Living in IP5 - Guide to Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, Kesgrave and Grange Farm


Property in IP5 Suffolk- Guide to Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, Kesgrave and Grange Farm

For many people relocating to the Ipswich area, properties for sale in IP5, which encompasses Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, Kesgrave and Grange Farm, are highly sought after due to their convenient location between Ipswich and Woodbridge. With excellent transport links, the IP5 area is known for being affluent, and most of the homes here are owner occupied and most householders are in receipt of wages above the national average.

Whether due a career move, or to be closer to family, if you are looking for property in ?IP5, Suffolk, Ipswich estate agents Jonathan Waters can help you find the perfect home. .

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About IP5

The IP5 area has a population of 15,000 and an average age of 40, so it is a great place to raise young children. More than half of the homes in the Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, Kesgrave and Grange Farm area are detached, so it is easy to find a property for a growing family. Jonathan Waters Estate Agents has a wide range of IP5 properties for sale including detached homes, semi detached homes and terraces. We also list flats for sale in IP5, although these only make up around 8 per cent of the housing stock in this area.

So what makes the IP5 district so popular? There are many reasons for this. Part of its appeal is because it is a relatively prosperous area with a lower than average crime rate. It offers a wide choice of houses and has good schools and amenities including supermarkets, shops, and leisure facilities.

The unemployment rate is less than 1.5 per cent in IP5 and the area offers good job prospects. BT is a major employer and in the nearby town of Ipswich, other large places of work include Ipswich Hospital, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council. Many large finance and insurance companies are based in Ipswich too, such as AXA, Willis and the Royal Bank of Scotland who have their head offices in this town. Finance, IT and the business sector employ more than 25 per cent of the workforce here and the public sector - police, public transport, education - employs a third of Ipswich's workforce. Elsewhere, the nearby Port of Felixstowe offers a variety of jobs and is in easy reach of IP5.

IP5 has excellent transport links and a fast train from the nearby town of Ipswich arrives in London in less than an hour, making it commutable to the capital. The A12 gives access to London and Stansted Airport and the A14 links Ipswich to the Midlands and the Port of Felixstowe.

Regular bus services also operate to and from Ipswich and IP5. Route 66 First Ipswich bus service goes to Kesgrave and Martlesham Heath and operates every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays. The route 67 bus serves Foxhall Road and Martlesham and takes seven trips in the morning and seven in the afternoon.


More than 5,500 people live in Martlesham which is just off the A12 roundabout turn off, six miles from Ipswich and roughly 2 miles from Woodbridge. Suffolk police headquarters is based here as is the Ipswich Park and Ride service, which opened up at the end of 2003.

The village lies on the banks of the River Fynn and the people are drawn to the creek for sailing activities. Public houses include the Red Lion and the Black Tiles and Martlesham is served by the 15th century Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Martlesham Heath

The nearby Martlesham Heath, sited on the former RAF airfield, sprang up after the base closed in the late 60's, so most of the houses here were built in the 70's or later. Now it is a thriving local community with an industrial park, bowling centre and gym and leisure centre. BT's research and development centre is also based here.

With a population of 3,000 people, Martlesham Heath is well served with local facilities. St Michael's All Angels Church is here and the Douglas Bader pub can be found next to the village green. It also has shops, a dental practice and doctor's surgery. The nearest supermarket is Tesco's.


Based on a site of more than 80,000 acres, Kesgrave is a bustling town with a Tesco's supermarket, a conference centre, community and sports centre. It is also home to the reputable Kesgrave High School which has 2,000 pupils. This secondary school serves the whole of the IP5 area.

Kesgrave Hall was also a school - until its closure in 1993. It has since opened as a 4 star luxury hotel with restaurant facilities. The Farmhouse public house is also a popular place for dining in Kesgrave. In terms of housing, you will find everything here from one bedroom flats to executive style detached homes.

Grange Farm

Built on the outskirts of Ipswich, in Kesgrave, Grange Farm has a wide variety of homes including four and five bedroom detached houses and two and three bedroom terraces. It has good footpaths and cycle tracks and Kesgrave High School has the highest proportion of children cycling to school in the country (more than 60 per cent).

Buying a Property in IP5?

Jonathan Waters estate agents have a wide variety of properties for sale in the IP5 area including Kesgrave, Grange Farm, Martlesham and Martlesham Heath. Just contact us by e-mail, telephone us, or call into one of our branches and we will be happy to help you search for property. We also have a good range of properties on our website and you can find the right home by searching in the price bracket that matches your budget.

Selling a Property in IP5?

Jonathan Waters has more than 200 buyers on our books at any one time so we can help you sell your IP5 property quickly and at the highest possible price. With three office marketing and more than 300 years' combined estate agency experience and vast local knowledge, we will help you sell your IP5 property at the highest possible price.