The Essex town of Basildon grew from its rural village origins to a bustling new town, in the years immediately following World War II. Today, the area around Basildon is home to around 103,000 people.
Basildon lies 26 miles east of London and enjoys a swift and regular rail link into London Fenchurch Street, with the M25 within easy reach. All this makes Basildon very attractive to commuters and has helped to keep prices in the local property market buoyant. Stansted, Southend and London City airports are all a short distance away.
Much of the property in Basildon is obviously post-war, with plenty of semi-detached and detached houses, as well as substantial numbers of flats and apartment buildings. Expect to pay a premium for property in one of Basildon's four conservation areas, the villages of Little Burstead and Great Burstead, Billericay High Street and Noak Bridge. You'll find more picturesque living too, in an area such as Langdon Hills.
The Vange, Pitsea and Clay Hill Road areas of Basildon provide some of the most competitively priced housing, with areas on the fringes of town such as Pattiswick Square, or the Laindon and Lee Chapel districts, perhaps enjoying a more exclusive reputation.