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Our Farnborough Estate Agency Team
In this highly competitive area we are proud to be long-standing estate and letting agents in Farnborough. We have a wealth of knowledge about the area and local property market, as well as expertise in selling new homes on several Farnborough sites including Queensgate, Equinox Place and the exciting redevelopment of the iconic historic Farnborough building, The Convent. Our experience and expertise position us ideally to advise you accurately, we hope you make us your first port of call when considering selling or renting your home.
Stephen Panther, Branch Manager
Property is all Steve has ever known having entered the industry as a trainee negotiator straight out of school in the mid-80s. Over 30 years later and Steve still gets the same sense of satisfaction that he did on day one from helping someone to move home. His endless energy, combined with his unmatched knowledge of Farnborough and its surrounds, means there are few better when it comes to accurately valuing property in the local area.
When Steve isn’t selling homes, his time is mostly spent with his family. As a father to three children between the ages of 3 – 12, Steve believes that he could also classify as a part-time taxi driver.
Pedro Barros, Assistant Branch Manager
Thanks to his varied background working at agencies in Guildford, Woking, Egham and Virginia Water, there isn’t much Pedro hasn’t seen or achieved during his 15-year career in the property industry. His attention to detail and personal approach with his clients has seen Pedro regularly receive 5* feedback on Mackenzie Smith’s Trustpilot page.
When he isn’t assisting someone with their home purchase or sale, Pedro spends his time exploring the Farnborough countryside with his young son.
Stephen Down, Senior Client Manager
Having worked as an estate agent in Farnborough for over 15 years, Stephen is a recognisable face to many in town. Living and working in the area for so long has given him an invaluable insight into the local property market, and Stephen takes great pleasure in passing on that knowledge to those in the community.
Stephen’s love of property is only matched by football, which he plays and watches every weekend. Although he keeps rather quiet about it these days, Stephen still remains as loyal as ever to his beloved Gunners.
Sandra Krol, Trainee Negotiator
Sandra is extremely customer focused; her career to date centred around providing outstanding customer service and sales in both retail and catering roles. She is now applying her skills for the benefit of our clients, both buyers and sellers alike.
Sandra is always ready for a challenge and is ambitious to progress her career in estate agency with us. Her competitive nature spills into her spare time, as she is a keen kickboxer. On a calmer day she likes to take long walks with her dog, Bruno.
About Living in Farnborough
Located just 34 miles from London, Mackenzie Smith estate and letting agent in Farnborough town is in the very north east of Hampshire, bordering Surrey. Farnborough’s historic roots in aviation are intrinsically woven into the fabric of the town which is striding into the future leading in aerospace, growing as a business centre and benefiting from an exciting regeneration of the town centre.
With such a long history there is huge diversity in the property and architecture in Farnborough such as historic character buildings like The Convent which is undergoing refurbishment to create unique luxury apartments, the iconic clock tower on the corner of Victoria Road (B3014) and Farnborough road (A325), Victorian terraces and to the Thatched Cottage public house that dates back to 1603.
There is a wide variety of property available in the town with modern developments such as Queensgate providing a range of apartments and houses, larger housing estates such as Southwood with a mix of various family homes built in the 1980’s and 1990’s, executive apartments in the town centre and in close proximity to the train station, as well as large period and individual character homes on spacious plots in the older parts of Farnborough including Church Circle, Farnborough Park and Empress Park.
There has been a great deal of investment into the regeneration of Farnborough in the town centre and also at many residential sites by Inland Homes, Cove Homes, Redrow and Persimmon Homes so there are many new homes and apartments available.
Farnborough town centre has recently undergone extensive regeneration in line with the up and coming status it deserves, with other development in the business and residential property continuing to bring up the area. Residents can enjoy new shopping facilities, a new gym, cinema, better parking, hotels and leisure facilities.
Commuting Connections from Farnborough
From Farnborough the M3 is easily accessible at junction 4 and junction 4a, connecting Farnborough to the M25 and London area to the west, and Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton to the south east.
The towns’ popularity as a commuting hub and business centre is boosted by its excellent rail links, with four trains an hour from Farnborough Main to London Waterloo, taking from 34 minutes, as well as direct services to Basingstoke, Hook, Fleet, Woking, Winchester and Clapham Junction.
Farnborough North, provides services to Reading and Guildford. There is also direct routes to Gatwick South Terminal.
Farnborough, true to its roots, has an airport. Farnborough airport or, TAG London Farnborough Airport is a high end airport dealing in chartered or private flights. London Heathrow is approximately half an hour away for the conventional traveller.
Farnborough is a medium sized town and has a wealth of convenient amenities, centred around the town centre, the centres of the villages that have joined with Farnborough such as North Camp and peppered throughout the suburban areas of Southwood, Cove, West Heath, Farnborough Park, Farnborough Street, North Camp, South Farnborough, Fox Lane, Hawley Lane, St. John’s, and St. Christopher’s.
