A half-hour commute time makes Sevenoaks a superb option for new homes buyers
Situated just 20 miles from the centre of London and with a rail commute of under half-an-hour, it’s understandable why Sevenoaks is such a popular place for commuters to settle.
The town has a population of around 25,000 and is so popular, it is now served by four stations – the main one in the centre, taking the town’s name, and three on its northern outskirts, Dunton Green, Otford and the curiously named Bat and Ball. Fast trains from Sevenoaks station reach London Bridge in 27 minutes, making it a shorter journey than many within the capital’s travel zones. There are also slower services which reach Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Pancras on the Thameslink route. A monthly season ticket from Sevenoaks to London currently costs £318 and an annual one £3,320.
Sevenoaks also has regular direct services to the Kent and East Sussex coast and to Ashford International, for High Speed and Eurostar services.
With the M25 and M26 just minutes from its centre, Sevenoaks is also the perfect base for road users. Ashford is 45 minutes away, Gatwick half-an-hour and Heathrow 55 minutes. It is just over 20 minutes to the popular Bluewater shopping centre and around an hour into the centre of London.
Sevenoaks sits at 26 (out of 390, down from 14 in 2014) in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2015, making it one of the best places in the UK to live based on a variety of factors such as housing, education, the environment, healthcare and crime.
The town has several good primary schools and a couple of secondary schools, as well as a number of prep and other independent establishments.
New homes for sale in Sevenoaks now or coming soon:
|Ryewood (Berkeley Homes) – On the doorstep of Dunton Green railway station, this development is a collection of apartments and houses set within landscaped lawn and squares. Residents have access to an exclusive gym and there is a children’s play area for youngsters. Phases currently for sale are the Mulberry Collection, Greenwoods and Aspen Place. Prices start at £270,000 and Help to Buy is available. Find out more about Ryewood from Berkeley Homes.|
|Dunton Meadows (Orbit Homes) – The ‘affordable homes’ element of the Berkeley scheme offers one- and two-bedroom apartments where a minimum 40% share is available from £106,000 and £124,000 respectively. These Shared Ownership properties come with an allocated parking space and access to the residents-only gym. Find out more at www.orbithomes.org.uk ; 02476 437040|
|Prime Place Sevenoaks (Prime Place) – This apartment development promises “London-style living” and comes with an impressive specification, hotel ambience, concierge and a business suite. Residents have access to an exclusive landscaped, split-level garden at the centre of the scheme. Sevenoaks station is just a few minutes’ walk away. Prices start at £279,995. Find out more at www.primeplace.co.uk ; 01892 313002|
|Austen Place (McCulloch Homes) – These substantial, detached five-bedroom homes are centrally located on Hitchin Hatch Lane, an easy walk to the station. The homes come with a luxurious specification which includes designer kitchens, Miele and Wolf appliances, underfloor heating and bespoke oak staircases. Prices on application. Find out more at www.mccullochhomes.co.uk ; 020 8466 5725|
Hazelbourne (Crest Nicholson) – Located just to the east of Sevenoaks and on the fringe of the North Downs in the village of Borough Green (which has its own station and a journey time of around 55 minutes to Victoria or Blackfriars) is this collection of apartments, coach houses, cottages and family homes. Prices on the current phase start at £365,000. Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 01732 447978
Here are the current Shared Ownership properties in Sevenoaks