Buying a new home in Kent may not have occurred to you. But it should and here’s why:
Kent is a big country, full of beautiful countryside and home to a more relaxed lifestyle. For those that need their urban fix, London is less than 60 miles away with good rail and road links from the coast. For that extra special city excursion, Europe is 75 minutes by ferry or you can hop on the Eurostar to Paris.
No Hassle to Get Started
Many builders that have new homes for sale in Kent are offering generous incentives to potential buyers such as paying the stamp duty and solicitors in Kent fees. These offers are always changing, so it is good shop around and see who’s got a good deal on.
Decorated exactly as you wish
Orange paint, hideous flowered wallpaper and carpet that was around when Churchill was in Downing Street. With a new house, you don’t have to worry about fixing someone else’s decorating disasters. Many new homebuilders allow you to choose the fittings and colours before the home is complete, so you can just move in and enjoy!
No hidden defects
Your house is brand new so you don’t need to worry about hidden damp or rot underneath the plaster. The roof won’t need doing for at least another 20 years and the boiler has never been used. A brand new house really does have its advantages.
Sport and Leisure
Since you don’t have to spend your weekends stripping wallpaper or refinishing floors, you have more time to take advantage of all that Kent has to offer. For starters, the area has more castles than anywhere else in the country. Then, there is the 67 golf courses, horse racing at Folkstone, motor racing at Brands Hatch, cricket at the Canterbury Cricket Ground and, of course, loads of water sports such as kite-surfing and sailing.
Kent has more miles of coastline than any other English county and more than 1/3 of Kent residents live in coastal districts. Over 14 million people visit Kent each year on holiday. You, on the other hand, can just live there and enjoy the sea all year round.
Kent is a great place to get ahead. With weekly wages on par with Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester and higher than Cardiff, Glasgow and Newcastle, you’ll have more money to take advantage of Kent’s extensive leisure scene. The low housing prices make the situation even more inviting. Here’s a list of average house prices in comparable districts.
If all that extra money you’ll have starts burning a hole in your pocket, Kent is the perfect place… it’s a virtual shopping paradise. Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in Europe is waiting with over 320 shops and a whopping 13,000 parking spaces. If outlet shopping is what you’re after then you’ll find the shopping complexes in Ashford and Medway to be to your taste. Maidstone, Canterbury and Thanet are also developing shopping centres.
Jo Brand, Gloria Hunniford, Fredrick Forsyth, Brenda Blethyn, David Gower, McKenzie Crook, Louise Dean and Fiona Phillips all have Kent connections. You never know who you’re going to spot at the corner shop.