Saffron Walden named among best places to live in Britain
PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:32 15 April 2019
Saffron Walden has been named among the best places to live in the East of England by The Sunday Times.
Ten locations in the region have been named among the best places to live in Britain, with Bury St Edmunds named as the best place to live in the East of England.
Saffron Walden, Chelmsford and Manningtree have been named as the best places to live in Essex.
The Sunday Times analysis reveals the average starter house price in Saffron Walden is £253,434, with mid-market prices at £445,124, and top of the range properties selling for an average of £719,686.
Mayor of Saffron Walden, Paul Fairhurst, said: “It is fantastic to see our vibrant and beautiful town in the UK's Top Best Places to Live again for another year. The Sunday Times review praised our architecture, market, artisan shops and independent businesses, and cultural and community facilities. The reviewer even said in the last few years the town has 'dusted off its threadbare Barbour gilet and become almost trendy'.
“This type of recognition is never the result of just one organisation but many, including businesses, volunteers and residents, all playing their part.”
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live supplement assesses a wide range of factors, from employment, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.
The methodology uses exclusive, up to date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi and the knowledge of The Sunday Times's expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.
Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said: “This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture. There is so much going on around the country, and so many great places that the choice was a hard one.”
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain covers the following regions: North and Northeast, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Southeast, Wales, Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest. It also reveals the overall best place to live in the UK.