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  • #18746

    Lizzie
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    Hi all,

    I’m a single working mum to three year old twins looking for your views and opinions on Folkestone. I have already made the move out of London (18 months ago), to Strood but it’s just not for us, so we’re looking to move again. I’m going to put my house on the market in September. I’ve done a lot of touring round Kent, finding places we might like to live and Folkestone is the place I am interested in. I think it’s beautiful, I love the old high street and the creative bit, as well as Lower Leas and the harbour. What I’m really interested in is which are the nicest bits and are there parts we should avoid? I know it quite well, but as a visitor and it’s so hard to know these things unless you actually live there. I’m keen to be near a decent primary school and we don’t have a huge budget – I want a min of 3 beds and my budget will be around £225K (I can’t get that to sound right- I know I’m immensely lucky to be able to buy a house at all, I just mean it’s pointless suggesting Sandgate or somewhere like that because we’ll never be able to afford a 3 bed there!) Any advice, tips, suggestions will be gratefully received. I want this to be the last time we move so the kids (and myself) can start to put roots down! Thanks in advance,

    Lizzie

    #18749

    Matt
    Member

    Hi Lizzie,
    Cheriton has always been popular and there are some lovely older homes there. There are more modern choices too.
    You’re right, Folkestone is a wonderful town and with the High Speed link now, becoming an ever more sensible choice.

    If you want to be on the outskirts and a little more rural, Hawkinge is also somewhere to consider.

    Matt
    For an article on the town have a peek here. http://www.grahamjohn.com/blog/as-handsome-a-watering-place-as-england-can-show/

    #18752

    Ann
    Member

    Hi Lizzie,

    Matt’s right, Cheriton has some nice properties, is close to Folkestone West station with fast trains to London, has good bus links and local shops. Don’t know much about the schools as we moved to Folkestone after our kids had finished with schooling but there are a lot more young families moving here now – which can only be a good thing!

    Ann

    #18767

    Lizzie
    Member

    Thank you both! I’ll definitely check out Hawkinge and Cheriton too! Thanks for the article Matt too – very useful.

    Have a great weekend, Lizzie

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