While there are acres of beautiful countryside to enjoy, Billericay also has a vibrant town centre and excellent rail connections to London and surrounding areas including Basildon and Southend. House prices are more affordable than the capital and it remains a town worthy of a place high up on your property area wish list.
Prime property in Billericay is located on the outskirts within an area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, which covers Little Norsey Road, Stock Road and Norsey Road, situated close by to Norsey Woods. These streets feature large, detached houses with expansive driveways and manicured gardens, many with beautiful extensions and summer houses.
Georgian properties sit on Western Road, while Laindon Common Road features cottages built during the Victorian era. Coxes Farm Road has a number of standout cottages overlooking country fields. Second Avenue and Norsey View Drive is where you’ll find more modern designs built during the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Average property prices in Billericay currently stand at £473,835, with the average rent being at £1,154 pcm.
With a direct train journey taking only 31 minutes into Central London it’s no wonder that Billericay is popular with professionals working in the capital. It ensures a fantastic balance between city life and a country escape, keeping locals connected to the bustle of London while always being able to make a quick exit back to the quieter confines of Billericay. This also makes it an attractive option for families. It’s considered an ideal area for people of a more mature age winding down careers or simply looking for a property a little more distanced from the big smoke of London.
There are plenty of good schools in Billericay, with a number rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. At primary level this includes Quilters Junior School, Buttsbury Infant School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, while parents of older children heading into secondary should apply to Mayflower High School. The Billericay School was also rated as ‘Good’ during its last inspection.
Lake Meadows is located at the heart of Billericay, which is a great place to fish, bowl, play football and go swimming. There is also a café serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams which is open for selected periods during the year.
If you want to stretch your legs the nearby nature reserve of Norsey Woods is just a five minute drive away, with over 175 acres of nature trails steeped in history to venture across.
Hanningfield Reservoir, located between Billericay and Chelmsford, is covered by a bird sanctuary order and features some fantastic bird-watching hides.
If beer is more your style, it is worth visiting the Billericay Brewing Company for free tastings of craft ales during the site tour!
The Elizabeth II Playing Field hosts the Billericay Summerfest every summer, welcoming thousands of visitors to food stalls, live music and fairground rides, all in the name of local charities. The summer is also the time for the Billericay Beer Festival, held at the town football club, promoting local ale and cider with lots of food stalls and live music.
Head down to Radford Way and the High Street to visit the main shopping district. Here there are local shops mingling with more recognised brand names and it’s also where you’ll find many of the best local bars and places to eat.
Slipped Discs Brown Sugar is a quirky coffee shop well known for its delicious cakes and vinyl record collection. The Magic Mushroom Restaurant is always busy, blending traditional with contemporary recipes, with set-menu options.
Harry’s Bar offers live music along with tapas and wine, while there are plenty of local pubs including The Blue Boar and the Coach and Horses.
The Billericay Community Cinema hosts film showings twice a month with fresh popcorn and beanbags for the children and local wine and beer for the adults.
To improve your handicap the Stock Brook Country Club is a stunning manor house with golf and leisure facilities situated only a short drive from the town centre.
70 new flats are being proposed in Lake Meadows Business Park, replacing 5 existing office blocks. 540 new homes are also planned just off Mountnessing Road and London Road, with a third of them being offered as affordable housing. A further 30 new homes could be built in Queens Park Court and the Tompkins Farm site could see the introduction of 475 new homes being built over the coming years.
Billericay Station has trains travelling directly into Liverpool Street, taking only 30 minutes, with an average of 75 trains taking this route on weekdays. Colchester is just under an hour away and Southend also only half an hour.
Southend airport is the nearest, taking just over 20 minutes, while Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow take under two hours. Stansted is the closest reached in 90 minutes.