Plenty of new homes options for London commuters from Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Posted 26 October 2015 by Keith Osborne
The historic town of Tunbridge Wells is one of the most popular in Kent, with a wealth of amenities that tick boxes from commuters to London, and there are several new homes schemes currently underway to meet demand there.
Situated within the High Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tunbridge Wells really does offer the classic “best of both worlds” to commuter homebuyers, a vibrant and friendly town within countryside that has regular rail services of well under an hour to London and excellent road connections.
With some 6,000 new homes planned for the Tunbridge Wells borough between now and 2026, the town and its suburbs is set for some big changes over the next decade as infrastructure is adapted and introduced to accommodate these new build developments and growing population.
Parents will hope that school standards are maintained, as education is one of the area’s big attractions for family buyers. Most primary schools are judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Berkeley Homes’ Royal Wells Park is accommodating a new site for the Well Free School founded in 2013, bringing schooling right to the doorstep of residents there.
There are several comprehensive and grammar schools, a handful of which are ‘Outstanding’, and a smattering of well-regarded private schools in the area.
Forty-five minutes is the number to remember when it comes to travel – that’s how long the most direct peak time trains take to reach London Bridge from the town’s main station (four minutes less from High Brooms, in the north of the town) and it’s also the average time it takes to drive to the M25 and Gatwick Airport. It’s about an hour to Hastings by road, 10-20 minutes less on a train.
Commuters to London (Charing Cross via Waterloo East or Cannon Street via London Bridge) pay £419 for a monthly ticket or £4,364 for an annual Gold Card.
New homes for sale in Tunbridge Wells now or coming soon:
|Royal Wells Park (Berkeley Homes) – New this autumn to this collection of 190 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-, four- and five-bedroom houses is the Townhouse Collection, which includes some five-bedroom properties, starting at £1.125million, which boast a dedicated cinema room on the lower ground floor. Find out more at http://whathou.se/x0353O ; 01892 250606.|
|Knights Wood (Dandara) – Award-winning Dandara is building this scheme of homes with two to five bedrooms, set in an established woodland environment. Phase 1, The Avenue, is sold out and there’s just one home for sale on the current release on Phase 2, The Lanes – but more homes will be unveiled soon. Prices from £455,000. Find out more at 01892 800580.|
|Dukes Grange (CALA Homes) – This collection of 45 semi-detached and detached homes is located on Bayham Road, arranged around a central green and are just over a mile from the town centre, on the leafy southern edge of historic Royal Tunbridge Wells. Many of these properties have a separate study in addition to their three, four or five bedrooms. Prices start at £475,000. Find out more at 01784 862751.|
|Lakewood (Savills) – For £325,000, the three-storey ‘Hazel’ at this Monson Homes scheme 12 minutes’ walk from High Brooms station has a ground floor with a kitchen/dining and a living area with patio doors to garden. The first floor has the family bathroom and two bedrooms, with the master suite and another bedroom on the second floor. Find out more at 01892 507005.|
Take a look at even more new homes in Kent.
Rail fares correct, per www.nationalrail.co.uk (26 October 2015)