Are you dreaming of a slower pace of life and wondering whether the grass really is greener on the other side? Well your wouldn’t be alone. Property and online forums are full of people hankering after a change of scenery. Here at Broadleaf Homes we want to share our experience, being based in Norfolk and working in East Anglia, as one of the regions leading developers of family homes.
People who are already based in Norfolk or Suffolk will know the benefits of residing in such a stunning part of England, however, those looking from afar often want to know more. The trend of house buyers moving from cities such as London to rural areas like Norfolk is nothing new. However, according to the Office For National Statistics, the desire to move, coupled with living in a pandemic has, “reduced the previous strong incentive for people to live close to their place of work and, in particular, to be in large urban hubs.” Many people are now working from home permanently and therefore have huge flexibility as to where they are based, which makes the option of moving a real one. The town of Diss is a fantastic choice for buyers who need to commute within East Anglia and beyond, or who are going to work at home and perhaps travel occasionally.
Broadleaf Homes are currently working in the hamlet of Scole, just outside Diss and we think that for many families, the area could truly be the best of both worlds. Diss is a historic market town and can even be traced back to the Domesday Book. The town is well connected by road and rail. You can be in London Liverpool Street in 90 minutes via train and travel to Norwich, Ipswich or Colchester within 20-40 minutes. So with great transport links comes a solid investment, as average house prices rose almost 10% in Diss in the year leading up to January 2021, according to Zoopla.
So what does life in Diss look like and what can the area offer you? Day to day you have all of the amenities of a town at your fingertips such as good schools, shops, pubs and gyms. There is also a golf course and many places to go fishing in the area. You also have access to the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts within an hour, with an abundance of sleepy beaches or busier towns waiting to be explored on your day off. What is more, day to day you can experience and relax in the natural surroundings that result in living in an area rich in wildlife and outdoor space. A dog walk along the river in Knettishall Heath is good for the soul, peaceful and just what you need before and after a busy day. After running a few errands in town, perhaps after the school run, it is pleasant to watch the fountain and the birds around Diss Mere, a six-acre body of water, unusually located in the town.
When you are feeling zen after exploring the many fens, heaths and local walks that Diss and the surrounding area has to offer, and are looking for interaction and refreshments, the town has delis plenty to keep you going. There are also regular markets to explore where you can buy local produce. Beyond the shops on Mere Street, there are some hidden gems in the form of courtyards, such as Cobbs where you will discover boutiques and cafes off the beaten track. Your day-to-day life is enriched with the sight of historic churches and timber-framed buildings, which many do not have the privilege of admiring in their home town. As night falls, if you are looking for something more than the fantastic array of restaurants, The Corn Hall is a unique entertainment venue located in Grade II listed building, which has been fully renovated.
If we have to whet your appetite for life in and around Diss, then we would encourage you to visit and take in the surroundings for yourself. Our latest development, St Andrews Gardens is launching in mid-May, so if your property search does include Diss and the surrounding villages, we would be delighted to showcase our stunning homes via our agent William H Brown (New Homes) who can be reached on 01379 644719.