The Essex town with some of the UK’s most expensive countryside properties – Essex Live



An Essex town has been named one of the UK’s most expensive areas to buy a property in the countryside.

Ingatestone, between Brentwood and Chelmsford, has been ranked the fifth most expensive area of the UK to buy a countryside property.

The research conducted by Compare My Move ranked over 75 rural locations on factors such as average house price, median full-time salary, average temperature and precipitation, and wifi speed, to identify the best places to relocate in the countryside.

Its quiet, village feel, with good links to London and decent schools has made it one of the most desirable places to live in the county – far surpassing seemingly more traditionally upmarket towns including Chigwell.

Ingatestone is a village in between Brentwood and Chelmsford (Image: Marc McDonald)

When passing through the town it’s easy to see why the average house price exceeds £700,000 as the properties and their surroundings are simply stunning.

The research showed Ingatestone residents had a median salary of £32,404, the town had 1598 annual average sunlight hours, 592mm of annual average rainfall, 39.1Mbit/s median download speed and 15 restaurants.

The town ranked 10th overall, and gained a score of 74.92 according to the Compare My Move study.

While West Mersea came in a close 12th with a score of 74.60, and Epping came joint 13th with Cheltenham. 

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Here’s the top five most expensive countryside towns, and their average house prices:

1. Lustleigh, Devon – £2,317,500

2. Ilmington, Warwickshire – £1,162,500

3. Naunton, Gloucestershire – £1,002,650

4. Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire – £815,000

5. Ingatestone, Essex – £775,511

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Dave Sayce, managing director at Compare My Move, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has seen many people reconsidering their living situation, with a large number of city dwellers ditching urban living and relocating to rural areas for a slower-paced life in the beautiful English countryside.

“It’s easy to see why people are choosing a quiet life in the country as the UK is home to some of the world’s most beautiful rural towns and villages

“However, relocating can come at a large cost, particularly with hidden fees, such as the cost of removals.

“It’s not surprising to see the top rural destinations are near London, with the likes of Guildford and St Albans proving popular places for Londoners to escape to, whilst having the benefit of quick and easy transport links into the city.”

You can view the research in full here: https://www.comparemymove.com/rural-relocations