• Invitation Oxford

Fresh Start

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

Written by Rachel West | Photographed by Donnis Furr Sealey


Through extensive renovations, an old house on South Lamar is given new life.


Judy Riddell is no stranger to interior design, remodeling homes or building stuff, but one year ago she took her talents a step further and passed the state contractor licensing exam. Her penchant for making old things new is now more than a labor of love; it’s a business she is calling Princess Hoka Properties.


“I asked my husband, and two children who are boys, what I should name my company, and they never would really give me any ideas,” Riddell said. “So, I named it Princess Hoka Properties. It’s a nod to Princess Hoka, because without her we wouldn’t have Oxford. We wouldn’t have much of what we have around here today.”


Recently, just one year after becoming a licensed contractor, she finished renovating a home built in 1925 that had been a long-time rental property. Riddell took on the 1,400-square-foot home at 1306 S. Lamar Blvd. to bring it new life with some much-needed tender loving care.


“This was a really dark house,” she said. “We brought in a lot of natural light. I wanted to honor the age of the house but make it modern and update it with what people want today.”


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