North Norfolk Property
A Guide to North Norfolk property
North Norfolk is arguably one of the jewel’s in the crown of East Anglia, a splendid landscape dominated by stunning towns and villages, idyllic rural scenery and some of the best beaches in the UK and possibly Europe.
Home to royalty, celebrities, second homers, holidaymakers and residents, North Norfolk has some of the most sought after properties in Norfolk. From stunning seaside villas to thatched cottages, barn conversions to terraced homes, you can find the property of your dreams in North Norfolk. The real area of North Norfolk, starts at Heacham or Hunstanton, dipping inland to our Fakenham estate agency base, across to Holt, Sheringham and Cromer, with gems like Burnham Market, Castle Rising, Brancaster, Blakeney and Cley scattered along the way.
We’ll begin though by looking at Sandringham, the beautiful estate famous as home of the Queen and country seat of the Royal Family. It’s a sumptuous area with huge woodland areas. You can enjoy guided tours of both the house and grounds, on a tractor-pulled carriage. The scenery is stunning. Houses in the Sandringham area rarely come up for sale.
Just 3 miles away though in places like Snettisham and Dersingham, you can find homes ranging from £100,000 up to £1.5 million. The average property price around Sandringham for a 3 bedroom house or bungalow is around £330,000.
Hunstanton is a lovely seaside resort, with bucket and spade attractions, a charming town centre, and many seafront attractions. It houses cliffs, unusually striated into limestone and chalk and despite its charms, remains a small Victorian town of just over 5,000 residents. It’s a thriving coastal resort and has a beautiful sibling in Old Hunstanton. Hunstanton itself is comparatively affordable, relative to other places in North Norfolk. It’s seen strong capital growth in the past five years. One 3 bedroomed semi-detached house in Hunstanton has seen a £100,000 price growth from £120,000 to £220,000 in five years. Another property has just sold, having tripled in value in 10 years. It’s not hard to see why.
Property hotspots in North Norfolk
Fakenham is another charming town, with a strongly-beating heart. It was once voted the seventh best place to live in the UK. It has its own market, a very popular racecourse, and the river Wensum wending its way to Pensthorpe Wildlife Reserve. Fakenham has a cinema set in a gloriously curved Art Deco building, dating from 1936, and a thriving property scene. We’re based in Fakenham which means we can easily assist vendors and buyers across North Norfolk, Mid Norfolk and West Norfolk.
Close to us is Castle Acre. If you’ve not been there, you’re missing a real treat. It has an 11th Century Norman Priory and Castle in close proximity to each other and idyllic riverside walks along the crystal clear River Nar. The village itself is equally beautiful.
The North Norfolk coastline is captivating – you have the dazzling expanses of Holkham with its pine tree clad edges and broad beach where “Shakespeare in Love” was filmed. The walk from opposite Holkham Hall (pictured) to the sea itself is a firm favourite of the team at The Norfolk Agents.
Natural streams form with tidal shifts and paddling amongst tiny fish as you waddle to the sea is a real pleasure for young and old alike.
RSPB Titchwell sits along the North Norfolk coast and is well worth a visit at any time of year. You may even spot an Avocet, the symbol of the RSPB.
Further east, Wells-next-the-Sea is similarly captivating, with a beautiful beach and quayside.
The seven Burnhams (Burnham Overy, Deepdale, Norton, Sutton, Ulph, Thorpe, Westgate) are stunning places in North Norfolk, famous for their associations with Lord Nelson. Burnham Market, with the splendid Hoste Arms and a boutique style town centre is known as “Chelsea on Sea” (even though it’s not coastal).
Property prices in the Burnhams and Burnham Market are amongst the highest in Norfolk and have seen huge capital price growth. Johnny Depp is rumoured to have a second home here, as well as other celebrities.
Holt is like Burnham Market, albeit on a larger scale. Its Georgian architecture, quaint streets and eateries are beautiful. In the centre sits Norfolk’s smaller equivalent to Harrod’s: Bakers and Larners of Holt. Home to Gresham’s school, an excellent independent educational boarding school, Holt has a lot to recommend it. It feels like stepping back in time – and you can even take a steam train to Sheringham.
Further north of Holt lie the gilded coastal villages of Cley and Blakeney, equally beguiling in their beauty. The seals certainly agree as they nest at Blakeney Point, no doubt heading into Holt when they fancy a night out.
Bigger seaside towns straddle the eastern coastal edge of North Norfolk: Sheringham, with its stunning cliff top golf-course, charming town centre, steam railway and annual World War Two days has lots of things going for it.
Home to a rarity in Norfolk – hills: the Beeston Bump and Beacon Hill, not far from the town. Its neighbour, Cromer, famous for its Victorian pier, and crabs, which breed on the chalk reefs of the north sea, is another North Norfolk highlight. It’s possible to find fossils at East and West Runton and Cromer and Sheringham are justifiably popular with visitors and residents.
Wherever you go in North Norfolk, you’ll find delights at every turn. We’re proud to work and live in this stunning corner of Norfolk and would love to help you to buy or sell a property in North Norfolk.
If you’d like professional, no-obligation advice on selling or buying property in this stunning corner of England, contact The Norfolk Agents today.