Lush landscapes and caring neighbors provide an oasis of serenity for these homes near the heart of Oxford. written by Michael Newsom photographed by Joe Worthem
Dogwood-lined Leighton Road, with its mix of brand-new and midcentury modern homes, rises up the spine of a gentle ridge in the heart of Oxford. It’s just a short walk from the University of Mississippi campus, but many locals may not even know it’s there. The street intersects with College Hill Road just off busy Jackson Avenue. There, Mark and Lauren Cleary’s more than 5,000square-foot Tudor-style home was built around an old single-story ranch-style house. Their home, which sits on 2 well-shaded acres, was finished about a year ago. “Having a canopy of trees when you’re in the middle of town is everything,” Lauren said. The couple, who are both real estate agents, were told about the property by one of their colleagues who had it listed. They took a look and fell in love with the land but decided to expand and remodel the house to suit their own tastes and the needs of their family. They had a clear vision for the design and worked with J.W. McCurdy of MR Construction to remodel according to their plans. Lauren said she appreciates what her neighbors have done to preserve the mid century modern feel of the neighborhood. The Clearys’ home has some of that vibe, although on the outside it’s a more traditional style. Inside it’s airy and fresh, thanks to white walls that don’t overwhelm and some interesting touches. The master bathroom has a TV mounted above the bathtub. A screened-in outdoor room has a fireplace, ample seating and another TV. Downstairs, by the pool area, a room with swing seating serves as an inviting gathering place.
44 INVITATION OXFORD | May 2018