Cheapest Places in Norfolk to Buy a 3-Bedroom House
Buying Property in Norfolk in 2016
Norfolk is a county of great contrasts. Largely rural, and with the Broads National Park spilling across its southern border into Suffolk, the county has a wealth of natural beauty to enjoy. A good deal of the local economy is based on farming and tourism, and there are only four major urban areas: Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, and Thetford. The cheapest houses tend to be in these towns.
At first glance, Norfolk's house prices may appear reasonable to readers living in the UK's property hotspots, but they are actually a little more expensive than in other northern and midland counties. In fact, prices in the more picturesque locations are so high that they actually rival some of the London commuter towns in the south-east. If you are thinking of relocating to Norfolk, be aware of the dramatic range of prices across the county. Also note that there are wide variations within comparitively short distances. The chocolate box villages on the coast are beyond the pocket of the average first-time buyer, but for those who are happy to commute say twenty or thirty miles to the beauty spots, there are bargains a-plenty inland.
As with any property purchase, it is essential that you do your own thorough research before buying a house in any of the locations listed below.
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Approximate Minimum Price of a 3-Bedroom House in Norfolk Towns and Villages (August 2016)
Up to £150,000
£150,001 to £200,000
Wroxham & Hoveton
Budget a minimum of £175,000 if you are hoping to buy a three-bedroom home in the historic market town of Attleborough. Lying between Norwich and Thetford, this little town was once home to two World War 2 airfields, and played a crucial role in billeting airmen during the conflict in Europe. Modern day Attleborough still retains a number of quaint old buildings dating back many centuries in and around the town, and it is an attractive location with a long tradition of cider making and poultry farming.
Attleborough has schools through to sixth form, and a mainline railway station.
Sited on the banks of the River Bure, the historic market town of Aylsham is close to large estates and grand country houses at Blickling, Felbrigg, Mannington and Wolterton, all of which are open to the public as tourist attractions. The little town lies at the heart of an area where wealthy and successful land-owners once enjoyed the riches brought by the wool and linen weaving trade. Things began to change after the start of the industrial revolution, but the grand houses bulit on the backs of past success, still remain.
Aylsham is a pretty little town, with some quaint and attractive features. Popular with residents who commute into Norwich, it has a busy town centre with a range of useful shops, and the local High school takes pupils through to age 16. Three-bedroom houses may be bought in Aylsham from approximately £200,000.
Visitors to Caister-on-Sea can walk around the partially excavated remains of a Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort, dating back to AD 200. Originally built for a Roman army unit, it was occupied until the end of the 4th century. The weatherbeaten ruins of Burgh Castle stand on the opposite side of the estuary and are also open to tourists, but the main attraction for holidaymakers is of course the vast expanse of sandy beach.
If you are thinking of making Caister-on-Sea your home, you'll need to know that Caister has schools through to age 16, and a good selection of everyday shops, including several supermarkets. The nearest hospital and railway station are at Great Yarmouth, a few miles along the coast heading South. Three-bedroom houses in this popular bucket-and-spade resort start at around £150,000.
Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea
The little village of Blakeney was once a commercial seaport, but due to the gradual silting up of the harbour, only small boats can now navigate their way past Blakeney Point and out to the open sea. The harbour and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust and are operated as a nature reserve where visitors can enjoy the varied bird-life, and often see seals basking. Blakeney is just a little along the coast from Cley-next-the-Sea, and like its neighbour, it is a magnet for tourists and holiday-makers in the summer months. Blakeney is a beautiful and sought-after location, and has hotels and eateries as well as a caravan park.
Despite its name, Cley-next-the-Sea is nearly a mile from open water. An extensive nature reserve occupies the land between the village and the sea, and the area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Back in the middle ages this idyllic Norfolk village was an important trading port, and actually stood on the coast. Over the centuries the sea retreated leaving the marshland. Cley still has a shingle beach however, and it can be accessed by walking over the marshes. The village itself is dominated by a quaint 18th century windmill which operates as a Bed & Breakfast establishment. Popular with tourists and holidaymakers, Cley is a picturesque village with a limited range of everyday shops, and a small selection of tea rooms and eateries.
