Property for sale in Kent
The local area guide to living in Kent: The Local Area Guide
‘The Garden of England’, Kent is famed for its extensive orchards and hop gardens. Testament to its past, numerous oasts can be found throughout the county, and many of these are now used as beautiful cottages, creating the chocolate-box scenes that the Kent countryside has become well known for. Perfectly located for prospective commuters, many areas of Kent have direct trains to London. This has made it a very attractive place for anyone who wants to work in the big city, whilst still living away from the hustle and bustle. The natural beauty of the landscape, and its many amenities, make Kent a hotspot for tourism, particularly in the Southern and Eastern areas.
The North of Kent has strong ties to manufacturing. There is shipbuilding done around the River Medway, cement manufacturing around the Northfleet and Cuxton area, engineering in Rochester and chemical manufacturing around Dartford. Canterbury, despite being a very small city, has huge tourist appeal. Not only is it a site for Christian pilgrimage and home to the famous Canterbury Cathedral – where the Church of England’s leader resides – it has beautiful architecture and a wealth of local amenities.
Information about the local residents
Kent is a diverse county, and often serves as the gateway to England through Dover port. Though roughly 1.5 million people call Kent home, there is a lot of spare land. Of the population, over 70% live in urbanised areas, but these take up a mere 22% of the actual land available.
Because of its pleasant surroundings Kent is often a place that retirees look to settle, and as a result around a fifth of the population are aged over 65.
The region is home to the largest department for education in the United Kingdom. With over a quarter million pupils to provide for there are numerous schools to pick from. Not only is there a large selection, but many of the schools are rated by Ofsted as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
For primary schools, Faversham’s Sheldwich Primary School, or Canterbury’s The Willows, are both rated outstanding. Secondary schooling also presents a range of options, with Maidstone Grammar school being rated outstanding, as well as Judd if you want to think about private schooling. The area is home to some notable universities as well, including Canterbury Christ Church, University of Kent, and the University of Greenwich.
Kent has historically served as the best route between Britain and the rest of the continent, largely because of Dover’s proximity to France. Kent’s Roman past means it has always had excellent transport links to London, and is now serviced by a number of motorways that still keep it efficiently connected.
High speed train links between St Pancras and many areas of Kent, including the coastline, provide excellent transport for city commuters and workers. There is also Ashford International station which enjoys links both to Victoria and St Pancras, and is also on the Eurostar line linking to the rest of Europe. There are small airports within Kent, such as Kent international airport, but most people opt to fly from the larger airports, such as London-based Heathrow or Gatwick, both of which are easily reached by train or car.
Kent has a diverse range of amenities, with both quaint coastal villages and larger cities, it has something for everyone. The region has a reputation for being important for the arts, with the Canterbury Tales, a revolutionary work for the literary world, being set here, and Dickens living for many years in Rochester – inspiring him enough to allude to Kent locations in his works. The area is still popular for creative types, and houses over 70 museums and heritage organisations.
The area is big for sports as well, and is well known for its cricket, being home to the famous Lashings All Stars team. The large amounts of countryside make it a perfect spot for outdoor activities, and it attracts a large amount of cyclists and horse riders.
Kent is well known for its shopping opportunities, and is home to the fourth largest shopping centre in the country, Bluewater. Not only does the centre boast over 300 stores, it features a boating lake, mini-golf course, and bike and kart hire. If you are looking for a more boutique shopping experience, Whitstable has a large amount of independent stores, as well as a beautiful seafront.
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