Norwich fourth most searched-for city for homes outside of London, research reveals

Norwich war memorial. Norwich Market. Norwich Castle.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich war memorial. Norwich Market. Norwich Castle.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Norwich is the fourth most searched-for city for homes outside of London, according to research from RightMove.

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The property website listed the top 10 cities its users searched for outside of the capital in the first three months of 2016, as asking prices continue to rise in London.

The fine city came in fourth place, behind Bournemouth, Sheffield and Bristol.

Its popularity is in part put down to big employers including Aviva, Virgin Money and Naked Wines and a thriving tech sector.

Victorian properties in the Golden Triangle are among the most popular, as well as riverside apartments and converted industrial buildings, according to the site.

Susan Dwen, executive branch manager for the Unthank Road-based Abbotts estate agents, said: 'I think Norwich is a lot like a mini-London, but with a lot better quality of life. There's a quieter pace to life, but there's so much here, so why would you need London? I'm from London and I'd never go back. I love it here.

'People are moving to Norwich because there is great value for money, but I also think it is becoming quite trendy as well. It's become more multi-cultural now.'

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She said the dualling of the A11 had helped make the city more accessible.

Sally Jackson, of Fine and Country estate agents in Norwich, said: 'We're seeing families from London and Essex coming here for the schools and great road and rail links back to the south east.'

To see the homes available in the area, visit www.homes24.co.uk

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