Maldon – home to a small population, a picturesque town with spacious detached homes and smaller, town centre retirement properties.
Maldon is a town of about 15,000 people on the banks of the Chelmer in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex. It is the starting point of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, which runs to Chelmsford. Its estuary setting, relatively easy commute to London and number of new housing developments make it increasingly popular with families.
Maldon was an important Saxon port and the town's Hythe Quay is the residence of several Thames sailing barges, among the last cargo vessels in the world still operating under sail.
Maldon Sea Salt has been produced here since 1882 and it is also the location of the first self-service Tesco supermarket in the country, which was opened in 1956.
Maldon lies on the A414, 10 miles east of Chelmsford, and 49 miles north-east of Charing Cross, London, using the A13. The town's railway station closed in 1966 so the nearest stations to Maldon now are Hatfield Peverel, Witham and North Fambridge. Hatfield Peverel, 45 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street, is to the north of the town, whilst North Fambridge is to the south.
Promenade Park with its many activities including a Splash Park, sand pit and adventure golf, has been a popular leisure location for over 100 years. There are dozens of shops along Maldon High Street and in a new shopping centre at Blackwater Retail Park, on the site of a former rail yard. The town hosts an annual mud race, festival, carnival, regatta and Blackwater Country Show. Nearby is Burnham-on-Crouch, an historic yachting centre known as the "Cowes of the East."
The largest school is Plume, Maldon's Community Academy. The highly rated Ormiston Rivers Academy is in neighbouring Burnham-on-Crouch. There are also many primary schools in the town.
If you are moving to Maldon, several of the larger estate agent chains have branches on the high street. However, for more specialised services, such as surveyors and mortgage brokers, you may want to use PropertyHeads.
Spital Road consists mainly of large properties, parks and lakes, just one mile from Maldon town centre. You will find detached houses in this area, and they all come with a considerable amount of land. 2 bedroom barn conversions here cost anywhere from £400,000 upwards but a 6 bedroom mansion with estuary views and extensive grounds can be in the region of £6million. Occasionally, 2 bedroom waterfront bungalows or flats are available and their average price is £500,000.
Handley Gardens is a new housing development in the south of Maldon, designed to blend modern lifestyle with seaside living. It is close to several schools and has all the local community facilities you need. New homes in the Handley Gardens development cost from £350,000 for a 3 bedroom house and from £600,000 for a 5 bedroom property.
If you prefer to stay in the centre of Maldon, which has a small residential area, near the high street you will find that a 1 bedroom flat or maisonette costs around £200,000.