Brian Richardson

A Real Estate Agent at Works for MySelf

Brian Richardson

Works for MySelf

A Real Estate Agent based in Tulsa, OK

 
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Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

The Bixby School District operates public education in Bixby, and has around 5,000 enrolled students. In 2010, 93% of high schools here graduated, which is a very high rate when you compare it to other schools around the U.S. The school district scored well above state averages on the API (Academic Performance Index) in 2010 as well. The index ranges from 0-1500 (best), with a state average of 1138. Bixby schools scored a 1279 in Mathematics, and a 1259 in Reading. If you want to put your children in a public school here, you’ll be glad to know that it’s a great district.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Bixby is a bit further from Tulsa than other suburbs -- at 22 miles south if you take US Routes 64 and 169. Despite this, it’s still a reasonable commute for people who work in the city. 93% of residents drive, and Bixby definitely has one of the lowest public transit ridership rates in the U.S. -- in the last survey in 2010, it was reported that zero people here take public transportation to work. Despite the fact that everyone drives, the average commute time here is still low, at 25 minutes.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

The apartment prices in Owasso are pretty close to average for the Tulsa metropolitan area. The average two bedroom apt here costs $871. For one bedroom, the cost drops to $707, and rises to $1021 for three. As for neighboring communities, Catoosa ($792 for 2bdrm/apt) and Bixby ($846 for 2bdrm/apt) are in the same ballpark, and Broken Arrow ($916 for 2bdrm/apt) and Jenks ($1016 for 2bdrm/apt) are more expensive. Nationally, the average price in Owasso is lower than the national median rent of $950.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Owasso has a great recreational scene for regular exercisers and nature lovers alike. There are twelve parks open to the public in Owasso, each with a different theme. Sports Parks North & South and the Skate Park offer numerous sports fields/courts in the former, and half-pipes and rails in the latter. The town’s website has a page for its Parks Department, which features profiles and locations of each park. They also list a master plan for the town’s recreational system, including future renovations and additions throughout the city that they are working towards.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Like many cities in the Southwest, Broken Arrow has great Mexican restaurants. Los Cabos, El Tequila, and Ted’s Cafe Escondido are a few examples, and you will miss out if you are in the Tulsa area and don’t check at least one of them out. The city also has traditional American restaurants, such as the Main Street Tavern and the meat-oriented Stone Mill BBQ and Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. Broken Arrow’s restaurant selection is solid for the average resident, but if you’re a foodie, Tulsa is only a twenty minute drive.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

In the past five years, Broken Arrow has received multiple awards for its safety. CQ Press named it the safest city in Oklahoma, and 22nd safest in the entire country. Money Magazine rated it as the 66th best place to live nationwide, and Family Circle Magazine named it one of the ten best U.S. towns for a family to live in, largely because of its public safety. In 2010 the city’s violent crime rate was 55% lower than the U.S.A’s average, and 62% lower than the OK average. Similarly, its property crime rate was 29% and 40% lower, respectively. Broken Arrow is a friendly community that is very family-oriented and safe.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

In Tulsa, the disparity between owner occupied properties and rented properties is relatively small, and is shrinking every year. In 2010 there were 99,000 owner occupied properties in the city (53% of the housing units), and 75,000 rented properties (41% of units). These statistics may give the impression that Tulsa still has an owner’s market. However, if you look at properties currently on the market, you will see that 53% of them are for rent (double the national average of 25%), and just 12.8% of them are for sale (2% less than the U.S. average). There is definitely a huge market for renters right now in Tulsa, and a large selection of places to choose from.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

You will have absolutely no problem finding ways to spend your night in Tulsa. The city is home to one of the best fine art museums in the country, the Philbrook Museum, which is one of only a few that have an art gallery, garden, and historical home. The Gilcrease Museum offers the most extensive collection of American West art and artifacts in the world. For music and theater, many performances of which are done by the excellent city’s own opera group or symphony, venues like the Tulsa Convention Center, the BOK Center, the Expo Square Pavilion, and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The city also hosts annual film and music festivals, and boasts 6,000 acres of recreational space. Culture isn’t the first thing people associate with Tulsa, but it should be.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

