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Moving to Braintree

Moving into a new area can be extremely difficult so it can be helpful for potential buyers to understand the cost of living, the social amenities and transportation in the area. Here at Platinum Crown we like to give potential buyers some background knowledge and give them information to what the immense benefits of living in Braintree actually are.


Braintree offers a wide range of choice, whatever your passions or interests. The area attracts visitors from across the country and neighbouring towns & villages but remains a peaceful and idyllic place to reside.

It’s important to not only have an exquisite property, but also an equally great area to live in. Some of Braintree’s history has made way for more modern buildings and businesses that residents’ use on a daily basis.

Braintree also offers contemporary eating and drinking establishments within the town. Pubs and bars such as Wetherspoons, The Fowlers Farm and The Bull offer great nightlife and places to socialise with friends. The Green Dragon and The Toby Carvery are other popular choices of restaurants to dine out.


If your ideal evening is instead catching a film, then Cineworld is the best place for you which is located alongside the Freeport designer shopping centre on the outskirts of the town where there is also a bowling alley, various restaurants and over 85 stores.

Arguably, Freeport Braintree Shopping Centre is Braintree’s most well known modern location. It has proved incredibly popular for shopaholics looking for a designer bargain.  Offering savings of up to 60% off items annual designer labels on offer include Barbour, Hollister, Lacoste, Karen Millen and many more. In addition to this, you’ll find coffee shops and restaurants to unwind after a long day’s shopping. Bills, Starbucks and Pizza Express are just some of the names that can top off your perfect shopping experience.

The shopping centre is easily accessible with a free shuttle bus from Braintree town centre and it’s own train station.  Braintree also has its own railway station with trains departing to Witham, where the Braintree Branch Line joins the Great Eastern Main Line to London Liverpool Street. Service frequency is approximately once an hour during the daytime.

In addition to Freeport, there are two main market areas that link throughout the town, which are run twice weekly, on a Wednesday and a Saturday. They are based outside the Town Hall in Market Square, and also run along Bank Street and the High Street. The High street is mainly a pedestrianised area, which allows only buses to commute through the town.

The North Essex town is easily accessible if you choose to travel by car or train. The A12 which links up with the M25 from the south is well connected. The main roads into and out of Braintree include the A120, which serves as the town’s main bypass. It provides a quick link to the M11 and Stansted Airport. If you prefer to use public transport, regular bus services run within Braintree and services also include routes to neighbouring towns and cities, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Halstead and Witham.

Braintree has a wide range of schools for all ages, the four secondary schools encompass Gosfield School Independent Co-Educational, Alec Hunter Academy, Tabor Academy and Notley High School which also doubles up as Braintree Sixth Form.

As well as the schools on offer for your children, services such St Michael’s Hospital, Police and fire services are close at hand in the event of an emergency.

The Eastern area of England is also home to Braintree Town Football Club, The Iron have played at the Cressing Road Stadium (off Clockhouse Way) also known as the Ironmongery Stadium since 1923. They currently ply their trade in the National League South.

Braintree remains one of the most desirable locations to live in the country. With continuous housing developments being constructed, attracting young professionals of the business world and families to reap the benefits the area contains.

If you’re thinking of moving to the area, take a look at some of the current property available to you in Braintree by entering your details on our Platinum Crown website or calling us on 01376 355 550.

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