Why Choose Essex
There is more to Essex than the reputation that precedes it. The rural parts of the county offer beautiful pockets of farmland, woodland and undulating countryside whilst still providing good links to the Capital. According to some you should head as far East as possible to enjoy the beautiful estuaries and Coastline but you’d miss some lovely areas in other parts of the county. Others say to avoid anywhere South of the A127 - it’s all about personal preference.
It seems that rural primary schools generally have better results although the schools in Bishop’s Stortford are extremely popular (although just over the border in Herfordshire). There are a few grammar schools and some ex-grammars that families will often move to for the catchment areas.
Colne Valley on the border of Essex and Suffolk is very popular as are Stock, Fryerning and Margaretting but be warned they are deep in what might be termed StockBroker belt so come with a price tag to match. The area around Terling, east of Colchester, is popular with beautiful villages and hamlets. Saffron Walden is a market town worth considering. The Suffolk border, the Stour Valley, is known as Constable Country with 350 miles of coastline. There are plenty of creeks and estuaries and Maldon, the charming market town offers a great coastal living opportunity.
Stansted airport is in the county if you need to fly regularly.
Essex Life featured the 11 prettiest places to live in Essex - you can read about them here. Country Life featured a number of Essex places in their easy commuting places recently. To read the article click here.
Essex-- Things to Watch Out For
Uttlesford in Essex has just topped a survey of the best rural places to live. However it is in the flight path of Stanstead.
With Southend Aiport and Standstead both in the county it’s worth checking flight path/disruption.
Essex has 11 selective Secondary Schools and they are highly competitive.
The easy commute makes Essex a very popular county for those in finance and working in the City
Trains go to Liverpool Street from Bishops Stortford in 38 minutes, Braintree in just over an hour. Colchester takes 53 minutes and Southminster is 1 hour 11 minutes - the longest of anywhere in Essex into Liverpool Street.
Things to Do in Essex
Southend has the longest Pier in the World - if you make the walk of 1.34 miles you’ll be rewarded by a visit to the cafe where they film Jamie Oliver’s Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast.
If history is more your thing, visit The Secret Cold War Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch or the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon. Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village is a full on history experience - the only reconstructed Norman village in the world.
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