) as they are beautiful to look at. Choose from a variety of tile shapes, colors, and patterns to add that extra wow factor to your kitchen design.
Great Lighting: Whether it’s task lighting like pendants and under-cabinet lighting for chopping and decorating, or lots of natural light to brighten up the space, these kitchens have it all.
Open-Concept Design: Never again feel like you are “stuck cooking” while the party goes on around you. In an open-concept kitchen and living space, the person cooking is always the center of attention. When everyone can be together in the same space, the memories are that much sweeter.
If you are ready to enjoy a beautiful new kitchen next holiday season, browse our quick move-in homes throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa and make one yours today!
When you trust Beacon Homes to build your new home, we are committed to a process that’s efficient, easy to understand, and entirely smooth. Part of this process is your initial online research, and we believe that this stage should be just as easy as everything else!
That’s why we’ve recently revamped our entire website, so when you’re looking online for the perfect new home in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, you have the most user-friendly and informative website possible. Like our beautiful, energy-efficient homes that are built to last, our brand new website is designed with you in mind. Here are a few of the biggest additions that will guide you on your journey:
#1 Better Mobile Experience
From communicating with your friends and family to researching important information, it’s never been easier or more convenient to connect and access the world through your phone. When you’re on the go or pressed for time, now you can browse our website just as easily on your phone as you can on your computer.
Our new mobile-friendly interface lets you explore everything that Beacon Homes has to offer right in the palm of your hand (literally)! While you’re making coffee, going for a jog, or waiting to drop your kids off, you can sort through floorplans, browse communities, and contact our team with the tap of your finger.
#2 Easy to Connect
When you’re looking to find the right builder for your new home, you need a team that prioritizes communication. At Beacon Homes, we ensure that every question and concern is attended to promptly, and you always have the answers that you need. This way, you can feel confident every step of the way.
When you’re on our website, you’ll notice an “Ask Cori” box in the top right corner — simply click and a form will show up. Cori, our Online Sales Counselor, is the first person you’ll be in contact with on your journey. Knowledgeable, attentive, and as friendly as can be, Cori will go over all of the incredible things that lie ahead.
#3 Our Homes Front and Center
We know that our incredible selection of homes that are Smart, Healthy, and Built to Last are the stars of the show. That’s why they are front and center on our website, with a spotlight shining on them! Now more than ever, our homes are easy to find, easy to sort through, and easy to compare.
From our quick move-ins to our floorplans, you’ll see every bit of information that you need — address, price, square footage, availability date, bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. — at first glance. Once you hit “Home Details,” you’ll be taken to a page that details everything, from a general description to interior features to energy-efficient features to school info and beyond. Finding your perfect match has never been easier.
#4 More Interactive
The process of searching for and choosing a new home is an intensely visual experience. And with so many beautiful selections and options to choose from, we know the design aspect can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve developed an all-new Online Design Studio. Here, your dream home will come to life virtually as you select flooring, cabinets, color palettes, light fixtures, exterior designs, and more. Seeing is believing!
At Beacon Homes, we put ease and comfort into the homebuilding process. This is a guarantee that we incorporate into every aspect of our work, from our website to the construction process to warranty. Our new site is designed for you to easily navigate the initial stages of your greatest journey yet. We hope you enjoy discovering your new home!