Original article from Kent Live
Kings Hill is fast becoming one of Kent's property hot spots.
It seems that everyone wants to move there – and those who have already set up camp never want to leave.
Tucked away in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling, it is easy to see why it has been named by property site Rightmove as one of the most searched for villages in the UK.
Rightmove recently revealed the top six villages in England house hunters are desperate to move to.
Two places in Kent made the coveted list, with nearby Meopham joining Kings Hill as a national property hot spot.
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According to the property experts, house in Kings Hill had an overall average price of £492,769 over the last year.
Overall, sold prices in the village over the last year were 7 per cent up on the previous year and 2 per cent up on the 2017 peak of £485,485.
This soaring popularity is relatively new however.
The vibrant garden village is one of several new settlements built in Kent since the 1950s, on the site of the former West Malling airfield.
Since 1990 to date, dwellings built, under construction or to be developed number 3,836; the business park provides one million sq ft gross, there are three schools and 23 shops.
Surrounded by newly built houses, clean streets and perfectly shaped hedges, the village is world away from Maidstone, despite being a short journey down the road.
The peaceful atmosphere alongside the exquisitely manicured gardens is reminiscent of The Stepford Wives TV show – though doubtfully hiding anything as sinister behind its perfectly proportioned houses.
Quaintly, many of the roads in Kings Hill are named after varieties of apple, a fruit which has been grown in Kent for centuries, including Bovarde Avenue, Braeburn Way, Discovery Drive, Melrose Avenue, Pippin Way, Winston Avenue and Worcester Avenue.
Others pay homage to the site's past use as an RAF WWII aerodrome, with names such as Typhoon Road, Mosquito Road, Hurricane Road and Spitfire Road.
For all its charms, Kings Hill is a very modern place and was even selected as the filming spot for the 2007 Channel 4 drama series, Cape Wrath.
This is no cut-off community either. Amenities in the village include a huge Asda superstore, local cafes, a Shepherd Neame pub named The Spitfire, a health club and several sports clubs.
KentLive spoke to the residents of Kings Hill to find out why everyone wants to move there – and whether residents share the rose-tinted sentiments of outsiders.
Lesley Butler, 64, moved to the village back in 2008.
The grandmother began renting a few properties in the area before buying her "forever home" in Kings Hill.
She said: "I wasn't too keen when I first came here, we decided to move from Surrey and we rented a property.
"But about five years ago, bought a house and I would never ever move away.
"It took me time to settle in, but now I absolutely love it and I think its gotten more family orientated.
"It's a little bit livelier than it was back in 2008. It's more of a community."
'You feel safe'
Another long-time resident, who has lived in the village for 20 years, said she loves how safe Kings Hill feels.
And she doesn't see herself leaving any time soon.
Celia Treasure, 75, told KentLive: "The schools are good.
"It's nice, we've moved three times here, been here 20 years.
"You do feel safe."
Another Kings Hill veteran, Dean Boreham, 54, has lived in the area for almost 13 years.
He explained all the reasons why people may be searching to live here.
"Ideal for families, it's massively family orientated place, lots of facilities" he said.
Dean added: "Fantastic football club, cricket club, golf course for the dads and the mums."
'Modern concept village'
Estate agents Kings Hill Properties describe the village as a "modern, concept village" entwining "quality of life, convenience and charm to create one of the most desirable places to live and bring up a family in England."
They said: "Nestled amongst attractive, landscaped gardens and protected woodland areas the management team at Kings Hill provide landscaping and maintenance for the local residents, which means that the area is safe, clean and consistently maintained to a high standard.
"This American-style of 'concept living' has proven very popular and it engenders a strong sense of community among the local residents. Kings Hill offers excellent commuting facilities with easy access to the M20, a regular bus service to the nearby towns of Tonbridge, Maidstone and West Malling, as well as a direct bus service to West Malling station, where trains run to London Victoria and Ashford International.
"Kings Hill has its own toddlers group, a pre-school nursery, three highly coveted primary schools and a youth club.
"The range of sports and leisure facilities are excellent. It includes shops, cafes, restaurants, 18-hole PGA championship golf course, David Lloyd health club, sports park, community centre, nature park and much more."