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Swan Lake Apartments for Rent

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The Swan Lake neighborhood is famous for its water park centerpiece, but it is also well known for its historic homes. It holds the largest collection of apartments built in the 1920s and ’30s in Tulsa. The lake and surrounding park take up about 4 acres, but many blocks of picturesque apartment buildings and houses surround it, as well as the majestic lakeside homes left over from the Jazz Age.

The Swan Lake neighborhood is bounded on the north by Fifteenth Street. On the east, the boundary is Utica Avenue. The southern boundary is Twenty-First Street, and the western edge of the neighborhood is defined by Peoria Avenue. The ZIP code for Swan Lake is 74120.

Some commercial development does exist around the edges of the neighborhood, but Swan Lake is primarily residential. Four-plexes and six-plexes of stucco and clapboard are somewhat common, but the most widely used facing, especially for the larger apartment buildings, is brick. The apartments stand among duplexes, two-story houses, and bungalows on shady streets only blocks from the lake.

Swan Lake was originally part of an amusement park, and roller coaster riders screamed beside it. Real estate development began in 1919 and continued through the Roaring ’20s and the Depression ’30s, with some later additions. The area is now preserved as a Historic District.

The city of Tulsa maintains the park and lake, but a neighborhood group takes care of the birds. In winter, 250 migratory birds may shelter at the lake, and in summer there are still ducks, geese, and a ruling pair of trumpeter swans.


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