That’ll be where I live and where our Kent office is located, one of the original Cinque Ports along with Hastings, New Romney Dover and Sandwich Hythe retains its slightly old world and, let’s be honest, slightly slow charm. Not for Hythe the nightclubs and amusements of nearby Folkestone, here it’s rather more fruit salad than fruit machine. Although unfairly identified as the fourth most crap town in Britain by the Idler magazine we cannot possibly agree. A recent Guardian article was far more positive.
You have a choice of where to live in Hythe, either on the hill – nice walk into town and a bit of a bind home again, or on the flat which is easy into town and easy to the sea front. Generally bigger family houses up on the hill and smaller cottage type houses on the flat, plenty of 2 and 3 bed Victorian terraces and semis with the occasional detached thrown in for good measure. The best bit of the flat is south of the Royal Military Canal in my view. Most of the central area down to the sea front and the High Street is a conservation area and nicely kept.
Our personal view of the best roads in Hythe? –
On the flat we like the area between Stade Street and St Leonards Road and especially Park Road, on the hill we think that Cliff Road, parts of North Road and Hillcrest Road are probably the nicest…
Right now there are new developments aplenty with houses going up on part of the Hythe Imperial Hotel lands and a new development on fisherman’s beach. Neither was popular amongst local residents. Other developments include the old St Leonards school site which is nearly complete, several flat conversions.
Generally we don’t find too much wrong with the houses when we do a building survey or HomeBuyer Report, some of the older ones have some wall tie issues and some have some asbestos tiles and trims but otherwise the houses on the flat don’t suffer too much form movement or structural disturbance. On the hill there is a bit of a slip plane and buildings do move around a bit, quite a few have been stabilised and most recent buildings – say after 1950 – have significant concrete foundations.
We’ve been in town for 15 years or so know and have looked at hundreds of local property’s so we know the housing stock well. If you are buying in Hythe and need a quote for a building survey give us a call.
Local Estate Agents –
Ward & Partners
Image – The Ossuary at St Leonards Church Hythe, Kent by say_cheese via flickr