Looking to live in….Kesgrave
We look at why Kesgrave is still such a popular place to live; ideal for those working close by at Ipswich Hospital and BT and with easy access to Ipswich town centre.
Kesgrave, a town situated very close to Ipswich in Suffolk, has become recognised for its green spaces, good schools, low crime and high employment prospects. First recorded in the Domesday Book as Gressgrava, Kesgrave originally comprised nothing more than a church, an inn and a few farmsteads. Even as recently as 1921, Kesgrave still only had a population of 103 people in 20 homes. However, within the last few decades, it has grown to cover an area of more than 800 acres, and officially became a town in January 2000.
Peter Ruddy, Branch Manager, is based in Kesgrave and shares his views on this popular little town: “Kesgrave is a lovely area to live in, not only because it is near the Suffolk Heritage coast, but also because it has a great sense of community. There are a number of active local groups in the town, including a running club and a weekly park run, along with regular entertainment nights at the Kesgrave Bell pub. If you’re looking for a wider range of boutique shops and restaurants, Woodbridge and Felixstowe are just a short drive away. Plus, it’s well-situated for Ipswich railway station via the regular Route 66 bus. From Ipswich, London is just over an hour on the train, which makes this area popular with commuters.”
The town’s most famous building is arguably Kesgrave Hall, which was built in 1812. It has housed five different boarding schools in its time, before being used as a restaurant and hotel under the ownerships of Hills Building Group and Milsom Hotel Group.
Another significant landmark in the area is the monument at Grange Farm, which commemorates the creation of the COLOSSUS – the first digital computer.
Grange Farm is also popular with families due to its wide range of family homes, parks and play areas. Peter continues: “As well as a good range of properties, families are attracted to Kesgrave for its good selection of local primary schools as well as the popular Kesgrave High School. It is also highly desirable with older people as it is within easy reach of Ipswich Hospital and has a great range of local shops, a library and a doctor’s surgery.
“Property styles in the area reflect this diversity. There is a good mixture of starter homes, flats, detached family houses and bungalows. We get many people coming to Kesgrave for their first home, and also lots looking to make Kesgrave the area they retire to. House prices are a little more expensive than parts of nearby Ipswich, but still affordable when compared with elsewhere in South East England. Martlesham and Martlesham Heath are only a few minutes’ drive away and a good option for those who can’t afford Kesgrave itself.”
Here are a couple of great properties currently on the market in Kesgrave to give you an idea of what’s available:
If you are looking for a modern home, with plenty of space to bring up children, this five-bedroom home on Penzance Road, Kesgrave could fit the bill. This modern and spacious home is on the market for offers in excess of £500,000 with the Kesgrave branch. Contact the team on 01473 358400 to book a viewing.
For a family looking to live in the catchment area for highly-rated Kesgrave High School, this five-bedroom home in Terry Gardens, Kesgrave could be what you are looking for. Situated on the popular Grange Farm development, this exceptional home is on the market for £425,000 with our Kesgrave branch.
Offered for sale with no onward chain and in the heart of Grange Farm, this three bedroom mid-terraced property on Wades Grove, Kesgrave, comes with a garage and off road parking, ideal for first time buyers or investors. On the market for offers in excess of £220,000 with our Kesgrave branch.