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Ipswich ranked among best up-and-coming places to live in Britain

PUBLISHED: 22:08 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:08 13 March 2018

Ipswich Waterfront, which council leader David Ellesmere described as

Ipswich Waterfront, which council leader David Ellesmere described as "fantastic". Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich is among ten top UK property destinations, according to a digital newspaper.

David Ellesmere pictured with mayor Sarah Barber and Paul West with new signs for Ipswich. He described the town as having a 'fantastic cultural offering'. Picture: PAUL GEATER. David Ellesmere pictured with mayor Sarah Barber and Paul West with new signs for Ipswich. He described the town as having a 'fantastic cultural offering'. Picture: PAUL GEATER.

According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations.

Beautiful beaches are also within a short distance, the publication adds, and with investment on the rise it is ranked alongside Reading, Margate and Liverpool as a location to watch.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said the town’s cultural offer sets it apart from the rest.

“Ipswich is becoming recognised as a very attractive place to live nationally,” he said.

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said the town's Vision project is turning the town around. Picture: WARREN PAGE/PAGEPIX LTD Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said the town's Vision project is turning the town around. Picture: WARREN PAGE/PAGEPIX LTD

“We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

“In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.

“The town centre is improving, we have a great array of restaurants and shops and of course our fantastic Waterfront, which is also being improved with construction work beginning on the wine rack.

He added: “Things are only going to get better for Ipswich.”

Simon Clow, of Ipswich estate agents Palmer & Partners, said Ipswich is attractive for investment, particularly among first-time buyers.

“Ipswich is more affordable and therefore has more to offer to first time buyers, there is a distinct price difference between a town like Ipswich and Colchester,” he said.

“It is attractive to buyers generally, and I would agree that it is up and coming.

“Although there is only a short distance between them and it is only up the road, people are paying between 15% to 20% more.

“First time buyers are more likely to choose Ipswich, it has a lot to offer and is on the main route to London.”

Paul Clement is chief executive of the town’s business improvement district, Ipswich Central.

He said: “Time and again, Ipswich is emerging as a fast-growing place to be.

“This is a just reward for the Vision project which is, quite literally, turning our town around.”

To view the rankings in full, visit thelondoneconomic.com

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