Kent

Kent is one of the most popular counties in England, with a population of 1.8 million people. It has some really beautiful scenery and many great amenities for families that are looking to buy their first home or move up into a nicer place. There are also several excellent universities that attract students from all over the world to come and study here.

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Best places to live in Kent

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Canterbury Cathedral in Kent

Where is Kent?

Kent is located in the southeast of England, bordered by The Thames Estuary to its north and the English Channel on its other three sides (south, west and southeast). This makes it a great place for those looking to commute into London as there are good transportation links with both ferries from Kent to France and trains from Kent to London.

Areas in Kent

Some of the most popular areas for protective home buyers in the county of Kent include:

Canterbury – This city is a beautiful and historic place to live, with plenty of things to do both in the city centre and the surrounding countryside. A lively student city, Canterbury is an especially popular choice for those seeking a home in Kent and wanting to be close to the universities.

Dover – Dover is a seaside town that offers stunning views of the English Channel and easy access to France by ferry. It’s also home to several military bases, making it an ideal place for those looking for employment in the armed forces.

Folkestone – Folkestone is another coastal town with plenty of amenities and attractions, as well as excellent transport links to London and other parts of Kent.

Gravesend – Gravesend is a town situated on the banks of the River Thames, with good transport links to both London and Essex. It’s also home to a large shopping centre and several schools rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Scotney Manor in Kent

Maidstone – Maidstone is one of the larger towns in Kent, with a population greater than 100,000. It is home to both Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School and Mascalls Academy – two high-performing secondary schools that are consistently ranked among Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ category.

Universities in Kent

Kent plays host to a number of universities, including the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, both of which are located in the ancient and beautiful city of Canterbury.

Canterbury Christ Church University – Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the largest universities in Kent and has a rich history, dating back to its inception as Canterbury College – founded in 1904. It is now one of the premier universities in the country, with a growing international student body from over 100 countries.

University of Kent – The University is now one of the UK’s top ten leading universities and has been voted as ‘the best modern university by The Sunday Times newspaper. It offers world-class teaching for undergraduates, postgraduates and professional students at its campus in Canterbury.

The University for the Creative Arts – The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is a specialist art and design university with campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate study in Art & Design, Film & Media, Architecture & Interior Design, Fashion & Textiles, Music and Performing Arts.

Top Schools in Kent

Kent is home to some of the best grammar schools in England, including The Skinners’ School, Tonbridge Grammar School for Boys and Chatham House Grammar School.

The Black Griffin Pub in Canterbury

The Canterbury High Schools are among Kent’s top-performing secondary schools with the all-girls Oakwood Park Grammar school also performing well in recent years. Some of the best schools in Kent include:

The Weald of Kent Grammar School – Located in Tonbridge, the Weald of Kent Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school for students aged 11 to 18, with an excellent reputation for providing a high standard of education.

The Skinners’ School – Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, the school provides an excellent education for boys and girls aged between 11 to 18 years old.

Tonbridge Grammar School for Boys – A popular grammar school with good results at GCSE level, Tonbridge Grammar is situated in Tonbridge and caters to boys aged between 11 to 18.

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls – The top-ranked single-sex girls’ grammar school in Kent, with excellent results at GCSE level and a good reputation for A-Levels as well. Situated just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Population of Kent

The population of Kent is around 1.855 million, making it the 5th most populous county in England. The majority of the population of Kent is concentrated into areas such as Maidstone, Canterbury, Gravesend and Dartford.

 

Reviews in Kent

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Nice development but not so good property management

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Review Date Aug 2022

Oveall development is good but it should have closed gates in the front so only residents can acess it as in the night issues with youngsters dealing with alcohol and drugs is bit common here.
Transport links are good due to Ashford station is clse by.
Visitors parking is paid which unfair. Its free after6 pm. They should issue tempory permits to Visitors.

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Sales team was very good but ince you purchae the property the real struggle starts. It tkaes ages to fix any issues in the property. Contractors have no knowledge of the issues and most of the time it took them 2 to 3 visits to fix issues. Time line to fix any probl in property is 3 weeks whixh can be bought down so if you have leak in toilet i have been advised not to use it and took them 3 weeks to fix it.

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Building construction is poor, property management is poor, anti social behaviour at night.

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Very poor. Had issues with every single problem reported and had to chae them 2 or 3 times before it gets resloved

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Palmer Court review

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Review Date Aug 2022

The location is brilliant, really close to local shops, amenities and particularly the train station. There is a new gym being build too which is great. Very happy with the area and hopefully the car park opposite gets redeveloped or changed as that is the only eyesore

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The parking situation needs a lot of work – I feel very disappointed with the fact that I own a property and if I have a guest, they have to pay for parking. The development itself is very quiet and well looked after which is great news because it always looks good. There are a few aspects which could do with improving e.g. the electric gates are always broken, lift is the same and doors don’t shut properly. Although the maintenance team are quick to observe issues, the problems take a little while to get fixed.
Overall very happy with the purchase and there are just a few things that would make it great.

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There would be no free visitor parking

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Yes they have – quick to respond but always seems to be the same issues ongoing

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A development with huge potential

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Review Date Aug 2022

Great location with a variety of shops, restaurants and transport. A massive perk having the gym opening on site. Parking is available, family and friends have never had a issue with parking.

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The development is great with a secured underground parking, private courtyard and park close by. I have lived here for almost a year and am very happy with my apartment, very modern. However a downside to the development is the building maintenance.

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There isn’t anything that causes me an issue which I could have preempted before moving in. Unfortunately you can’t pick your neighbours and the small percentage that don’t care and ruining it for others.

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Building management are very slow to get back to your responses with no solution or solutions that are promised but never followed through.

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Over all happy. The service provided by A2 dominion is poor

Review Date Aug 2022

The area is lovely and very central in terms of location and travel. A 25 minute commute to london and a shopping centre 5 mins drive away

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The apartments are lucky and spacious. They come with modern decor and white walls so a blank canvas. They have an out door court yard and your own private balcony. Essentials such as over, dishwasher and washer are inclusive. However the developer has let a large majority of us down. With essentials such as windows and doors being broken in my flat and taking upwards of 12 months still waiting to be fixed. We have had a pest problem with flies this summer and we’re unable to use our bins. They sent pest control but have left dead flies everywhere for over a week. Parcels are frequently stole and a select few drug users ruin it for us causing my property to smell of cannabis. If you want to put lights on your balcony forget it. They’re quick to tell you what you can’t do. But do not rectify their own mistakes.

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The truth about A2 dominion.

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Awfully. My balcony door had been broken since I moved in, the bedroom window locked shut for 3 months. Pest problem with flies over 2 weeks to sort and dead flies left everywhere. Quick to tell you what you can’t do. But won’t listen to your issues and fob you off

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