Known for its rain garden initiative, Trailwoods housing addition is an example of the new direction Norman builders and developers are taking to meet increasing concerns about the environment, water conservation, pollution and stormwater runoff. 

“We’re selling so quickly out here,” said Zack Roach, Vice President of Development for Ideal Homes. “We’ve done two sections of Trailwoods in the past year and I’m already engineering the third section as we speak, so there’s a lot of movement.”

Trailwoods will have will have around 466 homes at build out. Located off of Rock Creek Road near Norman North High School, this development features affordably priced homes starting at $140,000 and up. 

Trailwoods is just one of four new housing developments Ideal Homes is building. All of them offer a variety of amenities with homes in varying price ranges. 

Red Canyon Ranch is a 340 home development on Tecumseh Road and 12th Avenue Northeast with homes priced mostly in the $200,000 to $280,000 range.

Red Canyon Ranch features scenic views, rolling hills, a playground and a walking trail. Roach said residents find the location convenient with Tecumseh Road and I-35 serving as a quick routes to the University of Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base and area shopping and dining venues.

Roach isn’t surprised the northside homes are selling well because of the appeal of living in Norman. He said in addition to OU sporting events, the university’s cultural activities and world famous museums, people are drawn to Norman for its arts scene and festivals such as the Norman Musical Festival, Medieval Fair, and May Fair. 

Another northeast development by Ideal Homes is the Little River Trails with 117 homes in the $295,000 to $400,000 price range.

This future east Norman neighborhood is between Tecumseh and Franklin Road on North Porter Avenue.

“I sold half the neighborhood after I filed the plat,” Roach said. “It’s a good problem to have.”

Greenleaf Trails, near 12th Avenue NE and SH 77, will have 515 homes and is also selling like hotcakes, he said.

“It’s a fascinating project,” Roach said. “In addition to the traditional single family homes, we’re selling an active adult marketed product line for people aged 55 and older. It’s landscape maintenance included.”

Landmark Fine Homes is partnering with Ideal Homes and will build these houses.

“It’s a gated community with a pool and clubhouse, stocked fishing pond, walking trails, and butterfly gardens,” Roach said. “That’s been a home run.”

Roach said seniors and retirees are more active these days, and they are drawn to the university community for the many cultural activities. Today’s retiring populations are more active than in previous decades.

“The whole thing we’re selling is a healthy lifestyle,” Roach said, adding that people like to get out and be active and meet their neighbors.

Green Leaf Trails is on the corner of 12th Avenue Northwest and Tecumseh.

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