Properties in both Cley-next-the-Sea and Blakeney tend to be very individual, and many are older-style houses with bags of character. As so often is the case with popular visitor destinations in the UK, there is a premium to be paid for attractive locations. Allow a minimum of £450,000 if you are shopping for a cheap property in either of these two beautiful villages, but reallistically, expect to pay a lot more.
£175,000 should be sufficient to buy the most basic three-bedroom home in Cromer. Lying on the coast 23 miles north of Norwich and 4 miles east of Sheringham, Cromer is another popular holiday destination.Traditionally Cromer has been known as a fishing town, and it is famous for the Cromer crab, which, together with lobsters, forms a large part of the local catch.
The town's visitor attractions include Cromer Pier and Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Museum, bird-watching and fishing boat charters, and a South American themed zoo park on the outskirts of the town.
Cromer has a small local hospital, with a minor injuries unit, schools through to age 16, and a railway station on the Bittern Line with regular services into Sheringham and Norwich.
Dereham, also known as East Dereham, lies 15 miles west of Norwich and 25 miles east of King's Lynn. Dereham describes itself as "The Heart of Norfolk" due to its central location in the county. Dereham is one of Norfolk's larger towns, and has a good range of local facilities including a leisure centre, schools through to sixth form, including a special needs school, a bowling alley, and a small hospital offering a limited range of services.
Although the railway line that runs between Dereham and Wymondham is no longer connected to the National Rail Network, it has nonetheless been retained, and is now operated as a heritage tourist line by the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust.
Three bedroom houses in this handsome country town may be bought from around £155,000.
Diss is a bustling market town close to the Suffolk border. It lies on the banks of a large lake amidst lovely countryside. The town itself is picturesque with numerous old and interesting buildings including beautiful timber framed buildings dating from the 16th century, and a Grade II listed Corn Hall.
Diss has schools through to sixth form, a regular Friday market, good everyday shops, and a station on the London to Norwich railway line. The train journey from Diss to London Liverpool Street takes around an hour and forty minutes on a direct line. Basic three-bedroom properties start at around £190,000.
Downham Market was once famous for its horse fairs and its butter market. Lying on the edge of the Fens, on the banks of the Great Ouse River, 11 miles south of King's Lynn, and 39 miles west of Norwich, Downham Market is an interesting old town, with some notable buldings. The town holds a twice weekly market on Fridays and Saturdays on the town hall car park, and this regular event stretches back across the centuries, and underlines the importance this little town has to the rural economy of the surrounding countryside. The local senior school teaches students up to sixth form, and serves a wide local area. Downham Market railway station provides a direct link to London's King's Cross station (one hour and thirty one minutes approx.) making it a viable commuter location.
Three bedroom family homes may be acquired in Downham Market from around £170,000.
Fakenham is a market town on the banks of the River Wensum, lying approximately 19 miles north east of King's Lynn, and 25 miles north west of Norwich. The largest town in North Norfolk, Fakenham offers a good range of facilities which are shared with the villages and hamlets in the surrounding countryside.These include schools through to sixth form, a horse racing course, a superbowl, a cinema, a wide range of shops, and a gasworks museum. Fakenham is situated close to both Holkham Hall and the Royal Sandringham Estate.
Three bedroom properties are cheaper in Fakenham than in many of Norfolk's pretty coastal towns, but a basic family house is still likely to cost a minimum of £150,000, with prices increasing quickly upwards.
The seaside resort of Great Yarmouth is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles east of Norwich.The town is popular with visitors and holidaymakers, and has an attractive beach, and two piers. In by-gone days, Great Yarmouth was a major fishing port, and despite a steep decline in the industry, a small fleet of boats is still active on this part of the North Sea coastline. As one of the largest towns in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth is blessed with a hospital with both A&E and maternity services, education opportunities through to university level, an excellent shopping centre, and plenty of sports and leisure facilities. Trains from Great Yarmouth to London Liverpool Street take around two hours and forty minutes.
Great Yarmouth has a wide range of housing, including basic three-bedroom homes that are among the cheapest in Norfolk. Budget a minimum of £90,000 to secure a first family home in this lively seaside town.
