Property Finders for Bicester and surrounding villages

If you are considering moving to Bicester or the surrounding villages, Stacks East Oxfordshire can provide invaluable advice to ensure that you get the right house, for the right price, in the right location, on the best terms and with the minimum of stress.

Famous for its Shopping Village, Bicester, on the fast train route of the Chiltern Line, is a quickly expanding town with something suitable for everyone either in the town, in its planned developments or in nearby villages.

The connectivity and business enterprise of the area means there are plenty of jobs too, preventing the town merely becoming a commuter dormitory.  It is a thriving hub for business, particularly the motor industry, being so near Silverstone, with facilities such as Bicester Heritage Centre. Check out Bicester Vision to see how the area supports its businesses, and the plans for the future.

It is only 15 miles north of Oxford, and travel to the city’s Science Parks, Oxford University and Hospitals is very easy – 16mins into the City Centre by train. See below for more on Transport Links

Our clients may be moving some distance, or be local; they may be too busy or not know where to begin;  they may be unable to find a suitable house or have too much choice – see our case studies to see how we’ve helped people in your situation.

Speak to Stacks East Oxfordshire today to learn more about why you should move to Bicester, or one of the nearby villages.

Wherever you live in Bicester or its surrounding villages, you have a choice of transport options :

Bicester North Train Station is on the fast route from London Marylebone, with trains taking as little as 43 minutes, and going North,  getting to Birmingham, journeys are under an hour.

Since 2018, an upgraded route to Oxford, now taking less than 20 minutes, has meant more stops at the Bicester Village station (formerly Bicester Town), with journey times also under an hour to London.

There are further plans to revive the old Varsity route between Oxford, Milton Keynes & Cambridge https://www.eastwestrail.org.uk/ and some choose to drive in the opposite direction to Aylesbury Parkway for another route under an hour to London.

Just off the motorway network at Junction 9 of the M40,  or even Junction 10, makes it a great base for those on the road for work frequently, although Bicester Village traffic can be irritating at times.

Driving: 20 mins to Oxford, 75 mins to London and Birmingham; 50 mins to Milton Keynes, Northampton and the M1.

The town itself has a small centre with a market square, but with the advent of some major expansion, whilst not everyone is happy with the development, the benefits of a larger customer base means that the amenities of Bicester will be attractive for those with families, young kids and older teens, with cinema, restaurants, etc. 

The original centre has some character properties of varying sizes.  Older housebuyers are also well served, with the Kings Meadow area being particularly popular, due to its large ex-US Air Force bungalows and unusually large plots.  The area is very flat, and less than 0.6miles to the High Street, so these properties are highly desirable.

There are other innovative developments of former forces sites, the Garden Quarter on former RAF Caversfield land has some particularly unusual conversions whilst retaining plenty of green spaces. 

Family-friendly new development is happening apace, and good value older family homes are in abundance. 

Villages to the South

Out of Bicester to the South west is the main M40 junction, and there is lots of development in this direction.  For  example, the villages of Chesterton and Wendlebury have pretty centres, and may not be separate from Bicester for too much longer.  The Kingsmere development includes primary and secondary schooling, a surgery, a care home and sports facilities.  Towards the South East Graven Hill gravenhill.org.uk is being developed as a ‘Build your Own’ site, as seen on Grand Designs ‘The Street’ with Kevin McCloud, this is a really exciting opportunity for individuals to get involved from the ground up in a new community.

Villages to the West

On the other side of the M40, Middleton Stoney and Weston on the Green are easily accessible to the A34 on the way to Oxford.  Kirtlington and Bletchingdon are a bit further off the main roads.  See more here.

Villages to the North

Stratton Audley and Fringford in this direction are some of the most beautiful villages in the area. Bainton, Bucknell, Stoke Lyne, Hethe, Hardwick, Cottisford, Barnards Green & Tusmore will be complemented by the eco-development on this side of Bicester.

Charndon, Calvert, Twyford, Chetwode, Godington,  Newton Purcell, Mixbury, Turweston have a variety of charms for their residents, but see Future note below as well.

See more in this direction, up the M40, on Brackley & Banbury and across to Buckingham and Milton Keynes.

Villages to the East 

Just outside Bicester, Launton is only a short distance from Bicester itself, but a narrow bridge over the railway makes it still feel like its own separate village, with local shops, pubs and a variety of property from bungalows to large stone houses.

Leading off the old Roman Road, Akeman Street, now the A41 towards Waddesdon  & Aylesbury,  there are villages of varying sizes and amenities, you’ll be able to find one that suits your tastes.  Locating yourself in this direction also gives you the option of using Aylesbury Parkway for an alternative commute, and Thame schools.  Ambrosden, Arncott, Blackthorn, Marsh Gibbon, Little Marsh, Summerstown, Poundon, Piddington, Ludgershall, Grendon Underwood, Edgcott, Tetchwick, Wotton Underwood – all have their own combination of attractions. For more in this direction, also see Waddesdon & Whitchurch, Thame & Aylesbury pages, and the Future note below.

Whilst technically in Oxfordshire, parents in Bicester can also access schools in Oxford, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire with ease.

State schools, particularly the Buckinghamshire Grammar system, operate catchment areas, so it is important to understand those and the chances of accessing a school if you are not in catchment.  Secondary schools Bicester Community and The Cooper are both “Good”, the new Bicester Technology Studio   is yet to be evaluated.  At the time of writing all 18 primary schools within five miles of Bicester were rated Good (if rated yet).  Many of the villages have their own primaries and nurseries.  Depending on your location, you may also look south to Thame, or east to Waddesdon & Aylesbury.

Independent schools have pupils from a wider geographic area.  A selection of schools that Bicester and the surrounding villages’ pupils can access are:

Oxford Schools are all in easy reach, with many offering bus services through villages:

The Proposed HS2 route goes through this area.  The East West Rail between Oxford and Cambridge is being revitalised, and may have a road route to accompany it, albeit the preferred option for that is currently further south than these villages.

Whilst it is obviously important to understand these future developments, it is of course impossible to know for sure on any house purchase what might happen in the future.  For example, the impact of HS2 will vary enormously from house to house, and sound can travel in unexpected ways rather than line of sight.  Also, if and when it is built, the HS2 trains will be electric and far less nuisance than current trains.  Other properties may be adversely affected during the construction phase, even a long way from the actual route.  With careful research and an open mind however, you may feel that the eventual impact will not be significant for you, and you can potentially invest in a property at a good price. 

What will a Stacks buying agent in Buckinghamshire do for you?

Professional Expertise

We’ll talk with you about how you want to live, the demands of your work, and your plans. We’ll establish what you need from your next home… and why.

Finding a Property

We’ll scour the market, bend the ears of our contacts, and hound the estate agents. We’ll leave no stone unturned to find the right home for you.

Saving you Money

We’ll haggle hard and bring all that we’ve discovered to bear to agree the best terms on your behalf. Our clients enjoy preferred bidder status with estate agents. 

Trouble Free Completion

We’ll problem-bust, tackle obstacles, arrange surveys, and liaise with planners. A myriad of issues can raise their head at this point… we’ll deal with them all for you.

Call Rachel or Nick to discuss what you are looking for.
Tel: 07502 406688 / Tel: 01628 777991

How We Do It

“You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

“We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

“We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

“Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

“It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

“Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

“Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

“I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

“Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

“You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

“We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

“I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

 
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