KENT has always been the first port of call for Londoners who have become sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of big city life and it is easy to see why.
The county – otherwise known as the ‘Garden of England’ because of its stunning landscapes – attracts plenty of disillusioned city dwellers who are looking for a much calmer and relaxing way of life. As with any county, some towns and cities in Kent are better than others and one place that has been attracting a lot of interest of late is Chatham.
One of the Medway towns, Chatham can be found in the north of the county and its convenient location makes it a very appealing place to live. First and foremost, it is important to note that Chatham is less than 35 miles away from the centre of London, which means it is a good place for people to relocate to without having to completely sever their ties with the capital.
Medway commuters can be at London St Pancras International station in just 40 minutes and there are also plenty of rail services to important Channel ports like Dover. This ensures Chatham residents can feasibly be in the heart of Paris in just a few hours.
A place in the country
As mentioned, Chatham benefits from being surrounded by some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK and there are a number of new housing estates that provide gorgeous views over Kent’s green and pleasant land. Horsted Park – which can be seen here – is one of the latest developments to spring up on the outskirts of Chatham and is proving to be very popular.
Here you will find a fine array of one and two-bedroom apartments and two-to-four-bedroom houses and you will also benefit from having quick access to both Chatham and Rochester town centres, where you can make the most of all kinds of amenities. This type of estate typifies what people want from a countryside home.
Another thing that sets Chatham apart from neighbouring towns is its rich history and nothing symbolises this more than the historic dockyard. Chatham Dockyard has played a vital role in Britain’s naval exploits for more than 400 years, having produced ships that took part in conflicts against the Spanish Armada and more recently, in the Falklands.
Property developers have fastened on to Chatham’s rich maritime history by building a number of swanky new waterside homes on the banks of the River Medway. With spectacular views aplenty, it is no surprise that these properties are in such high demand.
Cheaper properties and cost of living
Although some very impressive properties have been erected in Chatham in recent years, prices are still more than fair when compared to other parts of the south-east, especially London. A lot of people are moving away from the capital for financial reasons, as the excessive cost of living and sky-high real estate prices have become too much. It is safe to say you will get far more for your money in Chatham than you will in inner-city London.
The cost of living is much more palatable in Kent and you are likely to find the value of your house rising sharply in the coming years, as the property market is expected to mount a comeback. So, chances are you will make a tidy profit once you come to sell your Chatham-based home a little further down the line.