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Living in Chelmsford

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London commuters love living in Chelmsford.

Located north-east of the capital, Chelmsford is a quirky Essex location that has retained its county feel despite being granted city status in 2012.

Accessible transport links with London and the rest of East Anglia have helped Chelmsford explode in popularity amongst young families and commuters.

With commuter links a key consideration, Chelmsford has become a highly attractive prospect for buyers, with a number of promotable features for sellers.

Living in Chelmsford is great for:

  • London commuters

  • Schools

  • Young families

House Prices

  • Average house price in Chelmsford: £399,943

  • Value increase in the last 12 months: 2.46%

  • Value increase in the last five years: 26.19%

If you’re looking to sell, the first thing you’ll want to know is how much you can reasonably expect to get for your house. According to Zoopla, on average, Chelsmford house prices have increased steadily within the last five years, and in 2018 the average sat £30,000 higher than the average for the previous five years.

In the last twelve months, from August 2018 to August 2019, the average sale price in Chelmsford was £549,299 for a detached home, £370,414 for a semi-detached and £315,826 for a terraced house.


Many schools in Chelmsford are rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Best primary schools in Chelmsford:

Best secondary schools in Chelmsford:

The quality of schools in Chelmsford is sure to be a primary consideration for your average buyer, with more young families moving from London to the area. Thankfully, education is a point of pride for sellers. Overall, schools in the area have seen consistently Good to Excellent Ofsted reports in the last 10-15 years.

The best primary schools in Chelmsford are Chancellor Park Primary School and Beehive Lane Community Primary School, which both received Outstanding reports from Ofsted. King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls are the two Outstanding secondary schools in Chelmsford, with Moulsham High School also performing well in Ofsted ratings. If potential buyers are looking for private schools in Chelmsford, New Hall School is the stand out option.


Public transport in Chelmsford offers great links to London.

Average train journey length to London:

  • 35 minutes to London Liverpool street

Nearest airport to Chelmsford:

  • 30-minute drive to Stansted Airport

Chelmsford has become a notable spot for buyers due to its accessible transport links with London. Chelmsford Train Station is located in the centre of the city on Duke Street.

Commuters can get the train from Chelmsford to London regularly and with ease, with up to four trains per hour departing from Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street. Each journey takes an average of 35 minutes, which will appeal to the commuter crowd looking to buy their first property outside of London, but without adding significant travel time to their day.

Chelmsford Bus Station is located on Duke Street, featuring frequent links to London and Ipswich. There are two park and ride services, located in Sandon and Chelmer Valley. And Stansted Airport is only a 30-minute drive, making travelling further afield less taxing.

While the surrounding ring-roads of Chelmsford have helped it garner a reputation for bad traffic jams, there are still easy links to both the M25 and A12.

Council Tax

Chelmsford Council Tax Band Amount
A £846.96
B £988.12
C £1,192.28
D £1,270.44
E £1,522.76
F £1,835.08
G £2,117.40
H £2,540.88

Chelmsford council tax band info for 2019/20. Source: essex.gov.uk

After transport links, council tax is likely the next major consideration for buyers looking at your property. They may have concerns regarding the cost of council tax in Chelmsford, considering its proximity to London.

In 2019/20, annual council tax rates for the area ranged from £846.96 for Band A and £988.12 for Band B to £2,540.88 for the highest band, Band H. The average incremental changes between bands ranged from £140 to £300.

Living in Chelmsford

RHS Garden Hyde Hall is located near Chelmsford.

Commuter links and schools are essential, but there are many other factors that people take into account when looking to buy or sell a property. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the other key variables to consider.

Broomfield and Chelmsford and Essex Hospital are the major hospitals in Chelmsford, with a number of local surgeries close to the centre.

Crime in Chelmsford is not something for buyers to be majorly concerned about. The city averages a lower crime rate than other UK cities of a similar size.

Chelmsford is known for its unique proximity to both big cities and rolling countryside. There are a number of green spaces. Central Park, Oaklands Park, Admirals Park and Tower Gardens are the picks of the area, ideal for weekend strolls or days out with the kids. Danbury Country Park and RHS Garden Hyde Hall are slightly further afield but equally attractive beauty spots for a day trip.

For a city on the smaller side, Chelmsford still has two shopping centres to offer in Meadows and High Chelmer. For more expansive shopping experiences, London and Ipswich are within travelling distance. Other major locations nearby are Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Harlow.

Chelmsford is steeped in history and there are many attractions for the artistically inclined. Explore Chelmsford’s history at the Interactive Museum or Cathedral. The Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio comprise Chelmsford’s theatre experience. The yearly Chelmsford festival takes place every June with music, art and dance in a family-friendly atmosphere.

For the taste of local cuisine, The Cuckoo, Olio Restaurant and Russels offer some of the best dining experiences. Many of the locals’ favoured dining spots are located slightly out of the city, which is mostly dominated by chain restaurants and coffee shops. Some excellent little pubs make trips out to green spaces even more worth it.

Location Comparison Table

Chelmsford Colchester Southend-on-Sea Harlow
Average house price* £399,943 £322,883 £306,888 £329,142
Highest Ofsted rated primary school Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding
Highest Ofsted rated secondary school Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Good
Commuter time to London by train (London Liverpool Street)** 35 minutes 47 minutes 1 hour 8 minutes 29 minutes

*Source: Zoopla

**Source: Trainline

The location of Chelmsford sells itself, with certain buyers being sold on transport links alone. If you’re considering selling in the area though don’t forget to push the countryside feel of the area or the excellent standard of education, both sure to appeal to buyers looking for somewhere ideal for raising a family.

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