London’s house prices are drastically outpacing the rest of the UK, with the average property now costing a huge £499,997. The Land Registry revealed that prices rose by 9.6pc in the year to September 2015, with no signs of growth slowing down. As a result, Brits working in the capital are starting to look at other options.
Over the past few years Kent has emerged as a hotspot for London commuters in search of affordable property in close proximity to the capital. Market towns have emerged as hugely popular choices, boasting good commuter links, as well as established communities. From grammar schools and day care centres to shopping centres and local high streets, the London house price crunch is doing wonderful things for Kent’s property market.
Wrotham and Sandwich have emerged as two up and coming commuter hotspots, tempting Londoners with cheaper prices than their popular counterparts such as Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Canterbury and Rochester.
Kent’s outskirts start to thrive
Located on the border of North Downs, Wrotham has enjoyed a 36% increase in house prices since 2008. Now, the average home sells for around £410,714. This makes it far more affordable than the ludicrously priced London market. With a bustling high street, 13th century church and myriad of bars, cafes and restaurants, Wrotham dishes up plenty of Kentish charm. Plus, it’s just five miles from the lively hub of Sevenoaks. Best of all, it takes just 43 minutes to get to Victoria via train, with an annual season pass costing just £3,796.
Sandwich steps up
As a far flung Kent market town, Sandwich is another attractive option. With its timber-framed medieval buildings, friendly vibe and coastal proximity, it’s got it all, including a cricket club, tennis centre and several nature reserves. Even the most adamant of city clickers won’t be able to resist its slow paced lifestyle and inherent sense of tranquillity. While it takes a little longer to get to central London local real estate agents still hail it as a hugely popular choice with commuters. Needless to say, it’s largely due to upcoming improvements to the High Speed 1 train link.
An up and coming property market goes hand in hand with the need for expert advice. CDS is on-hand to deliver with a transparent and eminently honest service designed to help clients track down high quality, affordable properties within the Kent area.