About East Norfolk / Great Yarmouth Property
A guide to some of the Property hotspots in East Norfolk
At the end of the A47, 20 miles east of the county capital of Norwich, sits the coastal area of East-Norfolk, dominated by flat landscapes, country lanes, small towns and villages and the larger historic town of Great Yarmouth. East Norfolk is the most affordable part of East Anglia, with just Lowestoft being marginally more affordable. But it’s certainly not without its charms.
Rightmove provides some statistics for Great Yarmouth: “The majority of sales in Great Yarmouth during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £111,039. Detached properties sold for an average of £231,684, with semi-detached properties fetching £159,075. with an overall average price of £138,463 it is cheaper than nearby Gorleston (£154,424), Bradwell (£177,199) and Belton (£160,850).”
Yarmouth’s residential neighbour, Gorleston-on-Sea, or Gorleston, is enjoying something of a renaissance with many new shops, businesses and restaurants opening in the town and along its splendid sandy beach. You get a lot of property for your money too in this town. The areas around Gorleston golf course (Warren Road), the seafront villas along Marine Parade and Victoria Road (known locally as The Cliffs) command premium prices of up to £1 million with prices typically averaging £350,000 in those areas.
Great Yarmouth, just across the mouth of the river Yare, has even more history and slightly lower property prices. It was famed by Daniel Defoe, no less, as being a finer town than Norwich and it’s not difficult to see why if you walk or drive down South Quay, lined with magnificent architectural gems. Yarmouth has history in its maritime industry (herring) which is celebrated in one of its many fine museums, like The Nelson Museum and The Time and Tide, which even replicates the smells of kippers! The Lydia Eva herring trawler is well worth a look around too, where it is permanently moored on the Yare near the beautiful town hall.
The Rows are famed as numbered narrow streets, many of which survive today, along with a town centre public house named after the Rows’ handcarts, the Troll Cart. The market place has a charter dating back to King John’s time, houses for sale in the central part of town start from £65,000, with the most expensive properties lining North Drive, with sea view villas priced at £400,000 upwards.
Gorleston and Yarmouth have everything close to hand for both residents and visitors – beautiful beaches, a University hospital, a range of supermarkets, restaurants and leisure / entertainment facilities and decent road access, which are affected in summer by swelling seasonal traffic.
Bolton, Bradwell and Burgh Castle, with superb views from its Roman fort across the Waveney towards the splendidly isolated Berney Arms windmill are all desirable suburbs.
Further out, sit the beautiful villages of Fritton, famous for nearby Somerleyton Hall and the lakes, and the sleepy villages of St Olaves and Haddiscoe, which are perfect for accessing the coast, Broads and the charming Suffolk towns of Beccles and Bungay.
East Norfolk can feel a little cut off, but that is part of its charm, we think, and it’s worth remembering that Norwich is only a 35 minute drive or a similar time, via a scenic train journey from the east coast.
Smaller settlements straddle the A47, or Acle Straight, with splendid rural isolation: some of our favourite places around there include Halvergate, Reedham and Stokesby.
Prices in each of these are relatively affordable too, with a grand property in any costing well under £500,000, half the price of similar properties in Holt or Burnham Market, for example.
Moving towards Mid Norfolk / West Norfolk, prices start to climb in places like Acle, famed for its named road section The Acle Straight, part of the A47, and rising further as you get to Norwich with growing villages like Blofield, Blofield Heath and Brundall commanding prices close to those in Norwich City. To the North sits the settlements of Filby, famed for its broad, the large village of Martham and the small town of Caister on Sea, all of which have affordable housing in Norfolk terms.
Pretty coastal villages, like Winterton-on-Sea and Happisburgh, hug the coastline with a stand-out area being Horsey, with its National Trust owned windmill, Horsey Windpump and its dune-filled beach, a short walk away, where hundreds of seals gather from January to May to nest with their young.
Wroxham and Hoveton are beautiful broadland towns which are especially popular areas for waterside holiday home buyers and sellers, given their idyllic setting is the national park of the Norfolk Broads. Coltishall is another honeypot in east Norfolk.
The Norfolk Broads are a wonder in themselves – peat and reed extractions centuries ago were flooded to form lakes and connected rivers in this wonderful protected wetland area. Further north sits Stalham and Stalham Staithe, leading on to the pretty town of North Walsham and the salubriously glorious area of the North Norfolk coastal towns.
Named as one of the best places to live in Britain in repeated guides, Norwich is accessible from East Norfolk with its easterly suburb, Thorpe St Andrew, being highly regarded for its quality housing stock, schooling and easy access to Norwich train station with London Liverpool street less than 2 hours away.
Thorpe St Andrew School, along with Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, are both rated Outstanding by Ofsted, with their reputations pushing up property demand and prices in both areas.
Whether you want to buy a house with the seaside charms of villages or historic towns like Great Yarmouth with property dating back to the 16th century, the Edwardian architecture of Gorleston, or the rural seclusion of rivers and broads, you’ll find many properties to suit in East Norfolk.
If you’d like any more information about this corner of Norfolk or any other part of our fine county, please get in touch with The Norfolk Agents today.