When it comes to Southend property, Ayers & Cruiks know a thing or two, and we certainly know Southend. Our office is based in Southend and we’ve been helping homeowners find the right Southend property since we opened our doors in 1997.
As one of the largest estate agents in Southend, we wanted to share our insights on the local property market and the growth that the town has experienced in recent years.
Over the past few years, we’ve really witnessed the major investment that has gone into the area from new luxury apartment developments popping up for young professionals to regeneration into local attractions and money spent on improving travel links.
Fantastic traffic links, picturesque seafront and plenty of things to do, Southend is a vibrant town to live with a dynamic range of properties to offer.
The town’s regeneration project is creating a number of apartments making it a commuter hotspot, while its Edwardian homes along the seafront are perfect for growing families.
Table of contents
- Transport links
- Entertainment and attractions
- Restaurants in Southend
- Properties in Southend
No shortage of choice for home buyers
With more and more new homes needed every year, the residents of Southend happen to be spoilt for choice. A growing number of new developments at a range of price points, from starter homes by the sea to luxury professional apartments that rival anything you’ll find in London. It’s
clear that first-time buyers or those looking to move up the housing ladder have a growing choice.
Getting to know Southend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea appeals to a growing number of homeowners or renters, due in part to the easy commute to London and impressive travel links beyond the capital thanks to Southend Airport.
With a total of three train stations, yes three train stations, available to the people of Southend you’ll never be stuck for a route into London whether for business or leisure. The C2C line stops at both Southend East in nearby Southchurch, and Southend Central and goes to London Fenchurch Street, whilst the Southend Victoria station goes into London Liverpool Street on the
Great Anglia line.
All three can get you into London in just under an hour making Southend a great option for those looking to commute into the City for work as well as adding a brilliant number of attractions for days out and things to do.
Major roads like the A127 connect Southend to other towns like Rayleigh, Basildon and Benfleet or even for those travelling further, going on to Kent via the Dartford crossing.
Of course, a major investment in the town over the recent years has been the London Southend Airport, with a growing number of destinations and places to travel to, you’ll never be bored.
- With flights going near and far both abroad and in the UK:
Fly to Carlisle, the gateway to the Lake District
- Visit Amsterdam for culture and an easygoing canalside living
- Take advantage of the year-round sunshine and crystal clear waters of Malta
- When it comes to beauty, there’s nowhere quite like the Hungarian capital, Budapest
- Go to Jersey and put yourself at the very crossing-point where Britain meets France
The good news is that you don’t have to hop on a train to London or book a flight to have a bit of sun, sand and sea – Southend has it all. From July through to August the town fills up with people visiting the beaches, local restaurants and the numerous events, fairs and open-air cinemas that pop up.
For those with children Adventure Island, the largest free to enter theme park in the UK offers a great day out. With a selection of rides for children and adults alike, you’re sure to be entertained. Take advantage of the beautiful panoramic views across Southend from the big wheel, whether it’s during a summer sunset or the October firework display.
Next door stretching into the Estuary, is the world-famous Pleasure Pier, the longest in the world at 1.34 miles. The pier a range of events throughout the year based at the Cultural Centre that was built in 2009. Originally built in 1830 its presence is synonymous with Southend-on-Sea and brings visitors year-round, whether it’s a family trip on the railway to the end of the pier or
dedicated fisherman taking advantage of prime position.
Shopping has become a major focus of the town centre and investments have been significant in providing a range of retail shops for fashion and home with major brands like Debenhams, Next and Primark offering huge locations for shoppers to spend.
The borough of Southend has shopping in many other areas too. Leigh Broadway and Leigh Road in Leigh-on-Sea, as well as Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southchurch Road and London Road, are where many of Southend’s independent businesses now reside.
Odeon Cinema, local Theatres & more
At the top of Southend High Street, outside of the Victoria Shopping Plaza, is the Odeon cinema. Surrounded by local restaurants for grabbing some food before or after your showing and with all the latest movies being screened there’s likely never a dull moment.
Culture vultures will also appreciate Southend’s fine selection of galleries, like the Focal Point Gallery and Beecroft Art Gallery, exhibiting works of local artists. There is the Southend Museum in Victoria Avenue, as well as the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre, hosting shows, musicals and gigs.
Coffee Shops & Cafes
As with most towns and cities you can’t walk through a high street without seeing a Costa or Starbucks but Southend also offers a range of independently owned coffee shops.
The Utopia coffee shop is located right near to Primark and Boots by the Royals Shopping Centre. For those venturing a little further out of the high street, Amore Coffee House on Hamlet Court Road has a great selection of coffees on its menu. Birdwood Bakery has locations on Leigh Road in Leigh-on-Sea and in the Southend Victoria Plaza.
