Had enough of city living? Ready to settle down into the green acres of the countryside of London but still need to get to work without spending your whole day in the tube?
Then Sevenoaks might be the place for you. Anytime you plan to move to another location, it is best to scope out the details of a new town.
What better way to cheque out a new place than gathering all the information in one place? We did the searching for you, and in this guide, we will break down what you need to know before leaving the big city for a small-town feel but city-life entertainment.
Sevenoaks, located in Kent county, is a beautiful country town just 25 minutes on M25, Southeast of London, and a quick 35-minute drive to Gatwick Airport. Those who still work in the city but want to end their commute in the Garden of England aspire to move into Kent’s little slice of quiet.
Additionally, Sevenoaks lies only 14 miles to the West of Maidstone, just 5 miles outside the London border.
This cosy little town is one where families come to grow roots and stay long term, so we would say it is a good, or rather, GREAT, place to live, raise a family, and enjoy your elder years. The rising number of elderly proves how many people enjoy Sevenoaks so much they never leave.
Just 21 miles from Charing Cross by way of train and laying South East of London, Sevenoaks is ranked 195th for its size, closely relatable to Canterbury and West Berkshire. With so much countryside living, your neighbours are close enough to know, but not so close that you get that city living feel.
Even the Times took notice last year, naming Sevenoaks the “best place to live in the South East.”
Look no further if you desire a home with prominent school opportunities for your kids at any age. The Sevenoaks school district offers various options ranging from grammar, coeducational, private, Christian, day, and boarding school. This way, you can decide what is best for your children.
Rated “outstanding” is Lady Boswell’s Primary School (ages 5-11) and St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School (ages 3-11). Others with the same rating just outside of town but still an option for Sevenoaks residents are Riverhead Infants’ School (ages 5-7) and Kent’s West Heath School for ages 10-20.
Other great options for parents to consider include the following:
If you prefer a Catholic learning structure, try Chevening, St Botolph’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School for ages 5-11, or Seal Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, ages 2-11.
An abundance of trains run out of Sevenoaks at various hours, giving your commute opportunities an array of options in and out of your new location.
Aside from grabbing a train, Sevenoaks residents have a recently added option: Go Coach. Rather than wait for a specific time when the bus stops, Go Coach allows those wanting to travel to book a trip via the hotline. Of course, you can still hop on a scheduled bus stop for your transport needs.
You can also drive yourself or grab a taxi, and the trip to London will take roughly 40-45 minutes. This way, you can control when you leave Sevenoaks and arrive again.
You Bet! As the crow flies, Sevenoaks is only 21 miles SE of London. The train route takes you directly to London Bridge as a first stop, so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop. The entire round trip could take as little as 45 minutes, typical of any commute from London to a country town in Kent.
If you prefer the bus or taxi, the commute is double the time one way, but it is still an option for those who are ok with the drive time.
Even if you’ve lived in the Kent area for years, you can still enjoy the entertainment of Sevenoaks as if you are living it for the first time.
Imagine a walk to Knole Park, and you see a spectacular view of the wild deer living on the 1,000 acres designated to them or taking in the flowers and trees within the Wildlife Reserve.
Taking a day trip into the heart of Sevenoaks brings you to the triangle shopping centre of High St and London Rd. Cheque out shops that have been there for years and up-and-coming places to explore.
Eat lunch or supper in town and save some time for the nightlife of Sevenoaks. Instead of heading to London on a 20-minute train ride, stay in town for culture, art galleries, festivals, and music everyone will love!
This homestead location holds many options, from one-bedroom flats for a single person to mansions in the courtyards selling for over one million pounds. The average prices vary based on your personal needs but titter around £616,649.
If you are looking for a flat, expect roughly £284,346 on average, but if you and your kin want a comfy home for the kids to grow up in, you can plan on an average of £1,077,514 for a detached or £405,857 for a terrace.
Buying isn’t your only option in the Garden of England area. You can choose to rent and expect to pay, on average, £722 a month for a studio up to £3,196 for four bedrooms, with an overall average floating around £1,596 in the area.
You won’t get a No from us! Beautiful countryside, leafy garden views, excellent school options, and affordable housing all JUST outside the big city life of London, but without giving up any of its accommodations.
At Goodfellows we’ve been moving people to and from Sevenoaks and the surrounding towns for more than 30 years. View our removals in Sevenoaks service here.
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