- Moving to Essex- where to live/avoid?
Wasnt to keen on the places below the A127 anyway. Seems to be like one large built up area- basildon all the way to Southend.Posted 4 years ago
I’m more of a country boy anyway so ideally I dont want to be in a town. We both have cars so travelling isnt an issue. Up to 45 mins from Southend and 25 mins from Chelmsford.sprootletMember
I live in Brentwood, local woods are easy to get to and a laugh and Epping forest isn’t very far away. Good road cycling around too. Brentwood tends to merge with Shenfield but is cheaper because of the train lines.Posted 4 years ago
Chelmsford is 20-30 mins drive away and Southend a bit longer. I have lived in Chelmsford and liked it but not ideal for your girlfiend’s commute.
Places to avoid….Basildon, in particular Vange and Pitsea.
Just wondering if some one could help with some info.
My girlfriend and I have both got jobs in Essex (Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea)starting next month. We have just finished uni so these are our first career jobs. We are currently looking at places to move that are inbetween both these areas.
What areas are nice?
Any areas to avoid?
We’re looking to spend around £700 pcm. Is that realistic?
Are there many trails locally?
We’ve visited the area a couple time for interviews but that is all. Currently we live close to Oxford and have never visited Essex prior to the interviews. Seems a nice place of the world..
Any pointets and info would be great! Thanks.Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
Ideally I’d pick norf Chelmsford if you can afford it. You’re close to the A130 so fairly fast to Sarfend in the mornings, go the other way on it and you’re at Stansted/M11 for getting the hell outta Essex purposes.
I would avoid anything south of Chelmsford or in between the two – Benfleet/South Woodham Ferrers/Wickford/Basildon (obviously). Diveish in my opinion.
I went to school in Chelmsford and married a girl from Southend so I’m better qualified than most on this. I now live in North Yorkshire.Posted 4 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
South Woodham Ferrers? You’ll only get a property there if you’re VERY closely related to the existing dwellers 😉
I’m in Chelmsford and it’s a fine place to live. Good transport links, lots of countryside on your doorstep and Danbury for local riding. Lots of development going on here too.Posted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
Billers/Rayleigh/Wickford/SWF all between (of kinda between) Chelms and SoS
Billers would be my shout… nice bike commute to chelms and not a bad town… got a good BIke Club…. Essex Roads
Don’t dismiss south of A127… Leigh-on-sea is nice… but there’s no getting away from the built up feelPosted 4 years agokhaniMember
Billericays nice, south green/Burstead side is best IMO as its on the edge of all the farmland and not built up, with loads of country lanes for road riding and lots of bridal ways and Langden hills and Thorndon Park for mtb, Epping forest is about a half hour drive away too.Posted 4 years ago
And the Waitrose on the high st is superb…VaderMember
I lived in essex for 25 years, school and worked all over really. I lived in a village called hatfield peverel along the A12 corridor. Quite a nice place and on the edge of some good countryside and riding.
Some pretty good advice already – as a rough rule I would say draw a line north south through chelmsford and then try and head as far east and north that your journey times will allow. With the exception of witham, the further east you go the better essex gets. Beautiful estuaries and coastline, pretty remote too. Off road is suprisingly good although not technical, road biking good too. Perfect xc and cx terrain
I’d think about maldon and the blackwater estuary area, but maybe on the limits of travel times as Essex is a busy place and I think youll find Southend is 45 mins from chelmsford, if not more. Personally I wouldn’t contemplate south of the A127. It’s truly wretched.Posted 4 years ago
This is all great information, thanks. We’ve been striking off a fair number of house. I’m the one working in Southend but due to the nature of the job I’ll be travelling around various locations so it doesn’t really matter how far it is from Southend. We’ve found a few houses in Braintree? Any feedback on that area? Lots of these flats/houses seem to be next to a train line..Posted 4 years ago
Definitely avoid Basvegas and any associated parts. The arterial corridor is pretty built up for obvious reasons. Parts of it, like Old Leigh are reasonable but it’s all pretty congested. My dad lives in Rayleigh and I grew up in thundersley so I know those parts are ok but nothing special. Places like Stock are nice but probably out of budget and only have 6 bed houses 😉
Not sure about “fairly fast to Sarfend” during rush hour from Chelmsford tbh, which is why somewhere between the two looks about right to me. Maldon would be a nice commute for your gf but not for you. Hullbridge?Posted 4 years agoVaderMember
braintree is ok, and it’s connected well when you want to get away by road although the train line is a bit pants as it’s at the end of a branch from the liverpool street line. It is well serviced though with an easy train commute to chelmsford. Reasonable town with a market square and older centre, like a lot of places it is surrounded by retail park nonesense but hey, you could do worse. There is a good mountaineering club (or used to be) and an excellent kayak club. Bikewise not so great off road as it is more an arable/farm type area. Not sure what houses prices are like now – it is an easy commute to the city by train or car…..Posted 4 years agoporter_jamieSubscriber
I live in Billericay and work at ford dunton (import from oop north). Billericay station is on the southend line so you could train it in. Plenty of people drive from chelmsford to dunton (literally hundreds) and Billericay is on the way so thats very doable. Driving to southend involves the A127 which sucks.Posted 4 years agofenredMember
Essix born n’ bred here…
Lived in numerous places including SWF, went to school there, married there, divorced there, bit predudice to there 😉
Lived in Chelmsford and Billericay, both nice places but now live in Rayleigh and love it here and from where I live chelmo and sarfend are equi-distant.
Aviod SOS itself as a nightmare getting in and out for the C/Ford commuter. BTW if you look at Chelmsford Gt Baddow is lovely and Galleywood great for easy access trails!Posted 4 years agoretro83Member
Good to hear there are a few other Essex locals. Weird hearing about Galleywood on here!
Advice above is pretty good, but like everywhere there are good and bad bits. Avoid
Bas Vegas BasraBasildon. Horrible roads (A127) and some nasty people. That said, a colleague lives in Vange and it sounds like she has a nice enough street.
I’m living in Great Baddow at the moment (on the edge of Chelmsford). Not a bad little village, not much excitement but it’s decent for road access to the m25 etc, close enough to Danbury, Little Baddow etc for some reasonable riding.Posted 4 years agofreeagentMember
I work in Laindon, behind the Ford plant in Dunton – I’d avoid Basildon/Laindon and surrounding area – it is pretty horrid – and riddled with thieving Gypsies – they have even nicked the Earth cable off our 11KVa transformer twice (must have a death wish)
Stay North of the A127 – there are some nice little spots south of the A127 – but you need to know the area, and what you are looking at.
I’d look at the villages off the A130 – if you base yourselves in that area one of you can go north to Chelmsford, and the other head South to Southend.Posted 4 years ago
You could look at Chelmer Village – have a mate at work who lives there, and it is pretty OK.
Woodham is alright aswell.
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