Where are the best places to live in Kent?

Nov 11, 2021
Hythe Coastline

As a county famed for its natural beauty that includes swathes of open countryside, picturesque rolling hills and striking coastline, Kent is a great place to live. This part of the UK is also a brilliant place for children to go to school and is packed with lots of exciting things to do. From seaside towns to rural villages and spots close to London such as Dartford and Ebbsfleet, we’ve picked out five of the best places to call home if you’re wondering about where to live in Kent.


A small village with big potential, Aylesham is surrounded by open countryside and farmland, meaning you can enjoy a rural way of life in the area. Transport links are strong though with two train stations close by, while there’s also good access to the A2 which runs from the coast to the M2 near Faversham, passing Canterbury along the way. Aylesham Village has proven a popular new community in this part of Kent, with a superb collection of houses built to exacting standards.


If you’re asking where is the best place to live in Kent for the fastest commuter links to London, Gillingham is well worth considering. One of the biggest towns in Kent, you’ll find all the modern amenities you need on your doorstep, while Central London is only around 30 miles away. With trains into the heart of the capital taking just 45 minutes, attractions including Planet Ice, Soar Trampoline Park and Riverside Country Park will all be close to hand.


Another great place for travelling into the capital quickly, Ashford has even been voted as one of the UK’s best commuter towns in years gone by. It boasts great transport links, with rail services into Central London taking little more than half an hour. If you’re interested in buying a new home in Ashford, don’t miss Barratt Homes at Chilmington.


Just over 10 miles to the north of Ashford, you can look forward to being a short hop to Kent’s north coast when you live in Faversham. Also close to Blean Woods and with the M2 motorway passing just to the south of town, trains into London take just over an hour. Attractive both in appearance and as a place to bring up a family, our Perry Court development is just a short stroll from a selection of schools rated as good by Ofsted.


Finally on our list of where to live in Kent, Hythe is little more than 10 miles around the coast from Dover. Popular for its Victorian promenade lined with cafes and fish and chip shops, the pebble beach is great for walks and swimming off, while there’s a local golf course, cricket ground and swimming pool, along with much more besides. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding coastline or hopping on the Eurotunnel to visit France from neighbouring Folkestone, head to our Martello Lakes development.