FOCUS ON: BRENTWOOD, ESSEX

CREST BASE
Price: From £183,000
This new development in the heart of Brentwood has both one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for sale. The living area is open-plan and each flat also has a bathroom and a kitchen. Depending on the stage of construction, you can personalise various aspects of the internal finish. For commuters it is ideally located just 300m from Brentwood railway station. Contact: Crest Nicholson on 0870 757 8384, www.crestnicholson.com

THORNDON APPROACH
Price: £2,395,000
This spacious five-bedroom family home has over 7,000 sq ft of accommodation. There are six reception rooms, including a library, a music room and a media/games room. The house has a large garden with a Koi pond. There is a four-door garage. Contact: Savills on 01245 293233, www.savills.co.uk

LONDON ROAD
Price: £700,000
Less than a mile from Brentwood high street, this Edwardian semi-detached house has four bedrooms. It has three reception rooms and a spacious eat-in kitchen. The conservatory looks out over the 120ft garden. At the front of the property there is off-street parking. The house also has a self-contained bed/sitting room with a kitchen and a shower room in the attic. Contact: Bairstow Eves on 01277 211654, www.bairstowevescountrywide.co.uk

NEED TO KNOW | AREA INSIGHT

Commuting: Brentwood is 36 minutes from London Liverpool Street by train and is well located for the M25.

Schools: Independent Brentwood School is well regarded, as is Shenfield High School, which is co-educational but has single-sex classes until 16. Ingrave Johnstone junior school and St Thomas of Canterbury CofE primary both have excellent Key Stage 2 results.

Crime: Brentwood is slightly safer than the national average.
Restaurants & Pubs: Both the Nags Head and the George and Dragon are popular Brentwood pubs, serving high quality food and a variety of ales. Mason’s is a smart restaurant in the heart of the town with quality food and a wide range of roasts for Sunday lunchtimes. The Headley Bar and Grill is relaxed and has good service.

Parks & Leisure: Thorndon Country Park has plenty of walks, bridleways and fishing lakes. Thorndon Park golf club is nearby as is Hartswood golf club.