East Anglia is set to see higher growth in house prices than the UK average in 2017, continuing the region's 2016 trend, according to predictions made at the end of last year by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Outside of Cambridge, much of the region remains relatively affordable, yet is still within commuting distance of London, making it a desirable area in which to purchase a property.
Across the whole of the UK, house prices are expected to see an average increase of 3% over the course of 2017 as the number of transactions stabilises, according to the RICS housing forecast for the year. Meanwhile, rents are also likely to increase by 2-3% across the UK in 2017, making many tenants even more keen to move into home ownership.
Here we've brought together some of the current housing developments available in East Anglia, offering options for prospective buyers on a wide range of budgets.
The Hops in Hingham, Norfolk (Abel Homes)
This range of 88 energy-efficient properties in the characterful market town of Hingham includes options for first time buyers and downsizers right through to larger families, with a choice of one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes.
Situated right in the heart of Norfolk, charming Hingham – once nicknamed "little London" – is home to some elegant Georgian architecture which surrounds an historic marketplace and village green. The town has a lively community feel, and a good choice of shops and amenities, while the city of Norwich is only 15 miles away, and the coast is also within easy striking distance, giving the location lots to entice buyers who want to settle down in the area.
Prices: Current releases range from £150,000 for a two-bedroom home on a 75% shared equity basis, up to £385,000 for a four-bedroom detached home.
Find out more at www.abelhomes.co.uk or call 07496 957 798.
The Chestnuts in Stowmarket, Suffolk (Crest Nicholson)
Set in an established village-style community within the classic Suffolk market town of Stowmarket, The Chestnuts is the final phase of the long-established Cedars Park development. The phase presents a choice of two- and three-bedroom cottages and bungalows and four-bedroom family homes.
With access to footpaths, play areas and open space, as well as easy, direct routes into the town centre within a few minutes' drive, Cedars Park has gradually grown into a well-established community over the last 17 years and today incorporates a primary school, a community centre and a Tesco supermarket.
The A14 is a short drive away, providing easy connections to the A12, M25 and M11, whilst Stowmarket station is only a mile down the road, with direct trains into London Liverpool Street (in an hour and 30 minutes).
Prices: From £216,000
Find out more about The Chestnuts from Crest Nicholson
Park View in Cromer, Norfolk (Norfolk Homes)
Situated on the North Norfolk coast, this development from regional house builder Norfolk Homes incorporates building designs inspired by Cromer’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture, combined with contemporary features. It incorporates a wide choice of brand new homes, from one-bedroom apartments through to substantial four-bedroom executive houses. All of the properties maximise the space available, offer storage solutions, include underfloor heating and are energy efficient -- with an energy band rating of "B", which can help to keep energy bills down.
The development incorporates green spaces, squares, children's play areas, and mature trees as well as new planting. The town centre is only a short walk away (approximately 1000m) along the foot and cycle path, as is the town's promenade and beach.
Cromer, situated 23 miles north of the county town of Norwich, has long sandy beaches, coastal walks, a good choice of shops, its own junior and secondary schools, and a range of sports clubs and leisure facilities. Transport links include rail services between Norwich and Sheringham, and road links via the A140 to Norwich, the A148 (direct) and A149 (coast road) to King's Lynn, and the A149 to the Norfolk Broads and Great Yarmouth.
Prices: Currently available homes are priced from £220,000 (two bedrooms) to £400,000 (four bedrooms).
Find out more at www.norfolkhomes.co.uk or call 01263 586416.
The Nightingales in Helpston, Cambridgeshire (Charles Church)
This semi-rural development in the pleasant village of Helpston currently has a selection of four-bedroom executive homes available. Perfectly suited to family living, these homes offer a generous amount of space and are situated in a handy location just north of Peterborough, within the catchment area for Ofsted "Outstanding"-rated schooling options.
Located between Stamford and Peterborough, Helpston offers everything you need for day-to-day living, including a convenience store, a post office, a well-frequented pub, a farm shop and even a garden centre. There's a Tesco superstore just five minutes' drive away from The Nightingales, and further afield there are more shopping, entertainment and employment options in Peterborough, Spalding and Stamford.
The surrounding area provides great leisure opportunities, too, including swimming at Deepings Leisure Centre, walks at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, and beach activities on the Norfolk coast, which is less than an hour's drive away.
Prices: From £439,995.
Find out more at www.charleschurch.com or call 07753 710 085.
Elsenham Vale in Elsenham, Bishop's Stortford, Essex (Crest Nicholson)
Traditional two- and three-bedroom cottages and bungalows, and four- and five-bedroom family homes, are available in the attractive village of Elsenham in Essex at this conveniently-located development.
Situated amongst landscaped areas of green, open space and set against a rural backdrop, Elsenham Vale is also within easy reach of the village centre, the station and good local schools.
Residents can easily reach the A120 and M11, and will also be within easy striking distance of Stansted Airport for trips to other parts of the UK and abroad.
Prices: From £499,500.
Find out more about Elsenham Vale from Crest Nicholson
Alconbury Weald in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire (Morris Homes)
This development will offer a collection of high specification detached, semi-detached and mews-style homes, including two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom options, all neighbouring a local woodland.
The village, which is just five miles north-west of the larger market town of Huntingdon, has plenty to offer including its own pubs, a primary school, a doctor's surgery, a post office, play areas, footpaths, a cricket club and football teams. Alconbury also hosts several annual events such as The Midsummer Fun Fair; is close to numerous local attractions and offers good transport links. The development is situated just off the A1, for example, which provides easy local access and means you can be in Cambridge or Peterborough in 30 minutes – or on the M1 motorway in about 45 minutes.
Prices: On request.
Find out more at www.morrishomes.co.uk or call 845 601 5667.