What would the late lamented rocker Ian Dury say if he knew his cherished Essex, celebrated in raw ballads such as Billericay Dickie, was becoming a destination of choice for suit-wearing young professionals commuting to London?
Southend is known for its pier — which is the longest in Europe — candy floss and kiss-me-quick hats, but it is also the biggest town in Essex, and a regional business centre in its own right.
Highbanks is the redevelopment of a 12-storey office block with far-reaching sea views. Weston Homes is creating 75 apartments in the tower and building a new block of 23 flats alongside. Prices from £159,000. Call 01279 873300.