Oxford is best summarised by the more affluent North Oxford property market and the more affordable East Oxford area. North Oxford offers more traditional Victorian and period housing, while a greater mix of modern and traditional properties can be found in the East Oxford areas of Headington and Elsfied. With the large student population in Oxford there is a healthy rental market both in Oxford City centre and surrounding areas such as Summerton and Botley. Oxford University is perhaps the most famous Oxford landmark, while the scenic beauty and quaint properties of the Cotswolds are one of the most desirable residential areas in the country. With a fairly small population of less than 160,000 there are only a small number of brand new properties on the market at any one time.
You won't find a great deal of high rise flats in Oxford but there are a good number of terraced houses, semi-detached properties and a smaller number of detached properties. Oxford is and always has been a university city and it attracts a great many visitors and tourists for this reason. It's proximity to London and its role as a city centre to local villages such as Bicester attracts commuters who travel to Oxford for work. All in all this creates a friendly atmosphere in Oxford among local residents and a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.