Norfolk is a perennially popular county for holidaymakers, due in large part to the depth and breadth of its breath-taking scenery. This is one of the many reasons why move people are choosing to move here than ever. However, there’s plenty more to discover in this eastern county, as the verified residents of our best new homes in Norfolk list will tell you.
Where is Norfolk?
Norfolk is right out to the eastern edge of the ‘East of England’ region. It’s the fifth-largest county in England, but only borders three other counties – Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. North Norfolk has a long North Sea coastline, as well as The Wash, a multiple estuary bay area where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire.
Why live in Norfolk?
Space to breathe, that’s one of the many big benefits of living in Norfolk. Everyone who lives or visits the county is regularly struck by the big open skies and abundant wildlife at every turn. This is particularly the case in North Norfolk, where miles of unspoilt coastline and nature reserves form the perfect habitat for any lover of the great outdoors.
Even Norfolk’s main city, Norwich, offers a more tranquil pace of life than your average urban hub. Voted one of the best places to live in the UK for 2021 by the Sunday Times, Norwich is the ultimate walkable city. It’s small and personal enough to fall in love with, but big enough to keep things varied and interesting. Its winding streets are full of enticing shops and restaurants, 60% of them independent. Its colourful central market is a magnet for local trade and tourism, and has been for over 1000 years! Another cultural string to its bow is that the city has not one but two cathedrals, one Roman Catholic, one Church of England.
As well as having a vibrant history, Norwich is also moving with the times. Green initiatives are flourishing here, backed by serious investment. Most visibly, this is helping Norwich upgrade its cycling infrastructure, as well as sustainable social housing.
Norfolk’s inland beauty
A third area of consideration is the inland villages of Norfolk. While still falling within the Norfolk Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), there are dozens of highly desirable villages set back from the livelier sections of the coastline. Aldborough, Erpingham and Southrepps are just a few examples of the ideal countryside settings that inland Norfolk offers.
Wherever you go in the county, expect to be close to some spectacular scenery. From the Norfolk Broads – the meandering network of navigable lakes and mirrors – to the coast, to the clusters of hamlets and market towns dotted in between, it’s a feast for the senses.
What are average property prices in Norfolk like?
At the time of writing (December 2021) Norfolk is roughly in line with the overall house price average for England. Zoopla puts the countywide average at around £292,000. This is just £4,000 more than the £288,000 average for England recorded by the Office of National Statistics in September 2021.
Property prices are rising in Norfolk, thanks in part to buyers’ heightened desire for more space post-pandemic. Prices have risen by 1.63% in the last three months and 2.51% since December 2020. However, this large county has a varied property market, so you can find a wide range of property types, prices and settings. Currently, flats in Norfolk average at around £167,500 and terraced houses for £217,000. Again, this is by Zoopla’s recorded estimates.
New homes in Norfolk: The region’s highest-rated developments
Now it’s time to look at some of the best new homes in Norfolk. Our top-ranked property developments list is based entirely on the review scores given by verified residents. This gives you an entirely informed view of the respective developments, helping you find the right one for you.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
Wensum Grange is at the top of Norfolk’s list for the moment. It’s a development of 2-4-bedroom homes in Fakenham, which is the largest town in North Norfolk. It’s also conveniently located to access both Norwich and the coast. Residents here are appreciative of the quality build, design and layout of their homes, which are in keeping with the local feel, using flint and other sympathetic materials.
Next up, Heath Farm is a development of 2-5-bedroom houses and bungalows in Holt, which is a short drive from the North Norfolk coast. The homes here are all finished to a high specification, and their intelligent design makes them very economical to run, according to residents. They also offer plenty of storage space. In addition, they include amenities such as integrated appliances.
In 3rd place, Grosvenor Park is within walking distance of Attleborough, a historic market town. There’s a collection of 2-5-bedroom homes on offer here, and residents have noted the high-quality design, build and finish achieved here. This goes for the development too, as it is well maintained by developer Taylor Wimpey. Its location is also very convenient, as it lies just off the A11, making for an easy journey into Norwich or down towards Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge.
Norfolk is an exceptionally popular county for long-time residents and newcomers alike. If you’re interested in moving to Norfolk, be sure to check back on this list at a later date. We routinely update our top developments lists to reflect new properties coming onto the market, and new reviews from residents.
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