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Oxford MS News – Faulkner’s World

While Oxford MS is important for a lot of reasons, one of it’s most well known or famous citizens was William Faulkner.  William Faulkner lived in Oxford MS and made his home at the now famous Rowan Oak, which is maintained by the University of Mississippi and can be toured on most days.  If you make it to Oxford, you should be sure and place Faulkner’s Rowan Oak on your list of neat things to do while in town.

William Faulkner Statue Located In Oxford MS

Statue of William Faulkner can be seen in downtown Oxford, Mississippi. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

There were very few public photographs ever taken of William Faulkner at his home at Rowan Oak, so the fact that there is a collection of photographs that were taken by photographer Martin J. Dain that will be making the circuit around North Mississippi this summer is exciting news for Faulkner fans.  The collection of 36 curated photos were taken between 1961 and 1963 of Faulkner in his home environment at his Rowan Oak home.  This collection entitled “Faulkner’s World,” is on display now in Columbus, MS and it will be exhibited in Oxford in July and August, while in Tupelo in September and October.

Jan Swoope of the Columbus Dispatch at wrote the following:

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images are compiled in a traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library through June 22.

Dain’s photographs provide a unique journey into Faulkner’s environment. Taken between 1961 and 1963, the images portray the writer at home and provide a comprehensive look at the people and cultural traditions that inspired him.

This collection, consisting of 36 framed images, provides an extraordinary window through which to view community history and from which to reflect on culture and change in Oxford and the surrounding area, shared library archivist Mona K. Vance. As the exhibition discusses and interprets the legacy of Faulkner, it also provides an opportunity to prompt community dialogue.

On his first visit to Oxford in 1961, Dain made numerous photographs of the town and the surrounding rural Lafayette County, the inspiration for the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Dain returned in 1962 to photograph Faulkner’s funeral and made additional images of Lafayette County.

The exhibition opened at the University of Mississippi in 1997 and traveled for two years as part of the Faulkner Centennial Celebration. It had an encore tour in 2007 in conjunction with the Mississippi Reads project administered through the Mississippi Library Commission, and is once again available, this time for libraries, museums, and cultural centers in Mississippi and surrounding states.  You can read the rest of the original article here.

We were excited to hear about the Oxford MS News – Faulkner’s world and the fact that the exhibition is coming to town, as we have not had the privilege of viewing the collection ourselves.  While Oxford MS is a relatively small town in the scheme of things, it has become well known as a destination of choice for the Country Club types.  The best way I can describe Oxford is that it has a “boutique” feel about it.  Even if you can’t quite put your finger on it, you know it is a special place and that it has a very special atmosphere.  If you are moving to Oxford or will just be passing through or visiting this summer, make it a point to see Oxford’s very own Rowan Oak and the Faulkner’s World exhibition.  If you need rentals, be sure to contact us at Oxford MS Rentals and let us see what we an do to accommodate your stay while in town.

Below is an interesting YouTube video about Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance in 1949.

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Oxford MS Recently Made The Top 10 List Of Cities For Retirees

If you plan to move to Oxford MS anytime soon, you will be happy to hear that Oxford MS recently made the top 10 list of cities for retirees!  This secret small town destination is slowly losing it’s hidden charm and becoming well known nationally for what it has to offer, which is basically a small town atmosphere with big city living options.  Oxford Mississippi has shown up on many of these lists in recent years, and this was only the most recent showing when The Washington Economics Group, Inc listed Oxford on it’s top 10 list of places for retirees.  Most of these cities land on the list due to theirlow cost of living, but the mild and warm Oxford MS Weather is one of the reasons it was chosen as well.

A top 10 list of the best cities in America to retire revealed that seniors should head to warm, southern states.

Tallahassee, Florida topped the list compiled by The Washington Economics Group showcase the ideal places for people to settle down in their later years.

Richmond, Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania tied for last place to round up the group of cities that included nine out of the 10 communities belonging in the south.

Topping the list: Tallahassee, Florida (pictured) is the number one city for to retire in for the upcoming groups of seniors, according to a study done by The Washington Economics Group Inc.Topping the list: Tallahassee, Florida (pictured) is the number one city to retire in for the upcoming groups of seniors, according to a study done by The Washington Economics Group Inc.

