The Daily Telegraph named a village in Essex as one of the best suburban towns for those on a big budget.
Stock is an affluent village near Billericay, Essex, and has been named as one of the best places for wealthy Londoners looking to settle further afield, while still maintaining a close connection to the capital.
The village is known to have wealthy residents, and the average house price reflects this, which stands at £ 912,322.
However, the close links with stations like Billericay and Shenfield resulted in Stock being named The Telegraph’s Choice for Best Suburban Village for London Deserts with a £ 1million budget in North East London.
Michael Melleney, of M Estates, told the Telegraph: “I normally warn women to buy tweed skirts and baskets before moving here.
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“It’s a small, tight-knit community with an old-fashioned village vibe.
He explained that many Londoners saw the pandemic and the explosion of work from home opportunities as an opportunity to leave The Big Smoke.
Mr Melleney added: “The past year has been one of my busiest years with people looking to relocate.”
Stock is a small village between Billericay and Chelmsford, overseen by Chelmsford City Council.
The Hoop Pub & Restaurant has been hailed by many critics and food guides as a desirable place to visit, and the village itself was considered an outlier compared to similarly sized villages nearby.
Few businesses can be found in the village, but nearby Billericay offers plenty for residents.
Essex had a number of other towns and villages mentioned by The Telegraph in their “Leaving London?” series, which examined the ideal suburban cities on a number of different budgets.
Silver End near Witham has been mentioned for those on a budget of £ 300,000, with Hatfield Peveral station highlighted as a key link to London.
For those on a budget of £ 500,000, the village of Manuden, on the Essex-Hertfordshire border, was named first choice, with Ingatestone coming first for those with a budget of £ 700,000.