Commuter appeal of Chelmsford reflected in new homes for sale
Posted 23 November 2015 by Keith Osborne
The county town of Essex – actually a city since its status was instated by the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations – Chelmsford has, in recent years, become a hotspot for buyers within commutable distance of London. Savills predicts prices will rise over 25% by 2019.
With a rail journey time of as little as 34 minutes in to the capital, people priced out of the London market, or perhaps looking for a less urban lifestyle , have been heading east to a steady stream of new homes developments which are changing the shape and size of Chelmsford.
Beaulieu is the largest single development area in the city, with 3,600 new homes planned for the 604-acre site in the north-east of Chelmsford, of which 176 acres will be green open spaces. The site will include several distinct but complementary neighbourhoods, including a 400,000 sq ft business park that will be a major employment spot, and there are proposals for two primary schools, a secondary school and even a new station (pictured).
The city has an extensive central shopping area, liberally sprinkled with good pubs, cafés and restaurants, and there are plenty of sports and leisure facilities, from gyms to golf courses and a multiplex cinema.
Chelmsford is home to two of Essex’s best state secondary schools, King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls, making it extremely attractive to families looking for the best education on the doorstep. Anglia Ruskin University Business School is also located here, so there’s potential in the student buy-to-let investment market.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £358 from Chelmsford (£3,728 annually) and the regular peak-time service of fast and semi-fast trains typically takes 34-39 minutes. Services east to Colchester take between 19 and 28 minutes (£198 per month, £2,060 per year) and Ipswich is 40-56 minutes away, costing £306 per month or £3,184 per year.
Drivers will find Chelmsford a useful hub. The A12 skirts the city, heading north-east into East Anglia (about 50 minutes to Ipswich, another hour onwards to Norwich) and south-west to the M25 (20 minutes) and London (70 minutes).
The A130 heads down to the A13 for quick links to Basildon and Southend-on-Sea. The M11 is around half-an-hour west of Chelmsford, and the busy market town of Braintree, with its popular outlet centre, about 25 minutes north. Stansted Airport is 35 minutes away.
New homes for sale in Chelmsford now or coming soon:
|St John’s (Linden Homes) – Just over a mile from the heart of Chelmsford, St John’s is transforming a former hospital site that saw the birth of 100,000 Chelmsfordians. There’s a mix of apartments and houses, some new build and some conversions of period buildings, with a handful of two-bedroom flats priced from £269,950 available on the current phase. Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01245 895213|
|Marconi Evolution (Bellway) – Chelmsford is famous for its connections with the pioneering inventor of radio, Guglielmo Marconi, and his former headquarters is being re-invented as a residential site, mixing old and new buildings with new public spaces and landscaping. Prices are from £199,995, with Help to Buy available. Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 01245 269208|
|Beaulieu Heath (Countryside) – This collection of colonial-style homes comprises the first 49 new homes at Beaulieu. Ranging from three to five bedrooms, and currently starting at £350,000, they are adjacent to parkland yet close to the new neighbourhood centre and proposed schools. Help to Buy is available here, too. Find out more at www.beaulieu.uk.com ; 01245 597277|
|The Bringey (Beresfords) – Due to be completed in January 2016, this boutique development of just three detached homes is in the village of Great Baddow, on the south-east outskirts of the city. Two are still for sale, priced £575,000 for a four-bedroom and £650,000 for a five-bedroom property. Find out more at www.beresfordsgroup.co.uk ; 01245 806932|||
Brookmans View (Savills) – Brookmans View is brand new to the market, having launched on 21 November. It is a collection of two- and three-bedroom homes located within the pretty Essex village of Stock, around six miles south of Chelmsford, which still retains a number of historic buildings and is home to a number of golf and country clubs. Prices start at £415,000. Find out more at www.savills.co.uk ; 01245 269311
Take a look at even more new homes in Essex.
Rail fares correct, per www.nationalrail.co.uk (23 November 2015)