Ideal commuter base
Basildon and its surrounding towns of West Horndon, Laindon and Pitsea have a lot to offer commuters. Excellent rail and road links put it within easy reach of Southend and Chelmsford and house prices are very reasonable compared to the rest of Essex. Part of the green belt, you’ll find plenty of parks and nature reserves nearby. Basildon town centre itself is getting a £1 billion investment, but it isn’t lacking in amenities currently; there’s a good choice of shops, a market, entertainment park, and huge sporting village which is a real draw.
Did you know? The state-of-the-art Basildon Sporting Village is home to the South Essex Gymnastics Club, which includes Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock.
Population (borough of Basildon): Approx 172,000
Commute time to London: 30-35 mins
Annual train ticket: £2,852 (based on Basildon to London Fenchurch Street)
Average house price: Two Bedroom Flat £179k; Semi-Detached; £326k
Average monthly rent for a two bed flat: £1011 pcm
Things to do
From culture and sports to the great outdoors, there’s more going on in Basildon than you might think.For entertainment hit up the Festival Leisure Park which has a cinema, bowling alley, two nightclubs and plenty of chain restaurants. Towngate Theatre shows a mix of local and West End productions. Athletic types will love Basildon Sporting Village which has two swimming pools, a regional gymnastics centre, eight sports halls, an indoor climbing wall and an athletics stadium. Nearby Langdon Hills Country Park has acres of woodland and meadows and stunning views over the Thames Estuary – ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders alike.
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