Living in Chelmsford

Here is everything you need to know about Chelmsford, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!

Chelmsford Insights
Chelmsford History
Chelmsford Arts and Culture
Chelmsford’s population
House price’s in Chelmsford
Is Chelmsford a nice place to live?
Is Chelmsford safe?
Travelling in Chelmsford
Schools in Chelmsford
University near Chelmsford
Eating and drinking in Chelmsford
Shopping in Chelmsford
Places to Stay in Chelmsford
Top 10 things to do in Chelmsford
Locksmiths in Chelmsford

Chelmsford Insights

Chelmsford is the only city that resides in the county of Essex, gaining city status by the Queen in 2012. There are always things going on in Chelmsford and lots to do and explore, there is something for everyone with great events and nightlife with Purple Flag status, history and plenty of nature in and around the city. Chelmsford is only a 35 minute train ride into Central London and so it is always a perfect place for those looking to relocate out of the capital and reside in a similar but quieter and smaller city.


Chelmsford History

Chelmsford has been on the map since 60AD with the arrival of the Romans when it then named Caesaromagus which means the market-place of Caesar and is special as it is the only town in Britain to bear the name of the Roman general.


Arts and Culture in Chelmsford

Every year Chelmsford holds a festival over the summer months celebrating its vibrant culture. The festival includes many art forms including dance, visual arts, music, heritage and things for the kids to do too. It is certainly not an event to be missed if you’re living in the city or surrounding area! Take a look at the website for the 2021 Chelmsford Festival here.


Chelmsford Population

The 2011 census recorded that there were 168,310 people living in the city which was a rise of 7.2% since the census recordings 10 years earlier. In Essex in total there are 1,393,587 residents which also saw a rise, at 6.3%.

House Prices in Chelmsford

The average price homeowners paid for their property over the last 12 months was £391,936; this figure comes from 1,131 sales. However, Zoopla estimates the current average value of a property in Chelmsford to be worth £395,587 which is a small positive value change of 0.36%.

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Detached House Prices in Chelmsford

As you can imagine, the average price paid for a detached home in Chelmsford is quite a bit more than the general average with the average detached homeowner paying £535,849 over the last 12 months from 384 sales. Zoopla again estimates the current average value to be on the rise at £574,837 which is a larger positive value change of 1.60%.

Semi-detached House Prices in Chelmsford

There were 336 sales of semi-detached houses in Chelmsford over the last year with the average amount paid for one costing £377,170. However, Zoopla estimate a huge increase in the average value of semi-detached homes in Chelmsford at £449,630 with a great 5.21% increase in value change.

Terraced House Prices in Chelmsford

The average price a homeowner paid for a terraced home in Chelmsford was £318,810 over the last 12 months from the sales of 228 homes. Again Zoopla estimate the current average value of a terraced home in Chelmsford to have shot up to £411,216 with a 3 month value change of 0.81%.

Flat Prices in Chelmsford

There were 182 sales of flats in Chelmsford over the past year with the average owner forking our £207,972. As predicted, Zoopla also estimate the current average value of a flat in Chelmsford to have shot up to £245,962 with a positive value change of 4.56%.


Renting in Chelmsford

The average property rents for £1,049pcm in Chelmsford. If you are looking to just rent a room however it will cost you just £518pcm on average, a flat will set you back £1,080pcm and to rent a house in Chelmsford you will be expected to pay around £1,385pcm.


Is Chelmsford a Nice Place to Live?

Chelmsford really is a great mix for all as not only does it have a great atmosphere with plenty to do and see, excellent transport links into London but it is also home to over 1,600 acres of green space. Meaning as a resident in Chelmsford you can easily spend your morning taking a great stroll in the countryside you can be shopping, dining, or go to a gig for example all in the same day either within Chelmsford itself or by taking a short trip into London. If that wasn’t enough scope, Chelmsford has been voted one of the best places to live in the East by the Sunday Times twice!


Is Chelmsford a Safe Place to Live?

As the only city in Essex it is really reassuring to hear the Chelmsford is considered one of the safest places to live within the county. The Police UK website reports that during February 2021 there were 84 incidents of anti-social behavior reported, 60 violence and sexual offences, 21 shoplifting reports and 13 public orders. The lowest amount of crime over the past year took place in April 2020 where only 215 crimes were reported, the most amount of crime took place in August with 439 crimes reported. Don’t forget when moving home it is vital to change your locks as you never know who may have a key. Find out more about moving home security here!


