Commuter homes in Ashford, Kent – what do you get for your money?

Posted 12 January 2015

The pleasant town of Ashford in Kent – a popular commuter base for London professionals – has been targeted as a key area for population development since the 1960s. As a result, it offers a wide range of property types spanning various periods, with options in the town centre, the suburbs and several adjoining villages.

By road, Ashford is about 61 miles south-east of central London. It is also in a very convenient spot at the hub of five different railway lines, making it a major communication centre for the South East of England – and, with the opening of the international passenger station, it now serves Eurostar and High Speed 1 (HS1), offering trains to London, Lille, Brussels and Paris and connections to the rest of Europe.

For regular commuting into London, trains to St Pancras International only take about 38 minutes on HS1 and around 80 minutes into Charing Cross on regular (and cheaper) commuter services. An annual season ticket to London Zones 1-6 costs £5,704 on the slower services and £6,712 using HS1. There is parking available at the station at a cost of £1,135.50 per year.

Even with these costs, the value for money buyers will find in the local property market compared to living in London might justify the expense. And besides, a fast train can often take less time to travel 60 miles into London than a stopping tube train from the outer suburbs of the city

Here are a handful of current homes for sale in Ashford, selecting properties falling into a wide range of house buying brackets:

£150,000 or less

Likely to appeal to a first-time buyer or buy-to-let investor with a limited budget, this two-bedroom house is conveniently located less than a mile-and-a-half from Ashford International station, and is ready to move into – plus it offers plenty of parking in a residents-only car park. 

Price: £130,000

Agent: Ward & Partners

£200,000 or less

If you can increase your budget to just under £200,000, you could move into an extended end-of-terrace two-bedroom house in the popular residential area of Kennington, less than two miles from Ashford International and the town centre. Thanks to its extension the property offers more space than you might imagine, and has the added benefit of no onward chain.

Price: £190,000

Agent: Black & White Estates

£300,000 or less

In Kingsnorth, a mixed rural and urban village that adjoins Ashford, this light and airy four-bedroom house is ideal for families who like to entertain at home, with a well-equipped, open-plan kitchen/diner and a generous rear garden. With a park and pond nearby for leisure time, the property is also conveniently situated for access to Ashford town centre and Ashford International, just over two miles away.

Price: £300,000

Agent: Ward & Partners

£400,000 or less

This immaculate, double-fronted detached family home is situated in the desirable Godinton Park area, less than three miles from the centre of town and Ashford International station. With five bedrooms and generous living spaces, the property also offers a tandem garage and drive for at least two cars, and front and rear gardens made up mainly of lawn.

Price: Guide price of £375,000-£390,000

Agent: Black & White Estates

More than £500,000

For buyers with a far more substantial budget, this characterful four-bedroom detached Tudor-style house – set on a secluded plot of just over an acre – is tucked away along a leafy country lane on the outskirts of Mersham village. It is still only three miles from the centre of Ashford, however, and from the station. With an impressive gated entrance, a double garage, large mature gardens and a tennis court, the home also offers generously proportioned bedrooms and living areas plus a conservatory, two bathrooms and a utility room.

Price: £795,000

Agent: Fine & Country

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