Many areas of Essex still offer good value for money while remaining well connected to London. The housing stock varies from 1950s and 60s homes in Harlow to 1930s and Victorian houses in areas like Ilford and Brentwood. There are also very few conservation areas in Essex and most properties can be developed under permitted development.
The town of Brentwood in Essex is an affluent suburban town with a particularly rural feel due to the abundance of trees, fields and open spaces all around. As Britain’s 19th richest town in 2008, the majority of Brentwood’s housing stock is large detached properties, many of which are owned by those who work in the financial district of the City of London.
The ‘New Town’ of Harlow is located in the West of Essex on the Hertfordshire. Built after the Second World War at the same time as developments in Basildon, Stevenage and Hemel Hempsted, the town was built to alleviate the overcrowding London was experiencing at the time.