What is Oxford like?
Oxford is, of course, synonymous with learning and sublime architecture, which give it a gracious and highly cultivated air. Yet it is also a lively and practical city, perfect for families and professionals: there is superb shopping, with numerous individual retailers and the famous Covered Market; the schooling is among the finest in the country; and Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, the John Radcliffe Hospital and several science and business parks make the city a major employment hub.
We cover an area extending to a radius of about 20 miles from Oxford, including the key commuting locations around Didcot Parkway, Bicester North, Haddenham & Thame Parkway and Charlbury.
Property in Oxfordshire
Oxford’s districts each has its own distinctive style and character. North Oxford is the most aspirational, particularly Central North Oxford, where substantial Victorian townhouses in the side roads off Woodstock and Banbury Roads command premium prices. In contrast, the area known as Jericho has neat streets of terraced cottages and a villagey atmosphere enhanced by the cafe culture of nearby Walton Street. Further out, Headington is a leafy neighbourhood of period and modern family houses, attractive to doctors and those working at the hospitals and also popular with students of nearby Oxford Brookes University. The Cowley Road area features turn-of-the-century homes and a cosmopolitan feel, while to the west of the city centre the former workmen’s cottages of Osney Island have become quite trendy. Sought-after areas on the fringes of Oxford include incude Boars Hill, Cumnor Hill and the picturesque villages of the Otmoor Valley such as Beckley, Stanton St John and Islip.
There is a fine range of property in the nearby villages and market towns, including Abingdon, Witney and Woodstock. This is the gateway to the Cotswolds, and attractive locations such as Burford, Charlbury and the Wychwoods are highly desirable.
The local scene
Not surprisingly, Oxford has a superb cultural scene, with world-class collections at the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums, a wide-ranging theatre and opera programme at the New Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse, and numerous concerts and events hosted by choirs and orchestras of the University and individual colleges.
Rail services to London Paddington take 60 minutes from Oxford Station and 45 minutes from Didcot Parkway.
The nearby M40 provides fast access to London and Birmingham.
Oxford Airport, at Kidlington, provides flights to Belfast, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
Schools in Oxfordshire
Schools are a major reason for moving to Oxford. There are excellent state and independent schools in the city and surrounding towns, and a strong village school network adds to the superb choice.