Londoners are leaving the capital and taking over properties in a beautiful seaside town in Kent.
Rising house prices and flexible working resulting from the pandemic have pushed Londoners out of new pastures in Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire.
People aged 30 to 39 were the highest group of Londoners to start new lives elsewhere, with 35,645 people in their 30s leaving the capital in 2020, according to a Trust for London study.
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With many workers only in the office for half the week or less, suburban towns such as Folkestone have been crowded with Londoners.
Not only is it along the coast, but average journey times from Folkestone to the capital are as short as 52 minutes – thanks to high-speed train 1 (HS1) which stops at the station.
According to Rightmove, Folkestone West Station saw a 27% increase in buyer searches, placing it in the top ten areas most popular for commuters.
It was beaten in first place by Chelmsford Station, which saw a gigantic 107% increase in buyer searches.
While it didn’t win the top spot, that hasn’t stopped house prices in Folkestone rising by £ 13,559 over the past year – no doubt influenced by the large crowds of Londoners settling in, reveals Zoopla.
Zoopla found that the average price of a property was £ 302,704 this month, an increase of 1.62% since September 2021.
The property company currently estimates that apartments are sold in Folkestone for an average of £ 195,229 and townhouses for £ 301,828.
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So what exactly does Folkestone offer? A lot, in fact.
History tells us that Folkestone has been inhabited for over two millennia, from Romans to Saxons, it was a place where only a few hundred people had settled for centuries.
Its population did not increase until the late 19th century when it became a vital port and shipping port, along with the Foord Valley Railway Viaduct which was built in 1843.
Soon luxury hotels and other amenities were built to accommodate the 18,986 people who lived in Folkestone in 1881.
What started as a small fishing town has now seen Folkestone evolve into a thriving seaside resort and attractive place to live – the Foord Valley Rail Viaduct still being used for super-fast journeys to London over 170 years later. .
There is Sunny Sands, a popular sandy beach popular with swimmers and kayaking enthusiasts, and the Lower Leas Coastal Park, a beautiful park with wonderful sea views.
The Old High Street is also a popular attraction in the area, with colorful shops selling funky vintage clothing and plenty of shops selling amazing housewares and creative art for Londoners looking to spruce up their new home.
There’s also a huge selection of mouth-watering restaurants to dine in – El Cortador Tapas Bar and Marleys Bistro consistently receive rave reviews online.
One happy guest described El Cortador as: “Delicious food, great service from friendly staff. A nice reminder of our trips to Spain. I would definitely recommend it.
While another delighted guest was called Marleys: “The place where you feel every penny you spent was worth it. Incredibly tasty food and drink, lovely staff, cute interior, clean washrooms, a highlight of our weekend in Folkestone. Well done guys! “
It’s no wonder that Folkestone is very popular with Londoners, tourists and locals alike. Perhaps a new year by the sea is on the program!
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