Top places to live in Oxfordshire Jericho
For those who're not quite ready to ditch city life Jericho is a happy middle ground - its foodie scene punches well above its weight, plus you're a stone's throw from central Oxford. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Oxford’s cooler, hip younger sister Jericho could easily be mistaken for a London suburb with it’s relaxed community vibe, Victorian terraced houses, cafés, chic eateries, bars and arthouse cinema. That’s if the striking Neoclassical building that houses Oxford University Press didn’t have its location engraved on the front. In term time the bars are often buzzing with university students and grads but it’s also a hotspot for young professionals and families who want the perks of country life but remain within touching distance from a thriving city.
For a small area, Jericho’s foodie scene packs a real punch (plus you’re just a few minutes’ walk away from central Oxford restaurants). Most of the action is along Walton Street with Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc, Thai feasts at Giggling Squid, Italian from modern eatery Branca and Mamma Mia’s award-winning pizzeria. For Indian, tiny restaurant The Standard is one of the best in Oxfordshire. On intersecting Little Clarendon Street there’s brand new wine bar Wilding with over 400 bottles available to buy (that’s not a challenge, ladies…). Meanwhile, hidden away down Cranham Street is The Rickety Press, a social neighbourhood pub ideal for relaxed family lunches, plus you can’t go wrong with Barefoot Jericho and The Jericho Café for a laid-back brunch. Raoul’s, The Duke of Cambridge and Freud (you can’t miss it, in an imposing church flanked by pillars) have the best cocktail offerings.
Plenty of indie shops amongst the restaurants and cafés here. The Last Bookshop for new, used & rare titles, plus vinyl records & postcards; cool modern furniture store Central Living; and the indie Phoenix PIcturehouse cinema with its cute upstairs bar. The Westgate shopping centre is a 15 minute walk (5 min drive) for better-than-average go-tos (Cos, & Other Stories, John Lewis, and excellent top floor restaurants).
Port Meadow is Jericho’s hidden gem – 300 acres of grazing land bang in the city (and mentioned back in the Domesday Book) directly accessed through a little road off Walton Street. The 7 mile round walk will take you past a small sailing club here, the remain of an abbey, and a lock, plus you can stop off for lunch at The Perch or a little further on The Trout or Jacobs Inn – all excellent pubs. A short walk into the centre of Oxford will take you to two brilliant theatres, New Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, and a raft of world-class museums including the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, Modern Art Oxford and The Natural History Museum.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Oxford is the second most expensive city in the UK – the average terraced house over the past year in Jericho was £744,476, whilst semi-detached properties went for an average of £1,6m, and the average flat will costs £528,077. For local estate agents try James C Penny, Thomas Merrifield, both on Walton Street and Penny & Sinclair.
Jericho is sandwiched between Oxford with a raft of academically outstanding schools within several miles. Choose from outstanding progressive school d’Overbroeck’s (from 7-18 years), Oxford High (3-18 years), Dragon School co-ed day and boarding prep, favourite of A-lister parents; Eton-feeder Summer Fields and top co-ed senior school St Edward’s, all in nearby Summertown; academic powerhouse Magdalen College in the city itself; and over in Headington, nurturing Rye St Antony and high-achieving Headington Girls.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Wander down Jericho’s narrow side streets and you’ll eventually reach the pretty canal and boatyard lined with barges – there have been plans to redevelop this area for years so watch this space.
Easy peasy! Oxford Station is just round the corner and it takes just 47 minutes direct. Season train tickets are from £5,544. If you’re driving it’s straight down the M40 and A40 for an hour and a half (59 miles).
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