New homes in Kent: The Vale

The Vale in Southfleet, North Kent, has 32 houses set in a semi-rural hamlet and benefits from close proximity to the Eurostar station at Ebbsfleet.

Commuter homes for first-time buyers from £250,000

Many house hunters are eager to leapfrog London's tiny studios and flats by finding a larger home outside of the city - but still within a 60-minute commute. We find three top spots for good-value homes, schools and outdoor spaces - from Great Dunmow in Essex, to West Malling in Kent and Hook in Hampshire.