With [an average listing price of $579,503], home prices in Essex dropped by 4.9 percent this year, but the marginal decline did little to the overall market. At the same time, inventory in this city marginally declined 11.8 percent in the same period. The number of homes for sale dropped from 17 in last year to 15 in this year. Several residential properties in this city feature kitchens with skylights so you can enjoy plenty of natural light without having to waste unnecessary electricity. The beautiful landscaping of many of this city's properties makes for a pleasant experience walking around the area.