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JohnP.
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Hi Folks
        this is not strictly broads related but I cannot find another forum that may answer my question. As we love the Broads so much and we are long time avid boat owners,we are looking to retire and relocate to Norfolk next year,we are seeking to purchase a property in Great Yarmouth(it's within our price range)and just wondered of the pros & cons of the area - places to avoid, nice places etc, a lot of properties are coming up close to the river and beach is there ever a problem with flooding.

Thanks in advance.

John.

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Personal advice would be avoid gt Yarmouth like the plague!



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Ditto ! With that advice  Playful Wink  avoid it, is very run down and really busy during the season!

Have a look further away from Gt. Yarmouth. Try areas such as Potter Heigham, Stalham, Acle Wroxham etc. Prices are reasonable.

I have lived in Norfolk for 30+ years now and have lived in Rackheath, Stalham (moved from there last year) and now back to Sheringham.

But to answer your question, yes Gt. Yarmouth does have flood areas, I wouldn’t know which are good areas, think most are pretty poor Frown  .

Sorry to be so negative.

John.

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Joshie), Jo & Toby.

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Hi there ,
We have some forum members who moved to caister on sea few years back , who I know are now very settled, have a lovely property and enjoy life there,

steve and vicky
( apparently a moaner)

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Parts of Yarmouth are indeed regarded as at a major risk of flooding, and whilst I do not know exactly which areas are at worst risk, I believe the Southtown area in particular isan area of concern. I am sure the EA or GYBC could give you more details. Flood defences have I believe, been strengthened but Yarmouth is vulnerable to the effects of surge tides.

Great Yarmouth is not everyones cup of tea - parts are very deprived indeed and poverty does exist. Having said that there are some nicer areas and I know of people living in the raised bits of Gorleston and indeed Caister quite happily. But all even those parts look very different on a warm and gentle summer day to the angry sea that can be seen on a stormy north westerly in the depths of winter.

Never forget either, my dear old mothers view in that "there is nothing between Cromer and Russia!" and the meaning of the expression " a lazy wind" suggesting it goes through you, rather than around you! There is some truth in both statements!!



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An interesting question. . We live in Norwich and have thought of moving to Yarmouth several times but in the end decided against it. On its good days it Is great but on its bad days it Is really really bad.

Unfortunately , For us it has many more bad days than good days.  It Is very prone to flooding , it has many deprived areas  and its unwanted BandBs are used to house people from all over the country with no place to go. You can get an idea of its problems when it consistently comes up as one of the country's most deserving areas for Govenrnment and EU support.

My advice would be to  book a few nights in the town during winter and not leave the place during your stay. If you feel safe, warm and enjoy the sights and vibrancy of the people around you then it might be for you. Sadly for us it wasn't as we found it quite depressing on a cold wet Wednesday afternoon in November and  to be  surrounded by unhappy people with not enough money and nothing to.

Pity as it could be brilliant but it needs a huge amount of money chucking at it and there Is no sign of that happening.  There Is a lot of papering over the cracks but nothing substantial. It requires a transformation along the lines of Stratford pre and post olympics.

Good luck in your quest

Graham

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Personally if it is in your price range I would look in "The Avenues" area to the North end of Yarmouth. On Google Maps look for Osborne,Alexandra,Royal,Windsor or Balmoral Avenues.
If these are out of your price range then Caister is only a mile from there.
Colin

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John, it would be helpful if you could give an indication of the budget you have available and whether you are considering Gt Yarmouth itself or the ‘greater Yarmouth’ area.

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We moved to Great Yarmouth 15 years ago to be near my widowed father, it really ISN’T as bad as some (most of whom have never even lived there) would have you believe.

But, like any seaside town, the difference between Summer and Winter is enormous and yes, there are some run-down areas. But I don’t feel advice like “Try areas such as Potter Heigham, Stalham, Acle Wroxham etc” is particularly relevant to persons “looking to retire and relocate to Norfolk”, a major consideration MUST be health care and transport - it’s a fact of life that your visits to the surgery and hospital will become more and more frequent, and for how long will you be able to drive to the shops? And bungalows, first choice for the elderly, are exaggeratedly expensive in these villages.

Flooding is a problem in some areas of GY and likely to get worse - it’s from the river not the beaches though - and those areas are well documented and should be avoided.

Caister (where my father lived) and north Yarmouth (my daughter lives in “Newtown” near the Racecourse) have been suggested; a choice of GPs, good bus connections to GY centre and Norwich, not bad places to start researching.

An idea of your budget would be helpful, don’t hesitate to ask questions in the Forum or by pm and I’ll give as detailed replies as I can.

Peter

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Actually I'm quite fond of Great Yarmouth and have always thought of Gorleston as being quite 'posh'.  SURPRISINGLY you don't often see comparisons between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft which might be another alternative with perhaps better access to the rivers if you get a hankering to get back on a boat some days

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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