Ayers & Cruiks have been getting to know Southend property and the surrounding towns like Rochford for many years. With our extensive knowledge that comes from being a local estate agent, we wanted to share our insights to help you find the perfect Rochford property.
This month we wanted to give you some useful hints and tips for those interested in buying or renting Rochford property. After all, it is a town that is steeped in history and full of character.
Rochford sits to the north of Southend-on-Sea and is sufficiently separated from Rayleigh to preserve its own identity. With its mix of countryside and coastline along the seawall, its stylish properties and historic buildings, we know the town of Rochford offers rural living with a modern touch.
Did you know Rochford is one of the few towns remaining that doesn’t have a high street? Instead has a town cross pattern, comprising a North, South, East and West Street. As well as a unique town structure there are 65 square miles filled with heritage, culture and unspoilt coastline making Rochford a historical and picturesque place to explore.
getting to know rochford
Rochford is a well-connected town, whether you are headed to the City or the coast, roads, planes and train stations are plentiful. Rochford offers commuters complete connection to all the places that matter.
London Liverpool Street is only 45 minutes from Rochford on the Greater Anglia service or a 30-minute drive via the M25. Heading in the other direction takes you into Southend Victoria via the London Southend Airport for weekend breaks or summer holidays.
An important element for a lot of home buyers is to know about the schools in the location. We took a look at some of the top performing schools in the area:
Rochford Primary and Nursery School scores a 2 at Ofsted and is a popular school in the local area. St. Teresa ‘s Catholic Primary School and Waterman Primary School are both popular choices in the Rochford area.
Being so close to Southend again has some major advantages offering a high standard of secondary level education with the grammar schools in the area, Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls as well as 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.
Outside of the grammar school system both Greensward Academy in Hockley and The King Edmund School score well with Ofsted and are more local than having to travel to Southend on a daily basis.
The Southend University Hospital is easy to access in nearby Southend. For added convenience, there is the Rochford Medical Centre, open from 06:30 to 19:00 on weekdays and 08:30 to 11:30 on Saturdays.
shopping and entertainment
With a weekly market taking place each Tuesday the town offers a wide range of goods, creating a unique experience for shoppers.
If you’re a true foodie, Rochford has some culinary treats on offer for all taste buds! With an increasingly wide range of options and flavours and various different delicacies on offer, we picked three of the top-rated restaurants.
- Lokanta Turkish – this local Turkish restaurant offers a wide range of different options and has achieved a 4.3-star rating. Try the Iskender Kebab, slices of Adana lamb served on a bed of hot Turkish bread, garnished with yoghurt
and tomato sauce. Or perhaps the delicious cuts of marinated and seasoned meats, grilled on the fire-pit, served with bulgur, white rice and salad.
- Monsoon Indian – 52 reviews and an average score of 4.7 stars, there aren’t many higher rated restaurants anywhere let alone in Rochford. If Indian cuisine is your thing, Monsoon should be top of your list.
- The Royal Oak – With a wide range of steaks, pasta dishes and other pub classics with a large garden this is a perfect spot for the warmer months.
rochford property and living costs
As with any area, property prices are always moving and changing so to get an up-to-date view of the market and expert advice speak with our residential team here at Ayers & Cruiks. The other costs of living in Rochford are standard costs.
If you are renting then the typical fees and deposits will apply, prices vary depending on estate agents.
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
- There are no hidden costs with Ayers & Cruiks.
For Rochford property buyers moving to the area normal costs such as solicitor fees, chartered surveyor costs and stamp duty (where applicable) will all be costs that need to be considered. Budgeting is a key part of home ownership or renting so knowing all your costs up front is key.
You can download the latest prices on council tax bands from the council website. A simple Google search will also help you to get an idea of what monthly costs you’re likely to have and with a bit of research you’ll be able to find the best prices on gas, electricity and broadband.
thinking of buying a rochford property
All the key facts and tips you need to know about the historic town of Rochford are right here. A perfect location for young professionals and families looking for a first home. Whether you’re looking for a place to commute to London or be a little further out from the hustle and bustle of the busier town of Southend, Rochford could be the next place you call ho me.
For more information about properties in Rochford contact us to speak with our dedicated residential team. Call Ayers & Cruiks today and let us help you find your new home.