A brief guide to the county of Essex including information on house removals within the county and between Essex and Greater London.
As you might expect over such a wide area, there is a significant fluctuation in property values across the county of Essex. As a general rule, the closer to London, the higher the price. 4 bedroom houses in Epping, for example, command prices at the higher end of the scale, with larger detached properties available at between £750,000 – £1m and semi detached or town houses at around £500,000. Further north, in Colchester, for example, larger detached houses sell for around £300,000 – £500,000 while smaller semi detached properties can be had for around £200,000 – £300,000. The small coastal town of Dovercourt, close to the county boundary with Suffolk, has larger detached properties on the market for as little as £300,000-£400,000 while semi-detached and terraced properties are available for as little as £120,000 – £140,000.
Rental prices for apartments follow a similar pattern to house prices although the differentials are slightly less marked. Quite reasonably sized apartments or self-contained properties in Epping can be rented for around £900 – £1200 per calendar month (pcm). In Colchester, apartments are available for around £750 – £1000 pcm with similar prices in Basildon. Again, Dovercourt is the best place for those looking for an Essex property on a budget, with good sized apartments from around £500 pcm.
Major towns in Essex include: Colchester, Harlow, Epping, Brentwood, Basildon, Benfleet, Rochford. Maldon, Chelmsford, Uttlesford, Braintree, Colchester Clacton on Sea, Thurrock and Southend on Sea.
In general, Essex has excellent transport links with the Capital, with trains to and from London Liverpool Street or Fenchurch Street to Southend via Basildon in the south east of the county and north to Colchester via Chelmsford on the main line to Ipswich and Norwich. Services from outlying stations in Essex to London termini are fast and frequent. Three-monthly season ticket prices to London vary from around £800 from Harlow to over £1700 from Walton on the Naze, a sharp reminder of the downside of the cheaper property prices in the north of the county.
London Stansted airport is located in the west of the county with London City airport also easily accessible.
Transport links throughout the county by road are excellent with the M11 providing access to London and Cambridge, the (largely dual carriageway) A12 running from London through Colchester to the north east of the county and the A13 east from London to Southend. Together with the London Orbital motorway, the M25, the county has good access to the UK motorway and trunk road network.
The county is also served with passenger and vehicle ferries to the continent from Harwich and Felixtowe, the latter located just across the northern county boundary in neighbouring Suffolk.
Essex is a county of contrasts. Given the proximity of the south of the county to London, it’s not surprising that this part of Essex is predominantly urban in nature and is densely populated, taking its economic, social and cultural character from the city of London itself. Essex towns such as Barking, Romford and Epping fall into this category and many local residents commute daily to work in the capital. Traditionally, the area around Epping Forest has formed the northern boundary for London’s urban development and, although many Londoners have chosen to move house beyond this artificial historic boundary of outer London, the towns and villages further north and east have tended to retain their distinctive character.
Despite the planning restrictions which have constrained the expansion of Greater London into the Essex countryside, new towns such as Harlow and Basildon were created or greatly expanded to provide housing for those Londoners forced to move from the capital following the urban destruction of the Second World War. These towns remain popular as London dormitories, particularly given the excellent transport links with the capital. However, they also have the advantage of being within easy access of the exceptionally pretty Essex countryside. The former “new towns” have also developed as distinctive population centres in their own right, with Harlow developing as a centre of excellence for electronics and pharmaceuticals, for example.
In the north of the county, the principal towns such as Colchester and Chelmsford provide regional shopping and recreation facilities, as well as local employment. However, much of northern Essex is essentially rural in nature, with a landscape which would still be recognisable to John Constable whose famous paintings of the North Essex countryside captured the landscape of the county in the early 19th century. The villages of North Essex are widely considered to be among the finest in the country. The picture-postcard prettiness of Finchingfield is a case in point, and Essex villages such as Finchingfield and nearby Coggeshall and Halstead regularly gather accolades as some of the best preserved villages in England – with property prices to match for those who move house to live there!
Essex is also a coastal county and, again, exhibits the contrasts and variety of the landscape and economy of the county which characterise the county as a whole. From the traditional seaside pleasures of Southend or Canvey Island to sleepy coastal towns and villages such as Frinton or Maldon, through to the port town of Harwich, coastal Essex boasts a wide diversity of moods and landscapes.
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For larger removals, we can provide the extra “muscle” required to get the job done. However, If you’d like to get personally involved with the lifting and carrying, that’s fine by us and it could help keep the overall costs down too and, with our three seater crew cabs, there’s no problem fitting you, as well as your furniture, into the van. If you’re thinking of a move to Essex, why not give us a call for a competitive quote? We’d be delighted to hear from you.