Why move to Kent?
PUBLISHED: 10:10 29 November 2014
Manu Palomeque 07977074797
Couples embarking on family life are taking advantage of Kent's increasingly cosmopolitan appeal and the enhanced quality of life it can offer
There are a number of big draws that are bringing more and more people to the Garden of England, which means that the property market in Kent is as buoyant as ever.
Kent offers fantastic transport links, in particular the areas with easy access to Victoria and Charing Cross mainline rail stations. Top commuter towns include Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Tonbridge, Whitstable and Tunbridge Wells; all are very sensible investment locations.
However, the Medway towns have also seen significant price increases as a result of their increasingly good transport links as more and more commuters have moved in.
Another major advantage for Kent is the high-speed train link to Paris, which can get you to Gare Du Nord in just two hours and 15 minutes, or to Brussels in a little under two hours. Eurostar can be caught from Ebbsfleet International or Ashford International stations, making a European brunch, last-minute weekend getaway or business travel a very viable option.
Besides the seaside
Seafront property will always be in demand from buyers, with local estate agents experiencing a never-ending demand for bungalows overlooking the sea.
Wherever you are in Kent you are never more than an hour from the sea, meaning that rural Kent offers the best of both worlds for lovers of sea and countryside. With unchanged villages and glorious medieval timbered houses, particularly in the spectacular Kent Downs in the central belt, the beauty of the countryside remains one of Kent’s biggest selling points.
The property market
While the recent Halifax House Price Index results revealed that house prices across the UK were up 2.7 per cent, the results did show that home sales have eased in recent months. However, currently the market in Kent is strong, with an increasing demand for properties under £200,000. There is a strong demand for terraced houses in city centres as well as for seaside properties.
When it comes to well-performing areas, Thanet, Dover and Dartford are all worthy of a look for any one moving to the area or looking for investment properties.
Kent is also experiencing strong demand for newly converted property, which offers homeowners a chance of living in an older building but with modern living.
Coastal towns such as Margate, Ramsgate or Herne Bay all offer good value to home buyers, with prices on the up.
Education, education, education
With five prominent universities in the area, homeowners are becoming even more savvy when it comes to investing in property suitable for students. So if you are looking for an investment property, do look at the possibility of buying a place close to one of the main University campuses.
The Thames Gateway Kent regeneration project, a £230m investment programme designed to transform the area over the next 20 years, will be another key influence in bringing homebuyers and businesses to the area, continuing to make Kent an increasingly attractive place to live.
The right support
A new breed of hybrid estate agencies
is demonstrating what the future looks like for buying and selling property.
Purplebricks for example, offers a 24/7 service, with support from local property experts, listings on the big portals like Zoopla and RightMove and a unique online system which allows you to oversee all elements of your property sale for a set price of £665 plus VAT. n