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As a growing number of home buyers are keen to live on the commuter belt, Managing Director, Nick Stonley discusses the best places to buy in Kent.

The top villages and towns to put down roots in Kent are widely debated. The county continues to thrive, as levels of activity among local buyers relocating to find the most for their money, remains high.

Being just under an hour direct to London by rail and with good value property, Canterbury is one of the up and coming home hotspots. Canterbury has recently been voted the best place to live in Kent, thanks to the prestige of local schools, the ease of commuting and extensive retail and leisure opportunities. This year, Compare the Market also named Canterbury the easiest place to buy a property in the UK, taking into consideration house prices, days spent on the market and house demand. Properties in Canterbury spend an average of just 28 days on the market (as compared with 89 days in London) and buyers stayed for a longer period of time in their homes, proving the city’s popularity and appeal.

This is certainly the case at our new development, Polo Field in Canterbury, where homes are proving particularly popular and footfall to the development remains steady, as savvy buyers are realising the many benefits this vibrant location has to offer.

Also enjoying lower house prices and a hassle-free commute is Maidstone, the average prices are significantly lower than some of Kent’s other popular towns, like Sevenoaks. Our last remaining detached four-bedroom property in Maidstone is at Brambledown, and currently available for £675,000, significantly less than the premium attached to other parts of the county. Buyers need not compromise on location, as Maidstone offers good train links to London from both East and West stations and close proximity to the M20 road network. Ideal for families, the area is abundant with well-regarded schools, close to the development.

Tunbridge Wells is one of the region’s most popular towns, but with the average detached house selling at just over £870,000, many buyers are priced out of this sought-after location. Those looking to secure more for their money and still benefit from an excellent commuter location, should look less than 15 miles east, to the village of Marden. Already proving popular with buyers moving out of Tunbridge Wells and commuters, Windsor Meadow is a collection of 86 houses, where detached homes currently start from £539,950 and are available with Help to Buy.

It is no surprise Kent’s towns, cities and villages are consistently heralded as some of the best places to live in the UK, with excellent transport links offering an easy commute, idyllic surroundings, extensive retail and leisure pursuits, and a wide range of education options.

At Millwood, we recognise the considered decision about where best to spend your money when moving home, and recommend looking through our current developments throughout Kent, to bring you one step closer to finding your dream home.