There are around 30 post-secondary schools in OKC. Oklahoma State University’s main campus is located in the metropolitan area (the suburb of Norman), and also has campuses in the city. Oklahoma City Community College is the second largest of its type in the state, with almost 20,000 students enrolled. The city also private institutions (Oklahoma City University), religious schools (Oklahoma Christian University, Southern Nazarene University), and historically black schools (Langston University), to name a few different types of institutions. Overall, there there is a fairly substantial population of college students here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Oklahoma City has nearly 22,000 acres of park land within city limits that the public can enjoy, and over a hundred parks. One of the most well-known recreational areas in the city is the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a 17-acre garden that’s located downtown. The city also has close access to the Oklahoma River, and with it the 13 miles of multiuse trails located on the north and south banks. In the winter when it’s too cold to go on a hike, go see the city’s professional basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, or one of the city’s great museums, like the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or the Science Museum Oklahoma.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Oklahoma City arguably has the best housing market out of any large U.S. City. Business Week named it one of the top ten strong housing markets in the U.S., and Bizjournals named it the most affordable. The median rent in OKC is $699, which is incredibly low not just for a large city, but for the U.S. in general -- it’s $251 less than the U.S. average of $950. It looks even cheaper compared to comparably-sized cities like Portland (median rent of $1,053) or Denver ($1,078). The city also has an economy that has prospered, even in tough times, and was named as one of CNN’s Best Cities to Find a Job (it was the largest) and Forbes called it the most recession-proof city in 2008. So, the city is growing larger but apartment prices are staying small, and are becoming more available. There are three times as many properties for rent than for sale on the market now. OKC is the perfect city to rent in, as prices are low and the value is high.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Oklahoma City arguably has the best housing market out of any large U.S. City. Business Week named it one of the top ten strong housing markets in the U.S., and Bizjournals named it the most affordable. The median rent in OKC is $699, which is incredibly low not just for a large city, but for the U.S. in general -- it’s $251 less than the U.S. average of $950. It looks even cheaper compared to comparably-sized cities like Portland (median rent of $1,053) or Denver ($1,078). The city also has an economy that has prospered, even in tough times, and was named as one of CNN’s Best Cities to Find a Job (it was the largest) and Forbes called it the most recession-proof city in 2008. So, the city is growing larger but apartment prices are staying small, and are becoming more available. There are three times as many properties for rent than for sale on the market now. OKC is the perfect city to rent in, as prices are low and the value is high.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Forbes Magazine named Oklahoma City as one of the best cities for commuters in 2010. Residents here have the third shortest commute time out of any U.S. city at only 21 minutes. They also scored in the top ten best cities traffic delay (meaning there isn’t much!). The ease of driving makes up for the fact that there aren’t many public transportation options here, besides buses and Amtrak. Less than 1% of the population here takes public transit to work, and 93% of them drive a vehicle.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Midwest City is a very affordable and renter friendly area with almost 40% of all housing being renter occupied. Although the average rental rate is greater than the state average, rent is 21% lower than the national average. When looking at the Midwest City rental averages, a studio apartment averages $416, a one bedroom apartment is $536, a two bedroom apartment is $638, and a three bedroom apartment is $731. Compared to seven nearby cities, a two bedroom apartment averages $680, just above Midwest City’s average of $638. Overall, the cost of living in Midwest City is extremely affordable.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

For its size, Midwest City has a fairly large recreation department with a wide array of facilities and activities. The City offers a number of adult and youth sports teams, including tournaments and city-wide competitions. Reno Swim and Slide is a public pool equipped with a large pool, a children’s splash zone, swimming lessons, and two full sized water slides. Midwest City also has a number of public parks with playgrounds and green space where the city’s summer and fall concert series are held.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Edmond offers an extensive network of free transportation via Citylink buses. Citylink includes a number of local routes and 12 trips from Edmond to downtown Oklahoma City. Each bus is wheelchair accessible and has bicycle racks, making the bus accessible for all Edmond residents. Citylink also offers an express service during the week for commuters, making the 14 mile ride into the city in 30-40 minutes.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Brian Richardson - Real Estate Agent

Ranked as number one on CNBC’s 2011 “10 Perfect Suburbs” list and as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live in 2007” by Relocate America, it is no surprise that Edmond is an extremely safe city. According to the FBI’s 2011 crime report, Edmond is the 11th safest city in the United States for cities with populations around 75,000. The city of Edmond is very proud of this reputation and strives to improve their police force and further decrease the crime in their city. Even as the population of Edmond increases, the overall crime rate has dropped and is continuing to drop. In Oklahoma, Edmond has the lowest violent crime and property crime rates when compared with the state's 10 largest cities.

 

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