The rankings take into consideration the high numbers of retirees already living there and its popularity as a senior haven.


Tallahassee, Florida ranked first for having the best climate on the list and very low taxes.

Memphis, Tennessee has low prices on food, utilities, healthcare and housing.

Athens, Georgia offers great recreational amenities with University of Georgia sports.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama has gas prices about 15 per cent below the national average.

Atlanta, Georgia is a national leader for its healthcare with more than 50 hospitals.

Oxford, Mississippi, tied for sixth, offers a low cost of living and has a very small population.

Charleston, South Carolina, also at six, is full of heritage, history and culture.

Louisville, Kentucky has been ranked as one of the safest U.S. cities in recent years.

Richmond, Virginia tied at last place for its wide variety of entertainment options

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the pick for those who like cold weather, sports and culture. 

Researchers also used the results of a Mason-Dixon survey, which polled a group of retirees to understand their needs and opinions when deciding on a senior destination.

The study was done during a time when more than 25 per cent of the U.S. population will be making their choices of where to retire to in the next few years.

These Americans, known as ‘baby boomers’ were born between 1946 and 1964, will consist of an estimated 78 million people.

The survey highlighted the Mason-Dixon poll’s revelation that climate was most important to future retirees than housing costs.

Tallahassee ranked the highest on the list for a number of reasons, particularly for its warm weather.

With temperatures always comfortable and winter months bringing some cooler weather, the city along the Florida panhandle was considered top-notch for researchers.

But if the hot weather isn’t a top priority, the survey showed that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which ranked ninth with Richmond, Virginia, is an attractive alternative.

Pittsburgh is mostly chilly with no beaches nearby.

But its sports teams and overall culture landed it on the list.

Fourth: Tuscaloosa, Alabama ranked high as gas prices are nearly 15 per cent below the national averageFourth: Tuscaloosa, Alabama ranked high as gas prices are nearly 15 per cent below the national average

Outstanding': Researchers say Atlanta, Georgia is a leader in health care for more than 50 hospitals‘Outstanding’: Researchers say Atlanta, Georgia is a leader in health care for more than 50 hospitals

For a low cost of living, the research suggests retirees should head to number two Memphis, Tennessee, fourth choice Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Oxford, Mississippi, which tied for sixth place with Charleston, South Carolina.

Memphis has low prices on several necessities from food to housing.

Tuscaloosa, with a nice overall climate, has gas prices that are known to be almost 15 per cent lower than the national average.

Louisville, Kentucky, which ranked eighth, is home to the horsing horsing track Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held bringing an interesting attraction.   Original Article Here.

Weather in Oxford Mississippi is mild for the most part with relatively short lived winters that offer an occasional cold spell that may last for a few days to a week at most.  Oxford is far enough away from the gulf coast that there is little danger from hurricane’s, but the city is located in an area where tornado cells are not uncommon, so if you are building or buying a permanent home in Oxford, we suggest that you consider a safe room or a separate storm shelter that is quickly and easily accessible from your home.  If you will be moving to this wonderful and little known gem any time soon, we suggest you contact us here at Oxford MS Rentals if you will need a rental home or even if you plan to buy a home, as we can help you with either option.  We are proud of the fact that Oxford MS recently made the top 10 list of cities for retirees and welcome you to your new home if you will be moving here any time soon!

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Tips From Oxford Ms Rentals For Renting A Home

Finding rental property can be a daunting task for anyone but especially for first timers.  Many first-time renters feel overwhelmed by the upfront costs and commitment of a property rental.  Use the following advice that we are offering here at Oxford MS Rentals to help ease your worries, increase your confidence and hopefully, your overall success when searching for the perfect rental home for your overall needs.

Be alert to homes that are in mortgage default and about to be foreclosed on.  If time is not a major consideration, and you are willing to put forward some personal effort, investigating for possible property foreclosure might be advantageous for you.  Pre-foreclosure properties are those with owners at risk of losing the home due to delinquency, and in today’s economy, many homeowners are renting their homes as a last ditch effort to hold off foreclosure.  For this reason, it is wise to make sure the property you are interested in does not fall into this category.  You will find this preliminary investigation to be an excellent investment of your time, as you don’t want to spend all of the upfront costs such as security deposit and all of the utility deposits only to find you are forced to move in a couple of months or less.

