Moving to Dartford: A beginner's guide
Posted 28 September 2015 by Stephen Maunder
This week, we get the lowdown on moving to Dartford from Colin Carr, director of Hunters Estate Agents. Colin has headed up the Hunters branch here since its launch in 2014 and is quite the local expert, having worked in the Dartford area since 1992.
Dartford is a bustling medieval market town and the principal centre of the borough of Dartford. It is situated 16 miles east of central London, on the border of Greater London and the county of Kent. Situated in a Valley on the River Darent, the town enjoys excellent transport links as well as a plethora of local services and amenities.
Dartford benefits from many outstanding schools and is known for this throughout the local area, offering a selection of state, grammar and private options. Dartford Grammar School and Dartford Grammar School for Girls are both excellent, as is Wilmington Grammar School for girls. For younger children, Wilmington Primary School and Wentworth Primary School are both highly sought after.
Dartford has excellent transport links, both rail and road. The mainline train station in the centre of the town offers fast connections to five London stations including London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Canon Street and Victoria. Ebbsfleet International is located just a short drive from the town centre, offering a Eurostar service to Brussels and Paris. The road links are also excellent, given Dartford’s position at junction 2 of the M25, where the A2 meets the motorway.
Arts and Leisure
The town has an abundance of leisure facilities including a David Lloyd gym, swimming pool and racquet sport facilities. Bluewater shopping centre is a short drive away, offering a multiplex cinema, a wide range of shops and restaurants. Furthermore, there are also regular French markets as well as a weekly town market in the town centre. Dartford also benefits from The Orchard Theatre, a 920-seat, top quality theatre. It is located in the centre of town and plays host to a wide range of dramas, dance shows and music performances.
The east side of the town generally offers the best value for money, while the west side is often more popular with families due to the excellent selection of grammar schools there. First time buyers, renters and young professional are often drawn to the town because of its great transport connections, and properties close to the station prove popular with these clients. Waterside developments such as Ingress and Waterstone Park are also frequent choices.
Did you know?
Half of the famous rock band ‘The Rolling Stones’ was born in Dartford! The notorious duo of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger met when they both attended Wentworth Primary school in the town and later formed the most famous rock ‘n’ roll band in history!
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