House prices in East Anglia vary significantly from one area to another, with many of the most expensive properties found in Cambridge and other locations within commuting distance of London.
The region covers the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire; the city of Peterborough; and even northern Essex, taking in several urban areas alongside charming villages, pretty coastal stretches, and unspoilt, rolling countryside.
Our latest round-up of interesting current developments in East Anglia includes options distributed across the region to suit a wide range of buying budgets.
Sanderson Manor in Hauxton, Cambridgeshire (Redrow Homes)
Four- and five-bedroom homes are available from Redrow in the historic village of Hauxton, just five miles from Cambridge University. Ideal for families with children, there is a local primary and pre-school in the village, alongside alternatives nearby, and Hauxton sits in the catchment area for Melbourn College for older pupils.
Surrounded by great swathes of Cambridgeshire countryside, Sanderson Manor is also close to good transport links, including junction 11 of the M11, which provides excellent commuter connections across the region.
Apart from Cambridge itself five miles away, other nearby destinations include Letchworth (21 miles) and Newmarket (25 miles), while Junction 31 of the major A14 arterial route is only eight miles away and Stansted Airport 27 miles away (via the M11). Just three miles down the road, Foxton station offers regular services to Cambridge (15 minutes) and direct to London (in less than an hour).
Prices: From £699,950
Find out more about Sanderson Manor from Redrow Homes
Broadgate Park in Sprowston, Norfolk (Taylor Wimpey)
About three miles from Norwich, Taylor Wimpey has created a collection of brand new, energy-efficient one- and two-bedroom apartments and three- and four- bedroom homes in the small town of Sprowston.
Surrounded by great amenities, including excellent transport links by road or rail, and schools for all ages, Broadgate Park forms part of the new Manor Park community. This will also incorporate open spaces, play areas, leisure facilities such as tennis courts, and woodland areas as well as footpaths and cycling routes.
A few miles away in historic Norwich, there is plenty to see and do. The city boasts the largest six-days-a-week open-air market in England; modern shopping facilities such as Castle Mall and Intu Chapelfield; and many cultural attractions and independent stores and cafés in the pedestrianised Norwich Lanes area.
Prices: From £153,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01603 513303
Oakwood Meadows in Stanway near Colchester, Essex (Charles Church Developments)
In Essex, Charles Church has a collection of new three- and four-bedroom homes in Stanway, conveniently close to the Stanway Bypass, and just a few miles west of Colchester town centre.
There are primary and secondary schools within walking distance of Oakwood Meadows, and Stanway has a wide variety of amenities and shopping facilities, including high street names and a Sainsbury's superstore.
Ideally located for commuters, it is close to the A12, the trunk road for Chelmsford and London, and both Colchester and Marks Tey's mainline railway stations are easily accessible for services to London's Liverpool Street. Colchester itself is only about 50 miles north east of London; less than 30 miles from Stansted Airport; and 20 miles from the passenger ferry port at Harwich.
Prices: Starting from £250,000
Find out more at www.charleschurch.com ; 01206 586418
Paragon in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (Bovis Homes)
This contemporary development features a wide selection of homes ranging from small starter properties right through to substantial, detached, six-bedroom family homes.
Situated just east of Trumpington, on the southern fringes of the city of Cambridge, Paragon is easily accessible from the M11 junction 11. The development will benefit from brand new schools, shopping facilities, recreational grounds, and dramatically improved transport links which will include extensive, purpose-built footpaths and cycle routes.
Trumpington Park and Ride is a five-minute drive away, offering an easy means of reaching central Cambridge and the railway station, from which King's Cross is only 47 minutes away by train, and Stansted airport half-an-hour.
Prices: From £439,995
Find out more at www.bovishomes.co.uk; 01223 979879
The Orchard in Ringshall, Suffolk (Akenfield Homes)
The Orchard is an exclusive development of just seven individual four-bedroom detached houses in the village of Ringshall, just four miles from the A14. The village is just 11 miles north-west of Ipswich and close to Stowmarket and Needham Market.
Situated in a private cul de sac, many of the properties benefiting from open views across the Suffolk countryside.
Just two of these high-quality properties remain for sale, ‘Blossom House’ and ‘Pippin House’, both with impressive specification internally and externally.
Prices: From £450,000
Find out more at theorchard-ringshall.co.uk ; 01473 657842
The Spires in St Ives, Cambridgeshire (Barratt Homes)
In the thriving riverside market town of St Ives, about 12 miles from Cambridge, The Spires offers a choice of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes. The development aims to appeal to first-time buyers, growing families, and those who are planning to retire to an attractive part of the country.
Featuring traditional designs, the homes are close to the Great Ouse River, and a good choice of educational facilities, while the A41, A428 and A1 are all a short drive away for commuters. There is a park-and-ride service available for Cambridge, and trains to central London in less than an hour.
Find out more about The Spires from Barratt Homes