Midtown Tulsa |An Overview
Midtown Tulsa has a rich history and is certainly one of the city’s most prized community assets. With its great schools, magnificent historical neighborhoods, mature urban forests, well landscaped parks, superb shopping, and a myriad of recreational and entertainment opportunities, midtown Tulsa can arguably be considered the cultural heart of the City of Tulsa.
Where is Midtown Tulsa?
Defining midtown Tulsa’s boundaries is a challenge and more of a personal opinion rather than any official determination. Our notion of midtown begins with a northern boundary following I-244 in the Central Business District, with the west boundary lying on the east bank of the Arkansas River, the south boundary following I-44 from the Arkansas River to the east boundary at Yale Avenue.
Shown right: Aerial view of Cascia Hall Preparatory School just south of Utica Square, looking northwest towards downtown Tulsa. With quick access to the inner-dispersal loop and the Interstate Highway System midtown Tulsa is ideally situated for fast commutes to anywhere in the city or regional area.
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate and Homes
Most of midtown’s historic neighborhoods were developed from the turn of the century up to the mid 1950’s. These areas are known for their gorgeous homes, meandering tree lined streets, and a plethora of classic architectural styles ranging from traditional and ranch to art deco and Greek revival.
Because of their historic charm, convenient location, and easy lifestyle…midtown Tulsa neighborhoods have typically enjoyed Tulsa’s most stable and prosperous real estate values, traditionally leading the way in price per square foot for residential sales.
The land costs or lot value of the homes in midtown generally represents a larger percentage of a typical home’s overall value than in other parts of the city. That reflects why people say “location, location, location” when referring to real estate values.
For that reason, you can often find a larger or more up-to-date home in south Tulsa or one of our suburban communities for the same investment. But the midtown lifestyle has a lot of appeal because of the urban forest, lower traffic counts and the multitude of cultural venues and activities.
Shopping and entertainment in Midtown Tulsa
Midtown Tulsa is blessed with a number pedestrian-oriented shopping and entertainment areas that offer a wide variety of retail, restaurants, clubs and attractions. Be sure to check out the Boston District on Boston Avenue just south of downtown, Utica Square Shopping Center at 21st Street and Utica Avenue, Cherry Street (locally known as 15th Street from Peoria Avenue east to Lewis Avenue.
The area known as Brookside stretches from 31st to 51st Street along both sides of Peoria Avenue and is a popular local spot to dine, shop and hang out. Most of businesses in the Cherry Street and Brookside Districts are locally owned and operated. They provide the unique local flavor that makes midtown so special and so different.
Other Midtown Tulsa points of interest
There is a lot to see and do in midtown Tulsa. And don’t forget the Central Business District, aka Downtown Tulsa, which is just minutes away from midtown. Don’t miss Woodward Park at 21st and Peoria Ave and River Parks and the trails system which runs on both sides of the Arkansas River from Downtown Tulsa all the way to Jenks.
The University of Tulsa campus lies just north of 11th St between Delaware Ave and Harvard Avenue. Tulsa’s Utica Square Shopping Center at 21st and Utica is well known for it’s outstanding shops and restaurants. Across the street from Utica Square is St. John Health System. And one mile north at 11th St and Utica Ave is the 100 year home of Hillcrest Hospital, another of Tulsa’s regional medical facilities.
There are events almost daily at the Tulsa County’s Expo Square. While you are there stop by the Fair Meadows race track and simulcast facility at 21st & Yale Ave. Make a day of it at Philbrook Museum of Art located at 27th & Rockford Ave. Drive through the historic neighborhoods surrounding Swan Lake near 19th St and Utica Avenue and see many varieties of water-fowl. And side by side just south of 21st St on Peoria Ave you will find the Tulsa Rose Gardens, the Tulsa Garden Center and the Tulsa Historical Society.
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What about Midtown Tulsa schools?
Midtown Tulsa is also blessed with some of Tulsa’s finest schools, both public and private. Most of the schools listed below have links to their individual websites.
|Midtown Public Schools||Midtown Private Schools|
|Council Oak||Holy Family|
|Patrick Henry||Undercroft Montessori|
|Wright||University School at TU|
|Middle Schools||Middle Schools|
|Senior High Schools||Senior High Schools|
For more information on schools and educational opportunities be sure to visit our Tulsa Schools page for additional information and resources.
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