Although Abingdon was originally the county town of Berkshire, it has been part of Oxfordshire since the mid-1970s. An attractive market town, Abingdon has convenient access to the M4 and M40 motorways and is situated only 5 miles from Oxford with its excellent transport links to London for commuters.
The town has a long history, with Neolithic artifacts having been found here. An important industrial hub during the 18th century, Abingdon is now increasingly popular with young professionals, attracted by the excellent amenities and proximity to major centres.
There are several excellent independent schools nearby, including Abingdon School which is among the oldest in the country. Fitzharry’s comprehensive school also achieves good results at GCSE while there are several primary schools to choose from, all offering a high standard of education.
Abingdon has a recently refurbished town centre which has preserved its historic character while providing a wealth of retail opportunities. There are many beautiful green spaces and nature reserves in the area to enjoy as well as a local museum and abbey ruins.
There are many attractive apartments, both historic and contemporary, priced under £200,000 and suited to young professionals, however there are also plenty of family properties starting at around £250,000 for a three bed semi-detached.
Kidlington is one of the largest villages in the UK with a strong heritage and plenty of historic properties. Conveniently situated just 5 miles north of Oxford, residents can benefit from excellent road and rail links into the capital, increasing its appeal to commuters. Close to the M4 and M40 motorways, London can even be reached by road in around an hour and a half.
Featuring a Medieval church, 17th century almshouses, and numerous Georgian buildings, Kidlington is certainly a scenic place to live, and is ideal for families with its choice of excellent primary schools as well as its secondary academy, Gosford Hill school, which is a specialist centre for mathematics and computing.
The village boasts several restaurants, shops, a library and numerous pubs, so there is always something going on. A wide range of properties are available for singles, couples and families with houses and centrally located apartments starting at around £170,000.
With studio flats starting at an affordable £120,000 and family homes on the market for only around £230,000, Didcot represents a great place to live. Located just 9 miles south of Oxford, the town boasts good road links and its own railway station for convenient access to London.
With the area having been occupied for 9000 years, there is plenty of evidence of Didcot’s fascinating past, including the Medieval church and the ancient White Cottage.
A good choice for families, Didcot provides a choice of six primary schoolsas well as two single sex secondaries. With excellent shopping facilities, an arts complex and no less than three leisure centres, Didcot offers something for everyone.
Named for the river that flows through it, Thame is a Medieval market town that is ideal for families and commuters. Only 9 miles from Oxford and close to excellent motorway links, residents can reach London easily by road or rail. Trains from the town arrive in the capital within 36 minutes.
The town boasts three primary schools and an excellent secondary, the Lord Williams’ School. There is a golf course nearby, and the town hosts its own carnival every year.
Two bed properties in the town come on the market for around £260,000 and three bed homes for around £350,000. There is a good mix of modern and more traditional properties to suit all tastes.
Modern studio apartments are available in Witney for around £160,000 while larger properties start at around £250,000
making the town a good choice for families and professional couples alike. The town has its origins in the Medieval period when it was first granted permission to hold a market – a tradition that continues today.
Five community primary schools and three secondaries provide parents with plenty of choice, while the town’s three museums, lake and nature trails as well as its close proximity to Blenheim Palace ensure that there is always plenty to do.