A History Of The Golden Triangle


Whenever you talk about places to live in Norwich one of the most common phrases you will hear is the Golden Triangle. The term is used by local residents, businesses, students, estate agents and even the local media but what exactly does it mean and how did the term come about?

The history behind the term the Golden Triangle is very interesting and it dates back to the 1800s. During this time wealthy professionals and tradesman began living in the areas just outside of the city to keep away from the busy city centre and the often unhygienic conditions. The most popular areas on a modern map of Norwich are Newmarket Road, Ipswich Road and Lime Tree road and the term the Golden Triangle refers to the isosceles triangle that is formed when the areas are joined together. In essence the Golden Triangle stretches from UEA to the outskirts of the city centre with Unthank Road seen as the centre of the triangle. The term became very popular in the 1980s when the housing market was picking up momentum and estate agents used it to highlight this popular area for people to live in. However, since then the definition of what the Golden Triangle encompasses has expanded and this causes a lot of debate amongst local residents and estate agents. So, why is the Golden Triangle so popular to live in?

The main reason people choose to live in the Golden Triangle is because of its location. It is within walking distance of the city centre and also close to the University of East Anglia. As well as this it has very good bus routes which makes it ideal for people who travel across Norwich such as students. In fact students make up a large portion of the local residents and there is a huge amount of rented accommodation available specifically for students in this area. Other reasons people choose to live in the area is because of the range of shops on Unthank Road and the nearby streets. There are supermarket express stores, restaurants, pubs, banks, a launderette and lots of fast food outlets which makes it a popular area to live in especially for students. What makes the area almost unique is the diverse mix of students, local people and professionals who all live in the area.

The houses themselves are mostly Victorian terraces and there are lots of events that run through the area. The Golden Triangle was recently voted as being one of the top 101 places to live in the country and this is not surprising given the friendly and safe nature of the area. There are also a good choice of hotels for people who are visiting Norwich and want to be able to move around the city quickly and easily.

These are just some of the great reasons to live in the Golden Triangle. To find out more about the history of the area and things to do visit the Golden Triangle website. We have a great range of rented houses and properties for sale available in the Golden Triangle for both students and professionals so if you are looking to rent please contact us on 01603 660000 or visit us at 2A Upper King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AH.

Tim Miller - abbotFox Community Manager


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