Mak­ing a move to a BEAUTY SPOT

Last year marked 50 years since the Nor­folk Coast Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty was es­tab­lished – help­ing cre­ate a very spe­cial place to call home

EDP Norfolk - - PROPERTY - WORDS: Rachel Buller

In 1968, a huge swathe of Nor­folk’s spec­tac­u­lar coast­line was des­ig­nated an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty – en­sur­ing this re­mark­able landscape re­mains pro­tected and pre­served for gen­er­a­tions.

It is an area of unique and re­mark­able beauty cov­er­ing marsh and sand, graz­ing land and green fields, an­cient cliffs and his­toric build­ings and, of course, wildlife habi­tats of huge in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tific sig­nif­i­cance.

Be­ing des­ig­nated an AONB not only pro­tects its nat­u­ral fea­tures, but also shapes so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity when it comes to de­vel­op­ment.

From Win­ter­ton to the Wash, it cov­ers a vast, di­verse area.

If you want to move to the coast, ex­pect huge vari­a­tions in price the stretch from Win­ter­ton through to Cromer re­mains more af­ford­able than the ar­eas around the Burn­hams, where there is a high level of sec­ond home own­er­ship and prices have soared. But the best thing about the Nor­folk coast is that it suits all needs and bud­gets.

For those who still like to have ameni­ties on their doorstep and a lit­tle bit of hustle and bus­tle, Cromer, Sheringham and Hun­stan­ton pro­vide good shop­ping, ac­cess to good schools at all ages, in­clud­ing some of the county’s best in­de­pen­dent schools, and plenty of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. They also re­main af­ford­able and, thanks to re­cent hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, there is a good va­ri­ety of prop­er­ties, whether you want a new, four bed­room fam­ily home or a his­toric fish­ing cottage.

For those who want to move to the coast for peace and tran­quil­lity, the area is full of quaint vil­lages and quiet ham­lets, iso­lated smat­ter­ings of houses and sprawl­ing farms.

While re­mote, ru­ral liv­ing isn’t for every­one, if you love walk­ing, sail­ing or bird­watch­ing, or sim­ply soaking up the nat­u­ral, wild beauty of the landscape, many of these vil­lages of­fer all of this and more right on the doorstep.

New build­ing de­vel­op­ment in these ar­eas is of­ten very lim­ited and prop­er­ties are not al­ways so easy to come by, push­ing up prices. Of­ten though, if you travel just a few miles out­side the pop­u­lar hotspots, your bud­get will go a lot fur­ther.

Of course, liv­ing in the coun­try­side does mean trav­el­ling fur­ther to ac­cess ameni­ties, but many vil­lages have small shops, great pubs and an ex­cel­lent sense of com­mu­nity.

Best of all, you are a stone’s throw from the sea – what can beat that?

Si­mon Finlay

ABOVE: Salt­house salt­marshes, part of the Nor­folk Coast AONB Cliffs be­tween Over­strand and Cromer

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