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Not only are people moving to one of the most peaceful and scenic areas of Oklahoma, but the housing developments here are also creating numerous jobs in the area. In the last two years alone, there have been more than 120 accounts added to this part of KEC’s service territory.


Roberts also enjoys a positive relationship with representatives from Kiamichi Electric Cooperative. “They are really great to work with,” he says of the cooperative’s staff. Though building restrictions apply in the Falcon developments, Roberts says they mostly deal with rules pertaining to the size of homes and other “basic common-sense restrictions.” Plans for homes built in the developments require developer approval. Existing custom homes built in the development range anywhere from 1,700 to 4,200 square feet. In addition to housing lots, Roberts plans to make boat slips and storage facilities available to property owners in the Falcon Tree Development. A longtime contractor prior to his retirement, Roberts worked for a Texas construction fi rm where he oversaw the construction of multi-million-dollar projects all across the United States. “We built in places like Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago and California,” he says. “Construction is all I know.”





In addition to constructing several larger buildings in the Pittsburg County area—including the Stipe Recreation Center and the downtown mini-mall— Roberts has built more than 800 homes during his professional career. Roberts says lots in his developments have attracted buyers from as far away as California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Arizona, all looking for a less expensive place to live. “They also like the peace and quiet that this area offers,” he says. He’s proud that homes built in his developments have increased the tax base


for schools and other services in the Pittsburg County area. And though he admits to being “a little past retirement age,” Roberts says he plans to continue his working ways. “I’m going to work until I die,” he says. “This is retirement for me. I’m just doing my share to keep the economy going.” The Falcon Tree development is located just off State Highway 9A, which can be reached by taking the Stigler/Highway 9A exit on U.S. Highway 69 North. Information on housing lots for sale is available by contacting Roberts at 918-689-0415 or by contacting real estate broker Karen Weldin of Eufaula Lakeshore Realty. She can be reached at 918-452-3184 (offi ce) or 918-605-7405 (cell). Her company’s website is www.eufaulalakeshorerealty.com and her e- mail address is Karen@eufaulalakeshorerealty.com.


Carlton Landing


One of the most recent developments on the Pittsburg County side of Lake Eufaula is Carlton Landing, a planned community that has seen remarkable growth during the past two years. The community of 56 full-time residents was approved in October 2012 by Pittsburg County’s Board of County Commissioners for incorporation as a municipality. Carlton Landing offi cials predict the state’s newest town will continue to grow at a rapid pace during the next several years. “The market study indicates we can expect 70 percent of our residents will be weekend owners,” says Steve Winner, residential sales director for Carlton Landing, “but we are seeing more full-time residents moving here from the Oklahoma City metro area.” The newest community includes residents from all walks of life, from seniors, retirees, to young families, professionals and children. “Carlton Landing has lots of age and income tax brackets represented,” he


says. “It’s a healthy, well-rounded community.” The lakefront community—accessed from State Highway 9A, just off U.S. Highway 69 North—is situated on 1,650 acres in northern Pittsburg County.


- Jim Jackson, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative, Inc. CEO


Winner says the biggest selling point of Carlton Landing is the quality and simplicity of small town life. The community opened its own school, Carlton Landing Academy, just two years ago. The strong sense of close-knit commu- nity is encouraged with numerous activities sponsored throughout the year by the Carlton Landing Association, including holiday cookouts, bicycle parades and seasonal festivals. Residents enjoy the community pool every summer and plans are underway to build playgrounds and parks for family recreation. As in most small towns, houses in the Carlton Landing community are situ- ated relatively close together. Homes in the development refl ect their owners’ individual tastes, but also share a particular style, which Winner describes as “classical Oklahoma architecture.” In addition to the new homes that are going up on an almost weekly basis, Winner says plans are underway to develop a downtown area with stores and eating establishments. The fi rst business, a restaurant, is currently in the architectural planning stage. People from both Oklahoma and neighboring states have traveled to Carlton Landing to learn more about living in the planned community. As director of residential sales, Winner shares information with people who are interested in learning more about life in one of Oklahoma’s smallest towns. “I give tours seven days a week,” he says. “Actually, I wear a lot of different hats—from fi xing sprinklers to wrangling goats.”


And speaking of goats, Carlton Landing has a small herd to help clear the land for future construction projects. The community also operates a raised bed garden from which residents obtain fresh fruit and vegetables during the growing season, as well as a chicken coop that provides fresh eggs for all. A farmers’ market is in the planning stages. Winner says those interested in living at Carlton Landing can buy one of the spec homes built by the community’s builders or they can purchase a lot and build a house using one of the approved home plans. The third option is to buy a lot and hire an architect to design a home from scratch. All homes built in the community require design approval. The town’s building lots, which vary in size, start at $12,500. Two-bedroom, two-bath lake homes in Carlton Landing start at about $215,000. A number of different home styles are already completed or under construction in the community, including townhouses, cabins, cottages and one- and two-story homes. According to Winner, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative representatives have been extremely helpful during the past couple of years. “Our power supply has been reliable,” Winner says. “Kiamichi Electric has been really great about promoting the advantages of geothermal systems and other effi ciency programs for our homeowners.” There are currently more than 25 homes completed in the Carlton Landing community. Winner says projections indicate the town will grow to about 3,000 homes within the next three decades. Future plans include expansion of a rental program allowing prospective buyers to make overnight stays and get a taste of life at Carlton Landing. Also planned is a community building for special events, as well as a conference/retreat center and even a destination wedding chapel. Winner says the town’s waterfront property will remain open for public activities such as picnics, outdoor performances and swimming. Land located across the water has been leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for development of walking/bicycle trails, campsites, creation of a nature center and a full-service marina. “We don’t want Carlton Landing to be just a June to July type of place,” says


Winner. “We are looking for ways to expand the season.” For more information on life at Carlton Landing, contact Winner at 888- 619-1889 or check out the website at www.carltonlanding.com.


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