328 Windsor Drive North, Oxford, MS 38655 Has Been Sold!

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updated August 29, 2015. The house has sold.

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Oxford Blues Festival 2015

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It’s Oxford Blue Fest time. Make your plans to attend July 18th on the Grove at Ole Miss.   See you there!

Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan Realtors, Inc. 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816/662-234-5344

Best of Mississippi

Mississippi Magazine’s July/August 2015 issue lists the best of Mississippi voted on by readers. Statewide voting declared that The Best Downtown Area belongs to our sweet town.  Other “Best” designations for Oxford include:

  • Best Blue Plate and Corn Bread are @ Ajax Diner
  • Best Bookstore @ Square Books
  • Best Breakfast @ Big Bad Breakfast
  • Best Dessert, breadpudding @ Oby’s
  • Best Fair or Festival is, no doubt, the Double Decker Arts Festival
  • Best Flower Shop is Oxford Floral
  • Best High-end Women’s Clothing store @ Village Tailor
  • Best Historic Site is Rowan Oak
  • Best Iced Tea is found at Oby’s
  • The Best Performing Venue is the Gertrude Ford Center
  • The Best Italian Food is at Old Venice
  • Best Pizza can be ordered up @ Soulshine
  • Folks voted the Best Weekend Trip is to Oxford

And the Best Place to Live, of course, is Oxford

Eileen Saunders, Realtor ~ Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Suite 102, Oxford, MS 38655 ~ 662-234-5344 or 662-404-0816

OXFORD MISSISSIPPI…ON THE MOVE!

What’s so great about Oxford, MS?CAM02691

  • Selected #3 – Ten Best Places to Retire in MS; Oxford is a Mississippi Certified Retirement Community
  • Fastest Growing County in MS (Lafayette)
  • Retail Sales over 1 Billion in 2014
  • Highest Per Capita Income in North Central MS
  • Unemployment rate 4.6% – lowest in the South
  • Ranked Top 3% Nationally in Economic Strength (Policom.com)
  • Recognized by TVA as a “Gold Sustainable City”
  • Home of one of the Finest Universities in the World – University of Mississippi, founded 1848, host to the 1st Presidential Debate of 2008, now houses students from 93 nations, ranked #28 on theBestColleges.org 50 Most Amazing College Campuses 2015

Want to live here?

Eileen Saunders, Realtor ~ Tommy Morgan Realtors ~ 2092 Old Taylor Rd, Suite 101, Oxford, MS 38655 ~

662-404-0816/662-234-5344

Backyard Wildlife Habitats

I had a great time at the Lafayette County Oxford Public Library today leading a workshop on Backyard Wildlife Habitats and getting your yard certified. It is my favorite workshop to lead. I really missed my teaching partner, Tracy DiPietro.  When I lived in South Alabama, she and I would lead similar workshops for school children to supplement their science classes. Tracy and I are Master Environmental Educators and I am a Certified Junior Master Gardener Instructor.

I am available to help Oxford residents and schools with their gardens so feel free to contact me.

Today’s workshop was part of the Books and Lunch program at the public library. There were door prizes and lunch, made of vegetables from the library’s garden, was served to participants.

I will have another gardening workshop early in the fall. Topic TBD. Check the library’s website for upcoming summer workshops.

If you missed the workshop and want to know all about turning your Oxford yard into a backyard wildlife habitat read on.  You’ll need 4 elements to make this habitat. These are:

1. A water source: pond, stream, lake, bird bath, fish pond are just a few ideas.

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2. Cover: a place for animals to hide from predators: shrubs, trees, ground cover, a broken pot on its side for a toad to hide in, rock ledges overhanging a fish pond for the fish to hid under, etc.

3. A place to live: bird houses, butterfly hut, foliage for butterflies and other insects to lay their eggs on, trees for nesting.

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4. A food source: hummingbird, squirrel, and bird feeders, foliage, flowers, etc.

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Once you have these elements, add a place for you to sit and enjoy your yard. Then, head over to http://www.nwf.org and register your yard for a certificate and sign. The certificate will cost $20; signs are additional and optional but great to have on a post in your garden for all to see.

Have fun!

Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816/662-234-5344.  Equal Housing

342 Winners Circle, Oxford, MS 38655 Steeplechase

THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN SOLD 10/15
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This property enjoys an amazing view from the front  yard and the home office,  a great back yard for entertaining and a place for the kids to play. Room for a pool. Private, surrounded by trees. Media room upstairs and the house appears to be wired for surround-sound. 3-car garage. Laundry/mud room.  Walk-in attic space. Dream kitchen, a must see!

Country solitude yet convenient to the interstate and minutes to Oxford, shopping, Ole Miss football and both the Tri-Lakes Medical Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Make this your next home. Call for an appointment to view. MLS#133852.

Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816, 662-234-5344

Cicada Invasion in Lafayette County/Oxford MS

Here’s my story: Not too long ago we moved into a house whose back yard faces a  well-traveled road but we have a  rather high, brick wall surrounding the patio yard which buffers a lot of sound. I was commenting on how peaceful it is to just sit in the yard with your eyes closed. The road noise from the occasional car passing by reminded me, with a powerful imagination, of ocean waves slowly rising to shore, crashing and retreating. Every now and then a powerful wave crashes. That’s the equivalent of a noisy car or truck. (I used to live seaside).

So, sitting in the yard is a pleasure until recently there has been such a noise that has become maddening. It sounds like a machine, or some sonar-type impulses. I hadn’t noticed it before.

Clearly, it should pass but the noise only got louder so I investigated, which is something I do well. Jumping into my car, I took a ride through an adjacent neighborhood where the sound was louder. There’s a dam back there and a farm beyond the trees. I remembered the county landfill/dump is nearby so I drove up there, stopped at the top of the hill and listened. Nothing. So I thought, “OK, that’s the farm noise.”

The noise disappeared that evening so I was convinced it was a machine.

But no!  The next day it was back. I later ventured into Water Valley to preview a house for a client. When I opened the car door I was struck, full blast, by the same sound.  Was there some kind of inviso-shielded space craft hovering over my space to antagonize my ear drums?

My husband heard it. The window-treatment rep who came to my house the day before heard it. My neighbor heard it. We were all stumped.

I headed to the office which sits across Highway 6 from the Ole Miss campus and the Park and Ride lots.  Getting out of my car I heard it again.  I texted my husband with the news and received a reply: “someone said it was cicadas,” he explained.

Cicada, Cicadoidea, Insect, Exoskeleton

That was a much better explanation than an invisible hovering space craft.  This morning after writing this story, I read, in the Sunday edition of the Oxford Citizen newspaper, that cicadas have invaded. Sigh of relief. Cicadas are friendly, although annoying.  They present no threats to beam any of us up to some unknown adventure and will die off soon. According to the article, sometime around mid-June our environment will quiet down again. And if not, watch the skies.

Eileen Saunders, Realtor ~~ Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, MS~~ 662-234-5344 (o) or 662-404-0816

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