With London and the rest of the country well into its third national lockdown, many of us have been reevaluating our lifestyles.
We’re the first to say London is the best city in the world, but we know that there are plenty of charms to the surrounding counties.
And now we’re all working from home a lot more, many of us are swapping city life for something a bit more simple.
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Sevenoaks is a stunning town with a picturesque high street, an abundance of private schools and even an idyllic National Trust park , Knole Park, which lies within walking distance of the town and even comes with its own flock of roaming deer.
The impressive Knole House sits within the grounds and the park itself is in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a pretty place for a lockdown walk.
What’s more, the Kent town is also only a 24-minute train ride away from London Bridge Station.
No wonder then that wealthy Londoners have been flocking there. In fact in 2020, 62 per cent of homes in the area were bought by a Londoner.
It seems that the pandemic hasn’t just stopped Londoners moving out of London.
It seems to have accelerated the exodus from the capital city, which is in part thanks to people needing more space due to all the extra time spent at home, say the property agency Hamptons, who are behind this research.
This 69 per cent figure is a 39 per cent increase in the number of properties in Sevenoaks that were bought by Londoners the year before in 2019.
The pandemic saw the number of homes bought by Londoners outside the capital rising to the highest level in four years.
And no wonder then, for those who are wanting to leave city life behind, Sevenoaks seems like an ideal place, especially for families. After all, you get open green spaces, larger houses, and the town’s excellent links to London mean you get the best of both worlds.
But only, however, if you can afford it.
Sevenoaks was already known as a posh area, thanks to its many private schools and the fact that it is lined with large detached housing, the grandest of which are currently on sale for just under £5million.
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But the average house property according to Rightmove is (slightly) more affordable at £729,546.
This is actually even higher than the London average which stands at £620,235 – so escaping to the country may be more expensive that we thought.