Original article from Kent Live
Lockdowns and home working has city dwellers pondering whether now is the time for a new pace of life.
The spotlight in the property market is on pretty market towns and quaint villages – something Kent certainly isn’t lacking.
But due to the rising demand and desirability of smaller, more rural destinations – house prices are on the rise.
Fortunately, there are still some popular areas in Kent where house prices haven’t rocketed to an unaffordable level.
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Sandwich has been singled out as a “fashionable it town” where people are flocking to move.
Sandwich is an ancient Cinque Port with a labyrinth of streets lined with cottages and medieval buildings.
The town is known for its historical architecture, with churches, houses, and pubs dating back as far as the 12th century.
It has beautiful surroundings, with beaches, gardens and nature reserves all offering an oasis of calm and serenity.
The average property price in Sandwich stood at £325,555 in April 2021, notably less than the overall average in Kent, which was £374,324.
Simon Greaves, managing director at Colebrook Sturrock estate agents said: "The intrinsic appeal is that it's believed to be the most complete medieval town in the country.
"It's got access the the sea, a range of golf links, a river and successful schools.
"It's also a compact town so you can get everywhere on foot.
"Lot's of people think the increasing demand is due to the stamp duty holiday but there was a lot of pent up demand from second home and retirement buyers who didn't want to commit during the Brexit uncertainty.
"Predominantly demand is coming from London – people are realising that you can get a lot more for your money in east Kent and we've had a boom since July last year.
"Kent has done very well over the last six to nine months."
Famous faces who have been quick to realise to beauty of Sandwich include Gogglebox's Steph and Dom, who ran a B&B in the town.
That property is now on the market for a cool £5million.
Another prominent and unique feature of Sandwich is the Delf Stream which are medieval man-made channels from the 13th Century to supply water throughout the town.
They were greatly improved by Dutch engineers in 15th century adding new cuts and sluices so fields could be irrigated which had continued use to 1899.
The streams now flow underground alongside 15th Century houses making an interesting feature.
There are also numerous scenic walks in the area that link to the England Coast Path, which are perfect for a weekend walk along the beach to nearby Deal.