Garrington East provides a Norfolk home search service covering this large county. Our Norfolk property finders all have extensive knowledge and experience within this region, having built up an enviable contact base giving them access to the best opportunities to undertake a Norfolk property search.
Many clients are attracted to owning a property in Norfolk by its quality of life and relatively slow pace. As a result it is a popular county for both the country homes market and clients wishing to have a weekend retreat or holiday home, which can also generate some rental income.
Norfolk has over 650 villages within its borders, each with a unique character. Along the North Norfolk Coast in particular there are many desirable places to own a home. Villages such as Blakeney which is popular for its flint-clad buildings, historic public houses and overall tranquillity.
For many the greatest appeal in Norfolk is the pace and quality of life available to enjoy. If you’re considering a move to Norfolk or are already enjoying a life in the county and are looking for your next property please contact us for a no obligation discussion regarding your search and our services.
Where to live in Norfolk
The county’s capital is Norwich, which benefits from a rich architectural heritage and is a main economic centre accommodating a number of large national employers including Aviva and Colman’s. It was once said that Norwich had a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day.
The small, historic city is a popular place to live, some of the most desirable and sought after property in Norwich can be found on and around Unthank Road. The Upper St Giles Street area in Norwich was once named one of the ‘Coolest places to live in Britain’; the city is known for its boutiques and vintage stores.
The stunning Georgian towns on Holt in North Norfolk is particularly popular with families. Holt is surrounded by woodland and also only a short distance from the coast means there is plenty for families to do. For education, Holt has some excellent establishments including the independent Gresham’s School.
Surrounded by countryside and yet still within easy reach of Norwich, the Norfolk Coast and the Norfolk Broads, the market town of Aylsham is a sought after place to live. There is a great sense of community with many events run throughout the year.
Within The Waveney Valley, the market town of Diss is an increasingly popular place to live. Trains run directly from Diss station into London Liverpool Street, the journey takes around an hour and forty minutes.
Villages in Norfolk
The Norfolk village of Mulbarton offers residents easy access to Norwich, being only 6 miles from the city centre. Those who live in Mulbarton are able to enjoy the peace of a village setting whilst benefitting from ready access to the city’s amenities. Mulbarton also has two schools making it popular with young families and the community calendar is filled with events year-round.
On the North Norfolk coast is Cley next the sea, a picturesque village surrounded by countryside. The historic village of Walsingham, also in North Norfolk is extremely picturesque with its medieval streets and cottages. Another village which is known to be particularly lovely is Aldborough where homes are centred around a village green. With so many villages in Norfolk, there is a rural setting suited to everyone seeking a slower pace of life.
The Norfolk home search includes the popular north Norfolk coastline where a number of picturesque villages, dubbed ‘Chelsea on Sea’, attract buyers with families from London looking for country homes or holiday homes to escape the pressures of modern life. Here house prices are relatively high and professionally representation is strongly advised given the competitive nature of the market.
Along the Norfolk Coast property in towns such as Cromer are especially sought after, from fishermen’s cottages to houses with flint and pantile details; the stunning architecture and design are unique to the region. The attractive homes, often with sea views, ready access to sandy beaches and situated in towns and villages boasting excellent places to eat and independent shops, are extremely desirable places to buy and often command significant interest.
Norfolk is popular with families seeking a life with ready access to both the countryside and the sea, the excellent schools in Norfolk bolster the county’s popularity. There are many excellent independent schools in Norfolk such as Gresham’s School which is a reputable privately run school catering to boys and girls from nursery through to the sixth form.
Across the county, families have access to state-run schools should they fall within the catchment area. In the village of Trowse Newton, just outside of Norwich, is the highly-rated primary school – Trowse Primary School. Another village primary which is highly rated is Blofield Primary School and catering for younger children, Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School is similarly rated. Secondary schools such as Wymondham, College, Hethersett Acadamy and Norwich’s Notre Dame High are all very highly rated.
Living in Norfolk
Norfolk’s accessibility has improved greatly with the A11 dual carriageway reducing travel times. There is no motorway in Norfolk which adds to the sense of being removed from a busy lifestyle and for many makes it an incredibly appealing place to live or own a second home.
Norfolk offers residents homes surrounded by sprawling countryside, homes with sea views and homes situated in pretty, historic market towns. Visitors spend their holidays enjoying Norfolk especially the beaches such as Holkham which is enjoyed each summer by the Household Cavalry. Inland the Norfolk Broads and their pattern of waterways with villages and small towns dotted across the area attract visitors and residents to their peaceful settings.