Why are so many relocating to Kent and Sussex?

Pictured: Hoo Farm, Monkton Road, Minster, Kent

It will be no surprise to learn that more and more people are choosing to move to Kent and Sussex. With their tranquil countryside and seaside views, these popular counties tick a lot of boxes. In fact, a study carried out by ukphonebook.com analysed where London leavers were heading. It looked at the number of people who had moved out of London in the past few years and where they live now. The figures showed 37,861 Londoners had moved to Kent since 2020, and 8,246 were in 2022 alone.* 

It is not just Londoners who are looking to move out of the hustle and bustle. Kent and Sussex are also very popular locations to move to for retirement and/or downsizing your home. An Age Map drawn up by the Department for Work and Pensions reveals an increase in the over-65s in Kent from 17.6 per cent now to nearly 24 per cent by 2031 – or almost one in every four people.** 

At Roddy New Homes, we offer newly built homes throughout Kent and Sussex, and every day, we meet Londoners looking to trade the tubes for country walks and retirees looking to downsize and enjoy all the benefits that new builds in Kent offer. 

Why are people choosing to buy homes in Kent and Sussex? 

Fast commute to London:

For those looking to move away from London but still wanting to be close enough to visit, Kent, Surrey and Sussex are great choices. High-speed trains from these locations make it easy and quick to enjoy a day trip to London. 


The south-east coast boasts the most stunning views of the English Channel and even France on a clear day. The seaside can provide a calming feeling with ample fresh air and the sound of the waves. Living close to the sea is the best way to kick-start your new life in Kent.


Countryside living can provide either an active lifestyle or a slower pace of life, depending on what you are looking for. Walking trails and cycle paths can help keep you active, or you can simply enjoy the peace that nature has to offer. 

History and Heritage: 

Kent and Sussex are packed with local history and heritage, from Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral to Leeds Castle and Battle Abbey in Hastings. If you like history and culture, then look no further. Kent and Sussex are jam-packed with hidden historical gems. 

Fantastic local pubs and restaurants: 

Smaller villages in Kent and Sussex have a strong sense of community and support local producers. These villages often have local farm shops, fantastic pubs, and restaurants selling Kent local produce such as fruits, vegs, wines, beers, freshly baked bread, and more. Moving to these areas means you are not just buying a home but integrating into a community and supporting local businesses. 


A lot of the time, retirement and downsizing go hand-in-hand. Independent research by national estate agency Jackson-Stops has found that Kent ranks twice in the top ten leading locations for those able to get the most equity from their downsize. Just another reason why so many retirees are choosing to downsize to Kent. 

Choosing a new build in Kent and Sussex

Safety, sustainability, location and high-quality finish might be some of the most important things to you when buying a home. Whether you are relocating out of the city or looking to retire or downsize, a new build in Kent and Sussex offers the best solution.

Imagine moving to your dream location in Kent only to be faced with a home that needs a lot of ongoing maintenance or updating to be more eco-friendly. This can cause a lot of stress and financial burden on you, inhibiting your enjoyment of your relocation. Take away the stress by choosing a new build and enjoy:

  • Peace of mind
  • High-quality finish
  • Low maintenance
  • Eco-friendly homes
  • Lower energy bills

Read more about the benefits that new builds have to offer. 


So many people choose to relocate to Kent and Sussex for many different reasons, but one thing is certain: a new build will help to take away a lot of stress so you can truely enjoy the benefits of living in Kent and Sussex that we have highlighted in this article. 

We have new build developments in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Check them out now: https://roddynewhomes.co.uk/current-developments/ 

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* https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/five-reasons-londoners-leaving-capital-9041100  

** https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/kents-ageing-population-to-outs-a82819/  

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