Chelmsford is the country town of Essex and it is a large, bustling city with a population of around 170,000. Just 30 miles east of London, it is just a quick half-hour train into the city. The area is popular with families with children of all ages, not just for its excellent primary and secondary schools, but also for university students who hope to attend Anglia Ruskin University (which has a campus in Chelmsford).
Moving to Chelmsford
Despite being a thriving sub-urban area, it is the village life that is most sought after in Chelmsford. Those after this way of living make a beeline for the desirable villages of Georgian Writtle or Sandon. For those with larger budgets, Broomfield, Springfield, and Great Baddow are also very popular. For new builds, old-style Beaulieu Park and Chancellor Park are the best areas, and Moulsham has lovely family terraced homes and semi-detached properties.
Rental demand in Chelmsford comes mostly from commuters and those who work in Chelmsford itself. Also, many young families who cannot get a mortgage are opting to rent in the area too. Terraced family homes can be anywhere between £900 and £1500 pcm, with semi-detached homes of the same nature between £1100 and £1600. Detached homes fall between £1200 and £2000. For flats, tenants can look at spending between £650 and £1650 pcm dependant on location and number of bedrooms (usually one or two).
For those looking to buy in Chelmsford, large family detached properties with land fetch around £500,000 to £900,000. For a more modest detached home, look to have a budget of £230,000 to £500,000. Semis and terraced homes sit in the £165,000 to £350,000 bracket, and flats can be purchased for anything between £95,000 and £220,000.
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Schools in Chelmsford
Schools in Chelmsford fare very well, with Newlands Spring, Barnes Farm and The Tyrells all ‘outstanding’ according to Ofsted. The Boswells is a secondary school (with sixth form) which is ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ features. Chelmsford County High School for Girls is a grammar school, complete with sixth form. Girls must take an entrance test to be accepted into the school and Ofsted rate it as ‘outstanding’. Another outstanding secondary school with sixth form is co-educational King Edward VI grammar. Like Chelmsford County High, children must pass entrance exams to be given a place.
Transport Links Chelmsford
Chelmsford is just a 20-minute drive from the M25 via the A12. This allows for an easy commute to surrounding areas and the wider motorway network.
Chelmsford train station has roughly 10 services per hour, with five trains direct to London Liverpool Street. This journey takes between 30 and 36 minutes, ideal for commuters who need access to the city. There is also one train to Braintree (28 minutes), one to Clacton-on-Sea (52 minutes), one to Colchester Town (37 minutes), one to Norwich (1 hour 24 minutes), and one to Ipswich (51 minutes).
Stanstead airport is just a 30-minute drive away in good traffic, perfect for frequent business flyers. The airport offers a variety of domestic flights, as well as a variety of European destinations such as Milan, Frankfurt, and Alicante. Luton airport is also just one hour away.