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Love urban life? Norwich has everything
If you have strolled around Norwich’s city centre in recent months you will have noticed something of a change. Where once there were high rise office buildings and crumbling but beautiful reminders of its past industrial heritage, there are now bustling residential communities.
Of course, in centuries gone by, life would have revolved around the city’s historic heart, with people living, working and trading food and goods in the shadow of the Norman castle. Gradually the city crept outwards, providing housing for the city’s burgeoning population. But in recent years there has been a shift back to life within the old city walls.
New developments and sympathetic conversions have transformed disused spaces into contemporary and stylish apartments – from one bedroom city pads to vast penthouse suites complete with breathtaking views of the skyline.
There has never been more choice of accommodation in the city and there is more springing up all the time. While some developments are not without controversy or objection, the shift in the use of traditional business areas into residential ones, is creating a new vibrancy in the city centre.
But of course, part of Norwich’s charm is its history, and while the deluge of dazzling new apartments seem to be grabbing the headlines, there are some fabulous period properties to be discovered, tucked down little cobbled alleyways, above shops in ancient buildings in some of Norwich’s most famous shopping areas or an unexpected row of quiet Victorian terraces just metres from noisy, bustling streets. From whole houses to flats, they are often packed with charm, quirky in their design and have beautiful original period features.
Whatever your choice of accommodation, there are plenty of reasons why people love to live in Norwich. Its thriving independent sector means that Norwich doesn’t have the same homogenous feel as some other cities; there are excellent pubs and bars, catering for coffee lovers, cocktail drinkers and local brew aficionados; fantastic restaurants, arts venues and one of the best retail offerings in the country. It also has lots of green space, whether for a walk by the river and through the tranquil cathedral grounds or a trip to one of its many parks with friends, there are plenty of places to get your fill of fresh air before heading back into the urban landscape for refreshment.
BELOW: Flats in Paper Mill Yard, Ber Street development