Thinking of moving to Southend? Removals specialist Van Man in London has put together this short guide to help with your move.
Typical price to buy a 4 bedroomed detached house
£400,000 – £600,000
or rent a 2 bedroomed apartment/house
£600 – £700 per month
Rochford, Canvey Island, Rayleigh, Isle of Grain, Allhallows, Benfleet, Sheerness
2 national rail lines: the Liverpool Street line to London Liverpool Street and the Fenchurch Street line to London Fenchurch Street – London commute: less than an hour
2 A roads to London: the A127 and the A13
London Southend Airport. London City also has regular scheduled services.
As a seafront town, Southend-on-Sea is mostly considered a place of interest for tourists or Londoners looking to spend a couple of days away from the big city. Between its great theme Park, Adventure Island, its lovely pier, its beaches and its array of fun marine activities, Southend truly is a wonderful place to visit. But it also happens to be a lovely place to live.
For the last couple of years, more and more commuters have developed an interest in Southend, so much so that house prices have gone up 15%, while the rest of the country registered a 1% average fall at the end of 2012! The reason behind this sudden inflation: three railway stations, allowing one to reach London in about 40 minutes, and the recently renamed and revamped London Southend Airport, voted best airport in Europe by Easy Jet.
All this seems to make Southend the place to be at the moment, but what is moving there actually like?
If you are looking to move to Southend as a family, you will be happy to know that the schools have a good reputation, that there are plenty of activities to choose from to enjoy the great outdoors, and that there are many shopping options, including a big market on High Street every Thursday.
Among primary schools, Sacred Heart Catholic and St Mary’s Prittlewell are considered “good with some outstanding features”, while Bournes Green Junior, Milton Hall and Temple Sutton Primary are “outstanding”. As for secondaries, both The Eastwood and Shoeburyness are “good”, and St Bernard’s High is “outstanding”.
Popular outdoor activities include leisurely walks among the parks and gardens, cycling on the beautifully designed off-road tracks connecting some of the town’s best attractions, as well as surfing, kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing, paddlesports, jetski and so much more!
Places to eat include many original options, such as authentic Mediterranean cuisine at the Lemon Tree, scrumptious ice creams at Rossi’s Ice Cream Parlour, the freshest seafood at the Arches Cafés… And don’t miss out on the finest cockles you’ll ever taste at one of the cocklesheds of the Old Leigh Seafront.
Such a booming town is also the perfect place for anyone looking to start a new business in tourism or retail. Being able to commute to London daily while living by the seaside is a dream for many people, but hurry: property prices are going up and you might want to find your home before they are all gone!
Finding reliable and affordable services for your removals to or from Southend isn’t always easy. Between the ones that are never available and the ones that just don’t do a good job, putting your trust in a removal company can sometimes be a risky wager. If you are looking for a man with a van you can trust for your removals in Essex, you will want to hire reliable professionals such as Van Man in London.
Van Man in London has a flawless track record and offers removal services to and from Southend-on-Sea, all of Essex, as well as London and Hertfordshire and anywhere else in SE England. They have been working with the London Borough of Southwark since 2003 and even handled their transportation needs for the London Mayoral Election: that’s how trustworthy they are!