New Homes in Colchester
Known as Britain’s first city thanks to its Roman roots, Colchester is located in Essex and is close to the coast of South East England. Lying on the A12 which runs between Chelmsford and Ipswich, new homes in Colchester are only around an hour’s train ride from London.
With Cambridge a similar journey in the car and well worth a visit, there are local attractions such as a castle, museum and arts centre to explore first in the centre of town. Visit the National Trust’s Bourne Mill, go for long walks through Highwoods Country Park and the Roman River Valley, and take the dog to Cymbeline Meadows too; all with our new houses near Colchester below.
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Living in Colchester
Colchester is a charming and popular place to live that caters to lots of different lifestyles. The city is packed with history, has some superb bars and restaurants, offers a great location and is within commuting distance of London. It also has a high threshold for the Government’s Help to Buy South East scheme, which is available on properties in Colchester valued up to £407,400.
Things to see and do in Colchester
There are lots of nods to Colchester’s Roman heritage in and around the city centre, including the Roman Circus Centre and the Temple of Claudius. You can explore more about the local area's history at Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum, while Colchester Castle and its surrounding park are must-sees.
There’s more culture on offer at Colchester Arts Centre and Firstsite, while the Cymbeline Meadows and Highwoods Country Park are a couple of the open spaces close to the city centre. Spots like Abberton Reservoir, Fingringhoe Wick, Cockaynes Wood and Dedham Vale are further out of town, while Colchester also offers great access to sections of the South East’s famous coast.
If you have children, you’ll be please to know that Colchester has an excellent selection of schools for your little ones to attend. There are plenty of options rated as outstanding by Ofsted for all ages, including Hamilton Primary, St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary and Montgomery Infant School and Nursery. Top secondary options include Colchester Royal Grammar School and Colchester County High School for Girls, which are both in Ofsted’s top bracket too. The same applies to the Gilberd School just north of the city centre.
Transport links in Colchester
Colchester lies along the A12, which runs north towards Ipswich and then on to seaside towns Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. In the opposite direction are Chelmsford and London, with the capital around and hour and 15 minutes away in good traffic. It’s quicker to catch the train into London, with some services to Liverpool Street taking just over 50 minutes. It’s half that to Chelmsford on the train, and even quicker still to get to Ipswich.
The Colchester property market
Some parts of Colchester have seen a boom in popularity in recent years, including the CO1 and CO16 postcodes. There are some of our beautiful new build developments in nearby areas like Halstead, as well as the charming Southminster. You can also find some wonderful schemes on our latest offers page, including our Movemaker incentive which could save you thousands on estate agent fees.
Help to Buy Colchester
In Colchester you can take advantage of Help to Buy South East if you are a first time buyer. Take a look at the Help to Buy South East page to find out how the scheme works and how it can help you move.