Last Updated: 07/04/2016
When it comes to finding the best place to raise a family, there are a number of things to take on board. Your budget will always have a role to play but there is a need to think about the commute to and from work, what facilities are available for children and what educational options are on offer. It isn’t always easy to find a balance between these different requirements but parents looking to find the best home for their family will be pleased to know that there are suitable options in and around South East England.
Anyone looking to raise their family in idyllic surroundings, while still working in London, will find that Colchester provides the best of both worlds. With fast and regular train connections taking commuters into the heart of London in less than an hour, there is an opportunity to live in Colchester and work in the capital without placing too much stress or strain on your life.
There has been a focus on the commuter belt and Colchester is recognised as one of the leading options for people looking to live outside of London. There have been a number of developments added to the area in recent years. This offers good quality housing and a family-focused environment for people moving to the area. When it comes to feeling safe and being surrounded by like-minded people, Colchester has developed a great deal in recent years.
Colchester offers a range of highly regarded schools
Another very important aspect for families in choosing an area that is suitable for them is the local schooling. Colchester has a number of highly regarded primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges, with a choice of state, independent and faith schools on offer. There is also the Colchester Institute and the University of Essex, which provide reliable further education outlets in the area.
There is also a need for families to feel as though there is plenty to see and do in their spare time. Colchester has a rich history, it was once the Roman Capital of the country, and the area is recognised as being Essex’s cultural capital. There is a sense of old and new within the town centre and whether you fancy a historical nature trail or a visit to one of the modern sports and leisure complexes, there is something for everyone in the local area.
Enjoy the world famous Colchester Zoo
Another great attraction for families is Colchester Zoo, which is regularly listed as being one of the best zoos in the United Kingdom and the zoo has even been recognised as one of the leading 20 zoos in the world. The zoo is set in 60 acres of stunning land and there are more than 270 species to view in the zoo.
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Add in the fact that Colchester is surrounded by stunning countryside and glorious beaches are less than 20 miles away, and you have a location that offers an ideal setting for families. Anyone looking to get away further will also appreciate the fact that Stanstead Airport is just 30 miles from Colchester and London Southend Airport, an airport that is providing a lot more options in the south of England, is just 40 miles away.
There is often a focus on house prices and the current trends in the property market. House prices in Colchester have risen in the past year, but they also look set to continue to rise. Given the extensive range of benefits listed so far, it is easy to see why this would be the case. When it comes to finding an area that meets the requirements of parents and families, Colchester is the ideal destination. Anyone looking for the perfect place to raise a family and provide their children with the best start in life will find that Colchester is the perfect place to stay.
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