Mixed-use development encompasses nearly every aspect of life in Oxford.
Communities in Oxford and Lafayette County are more than places to live; they’re places to thrive.
One new development demonstrates this synergy between sectors that are placed in close proximity to one another. Oxford Commons, a multimillion-dollar development by Oxford developer Blackburn Group, is designed to blend traditional Southern residential, professional office beautifully, retail, entertainment and community use.
“Giving residents a sense of a close-knit neighborhood while also keeping them in the Oxford city community is important,” says Blackburn Group CEO David Blackburn. “Anything you may need is within minutes of the neighborhood.”
Sense of Community
About 250 French-style homes with luxury amenities comprise the residential offerings built so far, with another 950 planned.
The community boasts easy access to entertainment options (including a neighborhood movie theater and bowling alley), University-Oxford airport and high-quality public schools. Situated on 560 acres, Oxford Commons features large restaurants and new office and retail space. The Terrace at Oxford Commons, a 16,000-square-foot retail center, includes tenants like Endurance Physical Therapy, Citizens Bank and Core Cycle + Outdoor. As part of the development, plans are underway for an outdoor event venue.
This neighborhood is also where families can enjoy multiple generations aging in place. The Magnolia at Oxford Commons is a senior living community that offers assisted living and memory care options and short-term stays for guests recuperating from surgery or illness.
The Blackburn Group has nabbed accolades for “Best Places to Work” and “Fastest Growing Private Company,” as well as Blackburn claiming the title of “Top CEO.”
“We have been very fortunate to have been blessed with an incredible team that takes a lot of pride in their work and wants to exceed expectations for our customers,” Blackburn says.
Choosing Oxford to bring his real estate vision to life was a no-brainer for Blackburn.
“My wife, Karen, and I fell in love with Oxford when we were in college and basically never left,” Blackburn says. “We loved the small-town college charm that Oxford offers. We wanted to develop Oxford Commons to take some of the best things we saw in master-planned communities in Austin and Nashville and bring it here.
“We wanted to create a community close to downtown Oxford that was more affordable than a home just off the Square but had those same kinds of amenities.”
If you’d like to learn more about the Oxford, MS, area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Oxford-Lafayette County, Mississippi.