Thu 19 Nov 2015
The Golden Triangle has long been a desirable area of Norwich to be in. With its tree lined streets, local amenities and array of renowned pubs and restaurants, it creates an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city.
At the heart of the Golden Triangle run the roads of Unthank and Earlham, creating a cosmopolitan feel, whilst smaller roads branch off to the side, with a mixture of pretty Victorian terraced and detached houses, and the occasional little pub, tucked away and offering local ales, large beer gardens and live music nights.
There is a real sense of community here and many families will pick this area to live in due to the local schools and secure, friendly feel that it offers. Similarly it is a haven for young professionals who will frequent the independent restaurants, such as The Workshop on Earlham Road, The Last Brasserie and The Mulberry on Unthank Road, all offering delicious food and relaxed atmosphere.
Sowerbys recently had the pleasure of marketing a beautiful property on Havelock Road, which lies just off Earlham Road. The property, with its attractive frontage and original features, had been a loved family home for four years and we knew would attract a great deal of attention.
The property came onto market with us on Tuesday, advertising an open day the following Saturday and sure enough, the calls came flooding in. When Saturday came around we had twelve eager applicants booked in to view.
The Friday beforehand I went to visit the property and its owners to get a feel for their home. I met with them and had a cup of tea whilst absorbing all the beautiful features the house had to offer and hearing about the community; there had been a street party the year before where they had closed off the road at each end and there had been a bake off with all the families’ contributing. There had been music, games and lots of food for all to enjoy! The local committee meet at the pub, The Garden House, to discuss upcoming events and activities. The local schools are well known for their outstanding education, Havelock Road sitting in the heart of the catchment area for these.
The house itself was charming, offering spacious rooms, original features and a lovely garden with mature shrubs, large garden shed and sweet little Wendy house. The owners told me how they liked to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the garden as it became a suntrap from the early afternoon into the evening. It really was a lovely house and I left feeling confident that we would achieve the right price for the vendors.
Saturday came and I arrived bright and early, armed with information and umbrellas, (it looked like it might pour with rain at any moment!) for prospective buyers. I met with the vendor and had a quick cup of tea before she took the children out for the day. There were viewings booked in from 9am through to 3pm so prepared myself for a busy day.
I showed the property to twelve people in total, all of whom loved the house for different reasons. Some for the bright kitchen, some for the garden, some for the spacious attic room that could lend itself as a children’s playroom.
People were looking for different reasons. For example, one couple came from London, and another lived just two streets away, wanting to upsize but stay within the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle has a pull and many want to stay within its surrounds.
The Golden Triangle has been in high demand from home buyers since the 1980’s and demand continues to outweigh supply as homes don’t often come to market and when they do they sell very quickly. The open day at Havelock Road highlighted this and left some home buyers disappointed and unable to make an offer as their own houses were not ready to sell. It showcased how important it is to position yourself as a ready and able buyer.
The open day was a huge success. Sowerbys have since been to value three houses as a result. The vendors of Havelock Road have successfully sold their property and we are now helping them with their onward purchase, a barn conversion which they found through Sowerbys Norwich.
If you have a house to sell and would like a free, no obligation valuation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and Sowerbys will be happy to come out and see you. You never know what’s around the corner, it could be your dream house and you will be one step in front of everyone else if you are ready to proceed.
"Estate agents often get a pretty bad press, yet a good one can really help sell your house as Iâ€™ve recently experienced. We chose Sowerbys because of their professionalism when compared to others we looked at. It was a good choice - with Sowerbys efficiency and good presentation of our property, we sold it quickly, thatâ€™s inevitable when you think thatâ€™s a decent fee for something sold so quickly, but the presentation of our property and the professionalism of the viewings really helped. However our story didnâ€™t end there as our buyer pulled out for personal reasons. This when you need a good agent. Sowerbys reacted quickly and with understanding of our disappointment, and got back on with the job of re-marketing the property without any fuss. This time it took longer, we were in a chain, and quite frankly the English system for selling property is broken, ours took three and a half months to exchange, and until youâ€™ve exchanged, your sale can be gone within a heartbeat, it is not secure. This is where you need a good agent, one that will work with other agents, solicitors, buyers and sellers to keep things moving, keep everyone informed and advise you along the way. I would recommend Sowerbys without hesitation and in particular would give recognition to Peter Scott and Alison Carter at the Hunstanton office. In our experience the solicitors in our chain were not at all responsive and were poor at organising anything but the relationship between themselves and their client, and this is not enough when youâ€™re in a chain, you need someone who will manage, coordinate and cajole across everyone across the chain, Alison Carter at Sowerbys was excellent at taking on this coordination and making things happen. Itâ€™s very difficult to know who your buyer is and how complex a chain is, until your stuck within it, and it only takes one poor solicitor or one difficult buyer and the whole lot can come crashing down without someone there to manage it through â€“ remember that when you choose your estate agent!"