Location, location, location
Just 50 minutes by train from London, Colchester is a popular choice with people who want a better quality of life, without losing their connection to the capital.
When it comes to housing, you'll get a lot more for your money in Colchester with a growing number of well-planned housing developments.
Plus there's a great choice of educational choice with highly regarded primary, secondary and sixth form schools in the area offering a variety of state, independent and faith schools, as well as colleges, the Colchester Institute and the University of Essex.
Once the Roman capital of Britain, Colchester is now the acknowledged cultural capital of Essex with its bustling Arts Centre, the acclaimed visual arts organisation Firstsite and the Mercury Theatre.
The thriving town is a unique blend of ancient and modern with its castle and museums, alongside a great selection of pubs, clubs and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and multi-million pound sports and leisure complex.
Colchester United Football Club has an excellent, modern stadium which opened in 2008.
Colchester Zoo is rated one of the top 20 zoos in the world and in the top 10 zoos in the UK. It has over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes.
When it comes to fresh air and countryside, you're spoilt for choice. For a start there's beautiful Constable Country, located on the Suffolk and Essex border. This enchanting part of England was the birthplace of renowned artist John Constable and has become very popular with visitors. The Norfolk Broads are less than an hour away.
Less than 20 miles away on the Essex coast is Frinton-on-Sea with its tranquil beaches, and nearby are the vibrant amusements offered in Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze resorts.
Colchester is only 30 miles from Stansted international airport, with London Southend international airport just 40 miles away. Harwich International Port is less than 20 miles with its ferry and cruise sea routes to the continent. It's so easy to get away from it all without having to travel to Heathrow or Dover!
Colchester is the home of the British Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade. It is the Army's rapid response airborne formation and is the only operational brigade in the British Army capable of delivering air manoeuvre, air assault and airborne operations.
Colchester is a great place to live - it is small enough to feel safe and friendly, and big enough to offer plenty to do.
To find out more about the town visit the official Visit Colchester website.