Harleston is a bustling market town in South Norfolk that is comprised of two adjoining villages; Redenhall and Harleston. Both villages are mentioned in the Domesday Book, and there are numerous old and historically interesting buildings in and around the town. Despite being quite a small town, Harleston is the largest settlement for miles around, and the local senior school, Archbishop Sancroft High School, is the main secondary school for the parish and surrounding area.
There is no longer a railway station at Harleston. Like so many other rural lines, the Waveney Valley Line closed to passenger traffic in the mid-20th century. Harleston doesn't seem to have suffered from the lack of a train route, however, It is a popular and prosperous town, and this is amply demonstrated by the property prices.Three-bedroom houses in the town start from around £200,000, and climb quite smartly upwards.
Holt is an attractive and historic market town 23 miles north of Norwich, and 9.5 miles west of Cromer. Although mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the older buildings in the town are predominantly Georgian, and were built after Holt was ravaged by a fire in 1708, which destroyed many of the original medieval houses and buildings. Holt has a railway station on the preserved North Norfolk Railway, the 'Poppy Line', which is operated privately by a team of steam and diesel railway enthusiasts. The station is the south-western terminus. The nearest national network railway station is in Sheringham,
Holt has a selection of useful everyday shops, alongside some interesting and varied independant retailers. The town has a state primary school, however, local secondary students must travel to nearby Sheringham. Holt is also home to a well-regarded public school known as 'Gresham's'. Houses are quite expensive locally, and you should expect to pay a minimum of £275,000 for the most basic three-bedroom property.
King's Lynn, also known as Lynn, is a seaport and market town 44 miles west of Norwich.O n a direct rail route to London's Liverpool Street Station, with a journey time of approximately one hour and forty minutes, King's Lynn could be a useful location for occassional commuters into London looking for a more affordable life-style. Three bedroom houses are priced from around £110,000, and there are some charming and spacious properties available for those that can afford a little more.
King's Lynn has plenty to reccommend it, including theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues. There are three secondary schools and a college offering courses through to degree level. The service sector, information and communication technologies and creative industries are well-represented locally, giving a range of job opportunities. The historic town centre hints at King's Lynn's adventuresome sea-faring past, when it was for many years considered to be the most important sea-port in Britain.
Mundesley is a coastal village around 7 miles south east of Cromer. Popular with holiday-makers, it has caravan parks, hotels, and chalet accommodation, in and around the village. The sandy beach is a magnet for visitors, but the area also has a famous golf course, a small maritime museum, and various other attractions close at hand. Mundesley has a good selection of everyday shops, a primary school, and a medical centre. The nearest railway station is 6 miles away at North Walsham which is on the Bittern Line between Cromer and Norwich.
Three-bedroom houses in this attractive seaside location start from around £210,000, but there is a limited supply of property coming on to the market here, so you need to be quick to nab a bargain.
North Walsham is an inland market town, seven and a half miles from Cromer, and 15 miles north of Norwich. Once a renowned centre for the wool weaving industry, the modern day town has a more mixed economy, and indeed, serves as something of a dormitory town for commuters into Norwich and Sheringham. North Walsham has a railway station on the Bittern Line, and the A149 passes through the town. The English naval hero, Horatio Nelson, and his brother William were educated in North Walsham.
North Walsham has schools through to age 16, a busy shopping centre, a cinema, and a health centre. Three-bedroom accommodations begin at around £140,000, but climb quite quickly upwards.
Norwich is Norfolk's only city, and is the county town of Norfolk. It lies on the River Wensum, around 100 miles north east of London. Norwich is a historically important city, and in the medieval era, it was one of the most important locations in Britain.
Norwich has the full range of facilities that you would expect in a major urban area, including educational opportunities through to University level, hospitals, museums, art galleries, an excellent shopping centre, parks, playgrounds, and sports and leisure venues. There is even a local airport. Trains between Norwich and London's Liverpool Street station have a journey time of around an hour and fifty minutes on a direct line.
