Property Search Agents in Kent
The general consensus appears to be that if you reside in the East of the county you can claim to be a Man of Kent whereas the residents of West Kent are known as Kentish Men or Maids. The main geographical features of the county are determined by a series of ridges running from west to east;
- The chalky North Downs with the highest point in Kent run from close to south east London down to Canterbury and the cliffs at Dover and Folkestone – from which the continent of Europe is a mere 21 miles across the Channel. The area to the north of the Downs, now known as the “North Kent Corridor” is a long low lying area with rich towns such as Rochester, Sittingbourne and Faversham (now served by the new breed of fast Javelin trains).
- Across the south of the county runs the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with rolling wooded hills offering frequently glorious views. This stretches from the Sussex border, south of Tunbridge Wells, down to Rye.
- The area between the North Downs and the High Weald forms the Low Weald – principally the valley of the River Medway but with lush orchards, hop gardens and picturesque villages.
Architecturally Kent is rich and diverse. West Kent property search is typified by its timbered medieval houses, classic peg tiled farmhouses with Victorian/Edwardian red brick family houses that emerged with the coming of the railways. Quirky oast house conversions with their distinctive roundel rooms are more prevalent in the west of the county.
The boom of the wool trade in the late 18th/early 19th centuries favoured the eastern half of the county and resulted in impressive Georgian mansions and elegant town houses – once occupied by wealthy wool merchants and prosperous farmers. With these types of property sometimes being hard to locate, we have first class information and leads into the styles of property you are hunting for.
Kent is also particularly favoured educationally – not least as it is one of the few counties to retain the Grammar school system. However, it is principally the range of it’s prep schools in towns such as Tunbridge Wells, Cranbrook and Sevenoaks that are in high demand from those moving out from the Capital and often form the starting point of any property search in the area. Kent is also home to a number of highly regarded public schools for both day and boarders (for a full directory Click Here) as well as the grant-aided schools such as Judd, Skinners and Cranbrook School which combines a grammar and co-educational facility – the only school of its kind in Kent.
Accessibility to various modes of transport ranks high in any property search. The M25 gives ready access to the major national motorway network and brings the major airports of London Heathrow and London Gatwick within easy reach. The main rail network serving the west of the county connects into London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge; the more popular commuter towns include Sevenoaks to the north with fast trains to London in less than 30 minutes; Tonbridge with frequent services from Ashford and the East Kent coast as well as East Sussex (the Hastings Line); Tunbridge Wells is on the latter with commuter trains taking about 55 minutes.
The east of the county is now served by HS1 which not only connects London St Pancras to the Channel Tunnel but offers a much improved commute from Ashford, the journey now taking a mere 37 minutes to London St Pancras.
We hope this has given you an overview of Kent and the types of property that may be located in the areas you are considering, as well as travel and commuting information and also schooling. Please call us if you would like to chat with us about a future property search in this beautiful county. We are property search agents in Kent, as well as East Sussex and South London so will be able to assist you for the borders of the counties as well.
We off over fifty years’ experience as property search agents in Kent, and our unrivalled knowledge of the area means that we are extremely well equipped to find you the perfect home. You will receive top quality service and this will extend to any possible challenges or complications you may be experiencing with the search; once we have found you the righty property our service continues throughout negotiations, relocation, planning and removal.