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Located in Aylesford, 40 minutes away from Canterbury, Britannia Bearsbys is perfectly located to serve customers in this historic city. The experienced team we have at Bearsbys are experts in providing a home removals service specifically designed to meet your personal needs.
Located in the heart of Kent, Canterbury is one of the most historically important cities in British history. Seen by many as the religious capital of the UK, the city expands out from the historical and UNESCO recognised cathedral at the heart. Famed for its well-maintained historical sites, the iconic city walls and the oldest school in England, Canterbury today is a well-thought combination of modern-day institutions, universities and history.
Modern-day Canterbury is known for the three fantastic universities who call the city home. Although there is a significant number of students who live in the city, Canterbury hasn’t lost any of its traditions and is still a quaint and brilliant city for residents.
Moving to Canterbury
Canterbury has a plethora of property to choose from across the city, with a vibrant rental and buying market present. With a range of Victorian houses, large/ traditional country houses on the edge of Canterbury and contemporary apartments around the city centre. There is a clear distinction between the properties available in the three main suburbs of Wincheap, Harbledown and Hales Place.
The differing areas of Canterbury are located around the number of historic churches across the city. To the west of the city, the area known of St Dunstan’s is an extremely popular part of the city for residents with its eclectic mixture of post-war developments, Victorian townhouses and terraced housing. Due to its location to Canterbury West Railway Station and the University of Kent the property market in this specific location of the town is dominated by buy-to-let properties.
Within the city walls, the small, closely packed streets between the Marlow Theatre and the Kings Mile are packed with a mixture of medieval cottages, unique Victorian and Georgian properties. As you head towards Canterbury East Railway Station, the properties within the city walls are dominated by closely packed terraced and traditional townhouses.
The City has witnessed a series of large modern property developments around the Old Dover Road, Canterbury East and Stour Street.
Property prices in Canterbury obviously with the distinct difference in the properties available in properties. The average property price within Canterbury currently stands at £335,850, with the average property price in surrounding villages of Wye, Chatman, Blean and Rough Common slightly higher. For a detached property, residents can see an average valuation of £487,223, with premiums for larger properties. Semidetached properties are registering between £293,202 and £313,400. Flats within the city have seen a substantial increase to just over £200,000.
The rental market in the city is often inflated due to the number of students looking for property across the city.
Schools in Canterbury
For families with children of all ages, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to education in Canterbury. The city is home to three universities: The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University for the Creative Arts. Although there are an estimated 31,000 students in Canterbury, there is not the typical student lifestyle traits that tend to come with university locations.
The two most popular primary schools are St Peter’s Methodist (‘good’ says Ofsted) and St Stephen’s which has many ‘outstanding’ features. Simon Langton Boy’s Grammar, Barton Court Grammar, and St Anselm’s Catholic are all ‘good’ secondary schools. Canterbury High School (‘very good’) and The Archbishop’s School (‘outstanding’) are the top choice for many parents with children of secondary school age. The top independent school is King’s, which was founded in 597 AD.
Canterbury Transport Links
Canterbury is served by two train stations; Canterbury East and Canterbury West. There are direct trains from Canterbury West to London Victoria, London St Pancras International, and London Charing Cross. From Canterbury East, there are direct trains to London Victoria only. Other destinations include; Ashford International, Margate, Sevenoaks, and Dover.
For those commuting by car, the ring road can be a nightmare during rush hour. However, the A28 and A2 give Canterbury access to major motorways such as the M20 and M2.