Chelmsford sits just 32 miles north east of London, a vibrant and lively urban hub that also benefits from the green spaces in and around Essex. Whether you’re looking for a family home somewhere with a great community feel, or a base close to London life, Chelmsford is an ideal choice.
Location. Chelmsford is located in the London commuter belt and is the county town of Essex in the East of England.
Transport.It’s close proximity to London is one of the major advantages of Chelmsford living for both commuters and those looking to explore the activities and entertainment of the capital. Trains to London Liverpool Street take just 35 minutes. There are solid train and bus services to a wide range of locations in the surrounding area and dedicated services to airports, including nearby Stanstead.
Schools. Chelmsford is lucky enough to have a very broad mix of schools with at least five primary schools and a combination of high, grammar and private schools in the area. The Anglia Ruskin University is based here, as is the well-known agricultural college, Writtle College.
Green spaces. Access to nature and parks is another key influence in the choice that many people make to live somewhere like Chelmsford. Here, you’ll find Hylands House and Estate, which has more than 570 acres of landscaped parkland, as well as the Royal Horticultural Society’s public display garden at Hyde Hall and Central Park, which is perfect for picnics.
Things to buy. Chelmsford caters well for those who love to shop – it has a well populated high street as well as two sizeable shopping centres, The Meadows and High Chelmer and an interesting selection of independent stores and boutiques. There are also regular local, continental and farmers markets held in the area.
Activities and things to do. Entertainment is something that this part of Essex excels at, whether you’re a family group or single. The city hosts many exciting events throughout the year including the popular V and RiZE festivals in the summer, and the annual Chelmsford Beer Festival, whilst the Chelmsford Civic Theatre is a great place to see performances of all sorts. There is also a state of the art leisure centre, County cricket ground, race course and many local historic attractions, such as the Essex Police Museum.
Indulging in the local culinary scene. Chelmsford has a lot to offer on the food and drink front, with restaurants serving everything from Greek food to cutting edge cuisine and a range of bars, pubs and trendy establishments that cater to all tastes.