Just five miles west of Cromer, or seven miles if you choose the Holt road, sits Sheringham, the bijou seaside town of north Norfolk.
It’s not your typical seaside resort. It has a lovely beach, a wealth of interesting buildings, rolling scenery, but it’s not a Kiss Me Quick arcade type of place.
Sheringham is genteel.
On an epic cycling journey back in 1996, me and my teaching colleague, Dave, spent a fortnight touring East Anglia, marvelling at never seeing rain (I lived in Oldham at that time) and enjoying the scenery of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
We had a night in Teddy, as we called it back then, and I recall a very pleasant town.
It still is.
We left the car in Hunstanton and aimed to circumvent the coast and countryside of East Anglia, ending in Shoreditch, London, bizarrely, where my sister lived, and cycling back through Cambridgeshire and the fens to the waiting car.
The trek stuck with me and I always promised myself we’d move to this area.
Occasionally, when we pull up in a place, now, as a family and not on a bike, I have happy recollections of it: Bungay, Beccles, Ely and Walberswick stir memories, as does Sheringham.
Sheringham is regarded, rightly or wrongly, as better heeled than Cromer and ergo more desirable.
I don’t think the seafront at Sheringham compares with Cromer, but the town roads leading from the steam railway station to the beach arguably do top trump its neighbour.
It’s a town awash with nostalgia; they have the north Norfolk railway running to Holt and those lovely world war two weekends in mid-September, where everyone dresses as if it’s 1940 and the town is packed to the rafters.
The high street is filled with independent shops, though there is a small town centre Sainsbury’s and a larger Tesco on its outskirts, which attracted planning opposition, I recall.
As I mentioned in my “Seven Myths about Norfolk“, Sheringham boasts a hill, Beeston Bump, which is a fantastic vantage point.
The high school there is well-regarded and I don’t think it’s been academised (yet) which is always a good thing, in my opinion.
The property market appears to be white hot in Sheringham.
There’s fewer properties for sale than in Cromer (that has 194, as I type, for sale or SSTC).
Sheringham has a Rightmove total stock of 119 properties, but just 34 are left for sale. That’s 70% stock sold in Sheringham, usurping the statistics of Norwich.
It’s a seriously desirable place to live, it seems.
Yet, paradoxically perhaps, property prices for studio flats are lower than its neighbour Cromer, and yet the top end mirrors its crabby compatriot.
Both towns have an approximate ceiling price of £600,000, lower than Norwich, though Sheringham’s new build retirement apartments at over half a million are much higher than Cromer or Norwich.
I like Sheringham. Clearly its residents do too. That’s why properties are thin on the ground and sell quickly.
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