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Tulsa, OK 74105
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           Jenks, Oklahoma | An Overview

 

 

 

    Jenks Real Estate and Homes for Sale
 

     Jenks, Oklahoma is a suburb of Tulsa, about 15 to 20 minutes south of the Central Business District, via Riverside Parkway or Highway 75.  Jenks real estate and homes are some of the most sought after in the Metro Tulsa area.  While it's school district extends into Tulsa, the town of Jenks is located west of the Arkansas River and generally south of Tulsa's 91st St.   Jenks America as it is often referred to has recently enjoyed tremendous growth, with a present population estimated at around 14,500, an increase of nearly 50% in just the last few years alone.

 

     Much of the growth that Jenks has seen the

past few decades can be directly attributed to a nationally recognized school system that has attracted families seeking a quality education for their children.  Because of the high demand for more quality housing in the Jenks School District, builders and developers have sought to meet that demand, creating a virtual housing boom of 300 to 400 new Jenks homes and residential real estate units each year that has fueled additional economic growth and development in the area.

 

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     With it's rapidly  growing tax base and outstanding school district, Jenks is very appealing to those who appreciate small town values, within just a few minutes of all the amenities of a larger community like Tulsa. 


A brief Historical Perspective on Jenks

 

     A cooperative agreement made between the Midland Valley Railroad and the Midland Valley Townsite Company in 1904 established a community along the railroad between Tulsa and Muskogee.  Jenks was significantly influenced by the railroad and its name came from a director of the Midland Valley who lived in Philadelphia. In the town's early history, the railroad, agriculture and oil, were the primary economic engines. The location along the Arkansas River was also important because when the river level was high, it was navigable by shallow draft steam boats.

 

     In 1905 the discovery of oil in nearby fields greatly influenced the town's early development.  In those early days, oil tank farms were built nearby to store the oil.  Another important early influence was the agricultural impact of a sizable collection Bulgarian farmers who immigrated to the area in the 1920's concentrating on dairying and live stock production.   

 

     You could say the location near the river was both a blessing and a curse as Jenks endured a number of floods to the original town site because of the periodic overflow of the Arkansas River and Polecat Creek.  Just prior to 1950 the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers erected a levee around the original town of Jenks to protect its then population of about 1,500 from those floods. 

 

     While the river was not known for providing a dependable source of transportation, it's role was significant as it pertained to river crossings.  The first Jenks area bridge connecting the east and west banks of the Arkansas was built in 1910.  Later bridges were built in 1948 and 1996. 

 

Jenks Urban Affairs

 

     Be sure to visit the Official City of Jenks website for community news and information on city services.  You will find demographic information, links to police, fire and emergency responders as well as a sexual offender registry.  Click this link to download a 60 page online Jenks Community Profile Guide in PDF format. 

 

    An active Jenks Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of resources to both businesses and families, including a website featuring a community calendar of events. 

 

Jenks Points of Interest ... things to do and sea!

 

     Main Street of Jenks has long been a resort for local antique enthusiasts. This unique district has Victorian charm and a turn of the century feel, with sidewalk benches, and outdoor music.  They say over 600 dealers are represented in the local antique, specialty and home decorating shops found in the country-style setting many believe to be the Antique Capital of Oklahoma. 

 

The Oklahoma Aquarium

 

     It is doubtful that any single episode or event could be more symbolic of Jenks recent growth than the building of the Oklahoma Aquarium in 2003. Click here for Oklahoma Aquarium Video The project was originally planned for south Tulsa but a lack of public support seemed to doom the idea and it was thought dead until a group of Jenks community leaders resurrected it, catching many in Tulsa by surprise. 

 

     With approximately 4,000 creatures, displayed in 200 exhibits and eight galleries the Oklahoma Aquarium draws over a half million visitors a year.  The aquarium's mission heavily emphasizes conservation through education as experienced by the "touch tanks" for children found in the Oceans Room.  

