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RETIRED pensioners are choosing Ipswich to settle down thanks to its beautiful green spaces and growing arts and cultural scene. The town now boasts more than 500 hectares of green space and wildlife habitats to explore, as well as a wealth of bars and restaurants. And many OAPs are finding it provides the peaceful yet engaging setting they have always dreamed of.

One couple new to the area are Alan and June Martin, who are both in their 70s and have been married for 52 years. They recently moved into a 4 bedroom detached property at Crest Nicholson’s Vista development having left Bradenham, Norfolk.

Alan and June – who have two sons and two grandchildren - said they were attracted to the area’s wide open green spaces and the environmentally-friendly approach of the development.

Alan said: “Ipswich is such a vibrant town with all of the services within walking distance. We really liked the fact there are theatres, cinemas and things such as boat trips available in the town. And we love that there are so many parks and open spaces. When the footpath is opened here we’ll be able to walk to town through the wildlife trail.”

Vista’s wildlife corridor was created alongside the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to provide a mosaic of habitats for native species to live, including birds, small mammals, butterflies and insects.

June added that the green-fingered pair have already begun building up their own garden. She said: “We planted shrubs and flowers which have all taken and are growing well!”

Thanks to its location just off Woodbridge Road, the development is only a 15 minute walk to Ipswich’s vibrant town centre. Situated less than two miles from the train station, Vista is in easy access of excellent transport links, with direct trains into London Liverpool Street taking less than an hour. Additionally, Vista is in the catchment area of Ipswich’s highly regarded Northgate School, heightening its appeal to parents.

Currently available are three-bedroom homes priced from £199,950. For more information or to book an appointment please contact Vista on 0870 757 8182 or visit