Landlord Location Guide: Osbaldwick

Quantum’s location guides help landlords, tenants and property buyers find the right York property. We’re a letting agents in the York area that’s been operating since 2000, and we have developed an in-depth understanding of York’s different areas as a result. We’re also very selective in which properties we take on, to ensure each one fulfils its full potential.

In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at the village of Osbaldwick. However, since the village is very close to Derwenthorpe we’ll be covering some amenities from here as well.

Osbaldwick Background

Osbaldwick is a small village two miles east of the city centre, adjacent to Heworth and Heslington. It was founded in the 11th century and named after Osbald, an earl of Northumbria. The village became part of York in 1927; the part along the Osbaldwick Village road remains the centre of the area. Its village green is a popular area with local residents, and echoes its rural origins. There is still plenty of farmland between Osbaldwick and Murton, which was a key reason for York acquiring Osbaldwick to begin with.

The average age in Osbaldwick is 38; the 30–44 and 45–59 age groups are best represented. Average salaries are generally high, with most people buying rather than renting. However, renting numbers may increase in the future, thanks to the village’s proximity to the city centre and rural farmlands.

Derwenthorpe is a much more recent addition; the housing development was built in 2013, and offers a range of sustainably built homes in various sizes.

Average Property Prices

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1- bed house share to rent in this area: £ 515 pcm

Expect monthly rent to be between £425 pcm and £595 pcm

2-bed houses to buy in this area: £215,000

Expect buying prices to be between £195,000 and £235,000

3-bed houses to rent in this area: £950 pcm

Expect monthly rent to be between £850 pcm and £1,100 pcm

3-bed houses to buy in this area: £263,000

Expect buying prices to be between £260,000 and £265,000

Please note these are averages taken from the time of writing this guide. To get the latest information, call our team on 01904 631 631 today.

Local Amenities

The Osbaldwick area has many useful amenities for local residents that highlight the area’s community feel.


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Osbaldwick’s schools cover the earlier years of education, though there are secondary schools available in Heworth and Heslington.

The Village Pre-School is located in Osbaldwick’s village hall. It received an Outstanding grade in all areas during its last inspection, and has places for children aged 2–5 years. Each child has an assigned key person who observes them, assesses their individual needs and plans activities that match their interests.

Tiddlywinks Private Day Nursery is located on Murton Way. It encourages childen to express their individuality and imagination in a safe environment. Its baby room can host twelve babies, and offers key activities for a range of ages. The nursery also received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Osbaldwick Primary Academy is part of the Ebor Academy Trust. It’s actually based across two sites a few minutes apart, with over 330 children aged 3–11 attending. The school offers a broad, balanced curriculum, as well as an allotment area, outdoor classroom and environmental science wildlife area.


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Osbaldwick has several specialist shops; there is the Better Handles hardware shop on Hambleton Avenue, as well as a vehicle repair shop on Osbaldwick Lane. If you’re a whisky fan, The Whisky Lounge can be found on Osbaldwick Lane; it offers a variety of activities, including workshops, tastings and even private events.

When you need some other provisions, you can visit the Sainsbury’s Local on Farndale Avenue, or the B&Q on Hull Road. Other shops can be found in York’s city centre; this is about 16 minutes away by via Heworth, or 20 minutes away via Hull Road.

Pubs & Eating Out

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The Derwent Arms is part of the old village in Osbaldwick. It offers home-made food in a relaxed environment, as well as a beer garden and two log burners; this pub is ready whatever the weather! Patrons can also enjoy quiz nights and live music on a regular basis.

The Black Bull can be found on Hull Road and offers meals for all times of the day. Their menu includes various offers, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. There are also regular quiz nights and entertainment.

Takeaways: If you want something a little quicker, you can visit Osbaldwick Fisheries on Osbaldwick Lane. There is also the popular Osbaldwick Chinese takeaway on Farndale Avenue.


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Osbaldwick’s community has been growing in recent years, with several venues and events to enjoy.

St Thomas’ Church on Osbaldwick Lane dates back to the 12th century. It arranges an annual barbecue for the community at Murton Hall, and its rooms can be hired for private functions.

Osbaldwick and Murton Scout Group offers regular meetups for children aged 8–14; Cubs meet on Mondays, whereas Scouts meet on Fridays. You can find them at The Village Pre-School.

Osbaldwick Sports Club is a family-friendly venue on The Leyes. It hosts football, cricket, bowls and darts teams, as well as various fundraising events. If you prefer to take it easier, the venue offers quiz nights, televised sports, real ale and a function room.

GPs & Health

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The nearest GP’s office is Tang Hall Surgery, located on Tang Hall Lane. However, there are also more specialist clinics in the area.

Highthorn Physiotherapy Clinic is located at the Link Business Park off Link Road. It offers treatment for several problems such as arthritis, trapped nerves or strained muscles, as well as electrotherapy, acupuncture and advice on posture and ergonomics.

York Foot Clinic is located on Hull Road and offers a variety of foot treatments, including nail cutting, corn removal and podiatric acupuncture. They can also treat you at home for an additional charge.

Green Spaces

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Surrounded by rural farmland, Osbaldwick is an idyllic area of York. There are also a few green spaces for local residents to enjoy. Osbaldwick Beck offers peaceful riverside walks, while Derwenthorpe Children’s Park, (near Derwent Mews) is perfect for Derwenthorpe residents.

Another excellent green space is the village green on Osbaldwick Lane, which is home to St Thomas’ Church. The village green hosts Osbaldwick’s playing fields, which the Osbaldwick Sports Club uses regularly.

Transport Links

Osbaldwick offers two main bus services for commuters and shoppers.

The No. 6 bus goes from Osbaldwick’s Derwent Arms to York Rougier Street and York Theatre Royal; the railway station is 5–10 minutes away. This service is very regular, running every 15 minutes.

The no. 20 stops outside St Thomas’ Church and takes passengers to Monks Cross Shopping Centre via Heworth. It continues in to Clifton Moor and terminates at Rawcliffe.

Alternatively, several buses can be boarded at Hull Road. The No. 10, for instance, takes passengers to York Piccadilly every 30 minutes.

Upcoming Building Projects

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Osbaldwick Lane’s Magnet Pub may be demolished and replaced with new homes. The York Press reports that a developer has applied for planning permission to build eight new homes on the land, aimed at families and first-time buyers.

We hope you’ve found this location guide very helpful. If you’d like to learn more about York’s areas, you can check out our previous location guides for areas like Heworth and the South Bank.

Quantum’s team works hard to be the best letting agents in the York area. We actively support landlords, tenants and buyers to ensure their experience is always a positive one. We’re particularly proud of our Managed Letting service, which you can read about here.

If you’re looking to sell your property instead, we’re an estate agents in York that’s proud to offer free property valuations. Our team will take an in-depth look at your property, ensuring you can sell your home for a great price.

Whatever your queries, you can call us now on 01904 631 631.

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