Ipswich: Multi-millionaires are desperately seeking posh piles as town becomes “prime location”
13:18 16 May 2012
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MORE people are looking to buy multi-million pound houses in “prime location” Ipswich, experts claimed today.
Luxury homes up for sale
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Playford Hall, near Ipswich, Strutt & Parker £2,450,000 Built by the High Sheriff of Suffolk in the late 16th Century, this Grade II* Listed house has four floors of breathtaking rooms, bedroom suites, drawing rooms and a grand dining room. For the security conscious, it also has its own moat.
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Researchers say they have seen “increased activity” at the top end of the property market, with people choosing to relocate or buy holiday homes in Suffolk rather than less accessible areas like Cornwall.
The claim, made by experts at Savills UK, comes as another study by the Halifax revealed house prices in Felixstowe and coastal Suffolk have more than doubled in the last decade.
Director of residential research for Savills Lucian Cook said: “Suffolk has seen some strong growth.
“Ipswich and the surrounding areas are considered to be prime locations and are becoming increasingly popular. It has definitely moved up the scale.”
He said that although the property market countrywide is lagging behind London, many UK-based buyers were moving in on Ipswich and Suffolk homes valued at more than £1.5million.
“There has been quite a lot of activity,” he added.
Meanwhile, house prices in seaside towns have risen at a higher rate in the last ten years, according to the Halifax.
The value of properties in Felixstowe has increased by 95 per cent since 2002 as demand for holiday lets and second homes combine with a lack of new properties being built.
Richard Brown, of Suffolk independent estate agents Flick & Sons, said: “The Suffolk heritage coast remains an incredibly popular area because of the quality of the coast and the desire to live by the sea.”
This comes as the Ipswich Star celebrates all that is good about our town through the I Love Ipswich campaign.