Investor ProfilePension, Retirement, B&B, Business, Holiday and Cash&Equity
Population aged 15+:152,617
 ActualNational Average
Percentage Class ABC1:57%44%
Per 1000 population11186
Yield Range:4.9% - 10.6%
Price Ranges  Low £Hi       £Low £pwHi £pwLowHi
Valuations above the national average by:0%
 ActualNational Average
 Capital growth last 12 months:25%18%
 Capital growth last 4 years:85%74%
 Large employers in the area:Many
 Demand For Letting:Average
Average void period:3 weeks

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Capital Growth

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Out of 10:734
 Summary:Plenty of potential for capital growth due to inward investment to the town.


I remember Southend as the cool place to be when I was a teenager.  Now as a property investor I still think it’s the place to be but for different reasons!  Southend is the largest town in Essex and now has a glitzier feel to the place than before.  Its theme park operates all year round and attracts families looking for a day out from a 1 hour travelling distance radius.  For this reason alone the tourism industry in Southend is its biggest revenue generator.

Southend has had its problems though.  Unemployment is higher than average for the east of England as it relies heavily on the tourism trade and its fishing industry.  However this is about to change.

The number of visitors is set to rise due to investment of £17 million on the Southend sea front, high street and pier-enhancement project.  The project will radically change the appearance of the town's central corridor, from the entrance in Prittlewell through the high street and along the 1.5 mile pier, which is being redeveloped following the fire 3 years ago.

Works to be undertaken as part of the project include cycle tracks, themed quarters in the high street and the updating of ugly and old-fashioned eye-sores. Southend is already visited by 1.6 million people a year. The aim of the project is to double that number.

This should boost jobs and therefore boost demand for rental properties for the lower and average paid workers and for rooms at hotels and B&Bs from the increased visitors.  150 new jobs were created by London Clubs International alone, which opened a new Casino at the Kursal building earlier this year.  The airport provides 1,300 jobs for Southend and surrounding areas and the outlook for the airport look strong.

There are two major developments at Shoeburyness, which is at the eastern periphery of the borough, both of which are former Ministry of Defence ranges and are considered crucial to the regeneration of the area. One development, at Shoeburyness garrison, will result in 600 jobs as the result of the creation of a mini-town comprising 465 new homes, a school, shops, leisure centre and health centre.

The A127 and A13 trunk roads link Southend to the national motorway network via the M25, which is 20 minutes' drive from the town. However, both trunk roads are overloaded but will be seeing a £14.5 million investment to improve passenger transport and reduce congestion on the A13 and A127. In addition, Southend received an increase in transport block funding of £4.6 million for 2001-02, against funding of £2.3 million in the previous financial year.

Mainline railway station:One hour to Liverpool Street, London or Fenchurch Street, London
Road Access:Main access along A13 then A127 (dual carriageway).

48 miles east of Central London.

23 miles from M25

Local NewspaperBasildon Evening Echo 01268 522792
 Estate Agents:NameAddressTelWeb
 Tudor257-261 Victoria Avenue

Southend on Sea

Essex SS2 6NE

Dedman Property Services375 Southchurch Road

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 2PQ

01702 461100TBC
Hopson Property Services39 Alexandra Street

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 1BW

01702 334353TBC
Hair & Son200 London Road

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 1PJ

01702 394959TBC
Belle Vue Property Services501 Southchurch Road

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 2PH

01702 611299TBC
Wilsons Bureau82 London Road

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 1PG

01702 348400TBC
Barbara Zialor Estate Agents601 Southchurch Road

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 2PN

01702 619618TBC
H V & G Sorrell40 Clarence Street

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 1BD

01702 342225TBC
 Letting Agents:NameAddressTelWeb
 Countrywide Residential Lettings LtdTBC01702
Regis Group plcTBC0800