Development On Lake Eufaula Puts Emphasis On The Past
EUFAULA, Oklahoma - Construction is well under way on a different style of lake living.
It's like what you would see in Seaside, Florida, and unlike what you'd normally see with most new neighborhoods under construction.
On a beautiful spot along Lake Eufaula, something unique is taking shape.
"Similar to what you've seen out of the best neighborhoods between 1890 and 1940," said Grant Humphreys, Carlton Landing.
Carlton Landing is under development on Eufaula, introducing what's called new urbanism to life on the lake.
"We haven't seen it done in this region, so we're bringing in world-class design talent, into Oklahoma to redefine the lake experience and provide people with a great quality resort option," Humphreys said.
All of the cottages, with their large front porches, are built close to the street or with access to boardwalks, with the intent of creating a pedestrian friendly and more neighborly environment.
"New urbanism is just a way of designing communities around people instead of just the automobile," Humphreys said.
"I love the fact that you park your car and you really don't have to get back in your car again until you have to go into town here," Jen Humpreys said.
There is a community garden.
Parks and pools and other gathering places will be built as part of the 1,600-acre project.
A public elementary school is also under construction, with plans for light retail including a general store.
"I feel like so many neighborhoods, you just don't know your neighborhoods anymore," Jen Humphreys said.
The town founders really wanted to create an Oklahoma feel to the cottages. So each one is modeled after a traditional American farmhouse.
Whether it's for weekenders or full-timers, it's hoped Carlton Landing creates an environment where modern conveniences meet old-school charm, and natural beauty blends with something special.
A nature center is also planned, along with a destination wedding chapel, a conference center, boat docks and eventually a marina.