Looking to live in… Chelmsford!
Granted city status in 2012, Chelmsford is currently the only city in the county of Essex, having grown from a quaint market town into a thriving metropolis. Situated just 38 miles north east of Liverpool Street, Chelmsford has become a prosperous commuter city, attracting both London and South Essex residents looking for homes within a 35 minute commute of the capital.
Karl Manning, partner at Fenn Wright said: “The property market in the centre of the city is buoyant, particularly for properties with a bit of character and that are realistically priced. Anything within walking distance of the station demands a premium, with people moving out of the centre of London to get more for their money.
“However, it isn’t just the short commute that has people relocating to Chelmsford, the schooling is also exceptional.”
King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls are excellent grammar schools, and are among the top-performing state schools in the country. Chelmsford’s state primary schools are mostly judged “good” by Ofsted, however Perryfields Junior School on Lawn Lane has been judged ‘outstanding’ with an overall rating of 91.08, making it the 11th best in the country.
Over the years the city has seen a vast amount of commercial investment, which has prompted a regeneration programme of the high street. For those who seek a bit of retail therapy from time to time there’s plenty on offer. The new Bond Street development is a great place to shop for high street brands, some of which have chosen Chelmsford as their only other location outside of London.
If you’re looking for a more classic high street brand head to High Chelmer or The Meadows – if you prefer to support local independent shops then Moulsham Street and Chelmsford Retail Market are worth bearing in mind.
In terms of property, for those looking for a central location, Maynetrees is worth considering. This stunning development offers a selection of two bedroom properties which occupy a wonderful Grade II listed building with views towards Chelmsford Cathedral and located a stone’s throw from the High Street. Prices start from £500,000.
Getting away from the vibrant city centre, the suburbs of Chelmsford are very attractive and a great place for family living. Surrounding villages such as Great Waltham, High Easter, Danbury, Good Easter and Little Baddow are particularly popular, especially as you are still located within reasonable proximity to the city with access to the countryside.
One area of particular interest to families is the modern development of Beaulieu Park, located just outside the city centre. This modern development provides an ideal location for working families who need a direct link to London Liverpool Street, particularly once the eagerly awaited Beaulieu Park train station is built.
This immaculate family home situated in the popular development of Beaulieu Park is on the market for £535,000 through Fenn Wright Chelmsford.
Karl Manning said: “There is a great range of properties in and around Chelmsford to suit a variety of budgets. If there is a property that has caught your eye please do get in touch with us, we’d be more than happy to arrange a viewing at your convenience and share with you the delights of living in such a thriving city.”