retirement oxfordshire

Retirement in Oxfordshire -

If you are considering relocation in retirement Oxfordshire is a worthy contender. Excellent transport links, a great location for retirement living – but it’s not cheap!

Oxfordshire is a landlocked county in South East England. It borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north and Gloucestershire to the west.

The county has major education and tourist industries and is noted for concentrations of performance motorsport, car manufacturing and technology companies.

The University of Oxford dates back to the 12th century, and is one of the finest Univerisities in the world.

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Map

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Retirement housing in the Oxfordshire area

According to RightMove Properties in Oxfordshire had an overall average price of £442,391 over the last year.  This compares to an average UK housing price of £252,000, and reflects the popularity of the area and the excellent transport links to London. 

Housing Care lists a number of retirement housing options in the county, and of course Rightmove have an extensive range of properties to suit your budget.

Things to do in Oxford and surrounding area

The county is full of excellent opportunities for leisure, culture and sport.

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Combine a tour of the stately home with a stroll around the extensive gardens  for a pleasant day out in the English countryside.

The City of Oxford lists the aforementioned University as a major attraction, and of course it was the site of many Harry Potter and Inspector Morse was filmed here.  So if you like your culture ancient or modern, the City has something for you.

Henley Royal Regatta is one of the best-known regattas in the world. It is a highlight of the summer sporting calender, and hosts many social events if that is your scene.

And of course the Cotswolds is an area to explore and enjoy.  With many historical sights, the area is both rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty.  The Oxfordshire Cotswolds is rural England at its very finest, and to live on the doorstep of this amazing area would be a retirement dream for many.

As an option, the North Wessex Down (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is on the southern border of the county.  This tranquil, hilly countryside is a popular walking destination offering sweeping, scenic views.

 

Transport links

Although commuters on the busy railway network might disagree,  if you are attracted by all that London has to offer in retirement you might see that proximity as a factor in your choice. 
With the flexibilty to avoid peak travel periods, the ability to pop into town to see a show is one of the enduring pleasures of retirement.

London at night

London At Night

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The road network is extensive too,with the M4 offering routes to London and Wales, and the A34 providing rapid access to the south coast, Oxfordshire is ideally placed for the retired nomads who want to see some of the country.

Air travel is well catered for – Heathrow is within easy reach, and Gatwick and London Luton are a short drive away.  And of course, the cruise port of Southampton is readily accessible.

Health Care

The county boasts a number of easily accessible NHS hospitals
and other medical facilities.  Being a central and well populated location, health options are not a particular factor as most medical needs will be more than adequatley catered for.  Again, the proximity to London offers a wider range of treatment options, if required and affordable.
 

Cost of Living

Oxford is not the cheapest City in the UK to live, and although surrounding areas will be less expensive they are still at the upper end of the scale.

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs are 2,340.39£ without rent (using our estimator).
  • A single person estimated monthly costs are 659.92£ without rent.
  • Cost of living index in Oxford is 3.51% higher than in Liverpool.
  • Rent in Oxford is, on average, 91.65% higher than in Liverpool.
    (Source – Numbeo)

Considering retirement in Oxfordshire? Conclusion

Retirement in Oxfordshire is certainly and option, if you can afford the house prices and increased cost of living in the South.  It’s a beautiful area, with much to occupy the retiree. All you need is money.

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