More people want to buy a house in a village than in any other place, a report has found. We found out more and helped with the search
Address: Redborough Barn, Stalisfield Green Price: £925,000 Agent: Connells, 01795 533544 Hunting a home in the Kent countryside but scared of feeling isolated? Then you’ll be looking for a property in a village.
A recent housing report found that villages, big and small, top the list of places where people want to live.
Agent Strutt & Parker’s report, the Village Revival, found a village was by far the most popular choice among those planning a move, with 21% naming one as their preferred place, compared with 14% for a town and 12% for a city.
Simon Backhouse, of Strutt & Parker in Canterbury, said: “Villages are a halfway house between urban living and rural living. They offer the opportunity of living in a smaller community as opposed to a sometimes faceless, nameless city.
“For example, Wye, between Ashford and Canterbury, is ever-popular. It sits in one of the most enviable locations in Kent at the foot of the North Downs with glorious unspoilt countryside.
“Additionally it has its own station, which links to the HS1 at Ashford, good local shopping, pubs, a quality restaurant, schools and a beautiful ancient parish church.”
Chris Doe, of Fine & Country in West Malling, said: “It would seem that the appeal of countryside living continues to grow in the region. Studies of our buyers and their requirements clearly indicate a shift from towns to villages and in part from villages to rural areas.
“Historically ‘urban’ type buyers have sought the solace of the villages as this environment is wholly quieter than the hustle and bustle of town and city life. Some are attractive due to their architectural character and some because of their convenience.
“The most popular have a combination of both. The villages of Offham, Ryarsh, Addington and Trottiscliffe that surround West Malling remain highly popular.
“Lenham and Charing to the east of Maidstone offer are also always in demand. Sutton Valence and its neighbouring hamlets are popular due to the private schools there while Cranbrook with its highly regarded school always is desirable.”
Michael Wallington, of Connells, Faversham, said: “Our most popular villages are Luddenham, Sheldwich. Selling, Hernhill and Boughton, although there are many others.
“These are all pretty villages, each with their own selling point but the one common denominator is a popular primary school; perhaps the most common reason for buyers to choose them.”