Oklahoma City is the capital city of Oklahoma and has a substantial population of 580,000 people. This glamorous urban center still boasts a lot of its original mid-century architechture as well as rustic ranch style homes. The city is agri-industrial in nature and is surrounded by livestock markets, farms and oil fields. It is also a military and aeronautical center and is home to several offices of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
It is a newer city in the U.S. having been founded in 1889, reflected in its older revival style buildings. It is situated in the sandstone hills region of Oklahoma, which is known for its lovely oak trees. The city is home to three large lakes: Lake Hefner, Lake Overhoser and Lake Stanley Draper, and is bisected by the North Canadian River. The way the city is laid out is friendly to numerous natural habitats and urban downtown parks with walking / biking trails, zoos and botanical gardens. It is also a very warm during summer and very cold during the winter.
The North Canadian River divides the city into north and south halves. The north side of the city has many diverse and fashionable neighborhoods and is more inclined to be accepting of gay lifestyles. The south part of Oklahoma City is more blue collar working class and home to the stockyards and meat packing plants. It is best to consult with an Oklahoma gay city realtor to find the most affordable property in the most LGBT-positive neighborhood for you.
Housing in general is quite affordable with the average listing price for sale in Oklahoma City being $218, 789 for the week ending July 17, 2013. Homes in general tend to be a lot less expensive in the northwest and southern parts of the city. An up and coming neighborhood is Winds West, which is an area that has an average listing price of $95,213 as of July 17, 2013.
The “gayborhoods” tend to be centered on 39th street and Pennsylvania Avenue area of the city. This area is home to a gay resort called The Habana Inn, a cruising bar called The Park and a gay country line-dancing club called The Finish line. It is generally referred to as the “Gay Village” or the NW 39th Street Enclave. This neighborhood, home to the city’s annual gay pride parade and festival is in the city’s northwest quadrant and just one block west of the downtown and the main street of Pennsylvania Avenue. It is the largest gay and lesbian district in the Great Plains region of the United States.
Oklahoma has many glamorous attractions in its Northwest end including the enormous Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Stage Center for the Performing Arts and the Civic Center Music Hall, which is home to the Oklahoma City Ballet. It is also home to the International Photography Hall of Fame, the Science Museum, Oklahoma and the National Cowboy & Western Museum.
To find out more about Oklahoma City attractions, parks and economy go to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce at www.okcchamber.com.