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As the Suffolk county capital, Ipswich is very much a town on the up! And that's not just the Ipswich Town football club (www.itfc.co.uk)! Ipswich has superb shopping, beautiful parks, quality schools, a thriving business community (supported by the IP-City project) and a lively arts and leisure scene. Add miles of beautiful Suffolk country and coastal areas, and superb road and rail communications and it's easy to why Ipswich is such a popular destination for home-buyers.

There's a huge housing stock to suit all needs, ably served, by Hamilton Smith Estate Agents.

Shopping is a real pleasure in Ipswich with two shopping malls, and two pedestrianised shopping streets with trendy new coffee bars and all the major high street stores - Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Next, GAP and Virgin to name a few. You'll also find independent retailers selling everything from jewellery, craft goods and clothes to cheese, sausages and hand-made chocolates.

If you're looking for something to do, the historic Ipswich waterfront has undergone an exciting renaissance, where restaurants and bars spill out towards the quayside yacht moorings. There's the new Ipswich Arts Festival www.ip-art.co.uk at the end of June. And of course, a choice of theatres, cinemas and more. There's always something going on - check out local events at www.one-ipswich.com.

Suffolk Coastal areas retain the two-tier school system with well-respected state schools and a range of independent choices.