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Walberswick and Drinkstone among Suffolk's most desirable villages to live in, according to research



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With the property market rife, research has found that Walberswick is the most desirable village to live in Suffolk.

Compiled by property agent Savills, the findings were based off a variety of factors, including highest house prices, best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and 'chocolate-box' appeal.

With an average house price of £832,131, Walberswick topped the list.

View along Walberswick beach. Picture: iStock
View along Walberswick beach. Picture: iStock

It follows the news that the East Suffolk village was named one of top 54 poshest villages in the UK by The Telegraph.

The newspaper highlighted its artistic history, 'shingle and sandy beach', and idyllic pub as why people should look to move to Walberswick.

Also on the list compiled Savills is Drinkstone in Mid Suffolk, Kersey, Whepstead and Orford.

Kersey in Mid Suffolk. Picture: Mark Westley
Kersey in Mid Suffolk. Picture: Mark Westley

Peter Ogilvie, head of residential sales at Savills Suffolk, said: “Since we returned from the Christmas break we have continued to be exceptionally busy. New buyer demand is running at more than double normal levels for this time of year – suggesting a great many people are still hoping to move.

“The lifestyle opportunities that people have been looking for since the outbreak of the pandemic continue to motivate buyers and I think that’s reflected in this list of villages.

“Properties in coastal areas that benefit from a good view and which are close to amenities have been popular, the likes of Walberswick and Orford being prime examples, while there has also been a strong move towards more rural country homes in well-connected yet peaceful locations, close to popular towns such as Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham and Ipswich.

“The real issue is stock. There are still not enough properties on the market to meet demand. As a result we are seeing some very competitive bidding and best in class properties are selling for substantially above their guide price.”