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Aimee Williams June 19th, 2013

Meadowbrook Acres Home and Garden Tour
12-5 p.m. Sunday
1143 N.W. 56th

No one is more excited about Meadowbrook Acres’ first home and garden tour than Rob Littlefield, president and founder of its neighborhood association.

“We are absolutely ‘the neighborhood that could,’” he said.

The intimate, beautifully preserved section in northwest Oklahoma City boasts 267 homes, some dating back to the 1920s. It’s an eclectic mix of modern and preserved pre-World War II houses.

The tiny neighborhood hasn’t been without its challenges. After a series of conflicts a few years ago with nearby Chesapeake Energy, Littlefield said, some residents were unsure about the area’s future.

The neighborhood association successfully contested the company’s development plans involving Meadowbrook land.

“We were under the wrath of Chesapeake,” said Littlefield. “There was no end in sight.”

But the neighborhood made substantial headway after several meetings and some strong exchanges with Chesapeake representatives. Littlefield said Meadowbrook residents were able to preserve the area and begin making renovations to existing homes.

“Neighborhood unity was really the key,” he said. “There are no hard feelings toward Chesapeake now, but we would have been a parking lot.”

Sunday’s home and garden tour was essentially a no-brainer for the association.

“The street is usually a parade on the weekends,” said Littlefield.

Meadowbrook visitors will notice salvaged and repurposed materials used in some of the older homes’ renovations, while newer houses feature impressive landscaping and customdesigned pools.

Considering the efforts made to conserve Meadowbrook and the aesthetic value of the houses, most residents are firmly planted in their homes — especially Littlefield.

“I’m never moving,” he said.

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