5 Reasons to live in Colchester

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Colchester is Britan’s oldest recorded town, providing residents with the perfect balance of rich history and a modern lifestyle. Essex is, without doubt, a very popular region for commuters with a combination of rural living and urban lifestyle. Discover our top 5 reasons to live in Colchester and why it might be ideal for you.

Ample attractions

Colchester is home to a range of popular attractions which provides a variety of things to do whatever your interests. 

Colchester Zoo is one of the town’s top attractions, with a huge variety of different species within a 60-acre parkland. It is listed as one of the top 2 zoos in the UK and the 11th best globally! There are also many 5-star Trip Advisor attractions nearby including theatres, art centres, tearooms and restaurants.


Looking for the best commuter hub into the capital? Travel from Colchester to London Liverpool Street in just 49 minutes via a direct train, making it a no brainer for homeowners looking for a simple solution to get to work without paying the hefty house prices of London. 

The A12 also connects the town to London and the East Coast, making a day at the beach or a weekend in the capital a stress-free commute.

Affordable housing 

It goes without saying that the cost of property in Colchester is much more affordable than the capital, London. According to Zoopla, the average cost of property recorded in 2020 is as follows:

  • London = £671,989 
  • Colchester = £330,478

This is a significant saving, even for those looking to rent it is 58.71% cheaper in Colchester than in London. Whilst both are certainly different in terms of lifestyle and attractions, the value of money living in Colchester is an undeniable winner for commuters especially.

Historic town

Colchester boasts being the oldest recorded town in Britain covering almost 2,000 years with Roman sites and ruins scattered throughout the town. Colchester castle situated in Castle Park is the largest Norman keep in Europe and one of England’s most important heritage sites. There is plenty to discover from each era too, such as the 16th century Dutch Quarter framed buildings and cobbled streets.
The Colchester Castle Museum guides you through the facts and history in detail, giving visitors a detailed account of Roman life in Britain.

Countryside walks

Colchester offers ample green landscape and quaint countryside, making it a welcoming sight for anyone living in Colchester. The borough stretches well beyond the town, amounting to 135 square miles of coast, woodland and countryside. 

Discover more walks in and around Colchester here.

From Highwoods Country Park to a stroll down the walls in Manningtree or even a trip to the historic Dedham, there is a scenic walk suitable for everyone.

Looking for a new home in Colchester or planning for your next move in the historic town? As the fastest growing estate agency in Colchester, our team has an abundance of area knowledge and will be more than happy to help with all your property needs. Get in touch and let us help you find your dream home in Colchester, Essex!

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