2022 Move to Bixby Relocation Guide

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Cover photography by Planning Design Group. The Move to Bixby Guide is an official publication of the Bixby Metro Chamber. Copyright 2022. All rights reserved.

MOVE TO BIXBY GUIDE 2022 Welcome to Bixby......................2 At A Glance................................4 Map of Bixby..............................5 Residing in Bixby.......................6 Learning in Bixby.......................9 Living in Bixby..........................10 What’s Next?............................13

2020 Bixby High Schools Senior Parade Photo by Tulsa World

CONTACT US 12 West Dawes Avenue Bixby, OK 74008

918.366.9445 www.bixbychamber.com info@bixbychamber.com


Welcome to one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Oklahoma! With a growth rate of nearly 100% since 2000, Bixby is now the 15th largest city in the state and the 4th largest city in Tulsa, with nearly 30,000 citizens.

tons of cargo moved through the Port each year by barge, rail and truck. In our growing Downtown River District, you will find neighborhood establishments such as the Bixby Community Center, Bixby Public Library, Scott’s Hamburgers, The Bixby Ice Cream Company, Brick Brothers Pizza, Copper Key Coffeehouse, Johnson’s Stepping Stone Cafe, and Charley Young Event Park. Bring the whole family out to Washington Irving Festival, Bixby Rotary’s BBQ n’ Blues Festival, Bixby Outreach Center’s Food Trucks for Kids, Winter Wonderland, and Green Corn Festival - all local events that continue to strengthen the Bixby community.

Some of the major attractions to Bixby are its excellent school system, quality neighborhoods, friendly small town feel with many community amenities, and significant commercial development potential. The percentage of citizens holding a B.S. degree or higher is 2/3rds higher than statewide average at 44%. Our prosperous city also has the highest median home values in the Tulsa Metro Region, which is 70% higher than the state as a whole. Bixby also has the highest per capita income in the Tulsa Metro Region, at Bixby is centrally located less than 4 hours from 51% higher than the state as a whole. the geographic center of the 48 states and less than 3 hours from the population center of the Bixby offers interstate and major highway access United States. Most population growth in the US is (I-44, US 169, US 75 via HWY 64 & HWY 67, HWY 64). occurring in the South and West, meaning locating International air service via the Tulsa International in Oklahoma makes sense for the long-term. Airport is only 30 minutes from downtown Bixby. Water transport through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa We love Bixby and know you will too! We look is only 15 minutes away, with more than 2.2 million forward to welcoming you to our city.

KRYSTAL CROCKETT President/CEO Bixby Metro Chamber 2

BRIAN GUTHRIE Mayor City of Bixby


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AT A GLANCE POPULATION 28,609 Bixby, Oklahoma is consistently one of the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma! Bixby gains an average of 1,000 citizens each year.


SALES TAX 8.917%

Compared to the rest of the United States, the cost of living in Bixby is 3.5% lower than the U.S. average.

AVERAGE TEMP 59° F Located along the Arkansas River, and just 30 minutes from Downtown Tulsa, Bixby’s location offers big city advantages with a small town feel.



Bixby Community Center .................... 918.366.4841 211 N Cabaniss Ave

American Waste Control ......................... 918.366.9413

Bixby Fire Department ........................ 918.366.0402 116 W Needles Ave & 8300 E 121st St S Bixby Outreach Center ........................ 918.366.9226 7 E Breckenridge Ave Bixby Police Department .................... 918.366.8294 116 W Needles Ave Chamber of Commerce ....................... 918.366.9445 12 West Dawes Avenue City of Bixby .........................................918.366.4430 116 W Needles, P.O. Box 70

BTC Broadband ....................................... 918.366.8000 City of Bixby .............................................918.366.4430 Cox Communications ............................. 918.806.6000 East Central OK Electric Cooperative .... 918.756.0833 Oklahoma Gas & Electric ........................ 918.272.9741 Oklahoma Natural Gas ........................... 918.947.7862 Owens Waste Management, Inc. ........... 918.277.3918 Public Service Company of Oklahoma .. 918.599.2140

Post Office ........................................... 918.366.3652 16 S A Ave Public Library ...................................... 918.366.3397 20 E Breckenridge 4

*U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Bixby City, Oklahoma


Make one visit to Bixby, Oklahoma, and you’ll see why it’s consistently one of the fastestgrowing cities in Oklahoma. Blooming residential neighborhoods featuring a variety of housing styles, excellent schools, vibrant community life and available land for development all make Bixby the natural choice for residents and businesses. As people discover all that Bixby offers, they are increasingly choosing to move and become part of this thriving city immediately adjacent to Tulsa proper. Home values in Bixby exceed those of the Tulsa metro area, of Oklahoma in general, and of the U.S in aggregate. New homes built in Bixby tend to be upscale, though there is a good variety of new and existing housing available. Eighty-two percent of Bixby residents own their homes. Despite this growth, Bixby has retained a friendly, small town feel, with beautiful neighborhoods, numerous churches, and many community amenities.

