Where It All Began
Thanks to the US Congress and The Corps of Engineers, our getaway we call home was able to happen. Someone along the way had the wisdom to dam up a few rivers and divert a few streams to create Lake Eufaula. If you’ve never been here, it is HUGE! We have yet to boat every mile of coast line, but there will be plenty of time. Around this lake, an Oklahoma family decided to build a house on some land to create a place for the whole family to get together and unknowingly create a history of Carlton Landing. And that is where it all began…..
The Next Generation
Land is a finite resource, there is only so much and some people like to invest in it. Our friend, Kirk Humphreys has made a living doing just that. He is a former Mayor of Oklahoma City, a land developer, Father, and Grandfather.
Kirk was buying some property adjacent to the land that his parents bought to build the original lake house. Included in that land is the 1700 acres that I am sitting on the easternmost portion of, typing this post. Kirk has a son, Grant. Grant had the idea to turn this land into a “Seaside-like” community and to make it a place to escape, rejuvenate, and slow down a bit. Well, it became a bit more than that, for some.
The Best Laid Plans
Grant enlisted the help of Andres Duany, the renowned urban planner responsible for Seaside and Rosemary Beach, to cast the vision of what this place will be. By 2009, a master plan was created and the dirt started flying. After the infrastructure was laid, homes started to pop up in 2011 and Grant pitched the idea to his wife about being the very first full time residents. From there, it’s been house after house and road after road. This little town continues to grow and change on a weekly basis. It’s been a privilege to be around to see it for the last 3 years and I hope we never take it for granted. Cheers!