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

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.