In a previous article we discussed idyllic locations to buy property in Hertfordshire, and just over the border into Essex you will equally find an abundance of incredible scenery and property.
Essex is famous for its perceived glamourous lifestyle, with television shows like The Only Way is Essex depicting a side of Essex life which just is not true for the majority of the population, but under the cover of glamourous Essex you will find a number of quaint villages, beautiful towns and stunning countryside which will win you over in your search for that perfect home. The Home Counties, of which Essex is one, border the edges of London and are popular with commuters. The commuter belt runs through the Home Counties and provides those who want to commute with the opportunity to live in the beautifully stunning countryside’s of the Home Counties while still being able to travel to their jobs in the city.
The beautiful town of Halstead is located near Braintree and is incredibly picturesque. Beautifully historic and olde worlde, Halstead is a town of astounding beauty, with w river, wooded area, a mill and is a pleasant place to both live and work. Being in easy commutable distance to London, Halstead is a town with the benefits of living in the countryside with still being able to maintain a job in the city if one so wishes. Larger than some of the other idlyllic Essex towns and villages, Halstead has a population of over 11,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by swathes of unspoilt countryside, Halstead has maintained its rustic charm with a Georgian high street and the absence of chain stores which plague many of today’s town centres.
If you prefer less hustle and bustle and much prefer the quiet village life, then just down the road you will find both Castle Hedingham. You will almost feel like you have stepped back in time, with cobbled streets, 18th century cottages and little tearooms full of charm, and while it is rural you will not be completely cut off. In the outer reaches of the commuter belt Castle Hedingham is still idea for anyone who works in the city.
Terling is a beautifully unspoilt village and one visit here will have you feeling like you have stepped back in time. With a bustling community spirit you will find a shop, post office, cricket ground, swimming pool, tennis courts and a village hall full of activity. Surrounded by fields and greenery it has won awards for best kept village a total of three times and is steeped in history with many medieval buildings still surviving. Just 10 minutes away from Hatfield Peveral, Terling is a great location is you are looking to commute into London, with the Hatfield Peveral to London Liverpool Street commute taking just 45 minutes.
Being on the London commuter belt can make Essex slightly more expensive than some of its both northern and southern counterparts, but slightly cheaper than its Hertfordshire neighbour, and for a flat you are looking at paying in the region of £147,322. If you are in the market for a house a terraced property will set you back £190,563. Semi-detached houses sell for around £235,615, while you will pay in the region of £375,093 for a detached home.