Nathan Garrett and Luke Westerfield, owners of Tulsa Property Group, draw much of their inspiration from observation.
“As we travel around and look at different places, go through Europe, we see these areas where people want to spend their time,” Garrett said. “And they are walkable areas that are dense.
“They have a density of residential. They have mixed use, so they have commercial. Everything is kind of mixed together, and you just love strolling through these places and taking your time.”
The pair created a multifamily complex in one of those areas a year ago when they finished 523 Brownstones, a group of 10 upscale apartments in Jenks.
On Friday, Tulsa Property Group broke ground on a similar venture, the Village Flats.
The 54-unit development will feature studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments at 703 S. Owasso Ave., just south of Centennial Park next to the Pearl District. Connected to Gathering Place and River Parks via the Midland Valley Trail system, the project has a two-story common area and two, three-story buildings.
The public area will have food preparation areas that include a commercial coffee machine, large picture windows and an outdoor living space and grill area that will spill into Centennial Park.
First-floor residences will have landscaped yards and walk-up entrances, and second- and third-floor units will have spacious covered balconies. Throughout the complex will be 9- and 10-foot ceilings, granite counter tops and floating shelves.
Cowen Construction is the builder, and Selser Schafer Architects is the designer.
Established in 1998, Tulsa Property Group owns and/or operates more than 450 single-family, duplex and boutique multifamily properties in the greater Tulsa area.
“Having density is so crucial to supporting local businesses,” Garrett said. “If we want Tulsa to be a walkable place, you have to have density of residential.
“We are attempting to do that in a responsible way here. We think this is going to be a wonderful place for people to live.”