Travelling in Chelmsford

Due to its location in the heart of Essex and its proximity to London, Chelmsford is a really easy place to travel to and from and is even easy to travel in and around the city itself.

Chelmsford by Road

Chelmsford is located close to the M25 and the A12 meaning there is great access to the national road network with great links to London and surrounding cities. There are also over 5000 parking spaces available in Chelmsford meaning you should be able to park up within the city quite easily.

Chelmsford Train Station

Chelmsford train station is located within a 5 minute walk to the city centre so is easily accessible and offers excellent links to London, Ipswich, Norwich, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester and the rest of the East of England.

Buses in Chelmsford

First Bus is the operator in Chelmsford which offers extensive travel around the city. National Express also stops at Chelmsford and operates up and down the country.

Airports near Chelmsford

Chelmsford is ideally located within 1.5hrs drive from the city centre. Stansted is the closest and is just 30 minutes away which can be reached by the number X30 bus, taxi or via the A120 and A130.

Cycling in Chelmsford

There are over 30km of designated cycle tracks in Chelmsford for you to explore. Access the cycle tracks visit Essex Highways here.


Schools in Chelmsford

There are plenty of schools in Chelmsford for your children to attend, in fact there are 38 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and 10 schools or colleges that offer 16-18 years education. There are 12 schools that are Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’, these include Mildmay Infant and Nursery School, Beehive Lane Community Primary School and Columbus School and College. Only three schools were rated ‘Requires Improvement’ and the remainder of schools and colleges were either rated ‘Good’ or were not rated by Ofsted. You can find out more about the schools in Chelmsford here.


University near Chelmsford

Anglia Ruskin University is the closest to Chelmsford with a campus in Chelmsford itself. Anglia Ruskin achieved being in the top 3 in the UK for the ‘Satisfied with Teaching’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and boasts fantastic facilities that are available to all of their students. At the Chelmsford campus there are 62 undergraduate courses available including Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Engineering, Business, Law, Medicine and Education to name just a few. Take a look at the Chelmsford campus in more detail here.


Eating and Drinking in Chelmsford

According to Tripadvisor, the three top places to eat in Chelmsford are as follows… and it seems Chelmsford residents all have a particular taste for Italian food as they are all Italian restaurants.

  1. Vita Bella

With a whopping 2,132 5* reviews at the time of writing, Vita Bella has claimed the top spot for the best restaurant in Chelmsford. Traditional Italian dishes are on the menu here with a vast, full bodied wine list and lunchtime and evening menus to choose from.


  1. Taste of Italy

This new pizza restaurant has managed to accrue only 5* ratings from its visitors no less! The fresh dough, quality ingredients and wide choice of toppings have had their visitors left feeling full and satisfied.


  1. Pastasciutta

The fresh pasta dishes are clear winners on the menu here, which is no surprise as the owners are Italians themselves. Not only can you dine at the restaurant here but you can also grab food from their market if you’re in a hurry!


Shopping in Chelmsford

There is plenty of shopping to be had in Chelmsford from huge retail parks, markets, independent shops and flagship stores! Take a look at the full list of shops here for all your retail therapy!


Places to Stay in Chelmsford

Some of the top rated places to stay in Chelmsford are as follows:

  1. Bluebell Yurt

If you’re looking for something a bit quirky, check out Bluebell Yurt. The Yurt is situated along the river with a private deck of which you can fish and includes a private hot tub, perfect to relax in after you’ve had your BBQ when the sun is setting.


  1. The Lion Inn

This independently run hotel has a bar and bistro-style restaurant to relax and enjoy a traditional pub meal in. There is a lovely garden terrace to enjoy your cup of tea in the morning sunshine and has been rated ‘Superb’ on


  1. Pontlands Park

Located further into the country, this is a nice retreat to the south of Chelmsford. The bedrooms are luxurious and very spacious and the two swimming pools and beautiful grounds sure are a great pull for guests.


Top 10 Things to do in Chelmsford

  1. Hylands House
  2. RHS Garden Hyde Hall
  3. Riverside Leisure Centre
  4. Central Park
  5. Chelmsford Cathedral
  6. Chelmsford City Museum
  7. Essex Police Museum
  8. Shire Hall
  9. Jump Street
  10. Civic Theatre


Need a Locksmith in Chelmsford?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Chelmsford Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Chelmsford provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

View our Keytek® Locksmiths Chelmsford page to find your local Locksmith today or call us on 01245 200468!