From City Living to Small Town Tranquillity, Essex Has it All
Whether you want to escape from the rest of the world or be in a cosmopolitan city, you can find what you need in Essex.
Essex is a county of contradictions. Its proximity to the capital makes it prime commuter belt country, and the areas close to the M25 have a distinctly London vibe. Yet just a few miles to the north, the rolling landscapes around Constable Country could not provide more of a contrast.
If you are planning on sitting down with an Essex independent mortgage advisor to make this your new home, then congratulations! Here are five of the best places in the county that you might want to choose from.
It’s the nation’s newest city, and while there has been immense investment and regeneration in and around the City Centre, Chelmsford has not lost touch with its historic roots. The ghosts of Guglielmo Marconi and Ernst Gustav Hoffmann can be felt all around, and they would almost certainly be pleased to see how the city they were so instrumental in creating has continued to evolve. For example, the new Beulieu Park development has an immense choice of houses and apartments in a contemporary setting.
If it is history you want, you can’t do better than the oldest town in the UK. Colchester was the Roman capital after the first conquest in 43AD, and there are reminders of 2000 years of history throughout the town today. Being to the north of the county, Colchester enjoys property prices that are more on a par with Suffolk, and is set in the heart of countryside to match. The traditional town is set on a steep hill and at the top, is the beautiful Castle Park. Check it out during cricket festival week in the summer to be transported to a bygone age.
Brentwood consistently hits national “top tens” in a whole host of areas. Best commuter town, lowest unemployment, highest standard of living, the list goes on. It is also known as one of the most expensive towns outside the city, and the neighbouring suburbs of Shenfield and Hutton are replete with gated communities that house properties with seven figure price tags. There’s no better place for living that celebrity lifestyle, and one thing you can be sure of is that buying a house in Brentwood is never going to be a bad investment!
The sleepy town of Maldon could not be more different to Brentwood. Its traditional High Street is comprised of listed timber framed buildings, containing privately owned shops. Chain stores are in the minority here! Maldon is famed for its locally produced sea salt, which is produced just outside the town. Promenade Park, alongside the river, is a popular spot in summer and hosts regular fairs and classic car shows. There’s also a leisure centre with swimming pool, crazy golf course and several active sports clubs that play in parks close to the town centre.
Despite being close to the hustle and bustle of Southend of Sea, Rochford is a small town that keeps itself to itself and has a proud and long standing commitment to green conservation. If you want to live in a traditional, small town community but with all the trappings of TOWIE excess just 10 minutes from your front door, there is no better choice.