HINGHAM – EVERYTHING YOU COULD ASK OF AN ENGLISH MARKET TOWN
ACCORDING to the 2011 Census, 81.5 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, with fewer than one in five living in rural towns, villages and hamlets. And yet study after study shows that the best quality of life is to be found away from the city, and especially in small market towns – and that evidence is backed up by soaring demand for homes in the most attractive and vibrant of these settlements.
One of the most sought-after is Hingham, the lovely Georgian market town 15 miles to the west of Norwich. Named earlier this year by The London Evening Standard as one of the most attractive places in the UK to live, Hingham is everything you could ask of an English market town, right down to its village green surrounded by a thriving pub, a clutch of independent shops including a butcher and post office, and a 14th century church.
Above all it has a vibrant community, with a good primary school and playgroup, a well-used sports centre, and around 30 different clubs and societies, catering for interests as diverse as archery, handbell ringing and Tae Kwon Do.
No wonder that homes in this lovely town are much in demand, with buyers needing to move quickly to secure a purchase when they come onto the market.
Norfolk-based family-owned house builder Abel Homes is currently building 88 attractive and highly-energy efficient new family homes near the centre of Hingham, just a couple of minutes’ walk from that attractive village green.
The new homes have an ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – the highest achievable rating for energy efficiency – with features such as photovoltaic solar panels, triple glazing and heating with an air-source heat pump. They also feature fibre broadband direct to the premises, as well as electric garage doors, and floor coverings to every room as standard.
It is this combination of design, ‘liveability’ and location which is making these new homes so sought-after, with each release selling within just a few days. Those who want a piece of that high quality lifestyle would do well to register their interest at www.abelhomes.co.uk, so they can be the first to hear about the release of new homes as they happen.