East of England

The East of England sits within the curved section of land protruding above the Thames Estuary, covering the home counties above London and stretching up to the border with the East Midlands. Enjoying some of the driest weather in the country, East England is also the lowest-lying land, with parts of The Fens more than two metres below sea level. Major towns and cities include Cambridge, Norwich, Bedford, Luton and Ipswich, while its constituent counties include Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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St John's College in Cambridge in the East of England

Where is the East of England?

The East of England is the large area of land below the ‘backbone’ of England and above the Thames Estuary. It sits below and to the east of the East Midlands, with Greater London and Kent to the south.

East of England counties

Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire and the county town of Bedford sit on the eastern side of the East of England region. Its largest town is Luton and part of the Chiltern Hills area falls within the county, offering residents outstanding hiking locations.

Cambridgeshire

The city of Cambridge is the county town of Cambridgeshire, but Peterborough is also a major conurbation – although this now forms a separate unitary authority. Cambridge is best-known for its prestigious University and historic college buildings, which make up the majority of the city’s centre.

Norwich in the East of England

Essex

Located in the most southerly tip of the East of England region is Essex. This county includes the boroughs of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and its county town is its only city – Chelmsford.

Hertfordshire

Located directly north of Greater London, the Home County of Hertfordshire includes parts of the Chiltern Hills. It also has, as a claim to fame, the fact that the first three Star Wars movies were made here – at Elstree Studios – and the county was also home to Stanley Kubrick, who also filmed at studios in the county.

Norfolk

The mostly rural county of Norfolk has Norwich as its county town, and forms the upper tip of the East of England region. Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Thetford are the county’s other major urban centres.

Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk, East England

Suffolk

Directly below Norfolk, Suffolk has Ipswich as its county town. Its coastal towns and villages are popular with holidaymakers and the Broads to the north of the area also offer attractive landscapes for visitors to explore.

East of England cities

The cities located in the East of England are Cambridge, Norwich, Ely, Chelmsford and Peterborough. Major towns include Luton, Bedford and Basildon.

Reviews in East of England

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Any problems I have had with my property have been resolved quickly and efficiently.

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Review Date Aug 2022

It’s great living in Newhall Harlow
Great bus link in to church Langley or Harlow town centre.
There’s a co op on site along with coffee shop. 10 minutes walk to Tesco in church Langley also card factory and chemist.
Also 15 minutes walk to Harlow old town.
I have two car park spaces . Bin collection is regular every Friday.
No traffic noise or anti social behaviour.
It’s a lovely place to live.

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I love the design of the house I live in.
Any problems I have had with my property have been resolved quickly and efficiently.

Management have been very helpful.
I get regular updates about the property and site.
Simple life homes organised certain events for Easter, jubilee and offered free ice creams from an ice cream van one day in the summer.
They really promote a good community spirit on the Newhall estate in Harlow it’s very nice as a resident to be a part of it.

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Maybe a bit more information about the area bus links , timetables.
Shops in the surrounding area.
I was new to the area and so it took me a while to get to know where everything was.
Also maybe a list of shops or facilities on site small park areas, coffee shops etc…

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They have been very helpful.
Problems have been dealt with quickly and efficiently.

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Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for a fabulous review. We’re delighted to hear that you’re asking the most of our resident events!

Development with mis-managed potential

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Review Date Aug 2022

There are no guests parking spaces, apart from the 6 available for the WHOLE estate. When we were asked to vote and voted against parking restrictions, Metropolitan still went ahead and put the restrictions in place.
The shops/businesses we were told were going to be built ended up being more flats and the few remaining parking spaces which could have been used as additional guests parkings were given to the Budgen which barely has more than 5 customers in at the same time.
At least a Morrison will be built walking distance from the estate, so we will have cheaper alternative than Budgens.
Bin collections have been missed a few times, which causes bin sheds to overflow and become extremely messy.
Bin sheds are easily accessible by anyone outside the estate, a few instances where pieces of furniture were dumped in, and Metropolitan advised that the removal costs of these items would be added to our service charge.
There are no cameras around the estate so any evidence of anti social behaviour has to be captured by residents.

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The flats are quite spacious.

The soundproofing of the walls, ceiling and flooring is terrible, I can hear every steps my neighbours above me make, if they laugh a bit too loud or argue, i can hear everything.

The design of the flooring on the balcony doesn’t make sense, it’s difficult to clean your back only without sending your mess on the balcony below.

Some of the materials used were cheap, i.e the window and balcony doors. The windows seems to have expanded with the heat which makes them extremely difficult to open/close. The metal on the handle of the balcony doors is rusting.

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I wish I had known about the parking situation before moving in.
I also wish I had know how bad the soundproofing is.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

In my experience, the response time from the building management is very slow and they hardly provide any solutions.

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Lovely home and area, shame about the management!

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Review Date Aug 2022

This is a lovely quiet area, although we do have idiots on motorcycles that enjoy reviving their engines and driving up and down to the quarry! Local shops are not in walking distance, although there seems to be a development of shops being built which should open later this year! As long as you have a car there are plenty of shops to choose from. Parking is a joke at times, when people have 2 allocated spaces but don’t use them, or have more than 2 cars. But that said you can generally find somewhere to park, and it’s not a major problem. Bin collection day is Wednesday and seems good, there is a site just 5 minutes drive that you can use to recycle and dispose of your items. Have noticed over the last week that our neighbour had there food bin stolen, another had there hanging basket stolen, so hoping this is just a one off and not going down the road to anti social behaviour.

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The development looks pleasant, the roads are a joke, and all they seem to do is dig more holes in them. The dust in the air is ridiculous, but I’m sure once building has stopped then this will improve! Disappointed there are no bins for rubbish, no dog bins either. This is very poor.
The house is good, I agree with other comments that you should be able to look before you agree to rent, and you should have someone meet you on your move in day, and not do an inventory online! What a waste, when you find something and you then have to take pictures and then it’s chased! This could all be done on the day with a representative, and then much more personal!
Also failure to follow up on reported issues on fixflo! It gives you a date this should be carried out but then your advised 28 days! One issue I raised on the 15th June, has still yet to be actioned, and I’ve had to chase Hannah (agent) to be told “hopefully” this will be done soon! This is a appalling and very unprofessional. Well “hopefully” this will be actioned soon!
Also rubbish left by the builders inside the house, just disposed of as would have taken too long to resolve otherwise. The usual cracks have appeared which is to be expected of a new build, so hopefully this can be checked when they inspect on the 6 months check, that’s if they hopefully can do this!

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How bad the management company is.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Poorly, not chased with the developers enough, and to be told hopefully this will be soon is appalling.

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The Wrong House

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Review Date Aug 2022

One local shop within 10 minutes walking distance (OneStop). Also there is a butchers in a 15 minute walking distance.

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The design is ok, when we brought the home we could only go by blueprint. When we arrived in the home the blueprint had changed. Meaning we had to put up with what we brought rather than what we thought we were getting. Though this is common with most places conning the people.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That the house plans changed before we purchased.

What is the best feature of your home:

The garden as we dug up what persimmon had done and made it anew.

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