When it comes to food, Southend has something for everyone. The major restaurant chains are all present, from Pizza Express, Nando’s and Ask as well as the usual fast food names you’d expect to see. Southend-on-Sea is able to boast a huge selection of independent restaurants with a growing selection of flavours with everything from Turkish food, grill houses Indian and
Here is a selection of our favourites:
A local favourite known for its steaks, burgers and ribs. With 427 reviews and counting and an average of 4.5-star ratings, you should be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Situated on the seafront, opposite the Sea Life Adventure Centre. Pearl Dragon has a long history of serving the finest Chinese food in Southend. With an average 4.5 star ratings and 118 online reviews, this is one to check out if Chinese cuisine is your thing.
Beautifully located overlooking the seafront, slightly further away from the high street the extra effort to get here is well worth it. With a lovely garden facing the sea, it’s perfect for summertime al Fresco dining. If you’ve been looking for somewhere that does great seafood and steaks, with amazing views, look no further.
Pubs & Bars
Along with all the bigger names and more traditional pubs on the seafront, Southend has a growing number of micropubs and microbreweries offering a unique range of beers and ales to try. Leigh on Sea Brewery opened their doors in 2017 and offer a growing range of different ales to purchase online with Mawson’s Micropub on Southchurch Road offering a range of beers to
be tasted amongst likeminded people from local “Wakering Gold” to the “Crowstone Love Leigh Black IPA”.
For those with children, Southend offers a range of highly rated schools for both primary and secondary school levels.
Sacred Heart Catholic School
- Ofsted Report score of 2
- 99% happiness rating against a national average of 93%
- 20% of students achieve the higher standard in reading, writing and maths with a national average of 9%
- Pupil teacher ratio 17.1:1
Earls Hall Primary School
- Ofsted score of 2
- 17% pupils achieve higher standard in reading, writing & mathematics versus the national average 9%
- Pupil to teacher ratio of 23.3:1
- 89% happiness rating
Barons Court Primary School
- Ofsted report score of 1(outstanding)
- 80% of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
- 100% happiness rating
- 18.1:1 pupil: teacher ratio
Southend offers a high standard of secondary level education with the Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls and the Southend High School for boys and the Southend High School for Girls scoring Ofsted reports of 1 and scores 5-star reviews on School Guide.
St Thomas More High School and St Bernard’s High School also score high with Ofsted, both scoring a 2. Both schools are above average in obtaining 5+ GCSEs at A* to C grade including both English and maths scoring a 72% and 84% respectively.
Southend also offers a tremendous selection of higher education studies with both the South Essex College and the University of Essex providing a vast array of courses. With an ever-growing number of students looking to Southend as a top destination for obtaining a degree, student accommodation is growing year on year.
The iconic student accommodation landmark, named University Square located right across from The Forum, equipped with a state of the art library, teaching spaces and a 24-hour Learning Hub and only a stone’s throw from a unique rehearsal and performance space at Clifftown Theatre and Studio.
An important consideration for homeowners of all ages is being close to Hospitals and local GPs. Southend is home to a large University Hospital centrally located for easy access to residents of Southend, Westcliff, Leigh and Shoeburyness.
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Feeling safe in your home is vital and Southend’s Neighbourhood Watch has been running since 1985 and covers all seventeen electoral wards.
The Borough is the most densely populated outside of London. With seven miles of coastline the Neighbourhood Watch team in Southend works very closely with local Policing teams, the Community Safety Partnership and Southend’s antisocial behaviour team all with a common goal of making Southend a safer place to live and work.
The local council website has plenty of information for residents and landlords looking at Southend property options as well as more general help and support.
Costs of living in Southend-on-Sea
As with any area, Southend property prices are always moving and changing so to get an up to date view of the market and expert advice speak with our specialist team here at Ayers & Cruiks. Now is a great time to buy or rent Southend property due to the regeneration and investment being put into the town, including the modern 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the Baryta House development or the contemporary collection of 1 bedroom apartments available to rent at Northfield House.
The standard costs of living in Southend apply, if you are renting then the typical fees and deposits will be applicable. To avoid surprises Ayers & Cruiks offer transparent pricing with no hidden fees.
Some of the fees and administration with Ayers & Cruiks would include:
- Reference fees (including credit checks, bank, guarantor, previous landlord, etc)
- One month rent upfront
So there it is. Everything you could need to know if you are buying, renting or investing in Southend property. It’s where coastal living meets vibrant town life, and with all the regeneration works taking place in Southend, there is no better time to move to the area and take advantage of the location and growing opportunities.
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