Making a move to Cromer and Sheringham

PUBLISHED: 12:06 20 July 2015

The sun shining on Cromer beach at 7.30am as crab fishermen brings in their catch. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The sun shining on Cromer beach at 7.30am as crab fishermen brings in their catch. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

The neighbouring seaside towns are the perfect places to embrace coastal life whatever your age, writes Rachel Buller.

With their quaint high streets and promenades and a reputation for a more gentle pace of life, it is little wonder that seaside neighbours Sheringham and Cromer are so popular with residents and visitors alike. But don’t be fooled, these genteel towns have as much to offer children, families and those with a sense of adventure as they do people seeking the quieter life.

Of course, the biggest draw for both is their location – nestled right on the coast, with the sea such an important influence on the community, both past and present.

Compared with other areas just a short distance up the coast, there is still an excellent range of affordable properties suiting all budgets and both towns have the benefits of regular rail and bus links to Norwich. In Sheringham there is a great choice of bungalows, all within walking distance of the sea, priced at around £300,000 for three bedrooms, or modern four-bedroomed family homes starting from a similar price. There are also some fabulous period properties and traditional town houses.

Cromer has a similar range of properties, including a great selection of new, highly desirable retirement flats, quaint flint fishermen’s cottages and traditional Victorian terraces. The town has a number of new housing developments, with four-bedroomed detached houses at about £310,000 and two-bedroomed starter homes from £200,000. Living in a coastal town, the ultimate dream is, of course, to have a sea view, and a three-storey Victorian colour-washed house only a few metres from the promenade is currently on the market for £499,950 in Cromer.

Both towns have a rich fishing heritage which is reflected in their history, and every year residents come together for a weekend of music, fun, food and arts for the Cromer and Sheringham Lobster and Crab festival, celebrating everything which makes the communities so special.

There is an excellent range of shops at both, with a strong mix of independent retailers, high street favourites and also a choice of supermarkets, as well as some charming eateries, many of which sell so-fresh seafood.

Due to the well-supported schools, amenities, clubs and sports facilities, it is little wonder the area is so popular for families. Cromer and Sheringham High Schools are highly regarded, and there are also respected independent schools nearby, including Gresham’s School at Holt and Beeston Hall School at West Runton.

There is a thriving arts scene in both towns, with a number of galleries and exhibitions. Sheringham Little Theatre and Cromer’s Pavilion Theatre on the pier offer a great range of shows and there is a lively music scene in the towns’ pubs.

But the best thing about living in Sheringham and Cromer is, naturally, the beach. Whether you love walking along the cliffs as the sun comes up, sitting on a bench listening to the sounds of the sea, learning to surf or simply spending a day splashing in the waves and building sandcastles, the towns offer something special for everyone.

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