Just 32 miles south-east of London, the prosperous town of Maidstone in Kent offers good value compared with Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks – as well as some great primary and secondary schools, and good rail and road links for commuters. The countryside of the High Weald is close by, too, while the seaside is only half an hour's drive away.
The town is served by three stations: Maidstone West and Maidstone Barracks on the Medway Valley Line (within view of each other); and Maidstone East, the more northerly station, which is on the London to Ashford line. The journey from Maidstone East station to London Victoria can take as little as 57 minutes, and a 12-month season ticket to London Zones 1-6 costs £4,224. The car park has 524 spaces with an annual parking rate of £905, and there are cycle stands for up to 50 bikes on Platform 1.
By road, Maidstone is served by the M20 to the north of the town, with many towns and further road links within easy reach – including Ashford (30 minutes), Folkestone (40 minutes), the M25 (30 minutes) and central London (about an hour and 15 minutes). The M2 to Thanet is eight miles north.
As is the case with many towns within commuting distance of London, the population has grown significantly since the 1960s. Nowadays Maidstone offers brand new build properties right through to period Victorian and Edwardian homes packed with character features – with options to suit most budgets. Current homes for sale in Maidstone for different budgets include:
£150,000 or less
This modern one-bedroom flat is available to reserve off-plan, and is part of a popular new development with secure gated parking situated right in the heart of Maidstone. Ideal for investors or first-time buyers, the property is close to both of the town's railway stations – just over half-a-mile from Maidstone West, and less than a mile from Maidstone East.
Agent: Page & Wells
£170,000 or less
This three-bedroom terraced home is in need of some modernisation, but for the right buyer it has plenty of potential: it is situated in a popular residential area about a mile west of Maidstone town centre, and offers spacious accommodation made up of a lounge, kitchen, rear lobby and bathroom to the ground floor; a cellar to the lower ground floor; and three bedrooms accessed via a landing to the first floor. The property also has double glazing, gas-fired central heating and a rear garden measuring approximately 155 feet.
Price: Offers in the region of £170,000
Agent: Page & Wells
£220,000 or less
This three-bedroom semi-detached house with downstairs bay window is situated conveniently close to the town centre, yet also offers off street parking. With two reception rooms and a usable cellar, outside there is a tiered garden laid to lawn, plus a greenhouse.
Price: Guide price £200,000 - £220,000
Agent: Bradley Bishop
£300,000 or less
Packed with character this four-bedroom Grade II listed townhouse in Maidstone offers generous accommodation over four floors, including a feature modern fitted kitchen with an open-plan aspect to its rear lobby/utility area, and a WC on three of the floors. There is parking to the rear and a pleasant and substantial lawned garden.
Agent: Ward & Partners
£430,000 or less
Taylor Wimpey's Hayle Park development offers a range of brand new five- and six-bedroom homes in Maidstone set within 30 acres of parkland. This six-bedroom detached, double-fronted home, the 'Hamilton' offers accommodation spread across three floors. This means it provides a great deal of flexibility in terms of living space for larger families. The property also offers a garage and a parking space, and is positioned next to the open parkland. There are purchase assistance schemes available such as Help to Buy, part exchange and Easymover.
Housebuilder: Taylor Wimpey
£600,000 or less
Just a couple of miles south of Maidstone in the desirable village of Loose, this imposing five- or six-bedroom detached house incorporates many charming character features such as high ceilings, tall skirting boards and period fireplaces – all sympathetically combined with modern improvements that create a homely environment. Inside, the accommodation is flexible and spacious, including a pleasant conservatory. The property also offers superb outside space, including a lovely secluded and safe back garden that would be an ideal place for children to play in - making the property a dream buy for a large or growing family. Two driveways are ideal for buyers who like to entertain guests.
Price: Offers over £550,000
Agent: Ward & Partners
£650,000 or less
Just a couple of miles east of Maidstone town centre, in the sought-after village location of Bearsted, Monro Homes has created a select development of just nine three- and four-bedroom houses. Plot 3, ‘The Morlings’, is a detached four-bedroom family home with 1,976 sq ft of space including an en suite to the master bedroom and a good-sized lounge and family room. Despite its proximity to Maidstone, Bearsted's village centre retains a traditional village character incorporating 59 listed properties, many surrounding the village green, which is also home to two pubs. Bearsted railway station is on the Maidstone line, while by road the A20 passes through the village and junction 7 of the M20 is only a mile north-west.
Housebuilder: Monro Homes