It’s true! Norman is getting a new community close to shopping!
October 26, 2022
Looking for a home in Norman, OK that’s easily accessible to just about everything? Flint Hills, Ideal Homes and Neighborhoods’ newest community, located on Tecumseh Rd. just minutes from two Starbucks, Target, Crest Foods, On Cue, and so much more, may be your answer.
“We are really proud to develop communities like Flint Hills,” said Zack Roach, Ideal’s vice president of development. “This neighborhood will be modern, attractive, and safe, yet environmentally conscious while highlighting the history of conservancy in our region.”
Flint Hills residents will have easy accessibility to the entire OKC metro via I-35 (less than a mile away) and to first-class shopping and dining at The Shops at University North Park. Students who live in Flint Hills will go to Norman Public Schools, the seventh-largest district in the state. The district has earned a reputation for academic excellence, robust fine arts programs, and first-rate athletic teams.
Floor plans for the area will range from 1,158 - 2,136 square feet. First-time homebuyers, families, and empty nesters will find the area attractively priced with all the benefits of a new home. Prices start in the $300s. An active homeowners’ association will help maintain the common landscaping, playgrounds, and walking trails.
Why buy a new home vs. an existing home?
While existing homes may have a lower price point, the total cost of owning an existing home is often higher than a new home. There are a lot of factors to consider when comparing costs and new homes offer lower costs in many categories. Here are some things to consider:
- Financing incentives offered by Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods can help homeowners save up to $500/month on their mortgage. This allows buyers to purchase a higher price point home for the same monthly payment as an existing home in many cases.
- Energy efficiency and monthly energy costs: an Ideal home has a very low energy costs and in fact, Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods will guarantee your heating and cooling costs in your new home.
- Appliances and systems: new HVAC systems and home appliances are not only new, but warrantied to ensure you’re not paying to update expensive items for a long time.
- Insurance: homeowner insurance is more affordable on new homes than existing homes.
- Peace-of-mind warranties: Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods offers a 2-year warranty and 10-year structural warranty to give you the peace of mind that you won’t find a major issue after you move into your home.
What about Amenities?
Neighborhood amenities at Flint Hills include a playground and the ever-popular splash pad for kids, along with benches and shade along extensive walking trails. If you enjoy fishing, you will love the catch-and-release stocked ponds throughout the community.
Some homesites will back up to walking trails and feature fences that allow you to see out to the common areas creating a huge space to play in addition to the backyard. “This is a great amenity that allows residents to get to know their neighbors,” said Roach. “Kids can play comfortably in the area, and since it’s not immediately next to the street, parents don’t have to worry about distracted drivers.”
Studies from the National Recreation and Park Association show common areas and green spaces are good for your emotional, physical, and mental health, and adding a little exercise adds to your longevity. Ideal’s new home communities encourage residents to meet each other and participate in activities and recreation.
Flint Hills will feature environmentally friendly green stormwater solutions. The community, which is a Water Quality Protection Zone (WQPZ), will include biofiltration areas. Once runoff water has been filtered to mitigate phosphorous and nitrogen, it can be released into Lake Thunderbird and reused as drinking water.
What does the name mean?
Named after a biodiverse four-million-acre habitat to preserve unique flat grasslands in southern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, Flint Hills will pay homage to that rare, endangered ecosystem. Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods has worked in partnership withThe Nature Conservancy for many years. “This new neighborhood is a tip of the hat to the work of The Nature Conservancy and our longstanding partnership with them,” said Roach. “Our new Flint Hills neighborhood will recognize the tallgrass prairie and diversity of life found in the Flint Hills of Kansas.”
For more information on the Flint Hills history and ecosystem, click on the Flint Hills Discovery Center website.