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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Excellent Development

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Review Date Apr 2022

Good aspects:
Excellent location with direct routes to M20 to London and A28 to Ashford.
Walking distance to Morrison’s Supermarket.
Close to Wincheap industrial area with many local shops.
Bad Aspects:
Limited parking availability with no visitor slots.
Kids area not yet established.

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I like the design of the development. It mixes modern lines with stony old designs. Interior of the properties shows good use of the spaces with energy saving features such as underfloor heating and glazed glasses.
The development lies in routes to Ashford and London and within few minutes driving from Canterbury city centre.
Property Management shows good care of open area, but there is limited parking spaces generally in the development with no visitor slots.

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Parking is not convenient in the car barn with difficulty in parking the car as it is too narrow and other car slots are close to it. No Garage.

What is the best feature of your home:

Convenient and spacious interior design of 4 bed room detached house. Good garden size.

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A house purchase with no regrets

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Review Date Apr 2022

Transport links are excellent -12 min walk away a Park and ride from where I can get to the centre in 5 min by bus. I also have a Morrison and Dunelm 10 min walk away . Just near Morrisons I can take a nice walk along the river Stour ,escaping all the rush hour traffic, and can turn off at Canterbury East station or walk all the way to the town centre (1 mile). The street is quiet with no anti-social behaviour, I have my own garage as well as parking place,and the bin collections are progressing smoothly

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The design of my two bedroom house couldn’t have been better with a walled off garden not overlooked by any of the houses, with one toilet and washbasin in the hallway in addition to two ensuites, a well equipped modern garage with lighting, sockets and a charge point for an electric vehicle. I particularly like the large number of ledges along the window sills in the bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms. I also like the SE aspect of my garden which welcomes the sun all day. The building management is also very helpful

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Mine was one of the few houses without an iron fence bordering the house –this was not made clear at the outset. Also I was one of the few without a porch with glass door. I would have preferred to have known this at the viewing.

What is the best feature of your home:

I love the bifold doors in the sitting room and kitchen with a view into the lawn and patio

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love the house and the area.

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Review Date Mar 2022

Tesco being so close is very handy for all our shopping and fuel. Access to the motorway is great. Bus services into town is nice and close

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The layout of the site is great with some nice wide verge and footpaths so it feels open and not on top of each other. The play park is a little on the small side and is still not open. I do wish the follow up customer service was quicker and more customer focus as it took nearly a year to sort a leaky roof and I had to do all the chasing. Poor customer service.

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Nothing really the sales staff kept us informed all the way

What is the best feature of your home:

The house has plenty of natural light and is well layed out with a nice size kitchen

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All good so far!

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Review Date Mar 2022

Good location being within walking distance of Morrisons for everyday shopping and a pleasant walk along the River Stour into the centre of Canterbury. We love the design of the house although one or two interior features might have been better thought out. We have had issues with blocked drains which we are hoping have now been sorted out but overall the developers have been very good and prompt in sorting any issues we may have. We have some great neighbours and everyone looks out for each other which is good however, we have an ongoing issue with street lighting or lack of it in this particular spot which many of our neighbours have brought to the attention of the developers. Parking is fine with adequate parking for guests should they come and visit whilst bin collections have been good. We have experienced one or two problems with unwanted visitors late in the evening or early morning looking for opportunities to access cars and our neighbours home, and wheel spinning cars during the early hours of the morning.

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It was the design which attracted us to the development initially as we love the retro look and the layout of the development and in particular where we are situated within the development. As the development is still in the early phases on site facilities have yet to be implemented although the plans look promising. The management of the estate on the whole would seem good, although again we have not been here long enough to be involved too much with this aspect.

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We wish would had paid a little more attention to reception room within the house whereby the central position of the door and the boxing in the opposite corners restricts us in positioning a nice corner sofa.

What is the best feature of your home:

We love the facade of the house which is we feel was the main attraction for us however, coming from a much smaller property we love the light and bright kitchen area which provides us with space that we never thought we would have!

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