 

      Some of the largest bull and lemon sharks in captivity are featured in the 500,000 gallon shark tank with an underwater viewing tunnel which extends to a domed room where the creatures swim beside and overhead.  For the fishing enthusiast, there is the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum, the largest collection in the world.

 

RiverWalk Crossing

 

     Oklahoma’s only riverfront shopping and entertainment district, RiverWalk Crossing, is also found in Jenks.  Riverwalk Crossing is home to live music almost every night and dozens of upscale restaurants, bars (like Los Cabos Mexican Grill), and a cinema. RiverWalk Crossing overlooks the Arkansas River, and it has been so popular that a thirty million dollar second phase was approved in 2007.

 

     The Village will include more retail and office spaces, apartments and lofts, and an additional amphitheater.  Located just west of the ninety sixth street bridge from Riverside Drive, RiverWalk Crossing has become a major attraction for the area. 

 

More things to see and do

 

     Just across the river from Jenks is the Creek Nation Casino is currently undergoing a major expansion which reported will make it compare with the finest in the State.  If you play golf, try the South Lakes Golf Course.  And if you enjoy gardening check out the Jenks Garden Club.  For more information on Jenks check out the online version of the Jenks Gazette.

 

Huge new Jenks real estate development in the making

 

     Another new Jenks development project is being planned that will dwarf the RiverWalk Crossing.  The River District Development Group has designs on building an “urban village” on 300 acres west of the aquarium.  This is the largest Jenks real estate venture ever proposed.

 

     Recently the Jenks City Council unanimously voted to create a Tax Increment Financing District that will allow this $1 billion dollar project to move forward.  The River District Development will be the largest mixed-use development in Oklahoma if it is built as presently planned.    

 

    

     The developers envision a lifestyle center with a town square, 850,000 square feet of retail space including specialty shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment, 400,000 square feet of office space, 650 hotel rooms, and 300 condominium units overlooking a 80 acre lake. 

 

     Plans also call for a spectacular fountain and water feature set to a music library designed by the company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.  The Jenks project is also competing with the City of Tulsa in trying to lure the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball franchise into a proposed new 7,000 seat stadium in the new development.

 

Jenks Schools... a legacy of excellence

 

     From the beginning, Jenks Schools have played an influential role within the community.  The district’s dedication to excellence has led to academic success at both the local and national levels, placing them in the top 1% of schools in the State of Oklahoma.  Over the past 10 years, Jenks Public Schools has produced 133 National Merit Semifinalists, 123 National Merit Finalists, and two Presidential Scholars to name but a few of their rather impressive accomplishments.

 

Academic Achievements

 

     In 2005, Vice President Richard Cheney, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and Jenks Superintendent Dr. Kirby Lehman announced Jenks Public Schools as a recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.  The school district’s motto, “A Tradition of Excellence with a Vision for Tomorrow,” serves as a guide for all Jenks educators as they help prepare students for the future.  

 

     Located both in South of Tulsa (east of the Arkansas River) and Jenks (west of the river), the Jenks School District encompasses 39 square miles and is the eleventh largest public school district in the state of Oklahoma.  Click here to download a PDF Map of the Jenks School District.  The School District serves nearly 10,000 students at its nine school locations, and the school’s suburban-metropolitan blend offers students the best of both worlds. Click here to download individual Campus Maps for the Jenks School District.

Athletics

 

     Athletics and activities are an important part of the Jenks Schools culture and over the years Jenks athletes have claimed more than 150 State Championships in a multitude of sports.  The success of the football team is truly legendary in state annals and the cross-town rivalry with Union High School, called the “Backyard Bowl” has become one of the premier high games in the country. 

 

     The game is so huge that it has to be played in the University of Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium to accommodate crowds up to and over 30,000 fans.  In 2007, NFL Films chose the Backyard Bowl as it national high school game of the week and it has been featured in USA Today and Sport Illustrated.  In addition, two local filmmakers made a movie for the big screen about the match-up called “King of the Mountain.”