Oxford's surroundings offer idyllic country living for new homes buyers

Posted 6 March 2014 by Keith Osborne

House buyers searching for new homes near Oxford currently have a superb choice of developments in the countryside, towns and villages surrounding the city - all within easy commuting distance of the centre.

Within a five-mile radius of Oxford

On the western edge of Oxford, about three miles from the centre, Bovis Homes has created Harcourt Place, a development offering an impressive range of properties - from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom houses - priced from £239,995. Situated on the fringes of Botley village, close to open fields, there are a good range of day-to-day amenities close by - including village shops, schools and health facilities. The development is also well-located for commuters, just off the A34, Oxford's southern by-pass, which links the city to the M4 in Berkshire, and with the mainline station just over two miles away, offering regular services to London Paddington. For leisure time, Harcourt Place is near peaceful Raleigh Park, a wildlife haven, while Hinksey Heights Golf Club is also within easy reach, as are all the shops and venues of Oxford itself.

Just over three miles west of the centre, there are a couple of developments suitable for buyers with a generous budget situated in a prestigious, elevated rural setting near the village of Cumnor - one of Oxford's most sought-after addresses. Cumnor Ridge is landmark development from Persimmon Homes, offering a range of impressive three-to five-bedroom homes priced from £574,950. With contemporary interiors, there are house styles to suit a range of tastes, and selected homes have 100% part exchange or 95% NewBuy mortgages available.

In the same location Charles Church's Cumnor Heights incorporates substantial, three-storey four- and five-bedroom luxury homes priced from £674,950. Aimed at buyers seeking the ultimate high-specification home, the development once again overlooks the Oxfordshire countryside and offers good commuter links (just over two miles from the mainline station), with a thriving local village community and a fantastic range of amenities close by.

Coming soon just west of the city from Charles Church is Tilbury Fields, a development of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes due to be launched sometime this year. If you register your interest online now you will receive a £250 voucher towards you legal costs or your broker fees if you then go on to reserve a new home there once the development is officially launched.

Within a 15-mile commute of Oxford

Widening the search to surrounding towns and villages, buyers will find many additional developments within easy reach of Oxford.

Amongst these is Great Western Park on the edge of Didcot, about 13.5 miles from Oxford city centre, where David Wilson Homes has built a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties priced from £390,000 to £430,000. This spot, in the heart of the Wessex Downs, is both relatively close to Oxford city centre and offers great transport links to London.

About 15 miles from Oxford, Taylor Wimpey has a selection of two-bedroom coach houses and two- to six-bedroom homes at Kingsmere on the outskirts of historic Bicester, priced from £245,000 to £459,000. With a recently redeveloped town centre costing £79m, Bicester is full of interesting shops and restaurants, and offers a pleasant place to live with renowned schools and plenty of amenities. It is also within easy reach of Junction 9 of the M40, while local railway stations offer rapid, regular links to Birmingham and London.



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