According to a recent article in the Telegraph, Essex is a prime location for commuters. It offers quick access to London, a great selection of property at competitive prices, a vibrant business environment and a fantastic quality of life for all the family.
For Stephen and Suzanne Joynes the only way is Essex. They have just moved from Kingston in Surrey to a five-bedroom house in Chelmsford with views over the fields. It does everything they want it to. It gives them a fast commute into London, good prospects for their toddler Isabella and baby Joshua, and a feeling of calm. Most importantly, they bought it all for £550,000, half what it would have cost in Kingston.
My wife is closer to her parents in Braintree, we can go for walks in the countryside, and the grammar schools are among the best in the country,” says Stephen. “Suzanne works for a brokerage in the City and I run an infrastructure security business. It takes us less time to get to London than it did when we were in Kingston.”
“The place to be is Essex if you work in the City, no question,” says the estate agent Paul Beresford, who has 24 offices across the county.
Chelmsford is 31 minutes by train from Liverpool Street.
Far from being just a commuter location Essex has a very strong, sizeable and growing business community and is home to many notable companies; BAE Systems, Ford's European R&D centre, London Gateway (the UK's newest deep sea port and Europe's largest Logistics park), London Stansted airport, London Southend airport, Proctor & Gamble, e2v, Higgins Construction, Amlin UK and Olympus Keymed. As well as being home to an array of established business Essex has a rich heritage in entrepreneurship and innovation. The seeds of innovation sown by the Marconi company, and later Nortel, are still being evidenced - Essex has more self-starting businessmen per square miles than anywhere else in the country. Essex continues to provide a great business environment for companies of all sizes to start up, innovate and grow.
“There is a kind of honesty. People are inclined to be themselves. There’s no pretence. Essex people have often come from East End stock. They are down-to-earth, hard-working, go-getting. It is an undiscovered county really, full of wonderful things.” Zoe Napier has worked as an independent estate agent in Essex for 30 years.
Education in Essex is thriving. The list of good schools and university expertise is formidable. There are two grammars in Chelmsford, two in Southend-on-Sea, two in Colchester, and an impressive clutch of specialist schools with a focus on business, including Hassenbrook School and Chelmer Valley High, and private schools, including Felsted and Brentwood. In Chelmsford, Mark Davies of Strutt & Parker has noticed that families are moving from the villages into town because the grammars are keen to take pupils from within a 12-mile radius. Our universities are at the forefront of cutting edge research and knowledge transfer. The University of Essex is the top-ranked UK university for Social Sciences research with a five-star rating. Its Photonics Group has become the leading European research institute for optoelectronics, and the Robot Arena is one of the premier mobile robotics research facilities in the UK. Anglia Ruskin University's, international business school offers undergraduate courses in business, through to postgraduate and professional programmes and carries out extensive research and consultancy.
(Article sourced from the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10041015/County-property-guide-Essex-favourite-haunt-of-commuters.html)