A new 885-home community on the northern fringe of Oxford, Barton Park aims to be an exemplar of post-lockdown healthy living.
This fledgling 94-acre neighbourhood has gained NHS Healthy New Town status, a government initiative that brings together property developers, health providers and local councils to create better places to live and work.
Grosvenor, which owns swathes of Mayfair and Belgravia, is one of the Barton Park partners and has devised a masterplan for community cohesion and wellbeing.
Alongside the mix of eco-friendly rented and owner-occupied homes is a primary school, a “village” hub, civic squares, sports facilities and a linear park with outdoor gym equipment.
Cycle paths link to Oxford city centre and the new Oxford Parkway railway station offers a direct 52-minute commute to Marylebone.
The scheme is a new piece of Oxford, with a distinct identity, but it fits within the fabric of the city and surrounding countryside.
The latest batch of houses is proving a hit with London commuters and medical professionals working at local hospitals, says Hill, another of the development partners.
Waterside villas overlooking Bayswater Brook are among the new homes for sale in a phase called Mosaics.
These properties are spread over three levels and have a garden and a top-floor terrace. A self-contained annexe can be used for home working.
From £599,950 to £1,225,000. Call 01865 950199.