Outer Norman – Norman, OK

A slightly lower cost of living than that of Oklahoma City combined with significantly lower crime rates draw residents to Outer Norman.Families and recent college graduates in particular choose to make their home in the peaceful neighborhood. The typical one-bedroomunit goes for an average rent of $571. Gas runs a wallet-friendly 20 percent lower than the national average cost. Locals can save on gas and access Oklahoma City by bus, with a one-way fare of $1.75. You can expect to pay around $4 for a pint at the local pub.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The lively restaurant hub of nearby downtown Norman provides residents with jovial college bars and delectable eateries serving mainly American pub fare. Try The Garage for its famous burgers. The nutty rooster burger combines Midwest and Asian flavors. Peanut butter and siracha, combined with coleslaw and jalapeños, top this grilled-to-perfection burger. Locals like to go on Wednesdays for suds-and-spuds night, which features $1 French fries and $1 Coors Light tap. Venture off the beaten path, and you find Pub W. Locals enjoy sipping a brew on the large patio of this classic pub. Residents swear by the boulevard cheese sauce, which the pub puts on just about everything. The fresh pretzels and excellent rotating tap beers make this place a must-visit. For a bit of live music, head to O Asian Fusion for its Thursday night local musical performances. Dance the night away on the dance floor, or head inside for some of the best sushi around. Start with the crunchy, made-daily spring rolls. Accompanied by tangy homemade sauces, the appetizer is sure to please. Be sure to sample the rich tofu ginger stir fry and order a specialty cocktail for a nightcap.

History & Culture

Originally settled by Native Americans, Norman became incorporated as a city in 1891. Its population and land mass boomed in the 1960s with the addition of I-35. Located in Tornado Alley, the town can be prone to tornado activity, and it built its Storm Prediction Center in response. The Moore-Lindsey House documents life in the 1900s. Visitors can see fascinating memorabilia and exhibits with a focus on the area's history and the house's personal history. Check out the town's annual Norman Music festival in nearby downtown Norman. Thousands of revelers flock to the weekend-long concert series. In the summer, bars all across the city host festivities for the neighborhood's Jazz in June event. Walk the area and hear jazz tunes blasting from the many local establishments. Stop in a bar and catch a jam session performed by jazz artists from around the world.

Transportation

Residents have easy access to several transportation options. Most residents rely on their cars, as Interstate 35 cuts right through the heart of Norman and connects to nearby Oklahoma City. The interstate contains at least six and up to eight lanes in several locations, and, as a result, locals rarely have to battle traffic. The Cleveland Area Rapid Transit offers efficient access to stops in town and provides a vital link for students and commuters to downtown Oklahoma City. The bus line connects to Oklahoma City's bus line, Metro Transit. You' want to call ahead for a taxi or Uber; drivers don't troll the streets for customers. Norman doesn't have bike lanes, but cyclists enjoy the bike paths that connect the area to Oklahoma City. Pedestrians find the quiet streets pleasant for walking. Some neighborhoods don't have sidewalks, however, so keep an eye out for cars.

Cost

A slightly lower cost of living than that of Oklahoma City combined with significantly lower crime rates draw residents to Outer Norman. Families and recent college graduates in particular choose to make their home in the peaceful neighborhood. The typical one-bedroom unit goes for an average rent of $571. Gas runs a wallet-friendly 20 percent lower than the national average cost. Locals can save on gas and access Oklahoma City by bus, with a one-way fare of $1.75. You can expect to pay around $4 for a pint at the local pub.

Shopping

A largely residential area, the neighborhood relies heavily on the downtown district of Norman. The high-value stores are mostly thrift and antique retailers. Shoppers enjoy browsing the racks to find good deals. Stop into Stash for a peek into the past. Browse the vintage postcards, retro handbags or antique costume jewelry collections. The small shop has a surprisingly wide variety of trinkets and unique gifts. For eclectic home goods, check out The Basement. The wall-to-wall merchandise runs relatively inexpensive and includes many eclectic pieces. Cool rugs and locally made goods make great gifts, and you just might find a thing or two for yourself. If you're an outdoor aficionado, a visit to Backwoods supplies all your equipment and clothing needs. The store can be a little pricey, but the quality can't be beat. From sub-zero sleeping bags to sun-repellent shirts, Backwoods has you covered. Chain Grocery stores such as Super Target provide residents with essentials and affordable groceries. For something a little different, head to Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store. You can grab a bite to eat before you shop if you're hungry; the grocery store serves country-style hot food in a separate section. Locals rave about the produce selection. When you're finished shopping, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at the attached old-fashioned soda fountain. You can find fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies at the Norman's Farmer's Market, which runs from April through October.

Parks

The neighborhood has several stunning parks that attract visitors year round. The crown jewel of the park system is Lake Thunderbird State Park. The park caters to the exercise-centric and has miles of walking and jogging trails. Rent a canoe and paddle through the still waters while keeping an eye out for wildlife. If you prefer to explore the woods, rent a horse and explore nearby trails. The park provides these rentals and more for affordable rates. A nominal entrance fee makes this a cheap way to explore the great outdoors. The free community parks of the area consist of several small locations. The dog- and child-friendly parks allow locals to get moving year round. Check out Eastridge Park. Kids love the playground, and parents can jog the trails. You can shoot some hoops at the basketball court or play a little soccer on the field. A 5-minute car ride takes you to central Norman where the annual Groovefest takes place at Andrews Park. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch while you relax and listen to local musicians jam.
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