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Kettering is a traditional market town which has become a major county hub due to its close proximity to the A14, which in turn provides access to the M1, M6 and A1. Kettering also has a main line railway station offering a direct service into London St Pancras in under an hour. There are five large UK airports within 2 hours drive. The town centre is well serviced by major retail chains and has recently been redeveloped to offer a popular and attractive cultural area. As with many vibrant towns Kettering has a number of easily accessible retail parks which provide major branded outlets, including a 24 hour store, multiplex cinema and a host of dining establishments. The town has its own General Hospital and most areas have a good range of local shops and amenities. Schooling is popular and diverse and caters for most needs including the well-established university in nearby Northampton.
The Kettering property market offers a wide and diverse mix of properties representing exceptional value for money. Starter homes can still be purchased for under £100,000 and with the availability of many shared ownership schemes, First Times Buyers are very active in the marketplace. Traditional three bedroom semi-detached family homes are available from around £170,000 and larger four bedroom detached homes can still be bought from £250,000. The rental sector starts from around £400 per calendar month for a one bedroom apartment. Two bedroom homes are available from below £600 and three bedroom family homes start from around £695. Demand for all types of property is very high and therefore the market is very fast moving and buoyant.
Kettering has many local residents whose families have lived in the area for many generations. The increased prosperity and accessibility in the region has attracted many new inhabitants taking advantage of the excellent value for money in the area. The wide mix of available property has meant this group is equally diverse with young adults, growing families and retirees all finding some reason and appeal to set up home. The excellent transport links have fuelled an influx of residents looking to set up home and base in the area but commute to larger more expensive cities and regions.
Traditional Victorian/Edwardian terrace properties are mainly situated within walking distance to the town centre and railway station. Many of these streets have traffic controlling systems and are predominantly accessed by residents. There is also a good selection of modern purpose built flats close by. Post war three bedroom semi-detached homes, many occupying generous plots, continue to be popular. Modern developments provide the usual blend of homes ranging from one bedroom starter properties up to five bedroom executive residences. These developments are sought after as they are considered to be trouble free with good access to amenities and schooling. New build continues to flourish in the area which ultimately stimulates the whole of the market. Neighbouring villages are easily accessed and are very picturesque with many period properties.
Similar to Northampton, Kettering has a heritage from the boot and shoe industry. It was also the original site of the high-end clothing manufacturer Aquascutum. Today’s transport links have seen the town develop into a major distribution and service centre and is home to large companies like Weetabix and Argos. The town is also host to the second oldest theme park in the country, Wicksteed, which provides vast open space and fun for all. The magnificent Boughton House, seat of the Duke of Buccleuch is approximately 3 miles to the North East of the town centre. Kettering is currently the home of England’s national volleyball centre.
Valuation Manager Chris Dunbar was born and raised in the area and despite the lure to move away has remained to raise his own family. Chris says, “people are extremely friendly with a good sense of humour and I believe the area offers a safe environment for my children. There’s plenty to do and most of the facilities and amenities are accessible without the trial of traffic congestion associated with larger towns."
As with its larger county cousins Kettering has a good pedigree of local football and rugby clubs. There is also a municipal golf course with driving range, ten pin bowling facility, multiplex cinema, swimming pool and large leisure centre which is the home to the national volleyball team. Thriving local theatre is available in the nearby Corby Cube, the castle in Wellingborough and the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. The surrounding open countryside offers a range of heritage sites including Boughton House, Rockingham Castle, Kirby Hall and Lyveden New Bield. Wicksteed Park still continues to entertain local residents and can be accessed with ease.
Major supermarket chains such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl are all available in Kettering. The town centre has been pedestrianized and provides a good range of high street brands such as Boots, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Wilkinsons and Top Shop to name but a few. Many of these are located in the covered Newlands Centre. Added to this there is a mix of smaller independent retailers, coffee shops and even a traditional outside market. Ranges of dining establishments cater for most customers’ needs, budget and taste. Two sizeable retails parks offer brands such as Laura Ashley, Currys, B&Q, Dunhelm, Sports Direct, Halfords, Next, Wickes and Argos.