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Our buzzing Ash Vale branch benefits from real local knowledge; our team know the community and the market, offering up-to-date advice on all things property.
Would like to say a big thank you to the team for all their help in the sale of my house and keeping me updated throughout. They made what could have been a complicated sale very smooth.
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Branch Manager: Darren Allett
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The buzz from helping people achieve their dream home makes this job so worthwhile.
Darren Allett Branch Manager
Few can match Darren’s varied career, which has taken him from owning a bar on the Canary Islands to managing the Devon and Cornwall region at a corporate estate agency. Now back at Mackenzie Smith for a second spell, Darren can call upon 25 years of property experience and an unrivalled knowledge of the local area to deliver results for any client.
Darren has two daughters, aged 12 and 18, which sees him doubling up as a taxi driver during much of his time off. When he does get a moment to himself, he heads off to the greens for a round of golf.
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From the valuation through to exchange and completion, we’re able to problem solve and see the sale through from the very beginning to handing over the keys, which makes for a thoroughly rewarding role.
Jason Bowden Assistant Branch Manager
Assistant Branch Manager
Jason started his career in the property industry as a trainee at a corporate agency in London. A quarter of a century later, Jason has now mastered every aspect of the industry, successfully valuing and selling hundreds of homes in the process. He believes the key to delivering exemplary service and results lies in communication. It’s why he makes a point of keeping everyone involved in a sale informed each step of the way.
Having lived and worked in Ash Vale for over 15 years, he’s well aware of the amenities that the local area has to offer and promotes this to potential buyers.
I enjoy helping people find their dream home, it is very satisfying, and that’s why I love this job.
Gary Cross Senior Client Manager
Senior Client Manager
In what seems to be a character trait amongst his colleagues at Mackenzie Smith, Gary takes a huge amount of pride in his job; taking great pleasure and satisfaction in building relationships with his clients and helping them find their dream home. Whilst Gary is a relatively new face to the business, he has both worked and lived locally for a number of years.
Outside of work, Gary enjoys a wide variety of fitness pursuits; a regular gym goer and big Spurs fan.
We genuinely care about delivering the best possible house buying and selling experience, which can be a stressful process. We always give honest and trustworthy advice throughout each transaction.
Nick Kirby Senior Client Manager
Nick has been in a customer facing environment for nearing twenty years and strives to deliver the very best experience for both buyers and sellers. Coming from a background in retail management, Nick has been working in agency now for more than three years and has experience selling in both town and village locations. When it comes to working with people, Nick likes to keep a very open and honest relationship, keeping all parties informed to ensure the best possible outcome. Helping people find their ideal home is always his key objective.
Nick has two young children so there is not a huge amount of ‘spare’ time, but loves a family day out and is also an avid film fan.
The village of Ash Vale is situated on the westerly edge of the Guildford district in Surrey, in Ash Parish, just a few miles from Farnborough. The Basingstoke Canal meets Ash and Ash Vale, whilst the River Blackwater feeds the lakes and fisheries of Ash Vale and Mytchett.
The areas surrounding Ash Vale have seen recent development within Guildford Borough; creating a diverse mix locally, from Victorian villas to brand new apartments.
The village extends north from Ash Wharf with an organic mix of property including character homes from the turn of the 20th century, 1920’s and 1930’s homes, 1970’s and 1980’s family homes and bungalows.
Locally, you will find a number of properties resting on larger than average plots, providing significant garden space and potential to extend (STPP). Whilst there are also areas that date back to the Victorian times, with characterful terraced villas offering period features. The surrounding areas of Ash, Ash Green and Tongham have seen recent investment from both local and national developers, offering a diverse selection of new homes, from two bedroom coach houses to five bedroom detached homes. This combination presents vast appeal for first-time buyers, people looking for a family home, and buy-to-let investors.
Considering its prime location, within the London commuter belt, properties for sale in Ash Vale and the surrounding areas are reasonably priced when compared with neighbouring Surrey villages, towns and cities, such as Farnham and Guildford.
The average asking price for a house stands in the region of £350,000 – lower than the typical sale price for a Surrey property.
However, properties in proximity to the train stations, schools, ponds and countryside may achieve higher than expected prices, along with more luxury homes which will appeal to buyers looking for good commuting options.
There is an active rental market in Ash Vale and the surrounding villages. Where apartments can be hard to come by for purchasing, there are a selection of characterful maisonettes and flats available to rent, usually within walking distance of the local amenities and train stations. Avondale is a particularly popular location for renting.
Rental prices average at £1,100 for the area, starting at approximately £800pcm for a one bedroom apartment.
The central parade offers essential amenities; a convenience store, pharmacy, hairdressers and restaurants/takeaways. Vale Furnishers have an award winning furniture showroom in the centre, whilst a Tesco Express is located near Ash Vale train station. The nearest pub, ‘The Swan’, is a family friendly gastro-pub.
The centrally located Ash Vale Health Centre is open weekdays and provides medical services to the local residents.
When it comes to schools, residents can benefit from well-regarded institutions; Holly Lodge Primary School, Ash Grange Primary School, Shawfield Primary School, Walsh Junior, Walsh Infant and Ash Manor School. Many schools in the area are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Ash Vale train station provides direct services to London Waterloo in approximately 40 minutes. This convenient service runs on the Aldershot-Alton line, for services on the Reading–Guildford–Gatwick line, North Camp station is conveniently nearby.
Ash Vale is well-connected by the A331 which leads to the A31, reaching Guildford and Farnham. Junction 4 of the M3 is also easily accessed, linking to Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Lightwater, the M25 and London routes.
Ash Vale is also easily located to reach the nearby towns of Farnborough, Frimley, Camberley and Fleet.
Ash Vale is fortunate to have many green spaces within the village. Carrington park recreation ground with its playground and footpath provides a pleasant walk between North Camp station, Mytchett Lake and the Basingstoke Canal visitor centre. Other parks and recreation areas include Snakey Lane Nature Reserve, Avondale Park, Lakeside Park Nature Reserve, and open green spaces off Hawker Road and Beaufort Road.
Just to the south of Ash Vale, the Gold Valley Lakes and Fisheries are fed by the Blackwater River. A walk along the Basingstoke Canal provides some stunning views over the lakes and of the Canal itself, which provides a very pleasant and safe route for walking, running, cycling or dog walking.
A local hotspot for walking is the Ash Ranges; 2,439 acres of open dry heathland, co-managed with the Surrey Wildlife Trust. This Country Wildlife Site, Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) is also an active military training ground. Various areas are accessible for walking and cycling when no red flags are flying.
Burners Heath, Swallows Pond and Pirbright Ranges in nearby Pirbright provide some beautiful woodland and heathland environments to explore in the summer months.
For further information about Ash Vale and the surrounding area, or to enquire about property for sale or to rent in Ash Vale, please contact the local office:
Sales 01252 353030 or email: [email protected]
Lettings 01252 551045 or email: [email protected]
We appreciate the only way to provide a quality service to our clients is to employ highly skilled and professional staff with the right attitude and personality.
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