With its excellent transport links and easy access to London it's no great surprise that Essex is a flourishing county that's attracting further investment in the form of the large Crossrail project that will further cement the areas strong transport links alongside the local Stansted airport.
The local economy is underpinned by large players such as Ford Motor Company, who have their British headquarters in the region, and Marconi who have a significant presence in Chelmsford. Another important economic function that takes place in the area is the printing of currency for both domestic and international markets.
On the leisure front, Hadleigh park provided the venue for the mountain biking competition in the 2012 Olympics and now offers a variety of courses for all standards of rider to tackle while the 350 miles of coastline provide ample opportunities to relax at the beach or indulge in more testing maritime activities.
Properties for sale in the area typically include a good stock of 1930's style bay fronted homes that in many cases have been modified with loft conversions or extensions. There is also a market here for rather more extravagant properties, many of which with swimming pools and some with helicopter pads!