Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Homebuilding Boom: New Subdivisions Springing Up in North Cleveland County

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Homebuilding Boom: New Subdivisions Springing Up in North Cleveland County

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Even at a time when new home sales are at a 40-year low, building is booming in north Cleveland County. At least half a dozen new housing subdivisions are sprouting up in the hilly, scenic area scattered with hayfields, farmhouses and cow pastures.

Sooner Road, the two-lane rural route that runs north-south through part of the county, is dotted with billboards advertising gated communities in the Moore and Norman school districts with names like Red Rock Canyon, Belmar North and Pepperwell Oaks.

Norman-based homebuilder Ideal Homes is building two new housing developments in northeast Norman to cater to young families hunting for homes in the Norman Public Schools district.

"There are great schools and it's close to commuter routes," said Steve Shoemaker, marketing director for Ideal Homes. "Not only is it a convenient location if you work at (the University of Oklahoma) but it's also close to Tinker Air Force Base and downtown Oklahoma City."

At Ideal Homes' Red Canyon Ranch development on Tecumseh Road between Porter Avenue and Sooner Road, 1,500- to 2,400-square-foot homes priced between $150,000 and $250,000 will ring a small natural canyon on the site. Ideal Homes expects to wrap up work on a model home at Red Canyon Ranch in the next few weeks and has already sold a handful of lots in the development. Eventually, the homebuilder plans to construct 380 homes in Red Rock Canyon.

Ideal Homes also will begin preselling lots in Green Leaf Trails on Tecumseh Road between 12th Avenue NW and Porter Avenue in the next few weeks. Featuring 1,200-square-foot to 2,000-square-foot homes priced between $140,000 and $200,000, the development will include a system of walking trails within its boundaries. Ideal Homes will eventually build 500 homes in Green Leaf Trails.

The push to develop land in the rural, hilly part of Cleveland County is a continuation of ongoing expansion and development in Norman, Shoemaker said.

"It used to be everything being built in Norman was west of Interstate 35, but there's not a lot of land left there," Shoemaker said.

There is still a lack of commercial development in northeast Norman around the Sooner Road area, but any developer would first have to ask for a change in zoning from the city, said Susan Connors, Norman director of planning and community development. …

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