Southend allows commuters to work in London and relax by the sea
Posted 26 September 2016 by Ben Salisbury
Zoopla has recently identified Southend-on-Sea as a growth hotspot recording a property rise of 6.81% in the last 12 months along its seven miles of coastline. Southend’s travel links mean it's a big draw for buyers working in London who are looking for a piece of coastal action, easily accessible from the capital.
The Liverpool Street line runs up to eight trains per hour from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street, via Stratford, in one hour. The c2c line runs up to eight trains per hour from Southend Central to London Fenchurch Street in one hour. Southend Airport is a regional London airport with an increasing number of European destinations on offer.
Six million tourists visit Southend per year, generating estimated annual revenues of £330m. Plans for the town’s regeneration are advanced and include a new hotel, cinema, leisure centre and a number of restaurants. A new seafront seawater lagoon, the size of a football pitch, is already underway. Plans for the Marine Plaza will complement the existing amenities of the town, including its famous pier, which at 1.34 miles is the longest in the world.
Southend is also part of the Thames Estuary growth plan to boost productivity, attract and retain skilled workers and capitalise on major infrastructure works in the region. Over £120m has been invested in London Southend Airport with more than 500 new jobs created on site. Southend is also a key partner in the development of the new Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will provide one of the world's largest health innovation spaces with the aim of establishing the UK as a global force in a sector worth £170bn per year.
Southend has two main shopping centres, The Royals and The Victoria that anchor each end of the busy High Street, where there are many great independent boutiques as well as the usual big name high street retailers. A Farmers' Markets is held twice monthly in the town centre.
Southend has a vibrant lifestyle with a good choice or restaurants, wine bars, two theatres and a host of nightclubs as well as the peace and quiet of the award-winning beaches and the promenade. There are more than 80 parks and green spaces plus 14 conservation areas across the borough. There are a huge number of sports facilities and leisure centres. Southend United is a League One football club with a loyal following.
The town is home to an excellent selection of primary schools. Secondary schools include four grammar schools: Southend High School for Boys and Southend High School for Girls and Westcliff High School for Boys and its sister school for girls. South Essex College of Further and Higher Education is also based in Southend-on-Sea, which offers education to students over the age of 16. Essex University has a £26m university campus in the town.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £321.50 from Southend Victoria (£3,348 annually) with the fastest journey time of 58 minutes. Fast trains to London Fenchurch Street take 51 minutes from Southend Central (£321.50 monthly, £3,348 annually); Southend Airport takes 5 minutes from Southend Victoria (£53.80 monthly, £560 annually).
Motorists can reach London in 1 hour 30 minutes, 45 miles away; Chelmsford in 20 minutes, with Colchester a further 20 minutes journey; the M25 can be reached via the A127. International flights can be taken from London Southend Airport or Stansted Airport, less than an hour away.
Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in Southend:
Southpoint (Weston Homes) - A stunning contemporary collection of 97 one- and two-bedroom apartments within close distance of the town centre and seafront featuring bespoke designer kitchens and high specification bathrooms. London Liverpool Street is just a 55 minute journey time from Southend Victoria a few minutes away. Prices from £151,000. Find out more about Southpoint from Weston Homes
Oaklands Park (Redrow Homes) - Enjoying a delightful rural Essex location, close to the spectacular coastline, Oaklands Park is set to be a highly popular development. The development will include three-, four- and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes appealing to young families and executive homebuyers. Prices from £430,995; 01268 372 796 Find out more about Oaklands Park from Redrow Homes
Ekco Park (Bellway) - This collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses is on the edge of the popular 45-acre Priory Park and less than a 10 minute drive to the seafront. Help to Buy is available. Prices from £254,995. For more information visit www.bellway.co.uk ; 01702 351 537.
Wyborne Park (Taylor Wimpey East) – This development enjoys a peaceful village setting with the shopping and leisure opportunities of Southend-on-Sea just over four miles away. The one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom properties will appeal to commuters with Shoeburyness station nearby. Prices from £189,995. For more details visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk; 01277 280544
St Luke’s Park (Countryside Properties) - Situated in a key commuter spot with direct access to London from nearby Wickford and Rayleigh train stations, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are now available on this family-friendly development. Apartments are due to be released later in the year. Prices from £314,995. For more information visit www.countryside-properties.com; 01268 207 136