Liverpool Street, pictured above
We’ve put together a list of the best and most desirable commuter towns in Essex.
Using information from Zoopla, we’ve found the most attractive spots for those looking to get away from London and find more space in the suburbs. All locations have direct links to the Liverpool and Fenchurch Street lines.
Rightmove: Hall Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex, CM15
Average House Value: £746,709
Travel Time to London: 29 minutes
Just outside of Brentwood, Shenfield is one of the most prized commuter towns in the county, offering a blazing fast commute of 29 minutes to Liverpool Street Station. Shenfield has many luxurious family homes and is serviced by a number of Good and Outstanding schools in and around Brentwood.
Rightmove: Market Place, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4
Average House Value: £736,446
Travel Time to London: 34 minutes
Ingatestone is a small village of roughly 4,500 people just one stop after Shenfield and, not only is it one of the most attractive commuter towns in the country, it was ranked by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in the UK in 2020.
Part of Ingatestone’s appeal is its historical buildings and property and locals enjoy landmarks such as the 900-year-old Church of St Edmund and Mary as well as the 16th Century Ingatestone Hall.
Rightmove: Epping Road, Roydon, CM19
Average House Value: £629,441
Travel Time to London: 36 minutes
Roydon is a village in the district of Epping Forest, close to both Harlow and Hoddesdon with very good rail links into London. It’s Home to Roydon Marina Village which has a 315 berth marina. Local residents include David Gilmore and Ray Winston.
Rightmove: Crown Road, BILLERICAY
Average House Value: £527,456
Travel Time to London: 30 minutes
Billericay is a small town in the borough of Basildon lying between the A12 and A127. Great rail and road links make it an excellent place for commuting into both London and Cambridge.
The bustling town centre, good schools and lots of places to visit make this a very popular village.
Rightmove: Shenfield, Brentwood
Average House Value: £523,395
Travel Time to London: 40 minutes
A small, well to do historical town with a vibrant high street and many good state and private schools. Good rail links and being close to the M25 makes it very popular with commuters.
A popular town with families wishing to live close to a town but with countryside activities and country parks on the doorstep.
6. West Horndon
Rightmove: Petresfield Way, West Horndon, Brentwood, Essex, CM13
Average House Value: £411,735
Travel Time to London: 32 minutes
West Horndon is a very small village in the borough of Brentwood. Its close proximity to the A13, A127 and M25 make it perfect for travelling around the country plus good rail links into London. Lakeside and Bluewater shopping centres are in easy reach.
Rightmove: Woodfield Road, Leigh-on-sea, Essex
Average House Value: £390,844
Travel Time to London: 48 minutes
Leigh-on-sea is a small fishing village on the Thames Estuary in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.With excellent primary, secondary and grammar schools it is a very popular place with families. It has a great shopping area with lots of upmarket shops and restaurants plus the added attraction of “Old Leigh” with its great pubs and situated on the water’s edge.Very good rail links into London Fenchurch Street and close to the A13, A127 making it perfect for commuting into London.
8. Saffron Walden
Rightmove: Church Street, Saffron Walden
Average House Value: £448,048
Travel Time to London: 54 minutes
A charming town in North Essex that is, unfortunately, a little out of the way compared to other locations on the list. The flipside is that Saffron Walden is a beautiful place to live, complete with a castle and the largest church in the country; it’s also a short drive from Audley End.