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Southend-on-sea attracts first time buyers looking to find seafront not far from London

Home to the longest pleasure pier in the world, living in Southend is enjoying a modern town against a classic coastal setting. This historic seaside town has seen major developments to its traditional attractions and new amenities in recent years.

Like much of Essex, Southend has been earmarked by commuters as a potential spot to settle down in due to its fantastic commuter links. Excellent schools have raised the profile amongst young families and the expansion of Southend airport means you can get a lot further than London with ease.

A standout option for buyers looking for that traditional seaside town feel, Southend has a lot more to offer culturally than the sleepier towns and villages in the surrounding area. One for sellers to consider taking advantage of.

Living in Southend is great for:

  • Excellent transport links to London

  • Selection of Outstanding rated schools

  • Excellent amenities typified by pleasure pier

House Prices

  • Average house sale price in Southend: £312,349

  • Value increase of homes in Southend in last 12 months: 0.51%

  • Value increase in Southend in the last five years: 31.40%

First question on a property owners mind is how much am I likely to get for my property? According to Zoopla, the average house in Southend was valued at £312,349 and sold for £306,888 within the last 12 months. In this same period there were a total of 800 sales.

In the last 12 months the average value of a house in Southend has risen by £1,564 or 0.51%, showing the increasing popularity of the location. There has been a 31.40% average increase in value across all property types in the area in the last 5 years.

In the last 12 months the average price per house type was £523,652 for a detached, £328,919 for a semi-detached and £276,500 for a terraced house.


Southend is notable for its selection of outstanding primary and secondary schools

Best Primary Schools in Southend:

Best Secondary Schools in Southend:

More and more parents are seeing towns in Essex as a great area to raise a family as they move out of London. This has made the schools in Southend a top consideration. Southend stands out in an area known for excellent education standard with a high-quality selection of primary and secondary schools. The majority of primary schools have at least a Good Ofsted rating, with Barons Court, Bournes Green Infant, Bournes Green Junior, St Christopher and West Leigh Schools receiving Outstanding ratings.

The quality of secondary schools is just as impressive, with many receiving Good Ofsted ratings and Eastwood Academy, Southend High School for Boys, Southend High School for Girls, St Christophers, Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls being marked as Outstanding.

Schools in Southend are located across the town, working their way east down the coast. Edwards Hall Primary School is the furthest north.


Southend has convenient train links to London Liverpool Street

Average Train Journey from Southend Central to London Liverpool Street:

  • 1 hour, 10 minute

Nearest Airport to Southend:

  • Southend SEW Airport

Southend is known for its excellent transport links, both local and international. Southend Victoria station has eleven trains to London Liverpool Street at peak times, taking between 1 hour 2 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes per journey. This service runs between 03:56 and 23:21 each weekday. There are two major stations in Southend Central and Southend Victoria which can be found on Clifftown Road and Victoria Avenue respectively.

For local transport, the Southend Bus and Coach Station can be found on Chinchester Road and provides links to the surrounding towns and London Liverpool Street and London Fenchurch Street.

Southend has received a boost in the past decade with the expansion of Southend Airport, also known as London Southend Airport. Annually it supports over 1.4 million passengers. The airport is an 8 minutes drive from the centre of Southend.

Council Tax

Southend Council Tax Band Amount
A £881.88
B £1,028.86
C £1,175.84
D £1,322.82
E £1,616.78
F £1,910.74
G £2,204.70
H £2,645.64

Southend council tax band info for 2019. Source: southend.gov.uk

After location and transport links, council tax is the most pressing concern for prospective buyers. As a seller in the area, council tax is a hurdle due to the proximity to London and Southend’s tourism background.

Council tax bands for Southend generally have a £150-£300 incremental step between bands.

Living in Southend

Southend pleasure pier and Aventure Island are the area’s main attractions

Commuter links and schools are essential, buyers are also concerned with the quality of life in the area. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the other key variables to consider.

Southend was once a key tourist town for the country, reaching its heights in the 1960’s. The world record-breaking pier is still at the centre of its economy and amenities, though a thriving art scene has shone in recent years. Southend finds the balance between getaway resort and grounded Essex town.

Should ill-health strike, Southend University Hospital can be found in the centre by Priory Park. The BMI Southend Private Hospital is an alternative option. Southend Hospital has a 24 hour emergency service for urgent matters. There are a number of surgeries in the centre and surrounding districts for GP visits.

Southend is more famous for its blue spaces than it’s green spaces, and the beach, pier and nearby Adventure Island amusement parks are just as enjoyable for local residents as they are for tourists. Priory Park in the centre and Chalkwell Park running along the seafront are the two main green spaces in the town. Six parks in the Southend area were awarded Green Flags in 2019 as a sign of well maintained parks and green spaces.

Seafronts towns aren’t always associated with high art, but Southend has more than enough to offer more culturally inclined buyers. Southend Pier Museum gives you an insight into the history of the area’s most notable landmark, while the Southend Central Museum has numerous exhibits that delve into the area’s roots and the hugely popular Planetarium. Beecroft Art Gallery has a permanent gallery and temporary exhibitions for art fanatics. The Palace Theatre is just down the road in Westcliff-on-Sea hosting a range of drama and musical productions. During the summer you can also hear bands performing in the Priory Park bandstand.

For dining, Food and The Pipe of Port are two very different but highly rated establishments. Pasta Pia serves hugely popular Italian street food that the locals can’t get enough of. Rossi ice cream is the treat of choice for a day spent wandering down the seafront.

Living in Essex location comparison table

Living in Southend-on-Sea Living in Colchester Living in Chelmsford Living in Harlow
Average house price* £306,888 £322,883 £399,943 £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)** 1 hour 10 minutes 47 minutes 35 minutes 29 minutes

*Source: Zoopla

**Source: Trainline

Southend is a unique choice in the Essex area in how it balances between seaside resort and London commuter town. If you’re looking to sell in the area you’ll be attracting young families for the quality of schools and the varied collection of outdoor spaces for young children.

If you’re thinking about selling your property, take a look at our Southend estate agents guide or get in touch with one of our agents today to find out more.

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