Written by Alex Leader.
In his monthly column, Alex Leader, head of Savills’Suffolkand Essex new homes team offers a glimpse into the life and times ofIpswich’s stunning residential and commercial quarter at the waterfront. Following the re-launch of the landmark Regatta Quay, Alex talked to Lynne Stringer from Savills’ waterfront office.
Lynne, you were ‘on deck’ at the re-launch of Regatta Quay while the Maritime Festival was in full swing. What was the atmosphere like down there?
“The atmosphere was amazing, there was a real buzz in the air and so much going on from historical re-enactments to a firework display; its not often you get over 40,000 people onIpswichwaterfront!”
How long have you been working on the waterfront and what’s the most enjoyable thing about being there?
“I’ve worked in and around the waterfront now for six years so I have a great understanding of the area and its residents. The residents are what make my job so much fun.”
What has been your most memorable day so far?
“I think the re-launch of Regatta Quay on the Maritime festival weekend. We made nine sales over the weekend which is fantastic and demonstrates that if property is priced correctly there’s a market out there.”
How much of an influence does the commercial aspect of the quarter – the restaurants, cafés and bars – have on the residential appeal?
“The commercial aspect is very important as it provides residents with the whole lifestyle. The restaurants, cafes and bars that we have here, combined with the stunning view of the harbour provide a continental feel which residents love.”
Is there a common theme in terms of what buyers are looking for or are you seeing people with lots of different requirements?
“Buyers usually want an apartment with a waterfront view which is understandable, but not all budgets stretch that far though we can usually find something to suit everyone.”
Can you describe the range of new homes available?
“We have such a varied mix of apartments from conversion to new build, studios, two and three bedroom and duplex apartments.”
Do buyers have any concerns about the site? And what can we do to reassure them?
“Buyers have been worried about the two developments being in administration, however, now Baker Tilly have control of the two sites there is activity again.”
You can contact Savills New homes on 01473 225290 or visit www.savills.co.uk