1 Oct

Splash around on the beach in Southend-on-Sea

Splash around on the beach in Southend-on-Sea

Anyone on the lookout for a location that has all the charm of the British seaside yet is within easy reach of central London might want to consider researching property for sale in Southend-on-Sea.

The Essex town can trace its settlement history to the late 18th century, but it was the coming of the railways that really boosted its popularity as a resort in the 1800s.

Holidaymakers would flock in during their spare time to enjoy the seven miles of golden sand and opportunities to bathe in the sea.

Today, that hasn't altered and more than six million people still visit Southend every year for the restorative properties of the seaside air and the longest leisure pier in the world.

However, the resort isn't purely defined by its status as a tourist honeypot - and that's what could make owning a home here so appealing.

It is only 64km east of central London and is served by two National Rail lines, making a commute into the metropolis perfectly feasible for people who want to live outside the big city. The town even has its own airport, London Southend, which is just 2.8km away and offers scheduled flights to destinations across Europe.

For people with children, education will be a key consideration in any move and Southend is well served by schools. There are a number of mixed-sex comprehensives, including Chase High School and the Eastwood Academy, while there are also four grammar schools.

The University of Essex, South Essex College and SEEVIC College are among the institutions providing higher education for school leavers.

In terms of employment for those who don't want to commute to London, there are plenty of chances to find a great job in Southend. Big employers including HMRC and one of Britain's biggest insurance firms have found their home here and the service sector is expansive thanks to all those tourists.

And since living anywhere should not be all about work and no play, we ought to mention that Southend-on-Sea offers a plethora of things for its residents to do at the weekends, whether it's a stroll around the Central Museum and its planetarium or big thrills at the theme park Adventure Island.

More than 80 parks and 14 conservation areas make a walk in the Southend's open spaces a wonderful experience at any time of year too.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801751955-ADNFCR

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