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