Central Estates are one of the longest running independent estate agencies in the area – but they only set up shop in Leytonstone this year. You might have walked past their stylish signage on Church Lane (pictured above) – and an interior that looks more coffee shop or gallery than estate agency.
As a company they’re celebrating a whopping 30 years of being in Waltham Forest. “We’ve been in the wider area of E17 since 1992,” says director Neil Ewen. “It’s fair to say we know it like no-one else, so can help clients understand what it’s actually like to live here: the schools, the coffee shops, the pubs, the bus routes, you name it.”
“Walthamstow was very different 30 years ago,” adds founder Dean McGowan. “I had worked for the most successful estate agencies in the area, and found that I achieved the best prices and always sold double or more than my colleagues. So I decided to do it for myself and started Central.”
The team are excited that the new branch has now opened at 48 Church Lane. “In 2017 we invested in updating our brand and image with an award-winning design agency,” says Neil. “The impact was incredible: we knew we offered an unparalleled service, due to our team’s experience – but now our brand matched the service.”
After nearly 28 years of trading in Walthamstow, the pandemic hit. “We had to evolve very quickly to survive at an unpredictable time,” he says. “In that moment we realised it was the time to open our second branch in Leytonstone covering E11, E10 and E7. We promoted one of team, Matt Hayward, to branch manager. Matt has worked his way through the ranks in our company for the past 15 years.”
To celebrate their big 3-0 and shiny new store, the team asked Leytonstoner to write six area guides for their customers and any visitors to the area to use. It seems a good chance to take stock and think about how our neighbourhood is changing, as well as rounding up all the exciting highlights in each corner.
Click on the link at the end of each summary below to read up our full guides: you never know, even if you’ve lived here for years there might be something new to uncover.
Looking to sell, buy or rent? Find Central Estates at 48 Church Lane E11, or give them a call for a free valuation on 020 8520 0033