Downtown Tulsa apartment living never looked so good
Take a look inside two unique apartments inside the 100 Boulder complex and Vandever Lofts building.
The natural light in Sarah Powell’s Deco District apartment provides the perfect lighting for the artist’s plants, antique and vintage finds, and for sunbathing spots for her cats, Harriet and Oscar.
A breath of fresh air: 100 Boulder
After years of living in midtown with a house, yard and all the related headaches, Harold Zuckerman decided it was time for a change. The attorney scoured the downtown area for a place with a balcony and outdoor space.
“I walked in and knew this was the one,” Zuckerman says of his 1,000-square-foot apartment in the 100 Boulder complex.
The second-story balcony provides a view of many downtown landmarks, and gives his cat, BK, a place to get fresh air throughout the day.
Modern appliances and a Galley sink make for a kitchen that blends into the living and eating area. In the bedroom, a Murphy bed allows for additional space if guests are over, along with plenty of storage, closet and utility space, including a full-size washer and dryer.
Neighbors, some of whom own their unit, are of varying ages and often mingle in the shared common space. 100 Boulder offers residents a lease-purchase opportunity, in which 50 percent of their annual rent can be applied to an agreed-upon purchase price at the time of lease.
Zuckerman, who has lived in downtown for about a year, walks less than a block to his office and frequents the activities in the Tulsa Arts District. Although the need for a nearby grocery store isn’t lost on this downtown dweller, he shops at the Goods Bodega for small food and pantry items.
Vintage vibes: Vandever Lofts
Sarah Powell has enjoyed antiquing since she was 10 years old. The passion was inspired by her grandparents, who took her to flea markets, estate sales and antique malls. Her years of collecting are on display in her 612-square-foot apartment in the Vandever Lofts building.
“I wanted something industrial,” Powell says of the space she has lived in for two years. “The concrete floors and tall windows make it great.” Plenty of sunlight beams in through the north- and west-facing windows, perfect for her collection of plants. Her fifth-floor apartment also gives her a bird’s eye view of East Fifth Street and the neighboring Art Deco architecture.
Powell works in midtown, but the rest of her life is centered downtown, where she feeds her music addiction with a show a week. “It’s become a lot easier as I can just walk to shows,” she says.
The nightlife extends beyond just music. “There’s something every night of the week,” she says, adding that bingo and trivia at nearby bars and restaurants are a favorite activity. Art walks in the Tulsa Arts District and ballgames at ONEOK Field are all within walking distance.
The ad agency art director spends time in her apartment as a hobbyist printmaker and playing with her two cats, Harriet and Oscar.