The commuter spot to watch:15,000-home Ebbsfleet Garden City development offers super-fast commutes with 17-minute train service to central London.
The North Kent town is attracting commuters with its affordable housing and quick access to the City, says the Evening Standard.

Ebbsfleet is an important place if St Pancras and Paris loom large in your life. The Eurostar train station has put this part of North Kent, formerly quarry pits, back on the map after decades of industrial decline, and has opened up commuter villages and towns in the wider area.

As well as sitting alongside the fastest rail track in the country, with a 17-minute train service to central London, it has motorway connections and is getting “next-generation” high-speed fibre optic cabling as part of the Government-backed 15,000-home new Ebbsfleet Garden City.

“My commute to work takes 30 minutes door to door, less than colleagues who live in inner London,” says fashion designer Lauren Anderson, 24, who works at retailer Ted Baker’s head office at St Pancras.

“Our mortgage costs £570 a month between us and the service charge is £865 per year”
She and partner Jordan Smart paid £265,000 for a two-bedroom apartment at a new neighbourhood called Castle Hill, taking advantage of the low-deposit Help to Buy scheme.

Help to Buy: Lauren Anderson and Jordan Smart got a two-bedroom flat at Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet, for £265k
“It gave us the leg up we needed,” says Lauren. “We had saved about £20,000 and our parents gifted us another £20,000.

Our mortgage costs £570 a month between us and the service charge is £865 per year, so it’s affordable, and we think it will be a solid investment.”

Castle Hill will have more than 6,500 homes, shops, a primary school, a country park and play areas. Call Barratt on 0844 777 0033 for more details.

Nearby Springhead Park, the first phase of the new 1,000-acre Ebbsfleet Garden City, incorporates wide avenues and children’s play areas.

Houses with up to four bedrooms are being built around a central two-and-a-half-acre park. Prices from £360,000. Call developer Countryside on 01474335195.

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