BRAINTREE, ESSEX

GRESHAM HOUSE, BRADFORD STREET
Price: £749,95
This listed property runs across four floors and retains a number of period features. The house has six bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms including an orangery. There is a small playroom, kitchen, living room, laundry, utility room, office and cloakroom. There is a gym in the basement.

Contact: John D Wood & Co. on 01245 344222 or go to www.johndwood.co.uk

WESTERGREEN MEADOW, OFF LONDON ROAD
Price: £379,995
This four-bedroom family home has three reception rooms, a fitted kitchen with granite worktops, a recently re-fitted bathroom, a double garage and driveway.

Contact: Beresfords on 01376 348444 or go to www.beresfordsgroup.co.uk

NASH HOUSE, OLD SAINT MICHAELS
Price: £425,000
Within this Victorian hospital conversion there is a one-bedroom apartment for sale with a terrace overlooking the courtyard gardens. It is a grade II listed building and retains many of its period features, including original quarry tiles, restored sash windows and fireplaces.

Contact: Beresfords, www.beresfordsgroup.co.uk

NEED TO KNOW | AREA INSIGHT
Commuting to the city: Driving from Braintree to the City takes just over an hour. Taking the train, however, can get you into Liverpool Street in just over 30mins. From Liverpool Street, you can jump on the tube and then DLR to reach Canary Wharf in 20 minutes.

Education: While the majority of schools in the area don’t have particularly impressive academic results, the independent Gosfield School performs well. The school is co-educational and teaches from the age of 4 to 18. Boarding is optional. Day fees run up to £4,000 a term.