Residences at Boardwalk Apartments

Bixby Freedom Celebration Photo by Tulsa World



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BRIAN GUTHRIE Broker, Guthrie Realty C: 918.378.8390 brian@guthrierealtygroup.com 13 years of full time experience in Residential & Commercial Real Estate with over 400 closed transactions. Full Service Buyer & Seller Representation.

SAVANNAH ARMSTRONG Realtor, McGraw Realtors C: 918.633.5654 sarmstrong@mcgrawrealtors.com


You can expect first-class service where communication is key and your needs are valued.

Broker Associate, McGraw Realtors C: 918.200.6292 jimj@mcgrawok.com It starts with a conversation...

BRIAN FRERE Brian Frere Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Preferred C: 918.298.2900 brian@brianfrere.com


Bixby’s Comprehensive Real Estate Team

Realtor, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors C: 918.378.1458 blabadie@cctulsa.com


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Realtor, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors C: 918.605.7823 vgaudet@cctulsa.com

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I am well versed in helping buyers and sellers with all of their needs from first time home buys, relocation, seniors downsizing to building brand new. GREEN COUNTRY REAL ESTATE EXPERT

918-697-7362 ephillips@cctulsa.com ediephillips.com


EDIE PHILLIPS Real Estate Specialist, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors C: 918.697.7362 ephillips@cctulsa.com As your Green Country Residential Real Estate Expert, my goal is to make your greatest investment a smooth process.


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Realtor, Homes by Sabrina Brokered by eXp Realty C: 918.637.7826 sabrinashaw0102@gmail.com


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Your Bixby Relocation Real Estate Agent Transforming lives one home at a time.

DARA KEEL SULLIVAN Realtor, RE/MAX Advanced C: 918.855.8217 darakeelsullivan@gmail.com

*Chinowth & Cohen, Simmons Homes, Zillow

Your local hometown REALTOR, Dara Sullivan, is a native Tulsan who serves the greater Tulsa Metro Area’s housing needs with professionalism, determination and diligence.


Bixby West Elementary Photo by CMSWillowbrook

IN BIXBY It is a great honor to serve the Bixby community as Superintendent of Schools. BPS is a high-performing district with strong academics, highly competitive athletic teams, and award-winning arts and music programs. I am confident our schools are poised to accomplish amazing things for Bixby’s children and families over the next decade and beyond. The Bixby School District has earned a reputation for academic excellence, and the boundless opportunities offered beyond the classroom setting are exemplary, as they provide enriching learning experiences for students of all ages and levels. As an educator for the past 29 years, I wholeheartedly value the programs and services already in place, and I am committed to building upon past practices to ensure that current and future students have opportunities to explore their interests and find their true passions.

K-12 ENROLLMENT 7,400 +

ROB MILLER Superintendent of Schools Bixby Public Schools

In addition to the robust educational programs, it is the level of community involvement that originally drew me and many other families to this district. Bixby is blessed to have involved citizens who are committed and invested in making our city a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Two years ago, we engaged our community in the development of a new and innovative strategic vision. As we work together to expand on this framework, we are committed to keeping the needs of our students as our central focus. Last February, our community demonstrated their strong support of our schools by approving a $110 million bond issue for the construction of a new high school academic building and numerous facility improvements across the district. In Bixby schools, we are committed to the premise that we are “Building an Extraordinary Future, Together” and are excited to grow and improve along with our city.

BIXBY AREA HIGHER EDUCATION Northeastern State University www.nsuok.edu | 918.449.6000 Oklahoma State University www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu | 918.594.8000 Tulsa Community College www.tulsacc.edu | 918.595.7283

Bixby West Elementary Photo by CMSWillowbrook

Tulsa Tech www.tulsatech.edu | 918.828.5300


YOU WILL LOVE PARKS & RECREATION The award-winning Bentley Park Sports Complex in Bixby is one of the best youth parks in Oklahoma. The complex features: bocce courts, 14 youth soccer fields, horseshoe pits, international soccer field, super playground, splash pad, and more. Charley Young Event Park is an urban park located in the heart of Downtown Bixby. The park features an outdoor concert stage with built-in lighting, a large green openspace lawn, interactive fountains, and a jungle gym.

Charley Young Event Park

The 32.5 acre Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum is located just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial in Bixby, just south of 134th and Memorial. Located in the park, visitors will find: Laci Dawn Hill Butterfly Garden, Memorial to the children of the Murrah Building bombing, Memorial to 9/11, picnic tables, and walking trails. Bixby is less than 10 miles from Tulsa and is within a 90-120 minute drive to major lakes and rivers. Lake Bixhoma, located about 5 miles southeast of Bixby on Leonard Mountain, is a gorgeous city lake that is a great fishing spot.

Lake Bixhoma Photo by Tulsa Kids Magazine

Haikey Creek maintains 151 acres, picnic shelters, picnic tables and grills, playgrounds, restrooms, running/walking trail, outdoor fitness court, disc golf course, and more! Located in South Country Estates subdivision in the 8600 block of 106th Street South, the Quail Creek Park, facilities include playground equipment, picnic tables, swing set, a barbecue grill, and 2-lighted Tennis courts.

