The first generation of Odom family builders came to Oklahoma City in the early 1930s. Since this was during the Depression, many building items, as well as funding, were difficult to obtain. Contracts were done with a handshake, trust was earned through hard work, and reputations were developed by word-of-mouth. P.B. Odom and his wife Lottye Mae were successful in each area, while building simultaneously. Building homes was so difficult during this period, and Mr. Odom told stories of no one getting paid, from supplier to contractor, until closing. After serving in the Korean War, their son P.B. Odom, Jr., started his building career in the 1950s. He developed numerous properties from SW 74th to SW 89th, then west of Pennsylvania, covering 3/4 of a mile and 1500-1800 homes. He also developed a 240-acre area south of SW 89th, containing approximately 350 homes. Besides two apartment complexes, Mr. Odom, Jr. has been instrumental in bringing major commercial development to South Oklahoma City. He developed his first large commercial project in the 1960s at a very successful corner of I-240 and Pennsylvania.
Third generation P.B. Odom III's home building career started in 1969 when his Grandfather took him to his completed section of the Ranchwood Manor development at SW 89th & Santa Fe. He showed Paul a standing stem wall and asked if he had considered becoming a builder. Knowing Paul had been involved in every facet since childhood, he gave him the blue prints, patted him on the back, and said to call him if he needed help. After a few months, and maybe a few calls, Paul completed his first home. The home was 2,000 square feet and sold for $27,000. After his grandfather died in 1978, his grandmother Lottye Mae, continued to be active in building, giving support, encouragement and counsel until her death in August 1997. After eight years of successful home building in 1977, Paul purchased his first land for the Winepark community at SW 128th & May. Since then, he has developed Lakewood Terrace, Western Flags, Briarwood Creek and Mayfield, amounting to well over 2,500 home sites. His premier community Rivendell, at SW 119th & May Avenue, was started in 1989 with 44 home sites and has grown to over 500 residences.
He has plans to double its current size. Talavera Phase One, located at SW 169th and S. Santa Fe, was developed in 2004 and with Phase Four completed, will encompass 440 of 600+ home sites. The stunning community of Rockport has now reached over 250 home sites. P.B. Odom III's Châtenay, is an exquisite, French-Château styled, gated community at SW 104th & Penn, which took him four years to plan and develop. His son David, the fourth generation of Odom builders, has constructed the majority of Châtenay, which includes gazebos, a clubhouse, and eight-foot brick wall surrounding 17 acres. P.B. Odom III's commercial developments are class A retail with a 130,000 square foot shopping center that is west of Châtenay. Châtenay Square Shopping Center features the same French-Château architecture as Châtenay and is home to some of the most exclusive retail shops in Oklahoma City. Anchored by a 65,000 square foot Homeland, the other tenants include Panera Bread, Roundup Cleaners, Dot Wo-Chinese Cuisine, The UPS Store, T-Mobile, Mann's Best Friend, Sharkey's Cuts for Kids, The Bronze, EnVogue, Accenté, Grand Junction, Oasis Nutrition Lounge, Massage Envy, The Enchanted Cottage, Sushi Hayashi, Excell Private Care Services, LNT Nails & Spa, Kumon, Weight Watchers and Spazio Ristorante.
Palagio Shops on South Western is yet another exclusive retail shopping destination. Palagio boasts of Italian-Tuscan architecture and is located on the corner of SW 104th & South Western with Phase I including over 44,852 square feet. Pizza Hut, Next Generation Pediatrics, Marble Slab Creamery, Jump!Zone, Plush Salon & Spa, Once Upon a Child and Venue 104 are among the tenants. On the corner is a structure completed in 2011; this houses McAlister's Deli, AT&T and SportClips. Over 75 years of home building and developing in South OKC and the Odom Family is just getting started.
Look for developments with 240 Penn Park on Penn Park Boulevard! Once completed, there will be 110,000 square feet of retail shopping and restaurants, of which 70,000 is currently under construction. Conn's will occupy 43,000 square feet of this up and coming area.