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What's it like living in Ipswich? for family with two young children. What areas are the nice areas?

Asked on Feb 13 2011, General in Ipswich | Report content

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  • Nice areas of Ipswich?? Are there any ....well in my opinion Bucklesham Road/Tuddenham Road/ Borrowdale Avenue/Constable Road/....just choose carefully and ... it depends on your budget. Of course no two people will like the same areas. I would search out several areas of Ipswich on the internet and use the maps search and that way you can actually see the roads for yourself. Good luck to you....

    Answered on May 15 2011, Report content
  • I would suggest that you look at the local authorities’ website or to see what the crime statistics etc for this area are. You can also look at the local tourist board website which gives you an up to date overview of the area. I would also visit the area and ask some locals.

    Answered on Aug 22 2011, Report content
  • Ipswich is old - it's a Rope Town meaning it was used to make rope for vesels to dock - hence "Rope Walk" down by the docks. Ipswich has a Collage/University...which lends itself to many flats/student accomodation...Ipswich is made up with four areas - the North- the North east - the South East and the South West...Mainly working class but the North East, plus, some of the Northern perimeters have some expensive homes...The South West - Chantry and Stoke Park used to be nice - but is now so over-crowded but offers affordable housing...Streets at night in the Ipswich town centre can be dangerous so don't walk around at night...Being in close proximity to London via the main line train service; it is a gateway to the drug peddlars that pry on young souls...Don't let me paint a black picture however, Ipswich boasts of a really informative museum, and very good hospital facilities...The local P.H.L.S. is situated at the Heath Road Hospital where you can meet some dedicated staff...The shopping centre is busy during the day - and quite lively with a market (not sure which day.) One of the pubs around the Corn Exchange is haunted so, there is a lot of history - plus, Lady Lane where the Blessed Virgin Mary was seen and the statue ended up in Europe somewhere...(Some history and a good story there.) If you like football - then Ipswich Town is not for you!! (Only joking) they are good and need supporting...Home of Churcmans cigaretts/tobaco factory is at the end of Portman Road..near the footbal ground....Some good schools are to be found in Ipswich -- The private schools have a great reputation, Kesgrave High School and St. Albans all have a good standard plus Copleston....House prices are mixed - N/East - high - S/West lower...Don't forget Woodbridge/Kesgrave and the other side - Somersham...etc... The main line station will take you to Cambridge, Peterborough and London plus further...Norwich is a firm favorite to visit also....I have lived in Ipswich for sixteen years - would I live there again? No but that's not to say I wouldn't consider it. Good Luck in your new home!

    Answered on Apr 27 2012, Report content
  • Broadly agree with the long answer you've already had, but speaking as a parent I'd add that I think Ipswich is good for kids. Crime is reasonably low - yes, we do get some drug pushers in the town centre at night, but no worse than any comparable-sized town, and probably better than most (as with anything, common sense prevails - how late would you let your kids out alone anywhere in the UK?!). Ipswich is blessed with plenty of large parks and some good play areas, and a lot of the primary and secondary schools are actively improving just now. It's quite cosmopolitan for Suffolk with a fairly varied ethnic mix (for Suffolk!), but still quiet enough so you don't get that slightly oppressive feel of some larger places. Don't like to bad-mouth specific areas, but on personal experience I'd be inclined to avoid some of the predominantly social housing areas around the edges (Gainsborough, Greenwich, Whitton, Castle Hill); on the other hand some of the 30s/40s developments are very nice, with quiet streets and leafy verges. If you wanted vibrant nightlife you'd be OK but eventually bored, perhaps - but if you want a decent place to raise a family, you could do a lot worse.

    Answered on Oct 16 2012, Report content

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