The Best Places to Buy a Home in North Essex: Family Edition

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North Essex is becoming an increasingly popular destination for people to relocate to. The county boasts stunning countryside, a scenic coastline and fantastic links into London. It also has a rich history and you’ll find plenty of remains of the past including forts, castles, walls, roads and artefacts across Essex. The blend of history and culture, picturesque outside space and the abundance of successful businesses, restaurants and entertainment facilities makes it an extremely popular place to call home. 

If you’re a family who are considering making the move to Essex or if you’re already living in the county and you’re interested in moving to another area, you’ll find that there are plenty of family friendly towns and villages. 

Here at Oakheart, we have a team of property experts who can help you find your dream home in a great location. We understand how crucial it is to be happy in the home & area that you live in. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places for families to live in North Essex. 


The thriving town of Colchester is an ideal location for families. Home to numerous fantastic restaurants and eateries, entertainment facilities and the hugely popular Colchester Zoo, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy. If you’re keen on soaking up some of the history that the oldest recorded town in Britain has to offer, pay a visit to the Colchester Castle Museum. There are also fantastic schools where children and young people get an excellent education. 


With stunning sunsets and an abundance of coastal charm, Mersea Island is the perfect location for families to call home. Get out into the great outdoors and spend time at the beach. From paddle boarding and kayaking to a boat trip, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Picnics on the beach are a great way to bond with the family too! You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of great schools to choose from in the surrounding areas too. 


Dedham is commonly referred to as one of the most picturesque villages in Essex. The strong community feel of this village makes it a wonderful place for families to put down roots. Dedham Vale is brimming with history with strong links with famous artist, John Constable. Make the most of being surrounded by stunning scenery by venturing out on one of the many cycling trails. You could make a day of it by packing a blanket and a few delicious snacks! Fantastic schools, a family friendly environment and the great outdoors make this location a popular one. 


Manningtree, located in the Tendring District of Essex, is a quaint town bursting with charm and that has a rich, fascinating history. Manningtree Railway Station provides residents with easy access to London Liverpool Street, Norwich, Ipswich and Harwich, making the town popular amongst commuters. You’ll find that there’s also a range of great schools where children and young people can receive a first-class education in the surrounding areas too. Fancy spending time surrounded by the great outdoors? Visit the stunning coastline, venture into the woods or take a stroll through the nature reserve. There’s plenty of fun activities that the whole family will love too! 


Halstead is a market town that has the River Colne running through it. The town is home to a number of fantastic independent businesses including shops, restaurants and eateries and has a strong community spirit. The stunning scenery, fantastic schools and great properties are just a few of the reasons why Halstead is a popular choice amongst families. You’ll be able to find plenty to keep you and the family entertained too. 

Thinking of buying or selling your property in North Essex? Our experienced team of sales and letting agents across Essex and Suffolk will be happy to help with all your property needs. Get in touch with our team today! 

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