SARAH BROUGHTON

Jazmin Atkins
The future's bright - the future's East Anglia
15 JANUARY 2013
Following a few years in the shade the prospects for East Anglia are looking much brighter and there is much to say about why now is a good time to move here. There is a willingness to invest in the region’s infrastructure which will improve accessibility. The widening of the A11 to a dual carriageway around Elveden for example will finally remove the almost constant gridlock at Elvedon crossroads and reduce the journey time to Norfolk.

This can only be a good thing for those living there full-time as well as the second home owners. The debate concerning a second runway at Stansted rumbles on with those living close by vehemently opposed to such an idea, but the M11 and the A120 have been upgraded over the last couple of years, which some say suggests its construction is not too far off.  

Almost every town and city in the East is taking on thousands of new homes. Around Cambridge the building has started already as demand for property close to the city centre continues. House prices within the centre of the city have been resilient to all the recent property downturns and some of the private schools are oversubscribed for years to come.

This demand includes the international buyer, who likes Cambridge because of the good communications into London, the quality of the schools and the standard of living. Many studied at the University some years ago and are drawn back to the area – there is a sense of belonging from student days.  

 

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