With house prices in London out of reach for many buyers, those who work in the capital are looking further afield for places to live.
The average value of a home in London is £640,000, more than 18 times the average salary in the capital, according to property website Zoopla.
It means that a pretty two-bedroom house for £265,000 is appealing as it is much more affordable, which is why TV property expert Sarah Beeny has selected this Edwardian house on the Kent coast as her bargain of the month.
It is one hour by train into the centre of London via the train station at nearby Folkestone and comes with a garden, sash windows and a wood-burner.
This pretty two-bedroom home in Hythe, Kent, is on the market for £265,000 and has been picked by TV’s Sarah Beeny as her bargain property of the month
Hythe in Kent is on small market town on the south coast, not far from Folkestone
The house is in Kent, a short stroll to Hythe town centre and the beach.
It has recently been renovated to a high standard throughout and boasts high ceilings, an unusually large master bedroom and masses of natural daylight.
It also benefits from the afternoon sun, with any good weather streaming into the whole property from midday until sundown.
Sarah, who is the founder of Tepilo.com, the online estate agent handling the sale, said: ‘I’ve picked out this property as it’s so characterful and pretty, plus it’s really great value for money. It’s not only stunning inside, but it’s also got a lovely garden, benefits from loads of natural light and is just a hop, skip and jump away from beautiful Hythe beach.’
Full of character: The pretty Edwardian terrace property has sash windows and a wood-burner
TV property star Sarah Beeny, pictured at another property, picks a bargain home every month for MailOnline Property
There are two double bedrooms, including this spacious one at the front of the house
The front of the property has been painted bright white and is completed by UPVC sash windows and a beautiful bright blue door, which enhances the natural character of the property.
Upon entering the house, there is a long hallway with wood laminate flooring running throughout and into the kitchen. There are stairs to the first floor and a double cupboard underneath them, which has been specially installed to house a washing machine and tumble dryer.
At the end of the hallway is the kitchen, which benefits from the same wooden flooring. A new kitchen has recently been installed, with German wall mounted and floor standing cabinets fronted by gloss white doors with integrated handles and topped with black granite worktops.
There’s also a feature glass cupboard, two tall larder-style cupboards that are perfect for food storage and a small breakfast bar.
A new kitchen has been installed with white gloss cabinets and black granite worktops
By creating room under the stairs for the washing machine and dryer, the current owners have been able to create a small breakfast bar
There is a large lounge and dining room, with the areas being neatly separated by an archway to create two distinct spaces
Completing the kitchen is a range of modern appliances, including a Cooke and Lewis gas hob, a Neff oven and extractor fan and a Smeg one and half bowl sink with spring neck mixer tap.
Sarah said: ‘This is a really well thought-out and modern kitchen. By creating room under the stairs for the washing machine and dryer, the current owners have been able to create a small breakfast bar, which is a great use of the space.
‘It’s also tastefully designed, and it’s gloss white door fronts and white brick tiling will appeal to most buyers, as will the high-end appliances throughout.’
Could you really commute to London by train?
Hythe is just under five miles from Folkestone Central railway station from where it is possible to get a train to London St Pancras that takes 54 minutes.
There are a few important caveats to this for anyone thinking about commuting from Folkestone to London.
First, the fast trains that take about an hour only run once every hour, although there are more going into London between 6am and 8am and more returning between 5pm and 7pm.
Second, they are expensive, with a peak return ticket costing £72 and an annual season ticket costing £6,516.
Features include sash windows, exposed brickwork and a wood-burner
Doors in the dining room open out onto the large garden at the rear of the property
The sunny garden has a lawn area and a patio that can be used as an outdoor dining area
Also leading from the hallway is the large lounge and dining room, with the areas being neatly separated by an archway to create two distinct spaces.
The lounge includes original Edwardian ornate coving and a contemporary glass fronted multi-fuel burner, which sits on a granite hearth surrounded by an exposed brick chimney breast.
There’s a large double-glazed UPVC bay window to the front of the room and dimmer-adjusted downlighters throughout.
The master bedroom features a Cole & Son wallpapered wall, an original picture rail and a neutral carpet
A fresh clean look! The recently renovated bathroom features a double-ended bath
The second bedroom is also large enough for a double bed and additional furniture
The dining room has recently had new plaster coving installed to match the lounge area and also benefits from large French doors that lead out into the garden and allow daylight to stream in.
Sarah said: ‘This is a lovely open plan space that feels really spacious, yet it’s been designed in a way that effectively separates the lounge and dining areas. I absolutely love the exposed brick chimney breast and the large French doors are really stunning.
‘You can imagine spending both cosy nights in in front of the log burner in winter and long summer’s nights entertaining guests around the dining table with the patio doors wide open to allow the outside in.’
The new bathroom also includes a steam and shower cabin with rain shower head
On the first floor, there is a brand-new bathroom and two bedrooms.
The recently renovated bathroom features a double-ended bath and a steam and shower cabin with rain shower head, side jets, in-built radio, a seat and steam options for the ultimate relaxing indulgence. There’s also a modern wave sink with an integrated storage drawer and a large wall cabinet with integrated motion-activated light.
Sarah said: ‘This steam and shower cabin is the ultimate in indulgence. It would be the perfect place to relax after a long day and all whilst listening to your favourite radio station!’
The bathroom benefits from dark bamboo flooring, floor-to-ceiling white wall tiles, a modern tube radiator and separate heated towel rail.
The spacious master bedroom boasts a double UPVc sash window that can be tilted into the room to be cleaned, a contemporary door and handle and a modern vertical radiator.
It has been decorated in a way that makes the most of the natural light streaming in, and has a feature Cole & Son wallpapered wall, original picture rail and fitted, neutral carpet. The second double bedroom also benefits from neutral carpet and a large double glazed UPVc window.
Hythe is a market town packed full of independent shops, cafes and fish and chip shops
Completing the property is the stunning back garden which boasts two patio areas – one directly outside the house and the other at the end of the garden – with a lawn area in between. The patio that the house leads directly onto is a year-round sun trap and benefits from an integrated wooden bench. Towards the end of the garden, there is also a large shed and access to a rear alleyway.
Sarah concluded: ‘The garden is a real selling point for me – not only does it benefit from masses of sunshine, but the integrated seat and dual patio areas mean there’s plenty of places to relax or entertain.
Hythe boasts a pretty Victorian seafront promenade and long pebble beach
‘This house is a real gem set in a beautiful seaside town and is absolutely perfect for singletons, young couples or downsizers. I don’t think it’ll be on the market for long.’
The small seaside town of Hythe sits on the south coast of Kent and boasts a pretty Victorian seafront promenade and long pebble beach.
Packed full of independent shops, cafes and fish and chip shops, the town is also home to St Leonard’s Church.
The town is close to the M20 motorway and five miles from Folkestone, providing access to the Eurotunnel. Folkestone also has a train station, with journeys into London taking less than an hour.