Why Chelmsford Is The Perfect Area For Essex Families

25 November 2019

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Looking For A New Area for Your Growing Family?

Chelmsford is a city bridging the contrasts of fast-paced London and calm, rural Essex. As the county town, it has been a city since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012. Since then, local residents have seen Chelmsford mature and become the perfect setting to raise your family in. From fun weekend activities, to excellent local schools, the city has everything you could possibly need to support your growing family.

Where to Live

Although Chelmsford is home to trendy city centre apartments, these would likely be better suited to young couples than a typical family with 2.4 kids. Instead, Beaulieu Park is a new family-friendly development situated in the north-east of Chelmsford. Developers in Beaulieu had a vision to create a community with interesting architecture and art, stunning landscape and public amenities that help bring everyone together. As leading Chelmsford estate agents in the area, we find that families love living here, and Beaulieu has become a popular choice of home for everyone looking for a 1 bed flat up to a 5 bed detached house.

If you’re looking to raise your children somewhere a little more remote, then the surrounds of Chelmsford have some beautiful outlying villages and towns in Broomfield, Writtle, Springfield and Great Baddow. Facilities and amenities are still readily available, but you might expect a quieter pace of life and the properties are more historic, including Victorian stock.


Education is a huge factor when determining where to raise your children and Chelmsford certainly doesn’t disappoint. The local primary, Perryfields Junior School in Springfield is top-performing in the county, and takes pupils aged 7-11. When moving on to secondary education, the two single-sex grammar schools of King Edward VI (KEGs) and Chelmsford County High for Girls (CCH) are frequently listed as having some of the best GCSE and A-level results in the entire country.

Family Weekends

Whether you’re looking for rural, outdoor activities or make the most of urban attractions, Chelmsford can offer the best of both worlds. Families can skate at the Riverside Leisure Centre, go trampolining at Jump Chelmsford or visit the cinema and eat a family meal at the Everyman cinema in town. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, then you might head to Hylands Park and wander around the stunning grounds before giving the kids a thrill in the adventure playground. Further afield at the Discovery Centre in Great Notley Country Park, you can wander around the amazing playtrails before booking on the Sky Ropes course. 

During the summer months, Chelmsford also provides excellent access to the coasts of Essex, Suffolk or Norfolk. Choose from picturesque seaside locations such as Frinton, Clacton, Southwold or Cromer depending on whether you’re looking for fairground fun on the pier, or a more sedate potter on the beach making sandcastles.  

Chelmsford is the ideal place to raise a family of any age. If you’re looking for an area with plenty to offer your children, as well as having the advantage of spacious housing and quick access into London, then Chelmsford is the place to be. Get in touch to register with us and view some stunning local properties!

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