Martha Thompson, Professional Real Estate Agent, Re/Max Legacy Realty OXFORD, MS 38655:  Visit our great City of Oxford!!  GIVE ME A CALL TODAY!! Cell: 662-832-0515: Office 662-234-5621 Text Area 3 Nestled in the Hills of North Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi is the home of the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss and the Oxford Center for Northwest Community College.  The low cost living, excellent health care, high quality schools makes Lafayette County and Oxford great places for families.   If you are considering retiring and you are looking for a great place to live then visit Oxford.  We're located just 90 minutes from Memphis, TN.   PLAN YOUR TRIP TO OXFORD AND GIVE ME A CALL FOR A TOUR!!

Finding a good neighborhood

Anyone will tell you that buying a home in a good neighborhood is essential. But what things go into making one neighborhood more desirable than another? Aside from an intangible feeling about a place, there are a number of qualities that set some neighborhoods apart, such as:

  • Good public schools nearby.
  • Well-maintained homes and clean public areas.
  • Close proximity to good shopping.
  • Public facilities like parks and community centers.

Doing thorough neigborhood research is critical if you truly want your home to fit your needs. Here are some basic strategies:

Call City Hall

You may like an area now, but you could feel differently if a football stadium or six-lane highway will be your future neighbor. Check with local officials on the zoning of neighborhoods and the likelihood of any substantial public projects. Large projects such as major road construction are planned years in advance.

Resale Potential

Though appreciation can be an impossible thing to predict, it's good to at least try to determine a home's resale potential. Slow selling homes may just be a function of the current market, but they could also indicate problems (or perceived problems) with the neighborhood that could affect resale. Check for any information on new industries or companies moving to the area in the future that could lead to housing demand later.

Do the Footwork

Probably the most important step in researching neighborhoods is to get a first-hand look. Talk to residents, visit local schools, businesses, and parks, and get to know your way around. If you plan on using public transportation, see what options are available. Be sure to visit the neighborhood at several different times of day. Three quick ways to scope out a neighborhood:

  • Eat at local restaurants (non-chains) to get a feel for the people.
  • Attend a community meeting.
  • Read the community newspaper for at least a week.

In the end your impression of a neighborhood will largely be an emotional reaction. By researching the facts and future of a given neighborhood, you'll ensure that your hunches are well informed.

Oxford, MS-Home of the University of Mississippi and Northwest Community College.