What is the county of Essex like?
The glory of Essex is that it fits every lifestyle and every taste. From timeless rurality to metropolitan gloss, and from historic town centres to smart coastal resorts, you’ll find it here. Essex is a rural gem, a county of classic landscapes, ancient villages and numerous picturesque market towns that provide a marked contrast to its popular image.
We cover the whole of Essex — a huge patch, stretching north to the Suffolk border, south to the Thames and west to the M11. It’s a startlingly diverse area, ranging from timeless hamlets and untouched countryside to coastal playgrounds and vibrant London suburbs.
Property in Essex
Savills Chelmsford was established to specialise in the county’s period and country houses. More recently, increased demand for houses close to railway stations and main roads means that we offer a selection of property in Chelmsford itself — mainly large Victorian and Edwardian properties in such streets as Roxwell Road and Springfield Road.
Yet the focus of our business remains village and country properties throughout Essex. Villages such as the Walthams, Ingatestone, Writtle, Danbury, Coggeshall, Felsted and Castle Hedingham are coveted for their smaller period properties and country houses. A wide range of properties of all sizes is also found in the delightful hamlets of the Lavers, the Rodings and the Easters, set in the Essex countryside that is one of the great undiscovered glories of England.
The local scene
The south of the county is more built-up and cosmopolitan, reflecting its proximity to London; the Brentwood area and the A12 corridor are hugely appealing to commuters. The northern parts offer traditional rural communities and an unspoilt country idyll, while to the east the coast attracts sailing enthusiasts, with Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch and West Mersea highly popular waterside locations. The county’s classic market towns include Chipping Ongar, Great Dunmow, Thaxted and Halstead, and attractive, larger centres like Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town.
Just over 30 miles from London, Chelmsford is at the heart of the commuter belt. London Liverpool Street is approximately 35 minutes by rail; Stratford is 30 minutes away, and provides direct links to the Docklands Light Railway. Crossrail, due to open at Shenfield in 2018, will provide direct links to the West End and Heathrow Airport.
Stansted Airport and Southend Airport offer a great variety of domestic and international flights.
The A12 is the backbone of Essex, giving swift access into Suffolk and to the M25. The M11 runs north to Cambridge.
Schools in Essex
The area is noted for its selection of excellent schools, making it a prime focus for families. The leading private schools include Brentwood School, Felsted School and New Hall School. Popular state schools include King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, and Chelmsford County High School for Girls; Colchester County High School for Girls; and the Royal Grammar School, Colchester.