Chelmsford in Essex is a little city with a big town attitude. It was awarded city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and, thanks to its cathedral, has always had a big opinion of itself. This may be rightly deserved, as according to The Essex Chronicle, it is also one of Britain’s best cities in which to live.
We couldn’t work out whether our next point is a positive or a negative but Chelmsford is major commuter territory. As such this little city is beset by chronic traffic problems despite its plethora of bypasses, ring roads, and roundabouts - serious road infrastructure.
On the other hand, being just thirty-five minutes away from London makes Chelmsford a great prospect for many professionals with jobs in the city. Just a short train ride from the capital lands you in the blissful surroundings offered by Chelmsford with its water meadows, riverside parks, and miles of canals. See? There are two sides to every story.
So what is there to do in this compact city?
First up, give the beautiful RHS Hyde Hall a visit. Next, try out the UK’s largest Salvation Army Citadel, and if music is your thing, Chelmsford is also home to the annual V festival at Hylands Park every August. Again, we’re not sure if this is a positive or a negative. Is V a great music event or yet more problems for the overloaded road network? We think it might just depend on what floats your boat.
For the shoppers out there, Chelmsford is well-served by two indoor centres, and a traditional covered market for fresh produce. It’s got plenty of restaurants, bars, and pubs as well as a cinema and theatre.
For the historians amongst you, Chelmsford’s stone and flint cathedral is not only beautiful, but is also Britain’s second smallest. Well worth a visit. You could also head to the ruins of Pleshey Castle, and for rainy days, a trip to Chelmsford Museum is a must.
So where should you buy to let?
If you’re aiming to target professional families and are looking for a long-term investment, Springfield could be a good bet for you. This area is hugely popular with families thanks to its excellent schools and village atmosphere. Essex has maintained the grammar school tradition and this is largely to thank for the fantastic reputation of schools in the local area.
If you’re looking for property at the lower end of the budget, why not give Melbourne a look? It’s got a large renting population and is filled with ex-council owned stock. The area is popular with families though not without its social issues.
Is a fairly new estate and has a mix of privately owned family homes of various shapes and sizes, as well as a proportion of council owned properties. As a new development, Beaulieu Park could be a good opportunity to build up some capital in your investment.
There you have it, three places to buy to let in Chelmsford that offer different characteristics and suit different budgets. Wherever you ultimately choose to invest, do make sure you do your own extensive research first.