The wonders of Living in Norfolk!

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 March 2016

Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral. Photo: David Kirkham.

Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral. Photo: David Kirkham.


Tony Abel of Abel Homes was born and raised in the county and now builds houses here

Those of us who were born and raised in Norfolk have always known that our county is the best place in the world to live. For decades, the excellent quality of life has been something we have been happy to keep to ourselves, revelling in the knowledge that we have won life’s lottery when it comes to where we have made our home.

More recently, however, the rest of the country seems to have realised our little secret. The growing realisation among people from London and the south east is bringing many new home-buyers to our county. This is exacerbated by the hugely inflated prices of property in the capital, which mean that even quite affluent families can’t afford to buy their own home, and are starting to look further afield - our market towns such as Hingham (where we are currently building) being particularly good options.

London buyers are surprised by what their money buys in Norfolk. Our great value and high specification homes with EPC A rating, solar PV and fibre to the home are top of the list, with great opportunity for personalisation – something which is much less common in the “off-the-peg” new home market in the capital.

There will always be those who want to keep our county’s attractions a secret, jesting that the A11 and A47 should have drawbridges! The truth, however, is that if Norfolk is to remain a vibrant, successful county, we have to be prepared to attract new people to the county. Norfolk is too good for us to keep to ourselves.

Tony Abel is managing director of Abel Homes, which launches its The Hops site in Hingham this month;

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