A Piece of Norwich History is Up For Grabs


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of Norwich history.

The iconic Sentinel House development was unveiled to the public in November 2017; incorporating a range of 199 high-spec apartments in Norwich’s vibrant city centre. Its previous role as an Aviva building was given a new lease of life when it was transformed into contemporary accommodation, and 12 months on, abbotFox estate agents have sold over 95% of the apartments.

After the developers worked with military-style precision to revolutionise the office floors into state-of-the-art living spaces, abbotFox received considerable interest in Sentinel House’s unique apartments. The first phase of apartments were released in early 2018 and to guarantee there was something for everyone, an ensemble of studios, one bedroom and two-bedroom apartments were released in an array of locations on each floor.

The popularity and uptake of Sentinel House has been astonishing. Samuel Le Good, a partner at abbotFox, said: “We had expected and made allowances for Sentinel House to be a 30-month project, but we are on course to have completed it in less than 18 months. In one open day, we had 21 apartments reserved, which was almost all of that current phase.”

The individuality and charm of Sentinel House in Norwich has seduced a diverse demographic. Although a crowd of buyers have come from an NR postcode, purchasers from America, Spain, London and Brighton have all put pen to paper to buy into this exclusive development.

The building’s heritage has been an attraction for local citizens, with many still referring to it as the Norwich Union building. Several buyers have been ex or current Aviva employees and the significance of the structure has enticed their interest. Its iconic reputation as an insurance giant will forever be embedded within the foundations of Sentinel House.

Each property has lured a wide age range of buyers. Samuel Le Good said: “With it being registered on the help to buy scheme, it has enabled lots of first-time buyers that wouldn’t otherwise be able to get themselves onto the housing ladder.”

“There have been older buyers and some buyers who have bought with the view of moving in later in life. There is a definite mix of people and ages unlike a lot of other sites where it’s generally the same demographic throughout.”

Unsurprisingly, a host of investors have snapped up their chance to invest in the high yielding, Sentinel House. However, the developers decided to restrict the availability of apartments to investors. For them, an important part of the project was giving first-time buyers the opportunity to get onto the property ladder.

Development accuracy has ensured that Sentinel House blends effortlessly into the office buildings shadow. Exclusive concierge service, residents’ gym and residents lounge are all added charms with panoramic city views. The outstanding urban location guarantees a city experience in the heart of Norwich. The city’s impressive facilities are a stone’s throw from the front door.

Sentinel House has been one of the largest office conversions Norwich has seen and is the latest in a long line of successful abbotFox developments. The agents have made a habit of specialising in neglected structures which have been reinvigorated and given the kiss of life. In recent times, the Norwich estate agents have overseen the renovations and sales of Aldwych House, Imperial House and Skipper House.

Only a handful of apartments remain available, so if you would like to find out more about the Sentinel House properties, call abbotFox on 01603 660000 or email sales@abbotfox.co.uk.

Prices ranging from £100,000 - £400,000

Josh Cousens | abbotFox


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