Henleaze Office

CJ Hole Henleaze is an independently owned business which has been serving the local area for over 30 years. We deal primarily with residential sales and lettings as well as property management. We also cover land and new home sales.

Our office is prominently positioned in the heart of Henleaze amongst the many local shops and businesses that service the local area and just a short distance from Durdham Downs.

We have over 30 years combined experience between our highly qualified sales team, many of which are members of the national association of estate agents (NAEA).

We generally hold stock of approximately 50 properties between the price range of £100,000 to a £1 million and in market terms we regularly outperform our competitors in the number of properties we have on our books and sold subject to contract.

We charge a percentage for property sales depending upon the service level required and the type of agency agreement.

About Henleaze

History
In 1866, an Act of Parliament prevented anything to be built on the Downs – 400 acres of green space consisting of Clifton Down and Durdham Down. Ever since, the Victorian and Edwardian properties bordering the Downs, affording views towards the Avon Gorge and the Severn Estuary, have been much sought-after and can command high prices.

Housing stock
In Henleaze there is a wide choice of spacious 1930s semi-detached properties, very popular with families. Branching off the high street are several roads boasting Victorian houses with larger-than-average gardens. The housing stock in Westbury on Trym is much the same as Henleaze and a new generation of young families is helping this area to thrive. For character features, the Victorian properties in Westbury Park will not disappoint, although you may have to compromise on the size of the garden. In the peripheral areas such as Coombe Dingle, the housing offer is more diverse, with properties in a single road ranging from £300,000 to over and above £1,000,000.

Facilities
Henleaze ‘high street’ has radically improved since 2005 in terms of what it can offer to residents. Costa Coffee has arrived, as have a handful of other good quality cafés and a delicatessen; the Co-op has been revamped; and several salons have opened. As well as the essentials such as a greengrocer, butcher and bakery, there is also Waitrose and the local library. Waterford Hall has just been sympathetically redesigned and rebuilt, and will offer a far more versatile venue for local events, fairs and exhibitions. This is situated adjacent to its own church just off the high street and opposite The Drive, which is where you can also attend the popular St Peters Church.

Westbury has a similar range of shops and cafés but it also offers more evening venues with some popular restaurants and pubs. For a taste of something retro, locals head to the tiny art-deco cinema, Orpheus, which is hidden above Waitrose.

Fitness fanatics will love the modern Coombe Dingle Sports Complex on the edge of Westbury, containing tennis courts, rugby and football pitches and cricket nets. Westbury also has its own tennis courts and bowling greens, while the Durdham Downs are still popular for all kinds of activities and are free for all.

Education and health
The area is well served by private schools, including the much-acclaimed Badminton School, St Ursula’s School, and The Red Maids’ Girls School. Henleaze and Elmlea Infant and Junior Schools have both achieved an ‘outstanding’ ranking from Ofsted. Fallodon Way Medical Centre in Henleaze is a modern single-storey complex in a quiet location behind the library, and Westbury Medical Centre has only just been built and is positioned right in the heart of the village.

Transport
Located on the northeast edge of Bristol, this area enjoys easy access to the M4 and M5 interchange, adjacent to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Always attracting new residents, it is just 2.5 miles from the city centre, which boasts the new Cabot Circus shopping complex and Showcase Cinema De Lux, yet it is adjacent to the open green of Durdham Downs. Many frequent buses and trains run to, through and from this superb suburb, where numerous landmarks and open green spaces can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors. Temple Meads train station in the city centre can by accessed by the local commuters’ train stations such as Clifton Down, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Shirehampton and Montpelier.

Points of interest
Henleaze Lake has been used as an attractive freshwater swimming pool since 1919. A former quarry, it was allowed to flood and is now a tranquil spot, rich in wildlife and perfect for a cool summer dip. This private swimming club is opposite the established Badock’s Woods, which are open to the public and frequently used for peaceful walks. The protected trees, an intriguing dividing brook, and the character and serene setting could convince you to consider moving into this unique area.

Quarry Park, Fallodon Park, Canford Park and Redland Green are all good-sized, practical, enclosed public parks that offer hours of fun for people of all ages. Durdham Downs is by far the largest open public space in the vicinity, just 150 yards away from our Henleaze office. Frequent joggers, dog walkers, visitors and local families all make the most of it.

If you’re feeling energetic, you can walk across to the Sea Walls and on towards the Clifton Observatory, where wild deer can be spotted and a natural rockslide is tucked away by the ever-famous Brunel suspension bridge.

Blaise Castle Estate is positioned just past Westbury on Trym and Coombe Dingle, and its vast mature woods have superb paths for bikes, scooters and pushchairs. The adventure playground is adjacent to the modern café and museum, making it a fantastic pit stop to break up the shopping at Cribbs Causeway, regardless of the season.

Meet the team

Click on any of the team members below to see their profile.

