Incorporating the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, together with the city of Peterborough, East Anglia combines major urban areas as well as pretty villages, unspoilt coastal spots, fenland and gently undulating hills.
Some areas of the region are within striking distance of London, which makes them highly sought-after by professionals who need to commute regularly into the city – but this also pushes up house prices. Homes within commuting distance of Cambridge can also prove expensive, while more remote areas often offer better value.
Below you will find a selection of the current developments across East Anglia, from a range of different house builders that are active in the region, with options to suit most budgets.
Clements Gate in Hawkwell, Essex (David Wilson Homes)
This development offers four-bedroom homes set in the picturesque semi-rural location of Hawkwell. The final phase of homes has now been released with some of the properties ready to move into this June.
Hawkwell offers amenities including a doctor’s surgery, schools and a leisure centre. The large town of Southend-on-Sea is around four miles away and provides a shopping centre, theatre and coastline. Road, rail and bus links are all close to the development making it the ideal choice whether you work locally or further afield.
There are no fewer than three show homes to view at this site, and a number of assistance schemes are available, including Help to Buy, Part Exchange and Movemaker.
Prices: From £494,995
Find out more about Clements Gate from David Wilson Homes
Mill Grange in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire (Hill)
Located in the sought-after village of Swaffham Prior, this development comprises just 20 new homes, ranging from three- to five-bedroom family homes. Trees and hedgerows soften and enrich the surroundings, and of course there is Cambridgeshire countryside all around. It’s a safe, peaceful environment with village playgrounds and a local primary school.
Nearby Bottisham Village College is an outstanding academy for older children and, with the famous university city of Cambridge less than 30 minutes away, there are educational opportunities in abundance.
There is a show home open Thursday to Monday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm or available to view at other times by appointment.
Prices: From £575,000
Find out more about Mill Grange from Hill
Woods Meadow in Lowestoft, Suffolk (Persimmon Homes)
Two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are available at this development in sought-after Lowestoft, a ten-minute drive from the historic town centre and all its amenities, and only a stone's throw from lovely sandy beaches and gently rolling countryside.
Woods Meadow offers a wide choice of new homes, including some two- and three-bedroom bungalows, which gives the development a wide appeal, from first time buyers or downsizers right through to large families.
In Lowestoft there is a good selection of high street shops, restaurants and entertainment options, including theatres and cinemas, while for those who love spending time outdoors Woods Meadow is close to beautiful Broadland countryside and the famous beaches of Lowestoft.
Commuters can take the A12 to Great Yarmouth and the A146 to Gillingham and Norwich, while Lowestoft railway station is only an eight-minute drive away, offering frequent and regular services to key destinations such as Norwich, a 45 minute journey away.
Prices: From £158,950
Find out more at www.persimmonhomes.com ; 01502 390401
Broadbeach Gardens in Stalham, Norfolk (Hopkins Homes)
This development of luxurious one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom properties in the market town of Stalham, about 15 miles from Norwich, aims to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. All new reservations currently include carpets, integrated appliances and turf.
The location promises a blend of town, coast and country living. Stalham's high street offers everything you need for day to day living, and for families with children there are a choice of schools nearby offering education from the age of four through to 16 years, including Stalham Community Infant School, Stalham Academy and Stalham High School.
Situated on the north-eastern edge of the Norfolk Broads, the location also gives residents easy access to the vast broads network, and is only four miles away from the nearest sandy beaches at Sea Palling.
Prices: From £193,995
Find out more at www.hopkinshomes.co.uk ; 01692 581424
Northfield View in Stowmarket, Suffolk (Taylor Wimpey)
Northfield View is a development of energy-efficient two- to five-bedroom homes in a convenient location near the popular market town of Stowmarket, which has great connections to the A14, giving easy access to Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Ipswich. At the same time, the town's railway station is also close by, offering regular commuter services to London.
The development incorporates a wide range of homes to suit different types of buyers, and properties there have been in high demand – with just three-bedroom options currently available. There are local infant, junior and high schools in the area, as well as an excellent choice of leisure facilities, cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants.
Bury St Edmunds is less than 15 miles away, Ipswich less than 16 miles, and Colchester approximately 31 miles.
Prices: From £232,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01449 700374
West Lodge in Dereham, Norfolk (Bennett Homes)
This exclusive development is made up of just five executive family homes, all of which offer a superior specification and are set in secluded gardens with their own private drive and garage.
Four of the properties are brand new, architect-designed four- or five-bedroom homes, while the remaining property is West Lodge House, built in the 1920s, which is being sympathetically renovated to create a contemporary five-bedroom home.
West Lodge is situated in a prestigious location near Dereham Golf Club, close to Dereham's town centre and its good range of local facilities, while Norwich is less than 20 miles away – easily accessible via the A47.
The homes are traditionally-built and finished to an exceptionally high standard with state-of-the art kitchen appliances and bathroom fittings.
Prices: From £334,995
Find out more at www.bennett-homes.co.uk ; 01284 766057
Earlsmead Gardens in Mileham, Norfolk (Orchard Homes)
This exclusive development of five individual homes is nestled in the historic mid-Norfolk village of Mileham, which grew up around Mileham Castle, the remains of which still stand today.
The properties at Earslmead Gardens are approached along a short tree-lined drive, and are set behind the old boundary wall of the old hall, creating a tranquil atmosphere. The largest property, ‘Earlsmead House’, will have two further four-bedroom detached houses positioned in its grounds, while two smaller bungalows will stand towards the front of the site.
All properties will be finished to a high specification, including features such as handmade Bovingdon bricks; clay roof tiles; underfloor heating on the ground floor; mood lighting in living areas; a burglar alarm system; oak internal doors; coving; natural stone patios and paths; and much more.
Mileham, which is home to a post office, a garden nursery and an excellent primary school, is situated between the larger market towns of Dereham and Fakenham, and is surrounded by pleasant countryside. It is also within the catchment area for Litcham High School for families with older children.
Find out more at www.orchardhomeseast.co.uk ; 01379 608103