Mak­ing a move to… Cromer

End­less Vic­to­rian sea­side charm and a fan­tas­tic place for all the fam­ily, Cromer re­ally is the gem of the Nor­folk coast

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WITH ITS defin­ing pier strik­ing out im­pe­ri­ously into the sea, the Vic­to­rian sea­side re­sort of Cromer is as quintessen­tially English as it gets.

But it isn’t just a town for vis­i­tors to savour, it is a won­der­ful place to live whether you are re­tired and look­ing to en­joy the fresh sea air, or are a fam­ily seek­ing a fan­tas­tic qual­ity of life.

The clean, sandy beach, rich fish­ing her­itage and a sea which can be dra­matic and wild on one day and glo­ri­ously still and shim­mer­ing on an­other, makes Cromer a very spe­cial place – some­thing which more and more peo­ple are dis­cov­er­ing.

The town cen­tre is bustling with a mix­ture of high street favourites and quirky in­de­pen­dents and there are also a num­ber of larger out of town stores to pro­vide all the essentials.

There are an ex­cel­lent num­ber of pubs and cafes as well as two of Nor­folk’s most pop­u­lar – and award winning – fish and chip shops; No. 1 Cromer and Mary Jane’s, and of course, if you live in Cromer, you also have fresh crab and seafood on your doorstep.

Cromer’s beau­ti­ful coast­line is an es­sen­tial part of com­mu­nity life – from the cliff top bowl­ing green, putting green and pretty gar­dens to the Surf­ing School and North Nor­folk Surf Life Savers club. There are plenty of beau­ti­ful walks to en­joy, from a sim­ple stroll along the prom to ex­plor­ing the Nor­folk Coast Path which me­an­ders along the cliff tops.

The town has ex­cel­lent schools both in the town and in the sur­round­ing vil­lages, with in­de­pen­dent schools Gre­sham’s and Bee­ston Hall just a few miles away. There are many ac­tiv­i­ties, so­ci­eties and clubs to join, from ten­nis, foot­ball and cricket to beach run­ning, surf­ing and pad­dle­board­ing.

Over the past few years, there has been a steady pro­gramme of house build­ing in the town, from modern fam­ily homes to lux­ury re­tire­ment flats. This, and the re­fur­bish­ment of many of Cromer’s pe­riod houses, has cre­ated a wide range of prop­er­ties to choose from cov­er­ing all bud­gets.

A strik­ing three-storey Vic­to­rian town house right on the seafront will set you back in ex­cess of £400,000, as will a spa­cious two-bed­room apart­ment with un­in­ter­rupted views along the coast­line.

For those who pre­fer modern builds, a four-bed­room de­tached house starts at around £350,000, with bun­ga­lows and three-bed­room prop­er­ties from around £250,000. The town also has some won­der­fully quaint houses, from old fish­er­men’s cot­tages to tra­di­tional ter­races, start­ing at around £175,000.

What­ever the sea­son, the town of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent, from wild win­ters where the waves are crash­ing to beau­ti­ful, clear, hot sum­mer’s days. The an­nual Cromer Car­ni­val is a Nor­folk in­sti­tu­tion, with a week of fun and cel­e­bra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar the car­ni­val pro­ces­sion which at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors. The Crab and Lob­ster Fes­ti­val – which is run with neigh­bour­ing re­sort Sher­ing­ham – and the spec­tac­u­lar New Year’s Day fire­work dis­play, help cre­ate a spe­cial at­mos­phere in the town through­out the year.

Above: Pop­pies in the church­yard of Cromer parish church with St Martin’s

Be­low: The 2017 New Year’s Day fire­work dis­play lights up Cromer Pier.

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