Estate Agents

Chelmsford is one of the most sought after cities for those moving to Essex. It is the county town of Essex, now a city, has one of the best commuter lines into London and some of the best schools in the county.

If you are looking for a place to live in Chelmsford, start here. Between them they will have most houses that are on the market. Some estate agents specialise in more expensive homes only, most sell all price ranges. Remember, while Rightmove is good, it does not have all houses listed.

Registering with estate agents is a good way to hear about new houses coming to the market quickly – they will often tell you before they reach the press or the Internet.

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Chelmsfordians know that their home city is the best place to live. And their ranks are growing with every passing week.

When the Sunday Times published its Best Places to Live guide earlier this year, it told us what many Essex residents already know. Chelmsford swept aside competition from towns and cities such as Chesterton, a few miles from Cambridge, and Norwich, to be awarded the title of Best Place to Live in the South East. So what is it that people love about Chelmsford? Here are some answers, straight from the lips of local residents.

A great choice of property

Speak to any mortgage broker in Chelmsford and they will tell you that people are taking the news of Chelmsford’s desirability seriously. The great thing is, there is such a wide choice of new developments, such as the incredible Beulieu Park, as well as a choice of more established properties in and around the city. In other words, there is something to suit every taste and budget.

A remarkable history

The original town around the Moulsham area can trace its history right back to Roman days, while in more recent years, Chelmsford has made its mark through been a centre of innovation. Of course, it is most closely associated with Marconi, and the town signs remind visitors that this is the “birthplace of radio.” But it’s also worth remembering that Britvic started as a small chemist’s shop on Tindal Street that sold flavoured water.

Embracing change

Chelmsford is proud of its history, but is not stuck in it. Since being awarded city status, there has been constant growth and investment from both the private and public sectors. The area around the river and the new Bond Street development make Chelmsford a place where people want to spend their time.

Great rail links

London is only half an hour away, and there are four trains an hour. What can Chesterton and Norwich say to that? The commuter links will get even better when the new Beaulieu Station opens. That is currently scheduled for 2025, but could be sooner.

Outstanding schools

These days, the desirability of a town or city is often directly proportional to its Ofsted ratings. This is an area in which Chelmsford does not disappoint. Parents have a choice of both primary and secondary schools in and around the city with “outstanding” classifications.

Great nightlife

Some towns and cities that are in such easy commuting distance of London become bedroom communities, but this is not the case in Chelmsford. There’s a choice of nightspots to spend your evening, whether it is catching a movie at the Odeon, exploring the dizzying choice of restaurants, busting some moves at Evoke nightclub or simply enjoying a pint or two with friends at one of the town’s many traditional pubs.

Beautiful countryside

People who only know Chelmsford as being in easy reach of London and in the heart of TOWIE country are always amazed by the beautiful countryside. But to residents, this is one of its biggest attractions. Central Park and Admirals Park provide peace and tranquillity, while being located in the heart of the city.


Chelmsford Homes In High Demand

new property in EssexBuyers missing out on dream homes as demand exceeds supply

The demand for homes in the county has sky rocketed, so much so that it has begun to exceed supply. Many people who had intended to move into the area may be out of luck.

Supply and demand

With the number of homes for sale in Chelmsford dropping 36% since last year, house hunters are finding the task more difficult than ever. This means that the homes on the market are selling out quicker than they ever have before, with some being sold within days of being up for sale. Balgores Property, who have a dedicated Chelmsford property team, are experiencing a high number of enquiries for an decreasing number of homes. This is having a knock-on effect around Chelmsford too – in CM2 / Great Baddow, a modest 6 bedroom house will now fetch over 500,000.

Areas like Chelmsford and Romford both have a considerably lower amount of houses for sale compared to recent years. So with homes in such demand in these areas, this has led to an increase in property value of about 20%. The increase could be an incentive for people to start selling their homes, which would be beneficial for house hunters. It could also be a disadvantage as it would make the market even more competitive, therefore making it all the more difficult to purchase a home in Essex.

With the percentage of houses on sale currently at the lowest point it as been for years, and the impact it has had on house hunting in the county – it could warrant an influx of housing developments to give more people the chance to purchase their dream home. The attention these homes have been receiving is only going to lead to higher demand, and with such high demand there will be a need for an increase in supply.

Disappointment for hopeful buyers

With these homes selling so quickly and at such a competitive rate, it has left people hunting for their dream home bitterly disappointed. Potential buyers who haven’t been able to move from their current home quick enough have missed out due to the rapid sales of the houses they wanted to buy.

Meaning that buyers who’re in a better moving situation will have an advantage, as they will be able to snap up one of the homes in the short time they’re on the market. They would ideally need an agreed sale on their own property, an agreed mortgage and a conveyancer instructed.

For those who aren’t in such good moving situations it could prove to be more difficult for them to purchase one of the homes, simply because the time available is too short for them to go through the process of selling their previous home and purchasing the new one.

Moving into a new home is a very exciting time, but the actual process can be far from exciting. With the added pressure of having a short window of opportunity to purchase your new home, this could prove to be a nightmare for house hunters.

If you’re interested in moving to these areas, it would make sense to put yourself in the strongest moving position possible. Although the time frame may be short and competitive, by making sure you are ready to move it will put you ahead of others who also are enquiring about homes. Find a buyer for your home first and then start house hunting, otherwise you may be confronted with months of disappointment and frustration as the houses you want to buy are snapped up before you can move.

When you are ready to move, stay in constant contact with local estate agents so you hear about new properties before they hit Rightmove and the local papers.

John D Wood Estate Agents

John D WoodJohn D Wood was founded in 1872 and they have been in Chelmsford for over ten years. John D Wood & Co. has specialised in residential property in London and the south of England.

John D Wood is on New London Road, just next door to the job centre.

John D Wood has been a part of the Countrywide Assured Group / Countrywide plc. since 1997.

Intercounty Estate Agents

IntercountyIntercounty Estate Agents is a relatively small chain of estate agents which cover several Essex towns. They provide both sales and lettings and are based on the Estate Agent street – Duke Street. Their office is right in front of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Awards: Intercounty were awarded the title of East of England Lettings Agency of the Year 2014 by the Sunday Times.

As well as properties they also provide mortgage advice


ConnellsConnells are on Tindall Square in town, next door to Balch and opposite Bairstow Eves.

Connells provides property services in Chelmsford and surrounded villages, including Writtle, Roxwell, Danbury, Althorne, Boreham, Little Waltham, Great Waltham and Great Leighs.

Connells was founded in 1936 in Luton and is today a national chain with 150 offices all over the UK.

Balch Estate Agents

Balch estate agentsBalch Estate Agents is an independent firm of estate agents that was founded in 1924. They offer both sales and lettings in the Chelmsford area. The books often include retirement properties too.

Tindal Square is between Duke Street and the High Street.

As well as basic lettings, Balch also offers a fully managed letting service for local landlords, which is designed to take the stress out of letting properties.

Balch’s Mission: “Our Mission is to offer professional advice on all aspects of buying and selling process to give our customers the confidence and peace of mind throughout what can be a very stressful process“.