New homes in Essex: Highbanks, Southend

Commute home to your sea view in Southend.
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.

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