Best Places to Live in Kent For Commuters
Are you moving to Kent? Our Places to Live guide may help you.
A question that is often asked is: Where is the best place to live in Kent?
Kent is often described as The Garden of England. It has excellent connections to London and the Continent, and on the whole, we get good weather! So it's understandable that many people want to move to Kent.
Moving to Kent all depends on what style of life you are looking for.
If you work in London, you may want to return home to a nice house in the tranquil Kent countryside. There are two main areas which you may want to consider moving to if you commute.
Ashford is described as "The Best Placed in Britain", and in 2005 it was voted as the fourth best place to live in Britain. The town is undergoing major redevelopment to improve its image further.
Part of this redevelopment has included the introduction of HS1 - The High Speed Rail Network, you can be at St Pancras International in 37 minutes, dramatically cutting a commuters travel time.
You can also be in Paris in under two hours thanks to Ashford International's Eurostar service.
The rapid redevelopment of the town means that an extra 13,000 homes will be built in the borough by 2016, bringing the population of the area to nearly 130,000.
There is still plenty to do in the present: the town already boosts excellent leisure facilities, with the Ashford Designer Outlet, revamped County Square shopping centre, Stour Centre Leisure centre, international standard Julie Rose Athletics Stadium, Eureka Leisure Park and Cineworld complex.
House prices in Ashford are 10% below the average for the South East and 29% lower than house prices in London.
Sevenoaks is a popular town for anyone traveling to London on a regular basis. Set in the rural areas of West Kent, just 20 miles south east of Charing Cross Station.
Sevenoaks' history dates back to Saxon times, and it still has a deer park, the 1,000 acre Knole Park, which includes Knole House, home of the Sackville family and now owned by the National Trust.
The Vine, situated in the Town, is one of England's oldest cricket grounds (the first match to be played there was in 1734), and Sevenoaks is also home to the prestigious Sevenoaks School - the oldest secular school in Britain.
The town is full of character, and there are many family homes in the area - usually priced between £400,000-£700,000.
Staplehurst is a large Kent village with around 6,000 residents. Attractions such as Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens are just a ten minute drive away. It has a strong community spirit, which helped it to win village of the year in 2003.
As for connections to London, your journey to London Charing Cross will take 55 minutes.
Faversham is a popular market town, and one of the Cinque Ports. The warships built here won it the further title of King’s Port.
The area is still dominated by the brewing industry; Shepherd's Neame was founded here in the 17th Century, and recommended pubs in the area include The Phoenix and The Bull.
The attraction of Faversham is that you are close to the coast, with the popular coastal town of Whitstable under ten miles away.
House prices here are generally cheaper than Staplehurst and Sevenoaks, but your commute time to London Victoria will take just over one hour.