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Vacation home sales are up and the 10th annual Architecture Tour happens soon

Gazette staff April 6th, 2011

While the residential real estate market hasn’t yet recovered, vacation home sales were up in 2010, according to National Association of Realtors research.

Buyers were swayed in part by lower prices, with median sales at $150,000, representing an 11.2-percent drop from 2009.

Research showed that among buyers:

• 27 percent wanted a personal family retreat;

• 12 percent sought potential for price appreciation; and

• 11 percent took advantage of lower mortgage rates.


For the 10th annual Architecture Tour of the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, the focus isn’t on a particular style, but the art form in general.

“This is a way to go out and experience architecture,” said Melissa Hunt, chapter executive director. “Not historic architecture, not modern architecture, just architecture.”

Scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. April 16, the Architecture Tour caps off a weeklong series of events promoting the role design plays in reshaping the metro.

Seven locations are on the tour; most are homes, two of which have been featured on previous years’ tours, but in earlier stages of construction. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit and read next week’s issue of Oklahoma Gazette. —Rod Lott

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