As well as offering new homes to the market, recently in Fleet, Church Crookham and Crookham Village, the Fleet team are experienced in selling and letting homes of all sizes and ages; from one and two bedroom apartments, starter homes, retirement properties, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes, spacious detached executive homes, character properties, cosy or grand, houses on popular developments Zebon Copse, Ancells Farm and more recent Elvetham Heath.
Our Fleet Estate Agency Team
If you are looking to buy or sell, let or rent a home in Fleet please contact us and we will be glad to discuss our home selling service, details of your property requirements and arrange a valuation of your home. There is a consistent demand for property to buy and rent and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Jon Lacey, Branch Manager
Jon is a passionate professional estate agent who after successfully managing the Farnborough office, is back in Fleet where he began with Mackenzie Smith over 14 years ago. Jon’s personable nature and clear view of the local property market make him an excellent manager and estate agent. Jon has a gift for matching buyers with the right property and his traditional values lend him to a highly professional style of estate agency.
“Having worked for Mackenzie Smith for over 14 years, I still enjoy the different challenges that present themselves with each property and then working with the client in seeing it through to successful sale.
Mackenzie Smith is very focused on delivering the expertise and service and it has been a pleasure to have the ability to develop my career from a junior negotiator to now running my own branch for the company. The ultimate job satisfaction for me is seeing the appreciation from the client and the excitement from the buyer on their moving day.” Jon Lacey, Branch Manager
Justin Smith, Senior Client Manager
Justin is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable estate agent who has worked within the industry for over 25 years. Not only is he a competent agent but he also lives in Fleet, with his wife also working locally and his children attending local schools. As such, Justin has excellent local knowledge of the area and the amenities it provides.
One of the other aspects of living in Fleet that Justin enjoys is the excellent local countryside and he can often be found walking his Pug around Fleet Pond.
James Harris, Senior Client Manager
James is an extremely competent agent with over 20 years experience working in the industry. He started working in Fleet in 1998 and subsequently went on to work in other parts of the South East, taking up various managerial roles. James always had the desire to return to Fleet and relished the opportunity to join Mackenzie Smith. His meticulous attention to detail, friendly, professional and transparent approach has not only seen him successfully manage a number of transactions over the years, but has resulted in a high volume of repeat business from satisfied clients.
The majority of his spare time is taken up with the job of occupying his two children, but when given the chance, he enjoys attempting to play golf, cooking and losing himself in a good book.
Lucie Macdonald, Sales Assistant
Lucie’s agency experience dates back to 2012, when she started working Saturdays for an agent covering the Hartley Wintney and Yateley offices, overtime increasing the hours. She now works five days a week from our Fleet branch, assisting the sales team in the booking of viewings, contacting potential buyers and streamlining the communication process, along with utilising agency skills and experience to find potential homes for buyers.
“The business has always interested me, even from a very young age when I lived with my parents. When they sold their house I loved going on viewings. Now that it’s my place of work, I absolutely love helping people find their dream home, the ability to assist people in this hugely important task is so rewarding.”
Over the past 170 years, the attractive town of Fleet has grown into a thriving community boasting excellent road and rail links with easy access to London Waterloo by rail, in 50 minutes and the M3, accessible at junction 4A, takes commuters to Southampton or the M25/London. This gives commuters the opportunity of working in London yet enjoying a slightly slower paced lifestyle in Fleet and its surrounding villages.
The Basingstoke Canal runs through the town and provides a wonderful place to walk the dog, go for a run or simply stroll along the leafy tow path enjoying the scenery. With two local nature reserves, one including Fleet Pond the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire, you are never far from the countryside in Fleet. There is a strong sense of community in the town, with groups such as Fleet Pond Society pulling together to protect the natural beauty of the area and there is also an annual carnival in the summer.
Local facilities include excellent schools such as Calthorpe Park mixed comprehensive school and Court Moor School, an ‘Outstanding’ rated school with Science College status among other primary and secondary schools, many of which achieve ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ at Ofsted inspection. Comprehensive sports and leisure facilities are found at Hart Leisure Centre, there is also shopping at The Hart Shopping Centre; opened by the Duchess of York in 1991, as well as a range of shops, bars and restaurants on the high street. Fleet Library and Learning Centre is also located in the town centre.
