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Situated in the heart of Essex, Braintree is the main town within the Braintree District which is home to numerous picturesque villages and towns including Coggeshall, Halstead and Witham. The town has historic links to the wool and silk trades and is now home to the destination shopping outlet Braintree Village and the nearby Cressing Temple built by the Knights Templar.
Braintree station and Braintree Freeport station, next to the Braintree Village shopping area, provide direct rail access to London Liverpool Street station in just over an hour. London Stansted Airport is just 15 miles away along the A120 to the west and Colchester 27 miles to the east, whilst Chelmsford is 13 miles to the south along the A131.
In addition to Braintree Village shopping outlet which attracts shoppers throughout the South East with its multitude of designer stores, Braintree town centre has a large array of shops and leisure facilities as would be expected for a town of its size. It is also served by numerous primary and secondary schools and the reputable Gosfield School just 6 miles to the north in Halstead. The town itself has a myriad of housing styles ranging from modern apartments and townhouses to more traditional terraces and some fabulous Edwardian detached homes whilst just a few miles in all directions there are numerous smaller towns and villages set within the Essex countryside.
Braintree Village shopping outlet
Great Notley is located just over a mile to the south west of Braintree town centre and it is a modern suburban development mainly built 20 to 25 years ago and it features a mix of housing types. A large 4 bedroom detached home for example can be purchased for between £400,000 and £700,000, and flats and terrace houses for between £150,000 and £300,000. Its two primary schools and its secondary school are all rated good by Ofsted.
Coggeshall is located 8 miles to the east of Braintree on the A120 and 15 miles to the west of Colchester and it is renowned for having some wonderful period houses with over 200 of them being listed buildings. The majority of the housing stock is family homes ranging from £300,000 to £400,000 and for older residents there are two popular over 55s developments offering good value accommodation.
Close to the centre of Braintree there are lots of opportunities to for investors with a large number of apartments close to Braintree Community Hospital, Springwood Industrial Estate and Braintree train station. One of the most recent additions is the ultra-energy efficient Riverside development which is just a short walk from the train station. The apartments in this area start from around £150,000 and the majority of family homes are also quite affordable ranging from £250,000 to £350,000.
Braintree Riverside Development of ultra-energy efficient apartments