Couple Finds Peace In Smaller Home, Open Design
Kim and Nancy Kimberling were long-time residents of the Quail Creek community, living in a 3,400-square-foot home on the golf course when they decided they needed to make space in their life.
“My husband, Kim, was busier than he had ever been, and we needed to make a margin in our life for time,” Nancy says. “We came out to the Camden Park community to visit a friend. I sat in the car to return emails, but Kim came back and said he wanted to look at one of the model homes. We walked in, and both said, ‘We could live here.’ So we decided to do it.”
For two years, the Kimberlings looked for a new, smaller home, but found it in the new Camden Park community, located on Northwest 164th in north Oklahoma City. Built by Bill Roberts Custom Homes, who is well known for the Muirfield Village community on May Avenue, the Kimberlings’ new home not only offered the smaller, lower maintenance lifestyle they sought but also enough open space to accommodate their current furnishings in.
“The openness of the home really appealed to me,” Nancy says. “There is this huge living area with a dining room and kitchen. It’s the soul of the house. I love the big ceilings, the light, the spacious rooms. It’s really cool.”
Tracy Thomas of Keller Williams Central OK Real Estate says the Camden Park floor plans were strategically designed for those transitioning to floor plans more suited for a simpler lifestyle. The rooms are comparable in size to large homes but in an open, transitional style.
“Young professionals or empty nesters looking to downsize want luxury amenities like upgraded appliances, quartz countertops and outdoor living spaces,” Tracy says. “They want luxury, without the hassle of maintaining a huge home. Camden Park is a ‘lock-and-leave’ community that’s gated, so it’s safe and secure as well.”
At 2,550 square feet, the Kimberling home features two bedrooms and two flex rooms that have been made into his-and-her studies. The open kitchen/dining/living space is the anchor of the residence, and the homeowners were able to work with the in-house designer, Allie Roberts, to add special touches like French doors on the study and other custom requests, and to review 3-D images of their home before construction began.
“I love having more time now. I’m not always working on the yard or cleaning and maintaining a big house,” Nancy says. “It’s a freeing feeling.”
Bill Roberts is the exclusive builder in The Camden Park addition and the upcoming neighboring Waterstone Community, east of Western Avenue between Northwest 150th and Northwest 164th Streets, which offers courtyard homesites and premium homesites.