A charming county town located on the estuary of the River Orwell in Suffolk, Ipswich is a well know stomping ground for those looking for a balance of country and city living.
Well within the commuter belt territory for London workers, an average three-bedroom semi-detached home in Ipswich costs around the £250,000 mark. While that might price some out of the market, it certainly represents an affordable alternative to the ultra-pricey neighbourhoods of central London. The town's quiet, pleasant atmosphere and a low crime rate make it an attractive prospect for families looking to raise children away from the bustle of the city while still being within easy reach of the action.
A long history
This Anglo-Saxon town is steeped in history. It's been occupied since the 5th century and still boasts ancient timber-frame buildings throughout the town. The Thomas Wolsey Public House is a fine example of a merchant's house, now a popular pub, while Ipswich Town Football Club is a thriving, popular club 138 years after its establishment.
Ipswich is also home to St Mary-le-Tower, a particularly beautiful medieval church and the nearby Tudor era Christchurch Mansion, packed with renowned artworks. History buffs will relish learning about the town's port, which has been one of the most important in Britain for trade, and visiting the Victorian Tolly Cobbold brewery.
Regeneration and recreation
Ipswich Central is the Business Improvement District in the town and has been responsible for a number of regeneration initiatives over the last few years. By encouraging businesses to contribute to the development of the area, Ipswich Central hopes to position Ipswich as East Anglia’s Waterfront Town, continuing to improve the town’s facilities and waterside area. If you’re looking to move to Ipswich, consider it this year! Regeneration works will see property prices skyrocket – especially as the capital grows and the town become ever closer to the city.
For those after the joys of city living in less bustling surrounding, Ipswich has an excellent cultural scene. The Regent theatre is the largest in East Anglia, perfect for an arts-fuelled evening; the Beatles even performed there in the 60s. The Saints area of town boasts great independent shops and eateries – perfect for picking up unique gifts, furniture and clothing.
Allaboutipswich.com serves as a community noticeboard of sorts, advertising all the latest events and goings on in the town. Christchurch Park plays host to plenty of outdoor events, including Fireworks and Theatre in the Park – an event that celebrates Bonfire Night, popular with children and adults alike.
This unique mix of modern amenities with heritage features is what makes Ipswich such an attractive prospect for many buyers and is an excellent marketing point if you’re trying to sell your own home.