When it comes to property in Essex, Ayers & Cruiks know a thing or two, and we certainly know South Woodham Ferrers.
We’ve been helping homeowners in Essex since 1997 and as one of the largest estate agencies in the area we thought it was about time to share some of our insight with local buyers, investors and tenants.
Looking for the right property
The first thing to know about South Woodham Ferrers is that there is a diverse range of residential properties for sale and to let, from established homes, new developments and beautiful new build flats.
This makes South Woodham Ferrers an ideal spot for both families and young professionals to consider. For those looking for an easy commute, young families looking for a well connected area with lots to do but away from the bigger surrounding cities and every one in between.
Getting to know South Woodham Ferrers
As local Estate Agents we know South Woodham Ferrers and have put together our top facts so you can ensure you get the most of your new home and new location.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer, looking for a place to rent or you’re a property investor searching for your next buy to let investment, we understand that choosing the right location is key.
Commuters living in South Woodham Ferrers are in luck, with easy access to the Greater Anglia Train Services you are well connected to London Liverpool Street and the rest of Essex, including getting to Southend on Sea via Southend Victoria station.
If you want to get away for a summer holiday or weekend break, London Southend Airport is a handful of stops on the train or a 14-mile drive away, making it perfect for jet-setters and families looking for a getaway without a long trip to Gatwick or Heathrow.
With a growing list of in-demand destinations both in the UK and abroad there’s an abundance of British and international locations to fly to including:
For professionals that work within Essex the town is well connected by the A132 to the A130, A127 and other major roads. The B1012 goes east to Southminster and Burnham-on-Crouch and the B1418 north to Danbury. Being so well connected makes this an ideal spot for many.
Because South Woodham Ferrers is so close to London Liverpool Street, Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea, living here opens up a whole host of opportunities for professionals looking to progress their careers.
Entertainment, attractions and things to do
Being so well connected isn’t just about work! There is plenty of opportunity for fun and things to see and do. Whether you are a young family or retired couple, finding something to do in South Woodham Ferrers is easy.
Days out at Marsh Farm offers family fun for all ages and will certainly wear the children out. Whether it’s feeding the birds in the walk-through aviary, cuddling the pets or grooming a pony there’s bound to be something for everyone. There’s a wide range of delicious freshly prepared food and a huge indoor and outdoor play area.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall is only a short drive from South Woodham Ferrers and offers a fantastic range of events throughout the year.
If you consider yourself something of a foodie then there are plenty of local places to eat at from fine dining to lunch time stops off for a caffeine boost.
A wide selection of options exist whether you’re an early riser looking for a hearty breakfast and good coffee or a quick lunch time stop off, The Eatery comes highly recommended by locals with an array of options from steaks, paninis or a range of breakfasts including a full English.
Munchies Cafe, a local favourite with a 4.5 star Google rating offers a wide selection of food, accommodating staff and very healthy portions.
The Coffee Lounge offers a local alternative for coffee lovers that are bored of multinational chains. Consistently high ratings on Google focused on the friendly staff makes for a warm and welcoming environment for your next hit of caffeine.
Thai Bualuang is a Thai restaurant perfect for those looking for fresh, aromatic and fragrant flavours. With an average rating of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor you may well have found your new favourite place to eat.
If you prefer Indian food, Elachi offers fine Indian cuisine with another 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor. From perfect Naans, the best balti or for those that like a bit of heat from the towns finest Madras, you’ll never run out of options to try.
China Kitchen is for those that love Chinese food. Another 4.5 star rated restaurant, it’s almost as though South Woodham Ferrers based restaurants don’t know how to make a bad meal.
Looking for the local watering hole? Then look no further than two of the most popular options in the town, The Curlew and the Railway Pub. Both offer a selection of beers and pub food, Sky Sports and The Curlew even has a regular comedy night.
If you have children, or you plan to in the near future, then being close to good schools is likely a very important factor whether you are renting or buying.
The town is home to five primary schools, including:
Collingwood Primary School
A popular school in the heart of South Woodham Ferrers. With a score of 2 from Ofsted, (1 = outstanding, 2 = good) and 200+ students with a pupil to teacher ratio of 17.1:1 is a better than average across the nation.
Elmwood Primary School
A slightly larger school with over 400 pupils and as such a higher ratio of pupils to teacher at 26.1:1 but with a higher happiness rating of 98%. Ofsted again scored the school as good.
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School
Well situated and scores a 2 from Ofsted. A good pupil to teacher ratio makes this another fine option for parents.
The main secondary school in the town is William de Ferrers School with further options in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas such as The Sandon School and the King John School.
An important consideration for homeowners of all ages is being close to Hospitals and GPs, so being close to a larger city has its advantages. The Baddow Hospital in Chelmsford is only 10 miles away, while Southend Hospital is approximately 13 miles away. Add to this an array of local GP surgeries, including Greenwood Surgery, Kingsway Surgery and Brickfields Surgery.
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Feeling safe in your home is vital. An active and informed Neighbourhood Watch group operates in the area allowing you to become an integral part of the community by getting involved and helping to implement safety across the town.
The local council website has plenty of information for residents and business owners in South Woodham Ferrers and further information can be found for the wider area at the Chelmsford City Council website.
Costs of living in South Woodham Ferrers
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 one of our specialist teams here at Ayers & Cruiks.
The other costs of living in South Woodham Ferrers 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 and Cruiks would include:
- Reference fees (including credit checks, bank, guarantor, previous landlord, etc)
- One month rent upfront
There are no hidden costs with Ayers and Cruiks.
For buyers moving to the area normal things like solicitors 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 for South Woodham Ferrers from the Chelmsford 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.
So there it is. All the key facts and tips you need to know about the lovely town of South Woodham Ferrers. Whether you are a young professional looking for a new rental apartment, a young family looking for your first home or you’re looking to move out of the busy city, there really is something for everyone.
For more information about South Woodham Ferrers and the wider area of Essex, call Ayers & Cruiks today and let us help you find your new home.