Tom

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Tom

 

Tom joined CJ Hole in 2010, combined with his local knowledge and diversity between two local offices, Tom has previous experience within the lettings side of the property industry but the sales market is a new challenge for him. Living within the area has given Tom an early advantage in establishing himself within his new role, which he is keen to develop further. He enjoys the thrill of helping potential buyers to make what could be the biggest decision of their lives. Tom also likes photographing the properties to ensure that they look as attractive as possible to potential buyers. In his spare time, Tom is a keen rugby player, playing for his local team every week

Chris Hill

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Chris Hill-Managing Director

 

Chris Hill has come a long way since his first job in an estate agency at just 16, when he counted tea making and photocopying amongst his top skills. Just eight years later in 1996, he became franchisee of a huge territory of Bristol for CJ Hole, proving that his early ambition to pursue a career in property was well judged.

 

His intuitive business sense and his understanding of how best to run an office allowed Chris to successfully expand and open up two further offices in Bradley Stoke and Bishopston. For Chris, his staff have always been vital to the success of his business.

 

“I’ve tried to build the business with strong customer service and high quality staff. They are key. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t have good staff. We want to do things right. I’ve always wanted people who are motivated and who deliver good customer service, but they must always want to make sure we’re selling.”

 

Chris ensures good customer service by training his team to the best of his ability and providing them with independent training from some of the best experts in the business. He does not like to employ ‘two-dimensional’ salespeople, choosing instead good, local people with knowledge who can sell – an important distinction. He also requires his staff to have a broad knowledge and skill base so that each employee can handle every situation without having to hand over to a colleague. This provides a continuity of service that clients have come to appreciate.

 

As well as holding the MARLA and MNAEA qualifications, Chris took the decision that he and key members of his team would qualify as domestic energy assessors, as a way of offering a better quality of service to clients. Rather than having to employ a third party to represent CJ Hole and conduct an energy performance report, he wanted to be able to keep it in-house. This means he and his team know a lot more about each property and its energy efficiency credentials. This decision brings peace of mind to both the vendor and to himself, safe in the knowledge that a good job is being done.

 

A lifelong Bristolian, Chris has an unrivalled knowledge of the city and the local property market, and is in a prime position to offer clients advice and information about living in and around Bristol. He lives in Redland with his wife and three sons. Chris likes to be part of the community - even helping out with his sons' sports clubs at the weekend - when he isn't busy planning his next office expansion!

George Mawer

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George Mawer-Sales Manager

 

Meeting George Mawer for the first time, he is instantly likeable, chatty and knowledgeable, and you can’t help but feel confident in his ability to sell your house and to sell it well. His polished negotiation skills are born from years of listening to and learning from his experienced Branch Manager, Tim Pepper, and, enhanced by his lifetime spent in the locality.

 

His studies in business and economics at City of Bristol College created a useful base from which to build a successful set of skills in estate agency. Embarking on his career in 2006, George’s potential as a talented negotiator was soon clear and within a few challenging but rewarding years he had been promoted to a senior role. He is now a prominent member of the team, and his dedication, ability and intrinsic local knowledge have helped him to come through the recession with CJ Hole.

 

Vendors and buyers alike appreciate George’s capacity for listening and taking on board what they want and need. The rapport he builds with clients throughout the process, from initial contact to sale completion, allows him a greater understanding of their reasons for buying and selling. This sort of ongoing relationship and effective communication has helped to reduce the number of sales that fall through for the branch.

Nick Stopard

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Nick Stopard BA (Hons)-Sales Negotiator

 

Although fairly new to the property industry, Nick is very keen to build a good reputation. He feels that through hard work and dedication to both vendors and buyers he can succeed in doing this. With a first class BA Honours degree in History from the University of Manchester, Nick is also very interested in properties themselves and the unique character of the Henleaze area. Nick’s role entails contacting prospective buyers, managing our extensive database, carrying out viewings and negotiating offers.

 

Nick is an avid sportsman in his spare time, enjoying a range of sports including athletics, football, rugby and cricket. He also manages and writes for two websites; these include a football blog and a topical news forum.

Tim Pepper

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Tim Pepper-Branch Manager/Director

 

In an established family suburb such as Henleaze, having a recognisable and much-liked local face heading up an estate agency is key. Tim Pepper, Branch Manager/Director started estate agency in 1997 and has worked for CJ Hole Henleaze since 2003, when he joined as Sales Manager. He became a director of the company in 2006.

 

Tim grew up in Westbury Park – just half a mile up the road – and he has two young children attending local schools. He not only promotes the community to applicants, he lives in it and is a respected part of it, which includes opening fairs and sponsoring charity events.

 

MNAEA-qualified and a trained Domestic Energy Assessor, Tim was appointed Branch Manager just a year after joining the company and has diligently fulfilled his managerial skills via a range of courses, including The Leadership Trust. He has since carefully recruited his present staff with Chris Hill, Managing Director, and has trained them thoroughly in all the core sales skills, such as listening, teamwork and remembering details about both buyers and vendors.

 

Tim’s tenacity and drive saw his branch secure top spot amongst a national league of 89 offices for 2009 – an accolade the office has never before achieved. He believes hard work and old-fashioned values are at the root of achieving such an accomplishment in difficult economic conditions.

Office Details

C J Hole Henleaze

108 Henleaze Road
Henleaze
Bristol
BS9 4JZ

Sales Tel: 0117 9629221
Sales Email: henleaze@cjhole.co.uk