Next stop Kings Hill
With London house prices sky-high, so called ‘second steppers’ are looking to buy outside the capital - but within commuting distance - to get good value for money.
One place families looking to make their next move are choosing is Kings Hill, near Maidstone, attracted by its good rail and road links to London, new houses, amenities and environment.
Kings Hill is a contemporary garden village where masterplanning developer Liberty Property Trust and Kent County Council are creating a vibrant community where people can have a live/work/play lifestyle.
Named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best places to bring up a family, Kings Hill has almost 2,750 new homes together with shops and cafes – including Waitrose and Costa Coffee, schools and extensive community, leisure and sports amenities. There are also over 200 businesses in the business park providing some 5,000 jobs on the doorstep.
Planning permission has just been granted for a further 635 much needed homes, a new primary school – the third at Kings Hill, an extension to the community centre, additional allotments, trim trails and sports pitches for Kings Hill Sports Park. Land will be provided for the development of a place of worship. High speed trains to London are now operating from nearby Snodland.
The homes at Kings Hill are being marketed by Kings Hill New Homes, a forum which includes Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust, Kent County Council and house builders developing on site at any one time – currently Bellway Homes, Crest Nicholson and Hillreed Homes.
“With house prices so high in London we are seeing people who might traditionally have moved to somewhere larger in the capital choosing to move further out to benefit from good value for money,” said Annette Cole, sales and marketing director of Crest Nicholson Eastern.
Currently available at Kings Hill are:
Bellway’s ‘Signature’ collection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes with prices currently ranging from £242,995 - £548,995; Crest Nicholson’s ‘Woodland Place’ two and three-bedroom cottages and four and five bedroom houses from £275,000 -£495,000 and Hillreed’s ‘The Poppies’, a development of two, three, four and five bedroom homes from £264,950 – £539,950.