Fleet Pond is a notable beauty spot on the northern edge of town and is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. A draw to the Victorians the Fleet Pond nature reserve continues to attract wildlife lovers and walkers and is undergoing restoration to maintain this special area. The reserve is 141 acres, 118 acres of which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and provides reed bed, marsh, heathland and woodland habitat for a diverse array of sometimes rare animal plant life. There are three recommended walks, red markers indicate a 1km route, yellow a 3km walk and blue a 4km walk.
Fleet was a small settlement until construction of the London South Western Railway, which opened in 1840. The railway company promoted Fleet Pond as a destination for day excursions and many people came down from London to skate the pond during the winter. This attracted a number of the gentry, particularly retired army officers who moved to the area and laid foundations of what was to become known locally as “The Blue Triangle”. The development of Fleet accelerated when the land to the south-east of Blue Triangle was sold for development in 1882 which, unlike the Blue Triangle, was laid out in a grid pattern. Thus, it is that there are few very old buildings in Fleet, with much of the modern town formed around Victorian buildings.
The town is located 37 miles (60km) South West of London and is part of the Hart District. Fleet has expanded in the last few decades with new residential areas being built at Ancells Farm, Zebon Copse and Elvetham Heath, increasing the population by 20% in less than a decade. Completed in 2008, Elvetham Heath is one of the UK’s largest new housing developments and has been well designed; incorporating amenities such as sports pitches, tennis courts, day nursery, primary school, a large supermarket, church, public house, and a community centre for various classes and functions. The Elvetham Heath development was constructed on reclaimed plantation and heathland and retains about 20 acres of heath and marshland as a Nature Reserve providing a habitat for slow-worms, lizards and dragonflies as well as rare breed cattle who graze there in the summer and autumn. Find out more about Elvetham heath community at the Elvetham Heath and Fleet Forum.
What brings buyers to Fleet?
Fleet has a thriving property market which has attracted numerous estate agents and top estate agencies. The Fleet & Church Crookham areas hold wide appeal, a combination of environment, high-quality schooling, good employment and general well-being, coupled with excellent commuter and road links, mean that the Hart District draws a big target audience from afar, particularly people pushing out from the capital to gain better value for money and quality of living, in addition to retaining local attraction.
Some of Fleets’ finest assets include Fleet Pond and Nature Reserve and the Basingstoke Canal, both popular with walkers and nature lovers.
The Hart District offers a wide range of property and can truly boast a variety of property to suit all needs. The town has enjoyed growth over the last 30 years and the mix of property is predominantly geared towards the mid to upper sector of the market.
There are three sizable family friendly developments Ancells Farm, Elvetham Heath and Zebon Copse. All offer good access to local schooling, their own day to day facilities and provide value for money for the modern upwardly mobile family.
To the west of Church Crookham and south-west of Fleet town centre, Zebon Copse has a leafy village feel, peacefully located next to Zebon Copse woodland and countryside.
Ancells Farm is just to the north of Fleet mainline rail station and East of North Hants Golf Club, within walking distance of the train station and Fleet High Street. The houses are served by a convenient arcade of shops and adjacent to Ancells Business Park, which is home to several serviced offices, and Ancells Nature Reserve, 148 acres of fields and meadows, sympathetically grazed by specialist horses and cattle.
Elvetham Heath is the newest large completed development in Fleet (2008) and property here is most highly sought after. Located to the North of Fleet town centre and west of North Hants Golf club this leafy well planned development has many amenities located at ‘The Key’ and a strong sense as its own community. Elvetham Heath includes a 48-acre nature reserve, the entrance at Turners pond leading to marked paths and information boards through the woodland and heathland and marshland environments.
Substantial family homes can be found in the leafy and desirable ‘Blue Triangle’ and the ‘Pondtail’ area close to Fleet Pond whilst individual country homes are located in the fringe villages.
For further information about Fleet and the surrounding area, or to enquire about selling property, property for sale or to rent in Fleet please contact the local office: Fleet Office 01252 812121 or firstname.lastname@example.org, lettings 01252 514000 or email@example.com.