Harmony Bridge Photo by Planning Design Group


Oklahoma’s first linear park, Harmony Bridge is a newly renovated bridge located over the Arkansas River and is wonderful for picnics, strolling, sightseeing, or playing with the kids.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS Held at Washington Irving Memorial Park & Arboretum each May, Bixby Rotary’s BBQ n’ Blues Festival features wonderful food and entertainment for the whole family. The Bixby Optimist Club’s Green Corn Festival features great music, arts and crafts, food bingo, carnival games, fresh roasted corn, and more - all in the heart of Downtown Bixby. The Bixby Freedom Celebration is the largest free, public fireworks extravaganza in this area. For the past five years, The Bridge Church has presented this funpacked family event to the community.

Green Corn Festival Photo by Tulsa World

Support the Bixby Outreach Center at their annual Blue Jeans Ball, featuring a silent auction, whiskey pull, knife pull, and live music. Bring the entire family out to the Washington Irving Festival on the last Saturday in October! The Bixby Optimist Club puts on this free fall festival featuring trunk or treating, a costume contest, a children’s funzone, pony rides, food trucks and more! Don’t forget to Buy Bixby this holiday season! Shop participating businesses for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 - all while boosting tax dollars that go back to improving Bixby.

BBQ n Blues Festival Photo by Tulsa World

Celebrate Christmas in Downtown Bixby and enjoy the annual Christmas Parade, photos with Santa, Ice Skating at Winter Wonderland, the Bixby Historical Society’s Festival of Trees, and more holiday activities at local businesses. For more events, visit our calendar on bixbychamber.com.

Bixby Freedom Celebration 2019 Photo by Photography by Kendall


SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS Retail business is growing rapidly to keep up with the demands of our increased population in the Bixby Metro Area, and the Bixby Metro Chamber is proud to partner with these businesses to ensure they are prosperous. Bixby’s central location to major shopping centers in South Tulsa, as well as wonderful shops and restaurants located along South Memorial Drive and in Downtown Bixby offer many options for our community.

Downtown Bixby Photo by Planning Design Group

When it comes to dining, the Bixby area offers everything from fine dining to southern-style home cooking. Be sure to check out local favorites like Brick Brothers Pizza, Copper Key Coffeehouse, Mom’s Family Diner, Scott’s Hamburgers, Stepping Stone Cafe, or The Real Taco.

COMMUNITY CENTER Cardinal Club Located in Downtown Photo by Oklahoma Magazine

Bixby, the Bixby Community Center offers a variety of classes, activities and events for all ages year-round. You will find availability of summer camps for the kids, dances for the senior citizens, arts and crafts classes and shows, or a great place for your own event. For a list of activities visit tulsacounty.org.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES Cardinal Club The Bixby branch of Photo by Oklahoma Magazine

the Tulsa-County Library system is open 6 days a week in Downtown Bixby, or visit the Hardesty Regional Library, also part of the Tulsa-County System, just north of Bixby at 93rd and Memorial. Both offer a range of informational resources and meeting areas, along with the traditional fare of books, audio/visual media, periodicals and computers.

HEALTHCARE & SENIOR LIVING Ascension St. John Bixby ........... 918.403.7140 Utica Park Clinic .......................... 918.574.0150 7673 E 121st St S 12620 S Memorial Drive Access Medical Centers .............. 918.369.9555 Covenant Living of Bixby ............ 918.970.4433 11717 S Memorial Dr 7300 E 121st St S Hillcrest Hospital South ...............918.294.4000 Sand Plum Assisted Living ......... 918.369.7100 8901 S 101st E Ave 9999 E 121st St S OU Physicians Tulsa South ......... 918.619.4400 8005 E 106th St Saint Francis South ..................... 918.307.6000 10501 E 91st St


Covenant Living of Bixby

FOR BIXBY? Take one trip down Memorial Drive or through Downtown Bixby and it is hard to miss the ongoing development that is taking place in Bixby. From the downtown streetscaping, to additional parking at Washington Irving Memorial Park, to new businesses popping up Bixby is growing, and growing fast. Through Vision 2025 funding, and a facade grant program offered by the City of Bixby, Downtown Bixby has gotten the face lift it has long deserved. A new archway towers over the heart of downtown at the crossing of Dawes and Armstrong, brick pavers fill each intersection and new stone signs welcome guests into the area. With these aesthetic updates comes new small businesses including Brick Brothers Pizza, The Bixby Ice Cream Co., and more. Just down the street, the City’s municipal buildings are also being renovated, including a modern facade and open interiors. In April 2021, Bixby voters passed four propositions that will fund a new fire station and ambulance facility, road improvements, Bentley Park Sports Complex expansion, and construction of regional storm water management facilities. In February 2022, Bixby voters approved the bond in support of facility expansion. This bond will allow Bixby to provide students with the innovative learning spaces, technology upgrades, and athletic facilities they need to learn, excel, and own their future.

New Fire Station Rendering

Bixby Public School Rendering Downtown Bixby