There is a wealth and diversity of leisure activities in Farnborough. Farnborough Leisure centre provides a range of facilities including a swimming pool, gym, indoor bowling green, sports hall and courts, health suite, children’s activities and café. There are several football and cricket pitches and sports halls at Wavell School, Fernhill School and the Aldershot Garrison. Also in nearby Aldershot are pools, a lido, Runway’s End Outdoor Centre and the Alpine Snowsports Centre.
The town is served by several supermarkets including a Morrison’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s, and other large specialist stores for cycling and automotive, computer, appliance, furniture garden and home improvement. There are several shopping centres in central Farnborough including Princes Mead and The Meads, with a wide selection of home, fashion, beauty and gift shops, banks and services.
Community facilities include a library, community centres and halls, churches, several doctors’ practices and dentists in Farnborough and the nearest hospital is Frimley Park Hospital just to the north of Farnborough.
There are many pubs and restaurants across Farnborough, the sophisticated Aviator Hotel has a stylish bar and restaurant, The Village Hotel caters for parties and themed evenings and there are lots of nice little local pubs as well as the big chain pubs for nights out.
Industry in Farnborough
Farnborough continues to grow as a business centre, with several business parks including Southwood Business Park, Cody Technology Park and IQ Business Park, Farnborough. The Farnborough IQ Business Park also provides convenient amenities such as a gym, swimming pool, hotel, pub & grill, café and nursery. The town attracts some large business clients including BMW and Virgin.
Farnborough International Venue & Events (FIVE) is a permanent 3,000 square metre event venue on a 100,00 square metre site, ideal for exhibitions, shows and corporate events which draws in big names such as BAE Systems and Vauxhall. The venue was shortlisted in September 2014 under the Best Large Conference Venue category at the Conference Venue & Supplier Awards and lost out to The Barbican.
As a town of business growth advice from a local estate agent is essential when moving to the area, we can advise you on what types of property are available to buy or rent, whether you are looking for a family home or executive apartment, what location might be best to move home to, to be near to work or commuting connections schools or other amenities.
Nature, waterways and environment in Farnborough
Cove Brook rises in Farnborough airfield and joins the River Blackwater to the north near the M3, Cove Brook Greenway was established in the 1990’s to re-naturalise part of the brook with new paths, a bridge and dipping areas with safe access, opening up the artificial concrete channels to welcome back wildlife such as herons, kingfishers and fish.
Southwood Woodland is 80 acres of woodland to the south of the Southwood residential area, ideal for family days out, walking and cycling. The Site of Importance for Nature Conservation includes mature oak fields surrounding regenerating birch with holly and hazel, as well as areas of grassland, alder and heathland providing a wide diversity of natural habitats and creating beautiful displays of bluebells and ferns.
The River Blackwater rises in Rowhill Nature Reserve and runs almost parallel to the A331 to the east of Farnborough. The Blackwater Valley provides a pleasant green corridor for the enjoyment of local residents, with several nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest recognised for their ecological importance. The improvements of the wildlife programme has had a big impact on local wildlife with fish stocks returning and even sightings of Otters which have not been seen for 40 years.
Hawley woods and lake provide a good location for jogging and walking, recently Hawley woods have been used for as a film location for the recent ‘Avengers’ film.
Properties in proximity to attractive green space, woods and nature reserves may demand a higher price as the home is likely to have a better outlook, more privacy as well as the pleasure the home owner or tenant will take from having nature on the doorstep.
Education in Farnborough
Farnborough and the many suburban areas it includes; Cove, West Heath, Southwood, Farnborough Street, North Camp, South Farnborough, Farnborough Park, Fox Lane and Hawley, are served by numerous primary and secondary schools, and the town is home to two colleges.
Educational facilities are often a key driver, particularly for families when choosing where to buy or rent a home. Farnborough is ideally sized to offer education up to age 18, as estate agents we can offer some advice about the local schools though the catchment and availability of school places is best discussed with the schools and colleges themselves.
Primary schools in Farnborough:
- Cherrywood Community Primary School
- Cove Infant School
- Cove Junior School
- Fernhill Primary School
- Grange Community Junior School
- Guillemont Junior School
- Henry Tyndale School
- Manor Infant School
- Manor Junior School
- North Farnborough Infant School
- Parsonage Farm Infant School
- Pinewood Infant School
- South Farnborough Infant School
- South Farnborough Junior School
- Southwood Infant School
- St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
- St Mark’s Church of England Aided Primary School
- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
- St Peter’s Church of England Aided Junior School
- Tower Hill Primary School
Secondary schools in Farnborough:
There are two independent Roman Catholic secondary schools in Farnborough, both carry on to sixth form and are single sex.
Sixth Form Colleges in Farnborough
- Farnborough Sixth Form College rated Outstanding by Ofsted (2013) offers a range of A Level, Cambridge Technical and BTEC qualifications.
- Farnborough College of Technology offers a range of vocational qualifications, A levels, apprenticeships and foundation learning programmes. The college also acts as ‘University Centre Farnborough’ including degree level courses accredited by the University of Surrey.
