Ely hailed as one of the UK’s best places to live
- 06 May 21
Ely has landed a spot on The Sunday Times’ annual list of best places to live in the UK, receiving praise for its friendly village atmosphere, beautiful architecture and affordable house prices – which are about a third cheaper than in Cambridge. The historic cathedral city was named as one of the eight most desirable locations in the East of England by the publication, which noted how buyers seeking a new-build property would be “spoilt for choice”. Among the developers currently building in Ely is Vistry East Midlands, part of the Vistry Group which includes Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships. Bovis Homes’ Pemberton Park development in Witchford is situated just three miles from the city, while Linden Homes’ Laithwaite Gardens development in Sutton is six miles away. Scott Hazlegraves, sales consultant at Pemberton Park, said: “Witchford is a lovely village which sits on the boundary of Ely. As well as a strong community spirit, it has fantastic local amenities with well-regarded schools, a post office, and a village pub. “Many residents at Pemberton Park make the eight-minute car journey to Ely regularly, and the city can also be reached on the bus or by using the cycle path. Here, buyers enjoy stunning architecture, history, quaint alleyways, and beautiful green spaces.” Damien Crosby, sales consultant at Laithwaite Gardens, said: “Situated in the quiet village of Sutton, Laithwaite Gardens is only a stone’s throw away from Ely – a modern, prosperous city with history all around. “As it’s under a 15-minute drive away from the development, many buyers head over to Ely at the weekends to soak up the historical yet lively atmosphere. There’s also a host of idyllic walks, particularly along the River Great Ouse, which benefits from beautiful views of the cathedral. “Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, residents at Laithwaite Gardens enjoy a slow pace of life surrounded by green open space, with a small population of around 4,000 villagers. There are also great transport links to Cambridge and Peterborough.” Pemberton Park, off Field End, features a selection of two, three and four-bedroom properties. Prices currently start at £126,250. The final phase of homes have been released for sale at Laithwaite Gardens, off Mepal Road, with prices starting from £259,995. For more information, visit bovishomes.co.uk and lindenhomes.co.uk/eastmidlands.