As part of a new spotlight series by Rightmove on the best towns to live in the UK, James Sawyer of Whatley Lane Bury St. Edmunds office was interviewed and gives a flavour as to why Bury St. Edmunds continues to be an increasingly attractive option for home buyers and tenants looking to plant roots. He explains that despite its perception as a sleepy town, Bury – as the locals call it – is a really lively town.
“Bury St Edmunds has a very bubbly, buzzing scene right now. It’s got that cosmopolitan culture of independent bars and boutique shops. It’s a pretty affluent place and it’s supported by residents in the satellite villages in the surrounding countryside, which helps to sustain this thriving shopping and dining scene.
“We’ve seen a real demand from home-movers in London, Cambridge and south Essex of late. That hour-long commute into the city is null and void for lots of people now, and we’ve seen huge demand as part of this ‘rural renaissance’ happening across the country. Bury St Edmunds is a dreamy place to live and people want a slice of this real estate.
“This is one of the best preserved market towns in England and it has such a beautifully eclectic mix of architecture to match its rich history. We’ve got the stunning 800-year old cathedral and ancient ruins from medieval Britain, through to Georgian architecture and more modern buildings, which all weave together to create the present day tapestry we see now.
“We’ve also got a 50-mile stretch of delightful coastline that’s not too far away, as well as plenty of open green spaces, so you don’t feel cocooned or claustrophobic here. We’re also home to the Theatre Royal, a Grade I-listed building that’s the last working Regency playhouse in the country.”