Thinking of a move to the two most ancient university towns in the land? These are the properties we have eyes on.

Oxford and Cambridge: academic rivals, rowing rivals – and, latterly, property rivals. Both cities are roughly an hour from London and yet a world away, their centres characterised by medieval colleges, rivers crammed with punts in the summer, be-gowned students and ancient, characterful pubs. Both also have excellent employment opportunities, both through the sprawling universities and otherwise. Alas, such nice things tend commend commensurately high prices and so it proves in the Oxbridge market. Neither is a town for London escapees hoping for a bargain. However, they will still offer a different way of life. We present six of the best houses in Oxford and Cambridge if you’re house hunting amid the dreaming spires this summer.

Oxford



Woodstock Road, £2,145,000

Savills


On the stretch of the Woodstock Road that leads into the enticingly named Summertown sits this very fine four-bedroom Victorian house, built in 1896. It is all elegant proportions and would make for the most glorious family home, thanks to its 2,510 sqft and the lovely rear garden. The real sell, however, is that fact of its recent elegant and quietly restrained renovation, which makes it looks like it has wandered out of a Plain English catalogue. This is a property one would need to do nothing to – simply turn the key and move in. Find the full details here.


Wolvercote, £700,000

John D Wood


For those who wish to be in Oxford and yet at a remove from the bustle of the centre, Wolvercote is an excellent choice. For what is, essentially, a village, Wolvercote could not be better served by amenities. There are three pubs (including the excellent waterside The Trout), a playground, a designated river swimming spot, an academy primary school, a community orchard, the ancient Wytham Woods – not to mention the lovely Port Meadow upon which wild horses roam. Conversely, it is a short walk into the centre of town, making it the best of all worlds. This three-bed semi-detached house offers open-plan living space as well as a glorious garden – with the meadow to roam about on just beyond. Heaven. Find the full details here.


Blandford Avenue, £1,750,000

The Modern House


The mere fact of a house being on with The Modern House tells a favourable story – even before you glimpse inside the particulars. This one, in Summertown in north Oxford, does not let the side down. A four-bedroom house spread over 2,850 sqft, it sits on a quiet tree-lined avenue, its 1950s build date beautifully reflected in the mid-century design flourishes found within. We love that its bifolds open straight out on to the garden, enabling indoor-outdoor life. This is a house crying out for long lunches on summer days. Find the full details here.


Cambridge



Warkworth Street, £1,600,000

Bidwells


Just a meander away from the lovely Parker’s Piece, this five-bedroom townhouse is slap-bang in the middle of Cambridge and arranged over five floors. Well-proportioned, light and recently renovated, we love all the period features, as well as the freshly remodelled kitchen. There is a lower ground floor with a self-contained one-bedroom annexe, which could potentially make a great rental opportunity. Find the full details here.


Aberdeen Avenue, £1,450,000

Savills


Cambridge does, of course, abound with historic buildings. But that is not to say that potential buyers should neglect the ample opportunities that it also presents for newbuild living. One of a collection of new RIBA award-winning townhouses built in 2006, Aberdeen Avenue overlooks the town’s resplendent botanic gardens and offers an enviable amount of living space across 2,131sqft. We love its decked west-facing garden, as well as the terrace that extends out from the main bedroom. Roundly proving that character is not solely the product of advanced years. Find the full details here.


Greens Road, £850,000

Redmayne, Arnold & Harris


Just a moment from Jesus Green and Mitcham’s Corner sits this charming four-bed Victorian house which extends over 1700 sqft. It could do with a little light updating, but the bones of this are very, very good, as are the shaker style kitchen and the beautiful and spacious mature garden. Find the full details here.

By Nancy Alsop
July 2022

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