Located in the in northwestern Indiana, the town of Oxford provides buyers a picturesque and welcoming community to call home. Residents make use of the town's two lovingly kept parks for picnics and community events and congregate in Oxford's brick-paved town square at the weekly farmers' market held during warmer months. Its quiet, neighborly streets are perfect for a quiet stroll and enjoying the simple pleasures of small town living.
For those looking to leverage the benefits of living in a small community with access to a larger urban area for commercial and economic benefits, Oxford's proximity to the city of Lafayette makes it a perfect choice. Residents of Oxford are able to take advantage of Lafayette's vital and stable jobs economy, making it an ideal community to live and work from. As one of northwestern Indiana's primary cultural centers, Lafayette also offers a tremendous arts scene, not to mention a booming nightlife.
If you've set your sights on Oxford, you've made a great choice to explore housing options. At Tucker, we'd love to introduce you further to this charming and amiable little community. Our realtors own deep knowledge of this market and the community connections to turn what could be an otherwise frustrating process into one that is rewarding and fun.
Houses in Oxford come many different styles and can be found in several excellent and varied neighborhoods in town. You might prefer to live closer to Oxford's quaint downtown community, close to the slow bustle of in-town life with good neighbors and the town's many small, locally-owned shops within easy reach. Further out from town, you'll find more privacy along with the stunning pastoral beauty of a rural setting.
In either case, you're likely to find classic, older style homes big on cozy qualities as well as newer developments with modern designs and spaces. Whether there is a specific housing style you prefer, neighborhood aspects that you favor, or if you have commuting concerns, be sure and mention those to your Tucker realtor who can narrow down housing options based on your preferences and needs.
When it comes to meeting basic needs, residents of Oxford can find most of what they need in town, particularly in its historic downtown area. Despite its modest size, you'll find grocery and general stores, specialty shops and boutiques, and similar establishments. For a quick bite out, several dining establishments can also be found in town. A summer farmers' market is also held in Oxford's downtown. For much broader commercial needs, you only need to look 20 miles to the east in Lafayette.
Lafayette offers three gorgeous downtown districts, each with its own particular style and collection of commercial offerings. The Arts & Market District is the highlight of the shopping experience, being home to many quaint shops and specialty boutiques. It also hosts a popular farmers’ market, offering handmade crafts, and fresh local foods. Chauncey Village near Purdue University features the kind of culinary offerings one might expect of a college town including numerous pubs, pizza parlors, and burger joints. Not to be outdone, the Riverfront District boasts many shopping and dining options along the scenic Wabash River including many delicious ethnic options. Adding to the fun, West Lafayette is home to the Tippecanoe Mall, the region's largest mall.
Cultural life in Oxford revolves around taking advantage of its brick-paved downtown and central parks, which form the backdrop for picnics, leisurely walks, and numerous cultural events throughout the year. The annual Dan Patch Days Festival is one of Oxford's preeminent celebrations with craft and food vendors, games, and contests commemorating the town's celebrated race horse. The city also offers athletic fields for games and exercise including a public 18-hole golf course.
When Oxford homeowners are looking for more urban excitement, the city of Lafayette offers a convenient cultural playground and thriving nightlife. Because of its three gorgeous downtown neighborhoods and significant and historical landmarks, Lafayette is widely considered a walking city, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Due to its proximity to Purdue University, the Chauncey neighborhood features a collegiate air and a boisterous nightlife and is an entertainment destination for students, alumni, and visitors. The Riverfront District along the Wabash River is home to numerous landmark sites including the John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge, Riehle Plaza, and Tapawingo Park. Finally, the Arts & Market District is known for its plethora of galleries and museums.
The city offers several venues for live music and theater as well as an excellent football stadium, which often plays host to cultural events. In fact Lafayette is home to many festivals throughout the year, celebrating music, food, and the arts.
Oxford's jobs economy largely revolves around opportunities in manufacturing and agriculture. Those skilled in such trades will find numerous opportunities in both Oxford and the surrounding area. Making use of the flat land and high winds of the region, wind farms are also becoming increasingly common.
Many residents also take advantage of living in Oxford to work in nearby Lafayette, getting the best of both small town living and an urban jobs market. The economy of Lafayette is diverse and strong, bolstered by the Purdue University. Naturally, this means education is a major employment sector. There are also many businesses and enterprises that thrive due to ties to the university. Purdue's massive student body added to Lafayette's already large population also means many jobs in entertainment, retail, and dining. And thanks to the city's large regional healthcare system, you'll also find many jobs in health and health sciences.
Oxford's youth attend public school through the Benton Community Schools Corporation, based out of Fowler, Indiana. This system claims commitment to maintaining a progressive curriculum balanced with traditional educational and offers students a broad range of extracurricular options to round out their education—developing socially responsible, critical thinkers.
Young learners will be able to stick close to home thanks to the in-town Prairie Crossing Elementary School, which offers K–6 education. Students in this school enjoy close personal attention in a safe, nurturing environment, and teachers excel at developing a love of learning in their students from an early age.
Benton Central Junior/Senior High School picks up the education of Oxford's students after elementary school, bringing them together for a collaborative learning experience with children from other local towns. While located in Fowler, the high school is only three miles from the Oxford town center, just north along US-52. Students enjoy broad educational choices including a wide selection of sciences and fine arts courses. They also enjoy the advantages of a 1:1 learning environment with student-issued laptops supplementing their education with global learning opportunities and helping prepare them for success in an increasingly technocentric world.