Situated within striking distance of London, Tunbridge is a highly popular area for those needing to commute, with train journeys typically lasting less than one hour to the capital. There are many excellent schools, in both the state, grammar and private sectors, making the town very popular with families.
Tunbridge Wells offers a wide variety of shopping facilities and amenities including many major national stores in Royal Victoria Place and a wide variety of individual shops, high-end boutiques, cafes and restaurants on the famous Pantiles and historic high street.
Leisure facilities include a cinema complex, two theatres, a sports and leisure centre and two golf courses, along with many seasonal festivals and a farmers market.
Properties for sale in the Tunbridge Wells area typically cater for a wide variety of buyers and perhaps the most prominent are those looking for family houses. These buyers often look for townhouses in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, where the selection ranges from striking new builds to beautiful period homes, or country properties on the fringe of the town in more rural surroundings. The area caters equally well for first-time buyers and those looking to downsize, with a range of smaller houses and flats available.
The market has been extremely active of late, with buyers looking to escape London and enjoy a new culture and change of lifestyle in a more rural town. To provide some context to this, exchanges were up by 92% versus the five-year average in the first ten weeks of 2021, as last year’s record amount of offers continued to convert into transactions.
Momentum remains strong in the market, with offers accepted in the same period up 66% versus the five-year average and new prospective buyers up 25%. Viewings moved back into positive territory at the start of March and have remained ahead of the five-year average since. Given the stability of the market locally, it is anticipated that supply is expected to increase to meet rising demand and produce a busy second half of the year.
The town and the area surrounding Tunbridge Wells is fortunate to enjoy some of the most attractive properties in the South East, in stunning surroundings.
Royal Tunbridge Wells has long been known as one of Kent’s finest shopping destinations.
The huge variety of stores set against the charming backdrop of the town's historic spas can make for a day of relaxation and therapy in multiple senses. There are three main areas to explore: the Victorian-style old High Street with its independent boutiques and designers; the famous Georgian shop fronts of the elegant Pantiles promenade; and the Royal Victoria Place, an excellent covered shopping centre with more than 50 well-known high street brands.
Finish off the day by dining out at one of Tunbridge’s fantastic restaurants, which include dependable gastro-pub options such as The Black Pig; traditional British gourmet at The Ivy; Thai at Sucheera; or fresh seafood at Sankey’s.
Education options are plentiful, with the city/country environment making for the perfect place to spend formative years.
There are plenty of excellent schools near Tunbridge Wells, with Kent renowned for the quality of its schools in both the state and private sector. Some of the best public schools in the region, many of which are of national acclaim, include Benenden, Roedean, Sevenoaks, King’s Canterbury, Worth, Ardingly and Tonbridge School.
Tunbridge Wells in numbers
The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Tunbridge Wells year to June 2021
Increase in prospective buyers year to June-21
Increase in exchanges year to June-21
Who lives here?
As a commuter town, it's understandable the main demographies moving into Tunbridge Wells are from London or the surrounding South East region. Similarly, most are city finance workers or working in professional sectors.
Where do buyers come from?
Source: Knight Frank. Average prices is for sales over £700k for the year to June-21. All other metrics are June-18 to June-21.
What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?
Kent is known as the Garden of England for a reason.
More than 69% of the Tunbridge Wells region is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a designated Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. The High Weald AONB is an area of land between the North and South Downs and is considered to be one of the best examples of medieval landscape in Northern Europe. It provides ramblers with excellent country walks, bikers with long excursions in the saddle, and artists a living canvas to draw inspiration from.
Smaller pockets of family-friendly green space include Dunorlan Park, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park and Scotney Castle are plentiful, with water sports available at Bewl Water. For those looking for a challenge, the 27.5 mile Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk takes in some of the most breath-taking views of the surrounding Kent and Sussex countryside, passing some of the area's most historic points, as well as some old-world pubs for a spot of well-earned refreshment.
Just moments from the M25, connectivity is king in Tunbridge Wells.
Tunbridge Wells is a particularly well-connected area of the UK, especially when it comes to accessing London. Located just outside of the M25 via the A21, the national motorway network is within close reach, providing connections to nearby Gatwick airport and Heathrow, as well as the Channel Tunnel and ferry ports, which offer access to mainland Europe. Alternatively, Tunbridge Wells station provides direct access to London Charring Cross, with trains taking 52 to 60 minutes.
What types of property are available in Tunbridge Wells?
From houses with plenty of outdoor space to large family homes, here are some of the properties we’ve sold recently across the town of
Beulah Road, TN1
4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms 2 reception rooms
Guide Price: £975,000
Boyne Park, TN4
5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms 3 reception rooms
Guide Price: £1,495,000
Hollin House, TN4
6 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms 3 reception rooms
Guide Price: £2,495,000
Knight Frank has listed all properties within the past 12 months. The price per square meter shown for all sold property is representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.