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Making a move to Norwich’s Golden Triangle

PUBLISHED: 11:05 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 29 November 2016

The Plantation Garden

The Plantation Garden

Copyright: Archant 2016

It’s easy to fall in love with the sparkle of this trendy triangle

The Roman Catholic Cathedral and its gardensThe Roman Catholic Cathedral and its gardens

The name casts a golden glow over Norwich’s Golden Triangle – lighting up its streets of tight-packed handsome terraces and population rich in families, professionals and students. The concept only dates back to the 1980s, but the area itself has been housing the people of Norwich for more than 200 years.

Debate still rages over the precise perimeter of Norwich’s Golden Triangle – partly because of the cachet of a home in this section of the city. As soon as a definition is suggested – perhaps the streets between Earlham Road and Ipswich Road and the inner and outer ring roads – those just outside the chosen land make the case for their homes to share in the sparkle.

Two years ago the Golden Triangle was named one of the 101 top places to live in the country. Using data including house prices, school performances, crime rates and more to decide that of all the towns, villages, suburbs and districts in the country, the Golden Triangle was one of the best. Beautiful Blakeney, on the north Norfolk coast, was the only other community in the county to make this particular grade.

So what makes the Golden Triangle quite so, well, golden? The location is one of the most important factors, with streets of Victorian housing lining streets, sandwiched between the city centre and the University of East Anglia. These are houses which suit single workers, families, students and retired people, meaning that the community stretches across the generations and across occupation and income divides too. The schools are popular; the range of shops across the area is better than many town centres with everything from grocery essentials to eclectic fashion covered by both big name businesses and enthusiastic entrepreneurs; some of the best pubs and restaurants in Norfolk are on the doorstep and there is even a cathedral.

The fabulously gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral is set in its own gardens. Just along the street is the beautiful Plantation Garden – restored from wilderness to wonderland by volunteers.

The triangle is dotted with little parks and play areas, with Heigham Park perhaps the jewel in the golden crown. Its May festival is famed throughout the triangle, but all year round people love its lawns and borders, its tennis courts and bowls clubs, its paths and play areas.

For many people the best move they ever made was to Norwich’s Golden Triangle.

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