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Take Stock for an alternative to life in the City Posted On 23 April 2021

Essex figures prominently in guide for homebuyers looking to relocate from capital

 

It has a highly-rated pub and a reputation as an affluent, tight-knit Essex village with an old-fashioned vibe. And now the little village of Stock, located between Chelmsford and Billericay, has been named as one of the best commuter locations, albeit for those with a hefty bank balance.

Home to around 2,000 residents, Stock has been pinpointed as an ideal destination for cash-rich Londoners eager to move further afield yet still retain a close connection with the capital.

Mainly because of its proximity to rail links, The Daily Telegraph identified the village as an ideal base for the City’s deserters, who are eager to relocate and take advantage of the rise in home-working opportunities created by the pandemic.

Such a lifestyle, though, comes with a massive price-tag – the average house price in the village, which is overseen by Chelmsford City Council, stands at £912,322.

Should you fancy the quieter, less frentic, lifestyle, you will find a close-knit community and a place at the bar in The Hoop, a pub/restaurant which has earned high praise from critics and food guides alike.

Essex figured prominently in the Telegraph’s ‘Leaving London’ series, which examined alternative bases for commuters with a range of budgets.

While Stock came highly-placed in the £1m bracket for those who wanted to move north-east of London, Ingatestone, which has around 5,600 inhabitants, proved to be a slightly cheaper option – even if it is just up the road – figuring well in the £700,000 category.

Manuden, on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, was prominent in the £500,000 budget category, while Silver End near Witham was highlighted for those who had a £300,000 budget. The village, which has straightforward access to Hatfield Peverel railway station, was originally conceived as a model village by the industrialist Francis Crittall, who established his window factory there.

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