Sevenoaks named among Best Places to Live

Sevenoaks has been acclaimed as one of the premier places to live in the southeast of England in the esteemed Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.


The judges from The Sunday Times extolled the virtues of Sevenoaks, recognising it for its blend of urban amenities and natural beauty. Despite its array of chain shops and restaurants, along with property prices reaching sky-high levels, Sevenoaks remains an irresistible destination. The community spirit thrives here, complemented by outstanding schools and picturesque countryside, all within easy reach of London, with a commute of less than half an hour.

This recognition comes amidst a lineup of distinguished locales across the southeast, each offering unique appeals to prospective residents. From historic commuter towns like Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, boasting local schools, shops, and sprawling green spaces, to vibrant communities like Farnham, Surrey, steeped in heritage and artistic flair amidst the rolling Surrey hills, the region boasts a range of living experiences.

Hove, Brighton & Hove, epitomises coastal living with its serene beaches, tree-lined avenues, and a vibrant cultural scene, while Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, sheds its outdated image with its expansive parklands, innovative urban planning, and convenient transport links.

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, captures the essence of a mini-cathedral city, blending history, greenery, and a close-knit community, while Stockbridge, Hampshire, offers a quintessential small-town charm with its local produce markets, independent shops, and cosy eateries along the River Test.

Wadhurst, East Sussex, basks in newfound acclaim, radiating warmth with its picturesque streetscapes, surrounded by the stunning High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winchester, Hampshire, rounds off the list with its dynamic atmosphere, exceptional schools, and easy access to both countryside and coast.

The accolades bestowed upon Sevenoaks and its regional counterparts underscore the profound sense of pride and fulfilment that residents derive from calling these locales home. With a meticulous evaluation process encompassing factors ranging from education and transport to community engagement and cultural vibrancy, The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide serves as a beacon of insight for individuals seeking their ideal living environment.

As Halifax, the sponsor of the guide, aptly notes, the decision of where to reside is deeply personal, influenced by various considerations such as budget, family dynamics, and lifestyle preferences. With a diverse array of options catering to different needs and aspirations, the southeast of England stands as a testament to the richness and diversity of living experiences available within the UK.

As the guide continues to evolve and expand, guided by the expertise of its judges and the invaluable contributions of its sponsors, it remains an invaluable resource for individuals embarking on their journey to find their perfect place to call home.

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