Places to live

For those who choose to live in Essex, you can explore our stunning countryside and seaside, our many picturesque towns and villages or the County Town, Chelmsford. There's so much to discover!



From Thaxted and Takeley to Felsted and Finchingfield, the North of Essex is home to many picturesque heritage villages. Less than 50 miles from London, you'll find excellent transport links to Liverpool Street, and Stansted airport is on your doorstep.



Right in the heart of Essex, Chelmsford is home to Essex County Council's County Hall location and a whole host of great restaurants, bars and shopping centres – not to mention two of the country's most reputable grammar schools. With only an hour's drive to Essex's seaside towns and regular trains to London's Liverpool Street (33 minutes), it's fair to say that you'll certainly be well-connected from this central location that's surrounded by countryside.



West Essex boasts the winning combination of beautiful countryside and excellent transport links into the City. Bordering London and surrounded by Epping Forest, you'll find plenty of leafy walks and traditional pubs to enjoy here. But should you want to escape, you'll find three airports under an hour away.



The East of Essex is home to towns and villages with fascinating histories. From Tillingham to Tollesbury, you'll never be short of traditional pubs to choose from. Walking along the River Blackwater is also a great way to see part of Essex's hidden coast. You'll find activities to suit the whole family, from the zoo in Colchester to Mersea Island which is perfect for seafood fans – whether you're dining at an oyster bar or crabbing down by the jetty.



With superfast Crossrail links to London in Shenfield, South Essex is the perfect place to work and play. Basildon is home to some conveniently located bars and restaurants while Hadleigh Castle and Lake Meadows are famous examples of the great parks and landmarks that these towns have to offer.