Universities near Farnborough
- University for the Creative Arts, Farnham campus (6 miles away)
- University of Surrey, Guildford (13 miles away)
- Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey (13 miles away)
- University of Reading (19 miles away)
Events in Farnborough
Farnborough’s most famous event is the bi-annual Farnborough Air Show held at the Aerodome and airfield in Farnborough. Commercial, state and private plane users from around the world, and flight enthusiasts of all ages gather over the weekend to watch the spectacular aerial displays, the Red Arrows in their Hawk Jets, the AvroVulcan and airbuses as well as the Harrier and the Meteor to name a few.
At the Air field the old wind tunnel now holds cultural nights of music and gastronomy. There are also some wonderful structures there that encapsulate our aviation heritage such as the old skeleton of Farnborough’s Airship Hanger and the old air control tower that now houses private offices and an aviation museum.
History of Farnborough
Founded in Saxon times and named from ‘Ferneberga’ which means ‘fern hill’ in the Domesday Book of 1086; the town has roots well beyond its famed aviation history.
The area of Cove is so named after a ‘Cove of standing stones’ in the area of Tower Hill present for thousands of years. A large quantity of what remains of the Sarsen stones (similar to those found on Salisbury Plain or the Marlborough Downs) can still be found, the 1000 once enormous stones (perhaps one or 2 tonnes) have been eroded down to loaf size and scattered, reused or moved over the years.
One of the oldest buildings in Farnborough, The Tumbledown Dick, is a 17th Century public house located in the old centre of the town, unfortunately the pub and (more recently) music venue fell became unsustainable and closed in 2008. Although the building has never been officially Listed, in 2013 Rushmoor Borough Council designated it as a ‘Building of Local Importance’. The future of the building is now secure as a thoughtfully refurbished fast food restaurant, retaining its original façade.
St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough is a beautiful example of French inspired 18th Century architecture and continues to be home to a population of Benedictine Monks. The Abbey was founded by the Empress Eugénie de Montijo in 1881 as the last resting place of her husband Napoleon III Emperor of the French Empire and subsequently their son Prince Imperial and Eugénie herself. The Abbey has been the home of the Catholic National Library since 2007.
Farnborough is most well-known for its history in aviation. Samuel Cody was one of the early pioneers of aviation, the first man to fly an aeroplane in Britain in 1908. Originally a Wild West showman in America he moved on to perform in England and eventually to lead the way in manned flight. Initially creating large kites capable of carrying a person and reaching great altitudes in the early 1900’s the design was progressed to a ‘glider kite’, then a ‘power kite’ fitted with a small engine, thought this was not free flying, Cody strung aerial wire down the length of the Farnborough Balloon Shed and flew it indoors.
In 1908 Cody began testing his aeroplane, his flight on the 16th October recognised as the first official flight of a piloted heavier than air machine in Great Britain. Cody also carried passengers for the first time in 1909 and continued to set new records including longest flight until 1913 when highest flight of the Cody Floatplane ended in disaster, breaking up in the air and crashing near where QinetiQ Cody Technology Park stands now. In 2013 a new memorial statue was unveiled to commemorate Cody in the 100th anniversary of his death; it is located outside the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.
Sir Frank Whittle was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine. He took a patent out on his design in 1930, working with Power Jets ltd which after Whittles’ resignation in 1946 merged with the gas turbine division of The Royal Aircraft Establishment to form the National Gas Turbine Establishment in Farnborough.
The now listed wind tunnels from 1917 and 1935 are located in what was the middle of Farnborough’s historic aviation site and is now Farnborough Business Park. The wind tunnels have been used for aerodynamic research have seen testing and development of highly specialised aircraft such as Concorde and even Formula 1 cars. The wind tunnels have undergone restoration and three of them are available for commercial or educational use, this has included use for are installations.
What brings buyers to Farnborough?
Farnborough is popular with commuters, investors and with those living already in Farnborough, upsizing and downsizing within the area.
One of the key appeals of Farnborough is the comparative value for money in the area compared with neighbouring parts of Berkshire and Surrey. This, teamed with offering superb commuting connections at Farnborough Mainline rail station and North Camp train station with direct routes to London, and strong road links on the A331, A325 and M3, makes the town a hot spot for families and young professionals.
The town also has excellent education facilities for all ages from nursery through to the Farnborough Sixth Form College and Farnborough College of Technology.
Farnborough contains a variety of property, something for everyone. Farnborough Park and Empress Park are two of the more prestigious areas in the town with large individual homes. Southwood is one of the newer estates, popular with those working in nearby Southwood Business Park: part of Farnborough’s ongoing growth and diversification as a business centre. South Farnborough is the older part of the town, characterised by an abundance of Victorian and character property. There are also several newly developed areas including Queensgate, where the mix of 1 to 3 bedroom houses and apartments has appealed to local movers, first time buyers and buy-to-let investors.
With a team living and breathing Farnborough contact us if you have any questions about the area.
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