Focus on: Brentwood

NEED TO KNOW | AREA INSIGHT

The settlement in Brentwood can be traced back to Saxon times and has a strong military tradition, with the town having being used as an active army base. Today it is one of Essex’s most affluent areas and one of the new commuter hotspots.

The combination of excellent transport links and countryside living has proven popular with families who need easy access to London but want more space at a relatively low price.

Brentwood is only two miles from the M25 and its mainline station allows access to Liverpool Street station in as little as 30 minutes. When Crossrail is complete in 2018, access to the City and central London will be even easier.

It is surrounded by woodland and sprawling green spaces. A number of villages on the outskirts, such as Herongate, Great Warley and Blackmore, offer a village feel, with their cobbled roads and old gastro pubs. While many of the properties are Georgian or Victorian, new developments have also launched, including Crest Nicholson’s Base and Linden Homes’ Burntwood Square.

ROLLASON WAY, CM14

Price: £230,000

This two-bedroom apartment is one of two still available to buy in the Base development. It comes with an open plan kitchen/dining area and a contemporary bathroom. Contact Crest Nicholson on 0870 757 8384.

HERRINGTON GROVE, CM13

Price: £2.95m

This property is ideal for large families and those who like to entertain. Situated on a south westerly plot in one of the most popular residential estates in the area, it comes with six large bedrooms, five bathrooms, four reception rooms, a spacious library and a generously sized study. Contact Meacok & Jones on 01277 218 485.

HORSEMAN SIDE, CM14

Price: £1.35m

This four bedroom, two bathroom house sits on 1.2 acres of land. It is hidden behind an electric gate and gravelled drive. Brentwood High Street is close by. Contact Savills on 01245 378 0555 or visit savills.co.uk

NAVESTOCKSIDE, CM14

Price: £549,950

This semi-detached period house is set on a plot of 0.3 acres in a semi-rural location. It offers a spacious dining room, ideal for entertaining; a large garden with a terraced area overlooking a feature pond and a detached garage. Contact Balgores Hayes on 01277 216 800

ONGAR ROAD, CM14

Price: £1.39m

This Grade II listed, five-bedroom farmhouse is the perfect countryside retreat and features high ceilings and a grand staircase in the main hall. Contact Zoe Napier Country and Equestrian on 01621 470 007.

CORNSLAND, CM14

Price: £1.5m

This 16th century home is located in the heart of the Cornsland private estate. It comprises of five bedrooms, a study, large family room and four bathrooms. Contact Savills on 01245 762 050.

GREARY DRIVE, CM14

Price: £264,950

This brand new home is located in Burntwood Square, a popular site created by Linden Homes. The development is quiet and sits on 17 acres of open green space. It also benefits from being close to Brentwood town centre. The property has two bedrooms. Contact Linden Homes on 01277 729 966.

HONEYPOT LANE, CM14

Price: £899,950

This five bedroom recently refurbished detached family home is located on a highly sought after road overlooking green land. It features a superb kitchen and dining area along with three reception rooms, a spacious utility room and ground floor cloakroom. Brentwood station is less than a mile away, offering direct links to Liverpool Street. Contact Beresfords on 01277 699 068.

CRICKETERS LANE, CM13

Price: £675,000

This four bedroom detached house is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the cricket green in Herongate. The property is ideal for entertaining, featuring a large family and dining room and benefits from a large kitchen with doors leading on to an impressive garden. Contact Bairstow Eves on 01277 724 704 or visit bairstoweves.co.uk.

PARK ROAD, CM14

Price: £534,995

This three-bedroom property has original period features but also gives a nod to contemporary design. It comes with a bright and spacious kitchen, which opens out onto to a large garden, a lounge with a decorative ceiling cornice and a large basement allowing for ample storage space. Contact Beresfords on 01277 699 068 or visit beresfordsgroup.co.uk.

KENSINGTON WAY, CM14

Price: £825,000

Located in a highly sought after development, this brand new five bedroom detached home comes with a living room and separate dining room, study and a spacious fully fitted kitchen with contemporary features. Contact Linden Homes on 01277 729 966.

BRENTWOOD ROAD, CM13

Price: £799,999

This four bedroom detached house is set on a large plot with an impressive frontage. The property is arranged over three floor and perfectly located for some of the best performing schools in the area. Contact Balgores Hayes on 01277 216 800 or visit balgoresproperty.co.uk

NAVESTOCKSIDE, CM14

Price: £975,000

This 18th century property is set within a highly sought after, semi rural hamlet within a short drive of Brentwood High Street and Shenfield Station. It comes with five bedrooms, a grand entrance hall, study and a dining room with a brick fireplace. Contact Balgores Hayes on 01277 216 800.

BRENTWOOD ROAD, CM13

Price: £1.95m

This five-bedroom house sits at the end of a long gravel drive behind electric gates shielding it from view. Its offering inside is comprehensive. Three of the five bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms and fully-fitted dressing rooms and the house also features an indoor pool, entertaining area and three reception rooms. Contact Savills on 01245 293 233 or visit savills.com.