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Plush cabins, lush scenery and boundless outdoor recreation opportunities drive economic boom in Hochatown.


CABIN FEVER I


t may not a town in the official sense—there is no post office, no mayor, no city governance of any kind—but as southeast Oklahoma's unofficial way station, Hochatown is booming. Nestled among the pine trees and bound by a 14,000 acre lake renowned for its pristine water quality, tourists here are turning vacation into “staycation.”


The result: Impressive growth in new home construction and housing sales that have local developers clambering to carve out lots that bring, on average, $29,000 per acre.


Currently, 14 housing developments lie within five miles of Hochatown; eight established since 2004. Encompassing some 640 acres of land carefully laid out in 1.5 to 2-acre wooded lots with utilities in place, developments such as Kaniatobe Trails and Northern Hills serve as birthing ground for some 800 cabins and log-style homes. Prices range from $200,00 to $600,000.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative provides electricity for Hochatown. Since January 1, 2010 the co-op has set over 300 new residential meters in the area. While the flood of tourists-turned-home buyers seems dramatic, one developer says it is more akin to a steady rising stream.


“Since 2004, we’ve grown steadily, year by year. Even during the downturn in the economy in 2008, we still had a good year,” said Dian Jordan, owner of Pine Meadow Cabins.


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“As the lodging tax collections went up, our economy grew with it. Now we have a shortage of commercial property.”


CHARITY O’DONNELL, DIRECTOR


BROKEN BOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & MCCURTAIN COUNTY TOURISM AUTHORITY


Jordan and her brother, Dennis Jordan, are responsible for developing 13 housing additions in Hochatown. The most recent, Kaniatobe Trails West, was developed in partnership with local builder Tommy Julian. It opened in February 2013. “By January of this year, we only had two lots left,” said Dian.


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