Ashford Area Guide
Ashford - Kent’s most enviable “High Speed” commuter town.
Ashford International rail station provides for a 37minute journey to Central London by High Speed train, with destinations from Ashford International to Paris and Brussels being around a 2 hour Eurostar journey. Ashford is not only located in the heart of Kent but provides for a Kent gateway to London and Europe.
Ashford is home to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet which has over 80 leading brands to choose from. The Designer Outlet is located a few minutes’ drive from junction 10 off the M20, the M25 is only 40 miles away and the cross channel ferry port of Dover being 23 miles away.
The Ashford International rail station and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet have created both a vibrant and enterprising town to live in. There is also the Eureka Business park which hosts a multiplex cinema, gym, garden centre, hotels and restaurants. In addition, the John Lewis Home Store and a new Marks & Spencer Food-Hall soon to open, and the County Square Shopping Centre makes Ashford feel more like a city than a town. This forward-thinking town has even pioneered a 'shared-space' where pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can happily exist, side-by side.
With Ashford College relocating to a brand new campus close to the Ashford International rail station, the campus being a £26m project and to be completed in September 2017, will offer state of the art teaching facilities and provide an inspiring back drop to an outstanding further education.
No wonder then we “Love Ashford” with location, travel, retail, business and education all sorted - we shall very much look forward to welcoming you to our area.
What you can get for your money when buying in Ashford Kent
Patience Simpson, Northwood Ashford’s’ local director comments that Ashford has a mix of different traditional terraced and semi-detached house styles to increasingly new contemporary developments providing for young families and working professionals moving to the area to benefit from a more affordable living space and travel times to London.
The average house price is around the £230,000 price range, and given this affordability, makes Ashford an attractive proposition to live.
Average selling prices for TN23 in February 2016 for flats were £135,000, terraces £185,000 and semi-detached £230,000, with detached properties exceeding £360,000.
Around Ashford and surrounding villages such as Wye the average selling prices for detached properties will exceed £400,000, for Charing and Tenterden average selling prices will exceed £450,000.
Patience says the areas surrounding Ashford have become popular and are understandably in demand because of their rural location yet proximity to the Ashford International train station.
What you can get for your money when renting in Ashford Kent
The excellent transport and commuter links that Ashford provides means there is a strong private rental sector with prices starting from around £600pcm for a one bed flat in the centre of town. First time buyers are increasingly being attracted to Ashford because of affordability and location factors and may choose to rent initially.
For families after a larger property, a 2/3 bed semi-detached will start from £800pcm, with a new 4 bed detached property being in the price range of £1200pcm.
Some of the most sought after properties in Ashford are the 2 and 3 bedroom houses, with demand outstripping supply, making Ashford a very strong proposal for buy to let or property investors.
10 Interesting facts about Ashford
- In its early days Ashford was a farming and market town
- Ashford is twinned with 2 European towns - Fougeres in France, Bad Munstereifel in Germany
- Ashford is the largest borough by area in Kent
- Ashford borough’s population is approx. 118,000
- The borough has an average resident age of 40
- Just over 68% of residents own their home
- House prices are approximately 34% lower than greater London
- 12% of Ashford’s working population are self-employed
- Ashford is the number 1 location for business in Kent
- The very first white road lines were painted on the London to Folkestone road in Ashford in 1914
Education in Ashford