Tour Spotlight: Meet 1611 Classen Drive

This English Tudor style house was built in 1925 by G.A. Nichols, a prolific and enterprising home builder. The home, in which he lived for a time, was part of what he called "Aristocratic Harndale," a neighborhood surrounding Harn Park, which had been deeded to the city in 1910 by pioneer Alice Harn. Distinguishing features include an oversize chimney on the front of the house, a side sun porch (one of the few in the neighborhood which has not been enclosed), and decorative exterior stone treatment. Some original fixtures and tile remain, as does the original functioning laundry chute.

Some items of interest include an antique English riding horse in the playroom, a giraffe chair from Africa, and Navajo rugs from the 1910s and 1920s collected by Brady's grandparents who were among the nation's largest rug collectors. Visitors will also appreciate the metal tables made by Brady, and the coffee table and master bed made by Brady's dad. Other handcrafted items and original art may be seen throughout the home.

The Smiths have lived in Heritage Hills for six years and in their present home for two. They were drawn to the house by the pool, the full shop in the garage, and the home's location, especially its proximity to Harn Park, where their children play with neighborhood friends. Chelsea and Brady, who both grew up in small towns in Western Oklahoma where their families are farmers and ranchers, feel that living in Heritage Hills is like living in a small town - but, as Chelsea adds, "with great food and entertainment nearby!"

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