OXFORD is one expensive place to live, as anyone who has ever tried to get on the housing ladder will tell you. 

In fact, the latest Zoopla Cities Index puts the city in third place nationally, with only London and Cambridge boasting a higher average house price. 

Oxford's average price now stands at £404,300. 

But what about the other end of the scale, the top of the money tree? How much do they cost?

The Oxford Mail has delved into data held by the Land Registry to compile a list of the 20 most expensive houses ever sold in the city.

When we say ever, we mean since Land Registry data began being charted digitally in 1999. Therefore, there is a chance that sales pre-dating this time may have topped the list.

But with house prices in Oxford rising 308 per cent in 20 years, it's unlikely. 

Earlier this year we brought you the five most expensive streets in Oxford, according to Zoopla

They are: 

  1. Bradmore Road
  2. Crick Road
  3. Chadlington Road
  4. Linton Road
  5. Northmoor Road

It's perhaps unsurprising that all five roads feature on the list of the top 20 most expensive properties ever sold. 

For this data, we searched all single detached, semi-detached, terraced and flat/maisonette properties purchased since data was compiled on the Land Registry site since 1999. The list does not include commercial property. 

Some of these houses have been sold multiple times, but those sales featured on this list are the costliest. 

TO SEE AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF ALL 20 MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSES SOLD IN OXFORD, CLICK HERE 

THE TOP 5

(All pictures - Google)

1. 17 BRADMORE ROAD, £10,500,000 - 24/03/2017

Oxford Mail:

This incredible detached corner property boasts 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. as well as a luxurious indoor swimming pool. 

Here's the features listed when it was last sold on the website 'On the Market', through Savills in 2017 for more than £10m, according to the Land Registry.

  • 6/7 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • Kitchen/ breakfast room and secondary kitchen
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Gym and games room
  • Swimming pool with shower room and dressing room
  • East facing garden
  • Self contained studio

Oxford Mail:

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2. 29 CHARLBURY ROAD, £10,000,000 - 11/07/2014

Oxford Mail:

This stunning detached house in Summertown was overhauled by Riach arhitects and sold for £10m in 2014.

The architects said: "Riach architects have now completed on the renovations to this North Oxford property – the work has increased the size of the property and remodelled the interior and exterior to create an exceptional blend of contemporary and traditional architecture."

Zoopla lists the house as having 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, as well as a stunning glass extension to the rear.

In its previous guide as home to warden of St Antony's College, the house played host to a party for celebrated artist Andy Warhol in 1980. It was the only time Warhol came to the city.

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3. 20 NORHAM GARDENS, £8,350,000 - 30/09/2013

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This huge Victorian home uised to be divided into flats.

Its restoration was another project by Riach Architects, and it won an Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) Award for building conservation in 2013. 

It's been reconverted into a single family home. 

It was then sold in the September of that year for £8.35m.

The OPT were particularly happy with the new stone porch and the reinstatement of railings to the front wall of the property.

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4. 20 BRADMORE ROAD, £7,112,500 - 18/01/2012

Oxford Mail:

To Park Town next. This detached Victorian house is so large it has its own internal lift to transport inhabitants through its 4 floors and 7 bedrooms. 

It also has its own self contained 1 bedroom flat.

It sold for £7.1m in 2012.

Here's what the agent Penny & Sinclair said: "Description 20 Bradmore Road is situated in one of the most sought after side roads in Central North Oxford. Built in 1873 to a design by Galpin and Shirley, the property is a substantial detached house refurbished to a very high standard throughout and offers superb accommodation over four floors with a lift serving all floors.

"The ground floor comprises an impressive reception hall with two separate staircases leading to the first floor and steps out to the rear garden. From the hall, double doors open into the kitchen/dining room which enjoys views over the rear garden.

There is a study/library, a cloakroom and an impressive triple aspect drawing room to the side. The first floor has a superb master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing area. In addition, there are two further bedrooms, bathroom and a laundry room which could be an en-suite to one of the bedrooms.

Oxford Mail:

"The top floor provides three bedrooms, dressing room, kitchen and shower room. The lower ground floor is currently arranged as a one bedroom self-contained flat with direct access to the front of the house and to the garden. The boiler and store room are accessed externally.

"There is extensive parking to the front, and the attractive walled rear gardens are laid mainly to lawn and interspersed with mature trees, shrubs and flowers."

5. 17 CHARLBURY ROAD, £6,500,000 - 11/01/2019

This detached Edwardian home sold at the beginning of this year for £6.5m.

Oxford Mail:

It was in one family for 50 years, and only had one previous owner before that, according to agent Savills. 

It even has its own ballroom with 'ornate' ceiling.

It features: 

Entrance porch • Reception hall • Drawing room • Sitting room Dining room • Study • Conservatory • Family/play room Kitchen/breakfast room • Pantry • Utility room 2 cloakrooms • Boiler room First floor - Master bedroom suite • 6 further bedrooms Shower room • Bathroom • Cloakroom • Ballroom Second floor - 2 further bedrooms Double entrance driveway • Parking • Garage/store room Landscaped rear garden (about 0.5 acres) 

Oxford Mail:

The agent said: "(The house has) retained many of its original attractive features, including an elegant wide staircase, high ceilings with cornicing, fireplaces, wooden flooring, and striking stained glass windows including the large staircase window.

"A unique feature of the house is the first floor ballroom, a most elegant room with ornate ceiling."

The rest of the top 20 

SEE THEM ON A MAP HERE 

  • 16 LINTON ROAD, £6,250,000 - 05/10/2018
  • 6 CRICK ROAD, £5,900,000 - 01/10/2014
  • 161 WOODSTOCK ROAD, £5,125,000 - 16/04/2018
  • 23 NORTHMOOR ROAD, £4,850,000 - 14/08/2018
  • 7 CHADLINGTON ROAD, £4,750,000 - 30/09/2013
  • PULLENS END, PULLENS LANE, HEADINGTON £4,750,000 - 28/10/2016
  • 17 CRICK ROAD455000016/07/2014
  • RADCLIFFE HOUSE, FOXCOMBE ROAD, BOARS HILL £4,500,000 - 31/07/2015
  • 15 CHARLBURY ROAD, £4,500,000 - 22/05/2015
  • 6 NORTHMOOR ROAD, £4,400,000 - 10/07/2018
  • 16 CRICK ROAD, £4,250,000 - 30/01/2014
  • 15 NORTHMOOR ROAD, £4,230,000 - 01/03/2019
  • 5 CANTERBURY ROAD, £4,050,000 - 30/04/2015
  • 7 CRICK ROAD, £4,000,000 - 21/03/2012