TIMES may seem bleak in lockdown, but you could spot a bargain if you scour through the Southend property market.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to stay in our homes longer than usual and it has resulted in many appreciating where we live even more.

If you are looking for a new home, you could find somewhere in Southend for less than £140,000.

Here are five bargain-priced properties currently on the market.

1 bed flat – Shorefield Gardens, Westcliff

Guide price: £135,000

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This top floor studio is ideally placed on the prominent seafront, offering far reaching and extensive sea views.

The lounge and bedroom offer double-glazed windows which look out to sea, while there is also a kitchen, hallway and bathroom.

As well as the open-plan studio, there is much to offer outside. The property stands within communal grounds and gardens.

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The landscaped planted front gardens enjoy extensive views out to sea, while there is also access to parking spaces, outside storage areas and sheds.

This property also boasts a private courtyard, along with a communal washroom, washing machine and dryer and communal lounge.

1 bed flat – Winton Hall, Westcliff Avenue, Westcliff

Guide price: £140,000

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This one-bedroom first floor apartment is situated in a character building just a stone’s throw from the Cliffs Pavilion.

A good-sized lounge offers room to entertain, while a modern kitchen, three-piece bathroom and bedroom complete the inside of this property.

An allocated off-street parking space also means there is no reason to fear where to park your car in a popular area.

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Having also been recently renovated, Winton Hall boasts an impressive entrance hallway and entry-phone system.

This property is just a short walk away from the rail station, making it ideally located for commuters, while the seafront is also on your doorstep.

2 bed flat – Balmoral Road, Westcliff

Guide price: £100,000

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If DIY is your thing, you may be interested in this two-bed flat in Westcliff.

Although refurbishment is required in this property, there is the opportunity to make this into a gem of a home.

Along with two bedrooms, this flat comes with a living room, kitchen and shower room.

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Ideally located, with Westcliff station and Southend Victoria both less than half-a-mile away, this property comes with double glazed windows.

Southend town centre and amenities are also within easy reach, while the A13 and A127 are in close proximity.

1 bed flat – Holland Road, Westcliff

Offers over: £110,000

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Located on the highly regarded retirement complex is this impressively spacious apartment in Homecove House.

This sun flooded flat offers stunning sea views from a 20’ lounge along with the master bedroom.

Just moments from the beach, this property offer a wide array of facilities including a laundry room, hobby room and community lounge.

Boasting a private, communal garden, this flat is perfectly positioned within the complex.

An added bonus comes in the form of parking within the large car park.

1 bed flat – Holland Road, Westcliff

Guide price: £95,000

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If you’re over the age of 60 and have a budget of less than £100,000, you’re in luck!

The Homecove House retirement complex boasts a host of apartments with sea views and balconies.

This particular one bedroom apartment is located on the sixth floor with stunning sea views.

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Along with two communal laundry rooms, there are also two residents’ lounges in which to chat to new friends and hobbies rooms.

A 24 hour emergency Appello call system and CCTV increases safety and there are also three lifts to all floors within the complex.