The property market in Brentwood, Essex, is the healthiest it’s been for eight years, according to recent reports. Buyers are on the move again in large numbers following a slump that affected the region for more than four years. Now, experts say, there is a shortage of homes for buyers. The increased demand is partly due to new help-to-buy schemes and also reports in the media that the market is on the up. If you’re thinking about a house move, here’s why you should look closely at Brentwood – the town has a wealth of things to offer the buyer, whether you are looking for a house or a flat.
Latest House Prices
Take a look at the latest house price figures for property across the South East and you’ll see how prices have increased by another 3.5 percent, making the average home worth around 7.8 percent more than the same time in 2013. The rise in house prices in Brentwood and across the region causes a lot more movement in the market as people decide to sell when they see themselves getting a good deal, and buyers are attracted to the town because of the variety of properties available. Brentwood has always been popular but there is even more interest now.
Reasons to Move to Brentwood: Location
Brentwood has historic roots and the settlement can be found as far back as Saxon times when the town was situated on the Roman road leading to London from Colchester, and also the road the pilgrims walked when traveling to Canterbury. This made the town a historically popular place to live, and its appeal widened when the army set up a base in Brentwood, further attracting people to live.
Brentwood has much to offer the home buyer today – for more information, consult www.beresfordsgroup.co.uk. The town is a lively place and is close to London but far enough away not to be troubled by inner city problems. There is a mainline railway station linking the town with London Liverpool street (journey time 30 minutes) and the town is also close to the M25 for driving across the region.
Reasons to Move: Facilities and Amenities
The town has both private and state schools, as well as a wide range of high street stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the shops and eating establishments are well-known chains, but there is a small selection of boutique establishments. For historic value, the town has its own cathedral and there is a large expanse of outdoor space at Shenfield Common. Leisure activities include golf courses, fitness centres, swimming pools, gyms, and the Brentwood Centre which has a concert hall and exhibition venue.
Slightly further afield you’ll find three country parks including Thorndon Park, and plenty of small, picturesque villages if you prefer to live in a more rural location. In particular, Herongate, South Weald and Great Warley are popular places to relocate in a setting close to the town but with village-style tranquillity.