Properties for sale in Deal
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Deal is situated in the county of Kent on the English Channel. Featuring a promenade lined with pastel painted Georgian townhouses, as well as an award-winning quarter of a mile long pier; Deal has its roots as a fishing, mining, and garrison town. Once the busiest port in England, these days Deal is a quiet seaside town with a strong maritime heritage incorporating naval ships, smuggler galleys, and lifeboats. Many of the houses in the seafront conservation area feature the remains of old tunnels and secret hiding places used by the smugglers. The town's importance as a shelter for ships declined in the 19th Century following the introduction of steam ships, and it was only during the Victorian era that Deal's popularity began to rise as a destination for tourists.
In addition to the area's townhouses and cottages, properties in the area range from grand apartments in converted barrack buildings and churches, to modern flats and newly built houses. There are three Tudor castles in the town, two of which feature round exterior walls thought to provide defence against cannon fire. The French coast is just 25 miles away and can be viewed from the town on a clear day.
Around 30,000 people live in Deal, with the county of Kent being home to approximately 1.5m. More than 35% of local residents are aged between 14 and 44 years old, with a further 24% being aged between 45 and 64 years old.
Average house selling prices in 2012 for a detached property in Deal were £234,771, with average selling prices for flats being £129,577. Employment in Deal is largely related to the retail and service sectors, and many workers in the town commute out to Dover to take up professions associated with the cross channel trade, or to Discovery Park in nearby Sandwich.
Six primary schools serve the town of Deal including The Downs C of E School, Sholden C of E School and Hornbeam, as well as Sandown Primary School. Secondary provision is available from Castle Community College, a high performing school with academy status. Walmer Science College includes a Sixth Form and has recently opened a Maritime Studies Centre.
Northbourne Park School offers independent day and boarding facilities for boys and girls aged three years to 18 years old, and Dover College also offers private education nearby. Special educational needs are catered for by Brewood Secondary School, an independent coeducational school for pupils aged 11 years to 18 years, and Ripple Vale School which is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged seven years to 16 years old. Further education is available from K College which has a campus in Dover as well as Canterbury College situated in East Kent. The University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University can also both be found approximately 15 miles away in Canterbury.
Dover is easily accessible from Deal and links the town to both the A2 and M20 as well as Eurotunnel services. The railway station in the town offers access to a high speed rail connection to London St Pancras.
The A258 is the main route in and out of the town for motorists. Bus and coach services offers regular routes across the town and out to surrounding areas.
Amenities and shopping
Deal offers everything you might expect of a coastal town including ice cream parlours, cafés and restaurants. However it is also home to one of the most vibrant independent retail scenes in the UK. There are a selection of speciality shops including vintage stores, fashion boutiques, chocolatiers, artisan bakers, delicatessens, and an Italian patisserie. An art gallery and several museums are also available in the town.
There are two weekly markets in Deal, including a farmer's market which takes place in the Town Hall on Wednesdays and offers local quality produce. The long running Saturday market is held at the Union Road car park, with traders offering goods including clothes, jewellery, toys, and food. Deal is set between four golf clubs including Royal St George’s – home of The Open in 2011. It also has a rowing club, a sailing club, running clubs, cycle and walking paths, tennis courts, a swimming pool, skateboard parks together with a 200 acre country park, and a 3.5km cycle race track.
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