Essex

Essex is a county in the East of England and is one of the most populous counties in the country. It has a population of 1.4 million people, making it an attractive place for prospective home buyers to invest their money and enjoy all that Essex has to offer. Below we’ll take a look at what you should know about Essex before deciding where to put down roots!

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Best places to live in Essex

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Audly End in Essex

Where is Essex?

The county of Essex is located to the East of London. It borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the South West, Hertfordshire in the North West and Kent along its Northern border.

Areas in Essex

The county contains many different types of areas – some are large towns while others are smaller villages or rural communities that offer peace and quiet away from city life.

Some popular places include:

Chelmsford –  The county’s largest town and its administrative centre, Chelmsford is a vibrant and growing community with excellent schools, shopping and leisure facilities.

Basildon – Located in the East of Essex, Basildon is one of the county’s fastest-growing towns thanks to its convenient location and modern amenities. With transport links to London and the coastal resorts, Basildon is a great place for commuters to live.

Southend-on-Sea – With its beautiful seafront location on the Thames Estuary, Southend is popular with Londoners looking to move out of city life but still want quick access via train or road.

Southend on Sea in Essex

Colchester – Situated in the North of Essex, Colchester is a historic town with plenty to see and do. With two universities and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants, it’s no wonder Colchester is one of the county’s most popular places to live.

Clacton-on-Sea – A seaside resort on the coast, Clacton is a popular choice for holidaymakers and those looking to retire because of the proximity to the coast and countryside.

Universities in Essex

Essex is home to a few universities which draw students from all over the country – these include:

The University of Essex – With over 13,000 students and nearly 600 international ones, the University of Essex is a popular choice for those looking to study in an informal environment and specialises in social sciences.

The University of Essex is located on the outskirts of Colchester which has a vibrant social scene with plenty to do for students.

Writtle University College – Located in Chelmsford, Writtle is the only agricultural university in Essex and offers courses such as land management, forestry and agriculture.

The Colchester Institute – a popular choice for students looking to study in the creative industry, the Colchester Institute offers courses in fashion, design, marketing and more.

Clacton-on-Sea in Essex

Top Schools in Essex

There are many good schools in Essex catering for children of all ages. In addition to state schools, there are also many prestigious private schools located throughout the county.

Some of the standout institutions include:

King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys – a top independent school that is part of a network of more than 30 King Edwards throughout the country, this grammar school has been established since 1551

The Thurstable School – recognised by The Good Schools Guide as one of the best state schools in England, this selective boys’ school is less than 8 miles south of Colchester.

Colchester County High School for Girls – Another top state school, this selective girls’ grammar boasts high academic standards and impressive examination results.

Population of Essex

The population of Essex was estimated at just under two million people as of 2016. This number is expected to grow steadily over the next few years making now a great time for prospective homeowners to consider buying property in the area.

Reviews in Essex

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Excellent Home

Review Date May 2022

Perfect home. Well management!

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Excellent building and flat. Very good building and property management. The management team is very supportive and response fast.
The environment is very good. The location is convenience, walkable distance to the town.
Overall a excellent home for live.

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

No, just enjoy!

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

The building management response and take action is very fast.

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Nice area to live, despite fast expending and lack of ifrastructure.

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Review Date Apr 2022

There is obviously a lack of restaurants, shops etc.
No footpath – kids have to walk along the streets (safety risk).
No speed bumps on the streets – a lot of drivers running fast despite of people walking along streets (see point above).

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Development is good, however the quality can be improved (specially noise insulation which does not exists at all).
The area management is on a bad level – common use areas not clean, trash bins available at promenade only.
No additional parking for visitors available within the neighborhood.

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

All (!) promises from L&Q must be in writing as an evidence!!!

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

I have no idea on how to report issues described above.

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Great place to live- Property management team are great

Review Date Apr 2022

Would be great if there was a small shop on site, but Tesco and Aldi are a short walk away. Walking distance to town and lots of restaurants. Visitor parking isn’t ideal, but the property management team have sorted this out for us.

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Design – think the design of the flats and communal areas are great
Building/Property Management – The building management team have been fantastic. Susan and Lauren have been super helpful! Special thanks to Lauren for sorting out parking for my visitors and just generally being a star!
Maintenance – We are still waiting for our toilet seats to be fixed, but I know Lee is on to it!

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

The building management team have been great. We are still waiting for some maintenance issues to be sorted, but I know they are on with this.

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Lauren is amazing

Review Date Apr 2022

Super close to all local facilities and lovely countryside walks

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So happy to have Lauren on the site. She’s made our move in amazing and made us feel welcome and special.

Would love to get quicker responses to minor teething problems with the flat. Otherwise no complaints

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

Lovely people all around the building

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

Not amazing. We’re awaiting a few bits to be fixed

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