Ramsgate's Royal Harbour and beachfront were the focus of regeneration and celebration in 2021, and now Ramsgate's Harbour Street is following the same path.
Once a derelict, neglected and dilapidated street leading towards the town centre, harbour street has transformed into one of the county's most vibrant locations.
With the help of multiple exciting business launches and huge investments, including government heritage grants, the area is in the process of a total revamp.
Builders' vehicles continue to jam the pedestrianised street as contractors convert upper floors into flats and refurbish ground floors ready for future retail space.
Cuisine across the street has also diversified massively. Harbour Street is now home to Indian, Chinese, Italian, American, Caribbean, and Turkish restaurants, a traditional Fish 'n' Chips shop and a French restaurant set to open soon.
This is as well as a new Book Shop, Book Bogeda, and a Jamaican restaurant, Jah Jah, which already opened this year. A new American-style diner called The T.L.C. is also set to launch soon.
On Harbour Street's rebirth, Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Raushan Ara said:
"Our Royal harbour is the only one with such a designation in the country and is magnificent. We need to maximise its potential to attract visitors. So, it's vital that Harbour Street is attractive and draws people up into the town.
"I am feeling very positive, and things are changing so fast that it's almost beyond my belief. There is definitely a growing feeling of confidence in the town and especially here in Harbour Street where the emerging theme is food, art and culture."
Harbour Street is following in the footsteps of Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Ramsgate's beachfront, which have received significant regeneration in recent years, and celebrated the 200th anniversary of its royal assent from King George IV last year.
This is alongside Ramsgate being listed as the number one most desirable area to relocate to from London in the latest Property Market Index Rating; fellow Thanet coastal towns Broadstairs and Margate ranked second and third.
The national report highlighted a rising demand from Londoners wanting a home by the sea, suggesting that more people are working from home following COVID and the subsequent need for more space at an affordable cost, as well as a new desire to leave the urban confines for the cleaner seaside air is driving up demand.
In addition, Met Office data last year revealed that Thanet is the U.K.'s number one coastal destination for sunshine, experiencing the most hours of sunlight per year - averaging 724 hours.
Final phase luxury apartments at our £60 million Blueberry Homes Royal Sands Ramsgate seafront development are also available to reserve, where residents can enjoy coastal living and café culture in the sunshine coastal capital of the U.K.