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Ipswich listed as one of England’s most desirable places to live – Robert Ulph

From admin on March 17, 2017

Last week, the Royal Mail published its latest report on the best places to live and work in the UK and it was great to see Ipswich in the top ten.

The study focuses on a range of factors including housing, employment, schools and access to open spaces. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) carry out the study on behalf of the Royal Mail and use postcodes to identify the most desirable areas. To conduct the ranking, Cebr reviews various sources of data including the 2011 Census, General Land Use database and numerous releases from the Office for National Statistics.

In this latest survey, the Ipswich postcode IP5 was ranked number seven in the top ten most desirable places to live in England. This is great news for those of who live here and we know already all the boxes that get ticked by living in this county town.

Ipswich continues to develop, with the Waterfront area becoming such an asset to the town, restaurants and hotels packed every night and the University going from strength to strength. So, whether it is the rural life or something more cosmopolitan with a wide range of leisure, arts and other entertainment the area has something to offer everybody. In addition, the beautiful coastline, the lovely countryside, surrounding chocolate box villages and thriving market towns it is easy for me to say that this part of the world is an attractive place to live.

I’ve written before that I always think it is a great sign of an area when people return to it and people seem to do that in Ipswich and Suffolk. Many people say they return for the quality of life they can get, while still in easy reach of London, Cambridge or beyond to the Midlands.

The rail link into London Liverpool Street from Ipswich means travel of just over an hour into the capital and with the right investment to improve the travel times and a general improvement to the rail service, I can only see this area getting more attractive to the London commuter. Couple this with the shift that has taken place generally, in being able to work from home much more easily thanks to better, more powerful mobile technology and the networks that support it and Suffolk as a commuter belt has great attraction.

Interestingly, at Pennington, we are seeing a recent increase in enquiries from those who don’t live locally but are looking to buy in the area and I often hear from investors that they can’t believe how reasonable properties are here, even with the continued price increases we’ve seen. Seeing pieces of research like this published will then only help to promote the local area.

If you have any questions about the local property market, whether you are looking to buy, invest or rent please do not hesitate to contact me.