Putnam Heights is a small historic residential neighborhood in north Oklahoma City, bounded by 39th and 35th Streets on the north and south, Classen Boulevard and Georgia Avenue on the east and west. Most homes in the neighborhood are large single-family homes in varying styles, with many using brick cladding. Sidewalks throughout the neighborhood make it very walkable and bike-friendly. It is possible to walk to Putnam Heights Elementary, office and retail strips, and nearby Memorial Park which features walking trails and tennis courts. Within the neighborhood, some streets have large landscaped medians which are perfect for walking dogs.
The location of Putnam Heights along Classen Boulevard allows easy access to several important commercial centers. To the south, Classen leads toward the Asian District with many grocers and restaurants, and continues into the major employment and entertainment areas of Midtown and Downtown Oklahoma City. To the north, Classen takes Putnam Heights residents to the unique shopping area of Western Avenue, as well as Oklahoma City’s major commercial strip along Northwest Expressway, which features national chain retailers, shopping malls, and office towers.
Following Classen or Western Avenue past I-44 leads to the beautiful Chesapeake Energy campus, which is a corporate campus being developed as a mixed-use neighborhood with upscale retail and residential areas. The Chesapeake campus includes Oklahoma City’s only Whole Foods location. Additionally, the 39th Street nightlife strip is nearby.
Oklahoma City University is a private college with about 5,000 students just south of Putnam Heights, making the neighborhood popular with some students. However, most of the neighborhood is composed of older families who enjoy the character and convenience of living in historic urban neighborhoods.