Top 5 places to live in Essex

Essex is a real treasure trove of surprises, especially when you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot to find your new build home. It’s not just about one or two nice places; this county is like a patchwork of different vibes and scenes.

From the laid-back, breezy coastal spots where you can relax by the sea, to those quaint, history-packed towns that feel like stepping back in time, Essex has got a bit of everything.

Let’s take a look at the top five best spots to live in Essex.

Living in Brightlingsea

Nestled on the Essex coast, Brightlingsea is a hidden gem for those who love the sea. This small town is big on community spirit and maritime heritage. With its beautiful waterfront, local festivals, and a strong sense of community, it’s ideal for those seeking a peaceful coastal life.

We have just one home remaining at our Colne Meadow development in Brightlingsea if you wish to join this amazing community.

The key features of this coastal town are:

  • Coastal settings
  • Rich history
  • Close proximity to larger cities
  • Great for outdoor activities
  • Picturesque
Colne Meadow, a Hopkins Homes development in Brightlingsea

Living in Mistley

Mistley, a small village with a big personality, is nestled on the River Stour. It’s famous for its scenic views and the Mistley Towers.

This village is perfect for those who appreciate rural living but still want easy access to larger towns and amenities. London is a little under an hour by train to Liverpool Street.

It’s no wonder that Hopkins Homes chose this great village for River Reach, a new homes development of 2 to 5-bedroom homes.

Let’s take a look at some of Mistley’s key features:

  • Scenic waterfront
  • Proximity to larger towns
  • Great transport links
  • Quiet lifestyle
  • Historical charm
The river Deben in Essex

Living in Colchester

As Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester is rich in history and culture. It offers a mix of ancient sites, modern shopping areas, and lively entertainment options.

With its excellent schools and diverse community, Colchester is a great choice for families and young professionals.

Take a look at Hopkins Homes new build development at Chitts Hill in Colchester.

Key features of this amazing location include:

  • Good transport links
  • Great education
  • Natural beauty
  • Plenty of shopping and dining options
  • Plenty of attractions to visit
Castle Park in Colchester

Living in West Bergholt

West Bergholt, located close to Colchester, offers the best of countryside living. It’s known for its beautiful landscapes, friendly community, and local amenities. This village is perfect for those looking for a tranquil lifestyle, with the convenience of a nearby city.

Explore Hopkins Homes new build development Bergholt Place in West Bergholt.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features of living here:

  • Real village charm
  • Close proximity to the town of Colchester
  • Local amenities
  • Great transport links
  • A mix of rural and urban life
River Stour near West Bergholt

Living in Chelmsford

Chelmsford, located in Essex, is a vibrant city known for its unique blend of history and modernity. It’s famous for being the birthplace of radio, thanks to Guglielmo Marconi who opened the world’s first wireless factory here.

The city has a lively city centre with a mix of shopping centres, parks, and a range of eateries that cater to all tastes. Chelmsford also has a rich cultural scene, with the Chelmsford Cathedral being a standout historical landmark.

Here are some of the key features of living in this lively city:

  • Proximity to London
  • A variety of shopping centres and landmarks
  • Great employment opportunities
  • Vibrant city life
  • Good transport links

If you are interested in moving to Chelmsford our forthcoming site at Beaulieu could be for you.

An Essex beach


Where is the best place to live in Essex?

The “best” place to live in Essex really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re into vibrant city life, Chelmsford is a great choice.

For a more tranquil, coastal living, a town like Brightlingsea is ideal. Families often prefer areas like Saffron Walden for their community feel and excellent schools.

Where is the safest place to live in Essex?

Safety can vary within regions, but generally, smaller towns and villages in Essex tend to have lower crime rates such as West Bergholt, which is often cited for its safety and community-oriented atmosphere.

Where is the most affluent part of Essex?

Chelmsford is considered to be an affluent area due to its strong economy and high standards of living.

It’s known for its good schools, and nice neighbourhoods, and it’s pretty well connected to London, which adds to its appeal for people who work in the city but prefer a more suburban or rural lifestyle

Why is Essex expensive to live in?

Essex can be expensive due to its proximity to London, making it a popular choice for commuters. The demand for housing in certain areas, especially those with good transport links, excellent schools, and amenities, drives up property prices.

Additionally, the presence of affluent neighbourhoods and luxury properties also contributes to the overall cost of living.

Is living in Essex worth it?

Living in Essex offers a balance of countryside charm, coastal beauty, and urban convenience, making it a desirable location for many.

Its proximity to London, combined with the diversity of living options from bustling towns to peaceful villages, provides a lifestyle that many find worth the cost. Ultimately, whether it’s worth it depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle needs.

There are also plenty of things to get up to in Essex, take a look at the Hopkins Homes guide of 5 best things to do in Essex.