Strong transport links are one reason to choose to live in Brentwood
Many may know Brentwood as the main location for the filming of the hit television series ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ (TOWIE), but this Essex town near the M25 motorway and within easy commuting distance of London has much more to offer making it a popular choice for house hunters.
What is Brentwood?
It’s a town perfectly placed on the London commuter belt and is just 40 minutes by train from the capital’s Liverpool Street Station and close to excellent road links including the M25 and A12 putting the capital and four international airports within easy driving reach.
The town offers a good mixture of accessibility, shopping and other amenities with open parkland and countryside within easy reach. In short, Brentwood offers a good overall mixture of practicality and relaxation.
Main advantages of Brentwood
The town offers the following:
Excellent transport links
As mentioned above, Brentwood is ideal for commutes of various types whether heading into London or other parts of Essex.
Trains – there are two mainline stations nearby, Brentwood and Shenfield, offering fast transfers into London. Connectivity will be boosted markedly once Crossrail comes on stream to both stations.
Road – with the M25 and A12 passing right past Brentwood and the M11 one junction away along the M25, access to the capital and other areas is quick and easy.
Air – Southend and Stansted airports are within easy driving distance as are Heathrow and Gatwick.
Brentwood and the surrounding area offer a reasonable choice of property types to suit various budgets, and it’s possible for commuters to buy within easy reach of the stations yet enjoy a more rural lifestyle if they wish.
The town itself offers largely a mixture of Victorian and Edwardian-style properties ranging from smaller terraced homes, apartments and larger detached houses.
Village life can be experienced in nearby Blackmore, Stondon Massey and Warley yet all are convenient for commuting in affording easy access to the railway stations and the strong road network.
A property professional with sound knowledge of the local market such as these Brentwood estate agents can help house hunters find their way around the property scene.
A key consideration for families is quality and choice of schools and Brentwood comes up trumps in both categories; the most well-known establishment is the co-educational Brentwood School catering to children from early years through to sixth form.
Others including St Martin’s, Brentwood County High and Brentwood Ursuline are all excellent as are many more in the area. Many boast exam results above the national average along with very good recent Ofsted inspections.
The convenience of London minus the price
In common with other commutable areas of Essex, Brentwood is popular with those priced out of London itself or who decide they’d like a change of atmosphere whilst continuing to enjoy many of the benefits of living in the capital.
Property analysts say 40-50% of people coming into the area are moving further out of London.
The town is well served with bars and restaurants and typical entertainment options such as cinema, but also offers cultural options with the Brentwood Theatre and The Hermitage.
The town is surrounded by open countryside including Shenfield Common and two country parks – South Weald and Thorndon.
There are plenty of sports options thanks to having two sports centres and various golf courses – one of which is close to the town itself at Hartswood – and plenty of general leisure activities for all the family.
Brentwood clearly offers pretty much the best of all worlds in Essex.