Banbury is a thriving market town with picturesque surrounding countryside plus a local canal network. There are excellent train connections to London Marylebone (1hour) together with access to J11 of the M40 motorway.
Highly regarded schools, together with a range of sporting and country facilities, make this area attractive with many moving out of London or needing a base closer to Oxford. Also, the cost of renting a home is less than nearby Bicester and Oxford. A recently developed out of town shopping centre and a business park have made Banbury a destination for many well-known retail brands and business premises too.
Many of the main house developers are building two, three and four bedroom homes, often with parking, to accommodate the growing need and providing the necessary infrastructure of local shopping centres, pubs and schools.
Perhaps the most famous thing to come out of Banbury is its cakes - they've been made here for over 300 years, during which time they've been shipped to far-flung places, including America and Australia.
It's not just Banbury cakes that make this Oxfordshire market town a great place to live. Banbury is just over 60 miles from London, and around 40 miles from Birmingham - two of the UK's biggest cities. It's no wonder that Banbury is a favourite with people looking to commute to either of these two cities - easy access by road (the M40 passes Banbury linking London and Birmingham) and rail make it the ideal location. Banbury is also popular with students while studying at Oxford University.
There's plenty to see and do in the picturesque town: the Banbury Museum, the annual Banbury Folk Festival as well as the Castle Quay Shopping Centre - bursting at the seams with great shops, cafes and restaurants. Whether you're looking for big chains or small independent traders, you'll find what you're looking for in Banbury. The high street is a pedestrianized zone, which means you can stroll along at your own pace while taking in lots of fine examples of 16th and 17th Century architecture.