Folkestone is seriously underpriced at present and 250k will go a long way down here. The west end is the posher bit but a 4/5 bedder with a sea view here come at a premium. East cliff has some nice places though again if you want to look out at the French coast you'll struggle to find anyhing under 350k - still huge value for money - omg - I sound like an agent!
Your second question is something we'd all like to know but the pundits are saying prices are expected to rocket in the next 5 years? Best come and have a look. Good luck
This is part of my site The 'Gerald that I built in a fever of excitement when I first moved here sometime in '04. I'd been a regular visitor for a while before that but I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get now. This site was a lot more dynamic with a calendar of events and voting for favourite venues and things, and I hear it was a handy resource for those who were thinking of moving to the area. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though just a couple of miles) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as The town is becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. I am not Gerald BTW, this comes from the name of a fake newspaper in an episode of The Day Today or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are GRATE aren't they? Do contact me if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on Twitter.