Essex commuter towns are on a roll. Despite its Thames Estuary industrial legacy, 70 per cent of Essex is countryside, with many delightful villages and some of the UK’s best state and private schools.
Regeneration is spreading from east London and Docklands and beginning to impact on coastal areas, such as Southend and Harwich, as well as Colchester, Britain’s first Roman city. Seven Grade II-listed buildings, including former council offices, in Colchester’s historic High Street have been restored and transformed into apartments.
Called Angel’s Courtyard, apartments overlook a landscaped medieval rear courtyard. A show home opens in September. Prices range from £150,000 to £500,000. Call developer City & Country on 01279 817 882.
The stylish Hawkins Wharf overlooks the River Colne on the fringe of the city centre. Developer Weston Homes is selling apartments priced from £121,000. Call 01206 796 950.