The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 January 2007

Perusing the Land Sales page

Every Saturday, the Oklahoman runs a list of major land sales in Oklahoma County, based on the County Clerk's report, and more often than not, there's something interesting lurking in there. For instance:

JM Investors LLC from Christine Gaylord Everest, Louise Gaylord Bennett and David O. Hogan, 1506 Dorchester Drive, $1.1 million.

This is, if I remember correctly, the home of the late Edward L. Gaylord, publisher of the Oklahoman. Mrs Everest succeeded her father as chair and CEO of OPUBCO; Mrs Bennett is the corporate secretary. And speaking of Mrs Bennett:

Clayton I. and Louise G. Bennett from Eloise M. McEldowney, 6600 NW Grand Blvd., $1.8 million.

Clay Bennett heads up Dorchester Capital here in the city, and Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. I hesitate to read too much into this, but I suspect that Mr Bennett doesn't aspire to live around the corner from Bill Gates.

Posted at 11:13 AM to City Scene

For the next World Tour, you should drive a Suburban. We hit a deer last night (after slowing down to about 60 MPH) and were able to continue the drive home. Didn't even have to get the remains out of the highway-they had gone on over to the side of the road upon impact. The headlights on the car also still worked.

Posted by: wamprat at 3:31 PM on 6 January 2007

One million will buy you a Manhattan studio.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 4:06 PM on 6 January 2007

Which is one reason I don't live there. (Besides, where would I park a Suburban?)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:27 PM on 6 January 2007

Besides, where would I park a Suburban?

Apparently nowhere, according to people I've been talking to in the Manhattan parking business: Garages (usually located in less-desirable areas) are being sold off left and right, and the lost parking is not being replaced. The value of land in once-undesireable parts of Manhattan (especially along the waterfront areas) has skyrocketed. Garage owners are cashing in, and not looking back.

Forget the Suburban, you couldn't park a Cooper Mini here.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 11:08 PM on 6 January 2007