King's Hill: new Kent commuter homes on former RAF base in West Malling, one of UK's most affluent areas, start from £320k

West Malling, Kent, is a popular choice for commuters who long to be well placed for city, coast and country - this 800-acre estate has been named as one of the UK’s most affluent postcodes. 

Lying midway between London and the ferry ports of Folkestone and Dover, West Malling in Kent is popular house-hunting territory for commuters who want to be well placed for city, coast and country. King’s Hill, a former Royal Air Force base on the fringe of the historic market town, has proved there’s an appetite for new homes.

The 800-acre estate designed in the style of an old Wealden village has a golf course, cricket pitch, country park, schools, convenience stores, Waitrose, pub, vet and restaurants, and has been named as one of the UK’s most affluent postcodes. 

Houses here start at £320,000 but you can pay up to £1 million for a six-bedroom “colonial” house with veranda, according to local estate agent KHP, which also sells properties off-plan. Call 01372 677031.

Opinion seems split on whether King’s Hill is a soulless Stepford Wives-style estate or a new model village, but prices are driving sales and other developers are following suit.

Nearby Ryarsh Park is reached via a tree-lined avenue and has 64 new “heritage” homes built by Redrow in the Arts & Crafts style.

Prices from £449,995. Call 01732 605211 for details.


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