Regeneration, culture and transport links support Ipswich’s commuter house-hunter appeal

Posted 29 March 2016 by Fiona Brandhorst

The lifestyle appeal of Ipswich and it's good connections to London, East Anglia and beyond make it a feasible and pleasant base for commuters...

High employment and a low crime rate, coupled with the good quality schools and green spaces, have ranked the IP5 postcode as one of the top most desirable locations in the UK. Ipswich is known as East Anglia’s waterfront town and its fortunes are improving.

It is home to the University Campus Suffolk and boasts art galleries, museums and theatres as wells as excellent sports facilities. Ipswich is just over an hour from London Liverpool Street with Norwich 43 minutes away and Cambridge 79 minutes, so there are a number of commuting options for residents.

IpswichA monthly season ticket to London costs £596 from Ipswich (£6,208 annually. Felixstowe takes 43 minutes (£88.40 monthly, £920 annually); Harwich International takes 34 minutes (£151.70 monthly, £1,580 annually). Trains to Bury St Edmunds take 28 minutes; Norwich takes 43 minutes.

The Waterfront in Ipswich has been transformed with the Flour Mills and Maltings converted into hotels, restaurants and apartments with the new buildings complementing the whole area. Ipswich’s town centre has a mix of high street names as well as independent retailers. Shops abound in St Nicholas Street and St Peters Street, Queen Street and Blackfriars, Westgate Street and Tavern Street. From medieval buildings to the Buttermarket Shopping Centre and Tower Ramparts, Ipswich has regular markets that give a continental buzz to the town. Major supermarkets are Sainsbury, M&S food store and Waitrose. The town also has a great selection of pubs and wine bars.

Ipswich has three theatres: The Regent Theatre and The Corn Exchange play host to live shows and concerts, The New Wolsey Theatre has a full programme of drama and there’s the 10 Screen Cineworld Cinema. Christchurch Park is in the heart of Ipswich town and offers many activities from tennis and bowling to a children’s play area. It also hosts many events throughout the year and Trinity Park is also close by where the Woodbridge Horse Show, the oldest horse show in East Anglia, is held as well as the annual Suffolk Show.

Good schools include St Margaret’s Primary, St Helen's Primary, Henley Primary and Springfield Junior and Northgate and Copleston High Schools and St Alban's Catholic High. Ipswich School is a private co-educational day and boarding school. The University Campus Suffolk is linked to the Universities of East Anglia and Essex and has seen student numbers rise by 34 per cent.

Ipswich lies close to two major roads - the A14 and A12, with access to the M25 for journeys further afield. The A14 reaches across the country through Cambridge to the Midlands with Bury St Edmunds 27 miles away with a journey time of 38 minutes.  Norwich via the A140 is 45 miles and takes one hour 14 minutes. Stansted Airport is 50 miles and an hour away by car; Harwich International Port is 23.5 miles and takes 40 minutes; The Port of Felixstowe is 12 miles and takes 23 minutes.  

Ipswich gives easy access to the 50 miles of coast along the Suffolk Coast Path showcasing natural beauty and birdlife, wildlife and wildflowers.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in and around Ipswich:

Mayflower Green (David Wilson Homes) – This new phase of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in Saxmundham are designed with open-plan spaces full of natural light and are located within close reach of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast with easy access onto the A12. There is the benefit of railway links to Ipswich with hourly commuter trains to London. Prices from £149,995. Find out more about Mayflower Green from David Wilson Homes Mayflower Green
Weavers Meadow (Keepmoat) – This beautiful development in Great Cornard on the outskirts of the quiet market town of Sudbury has a great choice of two- and three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes, and three-, four- and five-bedroom detached houses set to  suit first-time buyers, growing families and downsizers. Prices from £239,995. Find out more at Weavers Meadow from Keepmoat Weavers Meadow
Stoke Quay (Genesis) - Boasting stunning vistas over the River Orwell marina, this superb collection of waterside apartments is just 13 minutes’ walk from Ipswich station with regular services to London in just over an hour. Shared Ownership prices start from £30,000 for a 25% share based on the full market value of £120,000 for a two bedroom apartment. Find out more at www.genesishahomes.org.uk ; 0800 954 1041Stoke Quay
Vista (Crest Nicholson)  - Set in an elevated position, Vista is a collection of one- and two- bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses within a mile of highly regarded Northgate and Copleston High Schools. London is also just over an hour away by train from Ipswich station.  Prices from £228,000. Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 0870 757 8182Vista
Purdis Grange (Taylor Wimpey) – A collection of just 24 homes is set in an enclave on the leafy Bucklesham Road just over three miles from Ipswich in a prestigious setting close to Ipswich Golf Club. Combing traditional materials with a contemporary finish each home has excellent levels of energy insulation. Prices from £176,246. Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01473 353361 Purdis Grange


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