Price: £885,000
A late Victorian detached house, this five double bedroom property is ideal for families. It is set in grounds of 0.3 acres and also has a detached coach house – perfect for an annexe or a home office. There are four reception rooms, including a separate dining room and a conservatory. There is ample room for parking at the front of the property, although there is no garage.

Contact: Hetheringtons on 01992 440000,

Price: £430,000
Those looking to escape the confines of the capital will appreciate this property’s semi-rural location and views over the surrounding countryside. It has three bedrooms, of which one has an en-suite. The rear garden is large and well maintained and there is also a garage and driveway at the front. There is potential to extend the property should you wish to do so.

Contact: Bairstow Eves on 01279 626117,

Price: £399,995 for a four-bedroom villa
This is a new development on the outskirts of Harlow. There are apartments, courtyard homes and detached villas on sale. The detached villas come complete with balconies, rear gardens and an open-plan downstairs living space. The kitchens and bathrooms are all fully-fitted with high-quality appliances. There are only two detached villas left to buy.

Contact: Linden Homes on 01245 494849,

Price: £795,000
Those after a bit of period style will love this Grade II-listed thatched cottage. The property was completely refurbished in 2003, including a new thatched roof. It is set in seven acres of grounds backing on to open countryside, which include a stables and a fishing lake. There are four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a fitted kitchen/breakfast room. The property comes with a self-contained annexe.

Contact: Hetheringtons on 01992 815314,