Shared Ownership in Kent
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Known as the Garden of England, with a beautiful coastline and historic buildings like Canterbury Cathedral, Kent is a popular choice for home ownership. Whether you are a young professional looking for your first home, a new family, or looking to get on the property ladder, Shared Ownership home could be for you.
There are around 17,000 listed buildings in the county and many of these are open to the public, making the county a popular tourist destination.
Locals are spoilt by the incredible coastline which includes the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, and much of the county is made up of the North Downs and High Weald Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as stunning countryside, Kent incorporates busy urban areas such as Canterbury, Dover, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Dartford. Much of the county is in the London commuter belt making it a great place to live for city workers.
Get to know a little more by scrolling through our gallery of the county’s landmarks.
Listed in the Doomsday Book and open to the public since 1976, Leeds Castle has been both a Norman stronghold and a royal palace. Built in 857AD, it has been home to six medieval queens and being owned by King Henry VIII who transformed the castle for Catherine of Aragon.
The Cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this impressive building forms part of a World Heritage site and is the oldest Cathedral in England. Founded by the Romans in 596, the Cathedral was completely rebuilt between 1070-77 after being destroyed by fire a year after the Norman Conquest.
Close to the English Channel, Dover Castle has historically been very important for English defence. The castle played a significant part in Roman, Saxon and Norman history as well as being taken by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War in 1642 and more recently being used in the war effort during World War 2.
Botany Bay is a popular tourist location, due to its imposing chalk cliffs and sandy beach. Its scenic views also mean that the bay has been used as a filming location multiple times.
The county has two universities, some outstanding schools, fast transport links to the capital and nearby counties such as Essex, as well as spas, gyms, local libraries and more.
Kent offers education for all ages – from pre-school to higher education at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. The county has a range of comprehensive, grammar, special and private schools including Dartford Grammar School, The Skinners’ School and Bower Grove School in Maidstone.
The bus companies Stagecoach and Arriva operate in the East Kent and West Kent areas respectively and National Express coaches run from Kent to London. There are two train stations in Canterbury, with it taking less than an hour to travel from Canterbury West to London St Pancras.
Healthcare for the 1.8 million residents of Kent is primarily organised by the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group. GP, pharmacy and dental services are all within easy reach, and local hospitals include the Medway Maritime Hospital and Darent Valley Hospital, both with an accident and emergency service.