Making a move to the north of the city
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 August 2015
With four suburbs to choose from there is a wide variety of reasons to set your sights north, writes Judith Palmer.
Fast-track at Hellesdon
One of the major suburbs of Norwich, evidence has been found of people living in the Hellesdon area some 4000 years ago. It has grown and developed much in the past 50 years, with the site of the former Firs raceway track sold for housing in 1964. Hellesdon has a number of small shops, a supermarket and DIY store, six schools (one high school, two junior schools and three infant schools), and, of course, Norwich International Airport at its doorstep, linking Norwich to destinations throughout Europe as well as within the British Isles. Situated on the Norwich Ring Road, Hellesdon is within an easy drive or bus ride of the city centre too. Large bungalows and detached houses for sale in this part of the city frequently come with generous gardens, with prices for a four-bedroomed family home starting around £220,000.
Strong community at Old Catton
The parish of Old Catton is about three miles to the north of the city, sitting on the eastern edge of Norwich International Airport. Many people in Old Catton still proudly regard it as a village, despite the surrounding developments and there is a strong sense of community life here. It remains a great choice for those looking to settle close to the city, with property prices ranging from £110,000 for a two-bedroomed flat to £1m for a six-bedroomed detached house. Good public transport, coupled with ease of access to the countryside north of Norwich, and a good selection of schools and essential shops also give Old Catton plenty of strengths.
Dating back to Saxon times, Spixworth is a village steeped in history. Due to its close proximity to Norwich city centre, the village is a favoured residential area and its plentiful amenities include an infant school, junior school, a dental practice, doctors’ surgery, a village hall, motel, public house and a wide selection of retail outlets and services. New large family properties are being built along Crostwick Lane, with prices starting from around £265,000, while existing bungalows and houses are currently selling from £160,000 upwards. This reflects how Spixworth appeals both to young families - activities on offer in the area include youth football and Scout groups - and to older residents, with clubs for gardening, bowls and the Women’s Institute also popular.
Centred upon the main road, Sprowston has plenty of amenities that make it a popular choice for homebuyers. Alongside one of the city’s biggest supermarkets, it also contains a wealth of smaller retailers and eateries, including the popular music venue The Brickmakers. The new property development Manor Reach here features two, three and four-bedroomed homes starting from £235,000. Known as a family-friendly part of the city, Sprowston has six primary and two secondary schools all within a mile radius, and there are also plenty of open spaces to enjoy quality play time. It also has a regular Park and Ride service to the city centre, along with other bus services.