Life on the Lake
Inspired by relaxing vacations, Jen and Grant Humphreys uprooted their family from big city life to become the first residents of Carlton Landing, a small lake community in Oklahoma.
For a time, Jen and Grant Humphreys' life in Oklahoma City was fairly ordinary. Her days revolved around their five kids; he worked long hours as a real estate developer. They spent weekends on Lake Eufaula, in the southeastern part of the state, and for longer vacations trekked to Seaside, Florida. But in 2007, Grant had a life-changing idea: Why not ask Seaside's architect and planner, Andrés Duany, to create something similar—a place embodying the same eco-friendly, pro-pedestrian New Urbanist design principles as the beach town—closer to home? The two assembled a group of urban planners and architects, and in 2012 the we'll-never-leave-the-city Humphreys became the first residents of Carlton Landing, an idyllic, new-old-fashioned small town based on big ideas.