Everything You Could Want To Offer Your Kids
From schools to the seaside, Chelmsford has it all for young and growing families.
As the county town of Essex, Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012 and frequently makes it onto top 10 lists for the best places to live. In 2019, Chelmsford was ranked the 6th best place to live in the East of England, but actually topped the list the year before. As a result of love for the area, house prices in Chelmsford have increased by as much as 40% in recent years, which is testament to the demand to live in this beautiful part of the county. Although Chelmsford certainly attracts singles and couples without children who want to snap up a city centre apartment, families are also flocking here to take advantage of Chelmsford’s enviable qualities.
You’re spoiled for choice with schools in Chelmsford. The two grammar schools, King Edward VI (KEGs) and Chelmsford County High for Girls, regularly achieve GCSE and A-Level results that are amongst some of the best in the UK. Selection is tough and based on the 11plus and consortium exams, but other secondary schools in the area are equally sought-after. The Beaulieu Park School is new to the development, taking in children from primary school right the way through to sixth form. At a secondary level, children are given extra time in traditional subjects which is made possible by the slightly longer school days.
For those who need to travel into London for work, Chelmsford is ideal. The station offers fast connections into Stratford in just 26 minutes, or Liverpool Street in 36 minutes. A second train station is due to be built at Beaulieu, although this has been delayed until 2025.
Chelmsford is also well-positioned for drivers – it’s just a short drive to the M25 via the A12 and Brentwood. Or if you need to go north, the A131 connects you quickly with access to Suffolk and Norfolk.
Family Days Out
Chelmsford city centre seems to improve every year, as high-end shops move into new developments such as the Bond Street shopping village. But if your family quickly tires of wandering around the shops, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. Jump Street is an indoor trampoline park that is fun for mums and dads too, but if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, then head to the beautiful Hylands Park which offers 574 acres of land to wander around. It’s free to access the grounds, and the kids will love the onsite adventure playground.
The coast is also within easy reach – whether you prefer a stroll down the promenade and a splash around the water park of Maldon, wading into the sea at Frinton, or a ride on the fairground at Clacton, you’re spoiled for seaside choices when you live in Chelmsford.
An average family-sized house in central Chelmsford might cost you in the region of £350,000-400,000. Chelmsford has plenty of period housing stock, from Victorian terraces, and 1920s detached homes, although a local Chelmsford estate agent explains that new-build properties tend to also be very popular with families, due to the space and community that they provide. The Beaulieu Park development is incredibly popular and expects to be filled with over 3,500 homes from 1 bed flats up to 5 bed detached homes.
If you’re looking to spread your wings a little and provide a larger nest for your growing family, then Chelmsford has absolutely everything you could want to offer them. So why not get in touch with a local agent today and view some properties?