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Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.

Waterside living in a land-locked city

The exciting development of Osney Mill is well under way, and we cannot wait to see the finished homes. The former flour Mill was destroyed by a fire in the mid-40s, and sat derelict for almost 50 years before planning permission was given for 10 riverside apartments and two houses. Works started in January 2011 and now the four-storey development is nearly completed. We went to visit the site to see how it’s coming along…

After driving through busy Frideswide Square and turning left down Mill Street, we got out of the car and felt as though we were in the country (well, apart from the noise of the builders and scaffolders)! There was no traffic passing by, the peaceful canal sits next to the building, and the lovely 500m island, which will be communal space for the new residents of Osney Mill is perfect for picnics.

The mill race


As we entered the building, we walked past the Archimedes screw, positioned at the original Osney Mill cut. Much of the energy for the homes will be generated by this hydro-electric station – one of the first on the Thames.

The Archimedes Screw – plus scaffolding


Although it was very much still a building site inside, it was possible to see how fabulous these properties are going to be. The one-bedroom apartments overlook Osney lock to the side, and the view from the kitchen window could make you want to spend hours doing the washing up.

The view from one of the kitchen windows – excuse the dirt marks on the window!


The three bedroom penthouse apartment has already been let, and when we saw the views from the bedrooms and enormous living area, we understood why.

Imagine breakfast in bed with the Sunday papers and this view….


The living space in the second floor apartment is incredible for a Central Oxford property. There is space for a dining table next to the modern kitchen, and then buckets of space beyond!

There is also going to be a town house at the front of the development and a three bedroom property at the back with an incredible glass panel feature in the floor so that the residents can see the water beneath them.

Oh, and did we mention that part of the site includes the Osney Marina, so it may be possible to obtain a mooring licence? We would strongly advise anyone who is interested in these apartments – due to be available from May – to register their interest now. They are incredible.

Call Sandra or Louise on 01865 297999