From the sea views to the cockle sheds, the annual regattas and the sandy beaches; the Essex Coast is a wonderful place to live.
Those seeking property in Essex near the sea will have a variety of locations to consider; from homes in tucked-away villages that can feel quite remote and others in lively seaside towns that offer a more traditional resort feel.
A popular home county, much of Essex is regarded as prime commuter territory but the Essex Coast can sometimes be overlooked, yet from most places along the coastline it is entirely possible to reach London Liverpool Street within 90 minutes.
With several towns, villages and even an island to consider, house hunters can be forgiven for seeking greater clarity on where they should put down roots along the Essex Coast.
Here are some of our top picks for those seeking property on the Essex Coast:
Recently named one of the most fashionable places to live, Leigh-on-Sea is a popular place to call home on the Essex coast.
Not only is Leigh-on- Sea an incredibly charming Essex seaside town, it is incredibly well-connected. There are regular trains into the capital, with London Fenchurch Street being less than an hour away. Similarly, by road, neighbouring Southend is just 10 minute drive away, Chelmsford around half an hour and Stansted airport about an hour’s drive.
Of course, being on the seafront makes the setting ideal but it also boasts top brunch spots, lively bars and trendy coffee shops.
For visitors, it might be Leigh Old town, the beach and seafront that are of most interest, but those who live there enjoy all this together with the small-town feel and close community, there are also a number of good schools in the town for families seeking a coastal place to live.
One Leigh-on-Sea’s most iconic attractions is the row of Cockle Sheds that line the shore. These wooden sheds have been used by local fishermen for generations to process their catch, and some still operate today, where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood whilst looking out over the mudflat.
An 8 square mile estuary island just a stone’s throw away from Colchester, Mersea Island is an idyllic place to call home off the Essex Coast. Just 7,000 people live on the island, which requires residents to cross a Roman causeway to reach their homes
Known for its pristine beaches and unique oyster fisheries, the island boasts two distinct oyster varieties: Colchester Native and Rock Oysters, highly regarded for their distinct flavours.
One of Mersea Island’s highlights is Cudmore Grove Country Park, a nature reserve covering significant sections of the island’s coastline. The park offers numerous walking trails, sandy beaches, and picturesque views of the nearby seaside towns such as Southend.
There are some incredibly special country homes tucked away on the island, some of which enjoy views of the estuary, others looking out over the Country Park. Properties in West Mersea are often better connected to the road to reach Colchester within around 20 minutes for further connections to London by train, it might be an ideal place to live for the occasional commuter.
Burnham-On-Crouch, situated on the Essex coastline, is renowned for its marine activities and picturesque seafront. Home to many yachting facilities it is a well-known sailing destination, with the highlight of the annual calendar being Burnham Week, a sailing regatta.
Whilst the village is only around an hour from London, it is isolated on the Dengie Peninsula meaning it is a peaceful place to live that offers a feeling of remoteness.
The local architecture is diverse with property for sale including timber-clad cottages, Georgian brick townhouses and some Victorian terraced property too.
Heybridge Basin is an attractive village located on the River Blackwater along the Essex Coast.
From Heybridge Basin, there are several wonderful coastal walks including the scenic route along the coast from Heybridge Basin to Maldon. There are also several popular places to eat dotted along the estuary of Heybridge Basin including Tiptree Tearooms, The Lock and The View. There’s also the Blackwater Sailing Club nearby which is an excellent facility whether you are a new sailor or an experienced one.
For families, the area appeals due to its strong sense of community and good schools in the area. There’s an annual local Regatta which features boat races, fun activities, barbecues and live music.
Frinton-on-Sea is a unique seaside town in that it does not have a pier or any of the expected seafront commerce making it a more peaceful coastal town. In the town centre are an impressive array of shops including the fishmonger and butcher.
Frinton has a yacht club, lawn tennis club and a golf club too. And of course, there is a wonderful yellow sand beach.
Those seeking property in Frinton might wish to focus their attention on the area beyond the gates where buyers will find a selection of properties from Edwardian houses to 1930s villas and beach cottages.
Walton-On-The-Naze is a small town on the Essex Coast best known for its stunning beaches and beautiful coastline but it is also well known to be Frinton’s much livelier neighbour. A more traditional seaside resort, Walton boasts amusements, pubs and the second-longest pier in the UK.
There’s also a bustling weekly local market which showcases local produce, crafts, and beach essentials. One of the most recognisable local attractions is The Naze Tower, an 86ft tower, that attracts numerous tourists to Walton’s stunning coastline.
Property on the Essex Coast
In many ways, it can feel as though parts of the Essex Coast are undiscovered, with some towns and villages unapologetically old-worldly. Whilst there has been a shift and increase in popularity as many have recognised the possibility of commuting to London with relative ease, or others who no longer need to commute quite as often who are seeking a coastal place to live, the Essex Coast continues to be charming and characterful.
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