Rents soar as Basildon sheds its ‘rough’ image

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BASILDON is fast losing its reputation as a “rough”, rundown place to live, according to estate agents.

Letting agents say hundreds of would-be residents are flocking to the town in search of homes to rent.

Rents in the town have increased by 22 per cent in the past 14 months, according to Basildon estate agent Balgores.

It says this is largely down to regeneration programmes, which are making it a more attractive place to live.

New housing developments such as Acacia Park, in Gloucester Park, and Morello Quarter, in Cherrydown East, plus the regeneration of Pitsea, and the 20 year Basildon town centre masterplan have all added to the town’s allure.

Balgores lettings manager Raymond Wood predicts things will continue to improve.

He said: “The increase is phenomenal.

Even the older, cheaper stuff, which would have been £400 to rent a year ago, is now renting for £500.

“Basildon used to have a stigma, but that’s passing now. It had a rough image, but that’s improved with all the redevelopment.

“We have the A127, the A13, the beach down the road, three railway stations going to London and the council is undertaking a colossal redevelopment.

“There is lots of money coming into the area, with new businesses and Basildon Hospital employing more staff. All the bits and pieces have added to Basildon being more popular.”

In December 2012, Balgores was renting property in Basildon for an average of £625 a month. Last month the average rental price was £799 a month – an increase of 22 per cent.

Mr Wood predicted rent would stabilise as tenants moved out of newproperties and theywere no longer brand new, but he still believed a growing number of people would choose to live in the town.

Malcolm Buckley, Basildon councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “All our work is making Basildon more attractive.

“It is a town and a borough that has everything. We have a good-quality shopping centre, the Festival Leisure Park, easy access to the M25, London and London Gateway, plus Southend, London City and Stansted airports.

“We can only look forward to a brighter and better future for Basildon.”

Phil Turner, the council’s deputy leader, said: “It’s good news for people of the town that the borough is a better place to live.

“That’s what we’ve really tried to work on. On the other hand it’s bad news if you’re having to pay more for accommodation.”

Alice Baker, 24, of the Fold, Basildon moved from Benfleet and couldn’t be happier with the town.

“I DO think the stigma is beginning to lift.

“The council is pushing the right way. There’s more housing being built and the whole of the town centre is being regenerated.

“People are so quick to turn around and say it’s such a horrible place, but it’s really not that bad. With the wide range of shops Basildon has, you are not going to get that lucky, apart from at Lakeside, or Bluewater.

“The council tax has been frozen for the past few years.

“For me, moving to Basildon was never an issue. There are a lot of big organisations based here too, such as NatWest, Trading Standards and New Holland.

“There’s a lot going for Basildon. I love living here.

“It’s good that I got here just before it boomed. Knowing the politics, and plans for the next 20 years, the potential of Basildon is attractive.”

Terry Latchford, 74, of Ballards Walk, Laindon, doesn’t think Basildon is the place to be.

“SO much for this green and pleasant land. They are building everywhere and everyone is sick of it.

“Everyone I speak to thinks Basildon is going downhill.

“All this building will mean the roads will be blocked up, there won’t be enough schools for children and you will have to wait weeks for a doctor’s appointment.

“This regeneration is turning our town into a concrete jungle.

“There’s no space for families to play. If children want to play football now they have to go to Basildon Sporting Village and spend £50 renting an Astroturf pitch.

“There are more people moaning about Basildon than praising it.

“People don’t want the area upgraded. They don’t want any more housing.”

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6:37am Fri 28 Mar 14

beejiu says...

"People don’t want the area upgraded."

Speak for yourself. I want the area upgraded.
"People don’t want the area upgraded." Speak for yourself. I want the area upgraded. beejiu
  • Score: 14

6:49am Fri 28 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Can't polish a turd
Can't polish a turd Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 12

7:54am Fri 28 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!!
Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!! I hate the police!
  • Score: -13

8:12am Fri 28 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!!
Here we have a perfect example of making a point and disproving that point all in the same sentence :)
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!![/p][/quote]Here we have a perfect example of making a point and disproving that point all in the same sentence :) Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 22

8:34am Fri 28 Mar 14

Chabuddy G says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!!
looool - bring it badman, **** down dis ends an u going back in a bag blud. will meet u an yr bois by the swings in the duck park yeh, see who get merked innit

braaaaaaap!
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Basildon has always been under rated and is much better then Southend. Closer to London as well. Basildon boys would smash the fu5k out of Southend boys as well. Basildon! Brappp!![/p][/quote]looool - bring it badman, **** down dis ends an u going back in a bag blud. will meet u an yr bois by the swings in the duck park yeh, see who get merked innit braaaaaaap! Chabuddy G
  • Score: -5

10:34am Fri 28 Mar 14

wonga says...

Phil Turner is EVERYTHING that is wrong with Basildon. Just another chinless wonder who is only in the position he is and able to do the things he has forced on the town because of boundary manipulation. If it were a fair fight, then he wouldn't be where he is.

He doesn't represent the people who's area he is trampling all over.. and he is pricing those very people out of the market.
Phil Turner is EVERYTHING that is wrong with Basildon. Just another chinless wonder who is only in the position he is and able to do the things he has forced on the town because of boundary manipulation. If it were a fair fight, then he wouldn't be where he is. He doesn't represent the people who's area he is trampling all over.. and he is pricing those very people out of the market. wonga
  • Score: 4

11:18am Fri 28 Mar 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

House prices are going up because the place is overcrowed and its too expensive to live in london now so greedy people can up the prices. "place to be" yeah, if you are foreign or want to be mugged or beaten up. The sooner i get out of basildon the better, and i will not be going back.
House prices are going up because the place is overcrowed and its too expensive to live in london now so greedy people can up the prices. "place to be" yeah, if you are foreign or want to be mugged or beaten up. The sooner i get out of basildon the better, and i will not be going back. LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 10

11:53am Fri 28 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

LinfordsLunchbox wrote:
House prices are going up because the place is overcrowed and its too expensive to live in london now so greedy people can up the prices. "place to be" yeah, if you are foreign or want to be mugged or beaten up. The sooner i get out of basildon the better, and i will not be going back.
that's much nearer the truth, who is he kidding ? nothing to do with being a 'des res' it's simply desperation with spiralling demand and sky high prices everywhere else.... you couldn't rent a cardboard box in most places for 500 quid.....
[quote][p][bold]LinfordsLunchbox[/bold] wrote: House prices are going up because the place is overcrowed and its too expensive to live in london now so greedy people can up the prices. "place to be" yeah, if you are foreign or want to be mugged or beaten up. The sooner i get out of basildon the better, and i will not be going back.[/p][/quote]that's much nearer the truth, who is he kidding ? nothing to do with being a 'des res' it's simply desperation with spiralling demand and sky high prices everywhere else.... you couldn't rent a cardboard box in most places for 500 quid..... pembury53
  • Score: 7

4:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

If an estate agent says it, it must be true.
If an estate agent says it, it must be true. John Bull 40
  • Score: 7

5:23pm Fri 28 Mar 14

leslog says...

Basildon this once green and pleasant land, fast becoming a concrete jungle
Basildon this once green and pleasant land, fast becoming a concrete jungle leslog
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
If an estate agent says it, it must be true.
Haha brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: If an estate agent says it, it must be true.[/p][/quote]Haha brilliant. Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 3

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