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Are you thinking about buying or renting a property in Headington? The suburb is located just 2.8 miles from central Oxford, offering residents the ideal mix of suburban and city living.
Headington is known for its central-hub London Road, where you’ll find a range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as the local landmark the Headington Shark, a rooftop sculpture on New High Street.
So, could Headington be the perfect place for you set up home? Read on to find out.
Headington is well served by local transport links, with a huge choice of bus services running between the suburb and central Oxford. These include:
There is a wide range of restaurants, pubs and cafes to suit all tastes. Some of the more prominent ones in Headington include Jacobs Chop House which is a rustic English restaurant offering a varied menu, Mirabai a traditional Indian restaurant offering eat in and take away menus, Dong Dong Noodle Bar which is a Chinese restaurant offering Noddle dishes alongside some traditional Chinese dishes. Alternatively to the restaurants there are a range of cafes some of these include La Croissenterie, a French café offering halal meats as well. Jacob and Fields, again a rustic English café offering not only sandwiches but also bigger meals to suit. Alongside the independent cafes you have the high street ones, which in Headington include Starbucks and Caffe Nero.
Should none of these tempt you into venturing out you may find a selection of pubs in Headington. The Black Boy for your gastropub, The White Hart for your more village style pub both of which are nestled in the heart of Old Headington.
Alternatively, you can head into central Oxford, where you’ll find the wide selection of bars and clubs you’d expect from a big city.
If you live in Headington, there’s no excuse not to keep fit. Oxford Brookes Sports centre is only 0.3 miles from the centre of the suburb and offers a gym and sports pitches. There’s also The Oxford Golf Club, which has courses to suit a range of abilities.
The Oxfordshire countryside is notoriously beautiful, so if the sun comes out there are plenty of places to enjoy it. There are also a number of open spaces in Headington itself, including Headington Hill and Bury Knowle Park, which has a children’s play area.
Just one mile away from central Headington, you’ll find Shotover Country Park, which comprises of 289 acres of open space with spectacular views over south Oxford.
If it rains in Headington there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Ozone Leisure Park is only 3.8 miles away, and here you’ll find a Vue Cinema, Bowlplex, where you can play pool and bowl, and a range of restaurants.
You can also tour some of the historic Oxford University buildings, including Christchurch College, the location of the Great Hall that inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter movies. Given that Oxford is the oldest English-speaking University in the world, the colleges are well-worth a visit for any history buff. You can find a list of opening days and times for the university buildings and colleges, here.
Headington is home to a number of supermarkets, both large and local. These include a Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys as well as a store selling Portuguese and Brazilian groceries, and a shop selling Iranian and Persian food.
Residents can also travel 2.8 miles into central Oxford, where there are all of the main high street stores, as well as a wide selection of independent stores and boutiques.
If you’re a football fan, there’s the non-league football team Headington Amateurs F.C., who play at the Barton Recreation Ground.
The previously mentioned Headington Library offers a wide range of books for children and adults, DVD’s, audiobooks and computers with internet access.
There are also a number of doctor’s surgeries in the area such as Bury Knowle Health Centre, and a number of dental practices, such as 310 Dental Care. The area is also home to John Radcliffe Hospital, which has an A&E department, Oxford Eye Hospital and the private Nuffield Health the Manor Hospital.
There are two public car parks in central Headington. These are in Old Highstreet, near Waitrose and in St Leonard’s Road, at its junction with Windmill Road.
Due to the proximity of Oxford Brookes University and several hospitals, traffic can become a little congested around peak times.
The residents of Headington have access to a number of popular primary and secondary schools. Primary schools include Sandhills Community Primary School, which is rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED, New Marston Primary School and Rye St Antony School, a boarding school for girls aged three to 18.
To find out more about buying or renting a property in Headington, call or visit the local Andrews branch.
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