If you are using a realtor or other professional rental agent, they may be able to provide you with a checklist while also doing some of the preliminary necessities for you in advance.  Realtors often have a checklist that includes everything you need to do or consider when renting a home, from figuring out what you want in a house to finalizing the lease agreement for you. You can use the various checklists to make sure you’re ready for every contingency as it comes up.  Also, the realtor or agents fee is normally paid by the person that owns the rental property, so this is a free service for you in most cases.

When you are in negotiations on a rental property, be sure to keep your approach moderate and do not appear over eager or excessively interested in the property you are viewing.  Many individuals want to try an extremely aggressive approach at selling you or placing you in their property, but this doesn’t always work in their favor.  It’s best to appear that you are impartial to their property and that you have other options, as this may give you some leverage when it comes to negotiation if that is possible.  Occasionally rental properties are in short demand and the owners are unwilling to negotiate, and in these cases, make an offer and if refused and you really like the property, go ahead and take it on their terms if they are agreeable for you.

Get organized before you jump into the housing rental game. Start by creating a list of real estate information that you glean from friends, real estate agents, newspapers and the internet. This will avoid confusion and make it easier for you to compare different offerings.  Always think ahead and consider what the future may hold when you are in the market to sign a lease on a rental property. If you are single, is there any chance you might marry in the near future?  While you might not have kids currently attending school, it’s a good idea to check into the local schools near a potential house if you have children that are nearing school age.  You might also consider whether you might require a job change or job transfer, and take that into account for the length of any lease you are going to sign.  Try not to sign a lease for more than a year at a time, as things often change rapidly for renters and you don’t want to lock yourself into a commitment that you may not be able to keep, as it could be extremely expensive to break a lease agreement.

When searching the property market for potential rental properties, you need to be both realistic and patient. Don’t try to rent properties that are out of your budget, no matter how much you might want to live there.  The right property for you may not come around quickly, so be prepared to view a lot of places before deciding on the home or apartment that is right for you.

Do not rent a home along a busy road if you can avoid it. Though these properties sometimes rent for much less when compared to those properties that are away from a main thoroughfare, they are cheaper for a reason and it may not be good for you.  If noise is not a problem for you, then you might be able to use this to your advantage to get more housing for your dollar, so be sure and remind the owner of this fact if and when negotiating on prices.

Be careful if renting a house with a real wood-burning fireplace unless you are prepared to cut your own wood or spend money paying someone to provide you with wood.   In most cases, the cost of the wood needed to heat a home with a fireplace is more expensive than using a central heating unit, so it may be more of an aesthetic item versus a useful item.  In the end, it might be much less exciting to rent a home with a fireplace because it can be difficult to keep up with fireplaces, especially if you don’t have any previous experience with one.

If using an an agent to assist you, be sure to find an honest and reputable agent that can be trusted when looking for a property to rent.  When you have an agent who has a good standing and reputation, you are much more likely to be satisfied with your final choice for your new home.   Stick to your objectives when looking for a new rental home and don’t get blinded when you find something you love but can’t afford or that doesn’t fit your overall rental needs.  If your property needs are not met by your choice of homes, then just keep looking until you find other options that are better suited for you.  Many times renters wind up with a lousy rental home for the sole reason that they got excited about a property and then forgetting to make sure it meets their overall needs.

Always have extra funds for unexpected costs when renting a property. Real estate renters generally take into account only the amount of the down payment and they forget that they will need deposits for utilities such as electric, gas, cable TV, Internet, water, sewer and other similar considerations.

Now that you have the knowledge you need, are you ready to commit to rent? The information you’ve learned here should give you the confidence you need to get over any concerns you might have had and help you to avoid many of the problems often associated with first time renters.  Use the tips that fit your needs if you want to get the best results possible.  Renting a home can be easier than you think if you are prepared and know what to expect.  As you tour prospective rental properties, pay close attention to costs and choose wisely using the tips we have given you in this article.  If you are currently in the market for a home to rent, don’t hesitated to contact us here at Oxford MS Rentals where we have rental properties that are sure to fit most everyone’s needs.

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