Ruth Bloom­field

New trains will re­vive Maid­stone as a City com­muter favourite, says

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Commuting -

stop at West Malling, Bor­ough Green, Ot­ford and Swan­ley. West Malling, a small mar­ket town, has just about all a com­muter could wish for: a ju­nior school with an “out­stand­ing” Of­sted rat­ing, coun­try charm, a Ge­or­gian high street with good shops, and value-for­money homes com­pared with such com­muter hon­ey­pots as Sevenoaks. An av­er­age house in West Malling costs just over £300,000, says Sav­ills.

Bor­ough Green and its neigh­bours Wrotham and Ightham are great choices for those in search of a more ru­ral way of life. Be­tween them, these three charm­ing vil­lages set in the Kent Downs of­fer good schools and a more than de­cent se­lec­tion of lo­cal shops, restau­rants and coun­try pubs.

How­ever, these are prime vil­lages and thus not for bar­gain hunters. A pe­riod fam­ily house with four be­d­rooms in Ightham would cost about £1 mil­lion, while a four-bed­room Thir­ties prop­erty in Bor­ough Green would come in at £700,000-£800,000.

£1.25 mil­lion: a splen­did six-bed­room listed Tu­dor hall set in two acres in pretty Boughton Monchelsea. Through Fine & Coun­try (01732 677081)

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