Three-bedroom houses in Norwich are reasonably priced. Budget a minimum of £130,000 to buy a basic family home in the city.
Sheringham lies on the North Norfolk coastal road between Blakeney and Cromer. The town is a little larger than its near coastal neighbours, and has a bustling high street with a wide range of independant shops, as well as a branch of Tescos, and a regular Saturday morning outdoor market. Sheringham has a theatre, a number of pubs and restaurants, and a youth hostel. Local schools take pupils through to sixth form, and there is a school for disabled children.
The railway station at Sheringham offers travel via the Bittern Line to Cromer and Norwich. This is the final halt on the national rail network on this route. Beyond Sheringham station, the line has been preserved as the North Norfolk Railway also known as the "Poppy Line" running heritage trains to nearby Holt.
Property in this vibrant seaside town is a little cheaper than in some of the neighbouring coastal villages. Expect to pay a minimum of £170,000 for a basic three-bedroom terraced house. Modern, semi-detached properties are more readily available, and these start at around £245,000 (September 2016)
Swaffham is a market town 12 miles east of King's Lynn and 31 miles west of Norwich. The town was once at the heart of a flourishing sheep and wool industry, which led the inhabitants to construct a large market place that is still in use today. A handsome market cross dating from 1783, adds to the historic ambience.The Swaffham Museum contains an exhibition on local history and local geology as well as an Egyptology room charting the life of Howard Carter, a famous archaeologist who spent much of his childhood in the town.
Swaffham no longer has a railway station, having been a victim of the Beeching cuts. The A47 runs close to the town, however. Swaffham has a selection of state primary and independent schools. The Green Britain Centre is a popular tourist attraction locally. Three-bedroom houses in Swaffham start at an affordable £150,000.
Thetford is another of Norfolk's cheaper locations. Thetford is a large market town just south of Thetford Forest, and conveniently close to the A11 road between Norwich (28 miles) and London (86 miles).The town is served by Thetford railway station, where passengers can travel to other stations on the direct line between Norwich and Cambridge, From Cambridge, regular services run to London King's Cross. A typical commute from Thetford to Cambridge takes around an hour and three quarters.
Three-bedroom houses in Thetford start at around £130,000.
Wroxham & Hoveton
Wroxham is situated within the Norfolk Broads. It lies in an elevated position above the River Bure, around eight miles north-east of Norwich. Both Wroxham, and it's adjacent neighbour, Hoveton have boat building and pleasure craft hire yards on the Broads. Wroxham and Hoveton are very focussed on the holiday industry, and many of the shops and businesses rely on visitors for the bulk of their trade. Local schools cater for pupils through to secondary level. There is a railway station on the Bittern Line in Hoveton village.
Three-bedroom houses start at around £200,000 in lovely Wroxham and Hoveton, but prices quickly zoom upwards, and there are only ever a few cheaper end properties available at any given time. (September 2016).
The lovely old town of Wymondham has many old and historic buildings hidden away in a maze of narrow, medieval street and alleys.Once one of the wealthiest places in East Anglia thanks to its connections to the woollen industry, the town was hit by two major events that were to profoundly affect Wymodham and its inhabitants. The first of these was the Great Fire of Wymondham, which broke out on Sunday 11 June 1615. About 300 properties were destroyed in the fire including the ancient Market Cross, the vicarage, the 'Town Hall', and the schoolhouse. Many of the inhabitants were left homeless, and the town's economy was badly damaged. However, quite a few buildings did survive, and some of these are still standing today. Visitors to Wymondham can still appreciate many ancient edifices in and around the town centre, including those rebuilt after the fire swept through. These include the old abbey, still in use as a Church of England parish church.
The second major event to damage Wymondham was the downturn in the woollen trade which devastated employment prospects in the town. In 1836 there were 600 hand looms in use in Wymondham, but thanks to a rapid decline in demand, only 60 remained in 1845. This led to a very long period of hardship for the town, which took many years to overcome.
Modern-day Wymondham is a delightful and popular location with schools through to sixth form, an award winning railway station, and a town centre that attracts many visitors and tourists. Allow a minimum of £190,000 when searching for a three-bedroom property in this historic town.