Situated to the west of Oxford, Botley dates back to the Saxon era and offers an array of characterful houses, particularly in the areas of Botley Road, Grandpont and Osney Island. Larger detached properties can be found in Yarnells Hill, Hinksey Hill, Harcourt Hill and Boars Hill, while the Fogwell and Elms Rise estates offer family homes and smaller properties ideal for first-time buyers or the investor market. The most common types of houses for sale in Botley include semi-detached homes, four bedroom family homes, with a mix of older houses and new-build developments.

Botley has traditionally been popular with commuters thanks to its proximity to Oxford and Didcot Parkway stations. Oxford station offers links to Birmingham and London Marylebone, while services from Didcot Parkway run to London Paddington, Swindon and Reading. The M4 and M40 motorways are also within easy reach of the town.

Families are also attracted to Botley by the abundance of green spaces and the quality local schools. Alongside an array of state primary and secondary schools, independent establishments such as Oxford High School for Girls and St Edward's School can be found in nearby Oxford.