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Welcome to Boydens

Boydens is a family-owned, independent Estate Agency tracing its routes back to the 1960’s and operating across North Essex and South Suffolk. We are experts in Residential Sales and Lettings services alongside our Block Management, Land, Commercial and Holiday Lettings services.

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Customer charter

Boydens is a team of committed, determined, experienced, knowledgeable and professionally qualified people. We will work within our 5 Points of Culture to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with the Boydens team benefits from that experience.

Our 5 points of culture

Personal service

We will deliver a high level of personal service to all we work with, both externally and internally. The professional service that we deliver will:

  • Be beyond the expectations of our clients and colleagues;
  • Make our clients feel comfortable no matter what advice they require;
  • Be consistent throughout by following procedures and systems within the business.

We acknowledge responsibility for our individual actions and the results of them.


We will work together within and across departments to achieve the Boydens’ vision. By doing this we will:

  • Achieve the best results for our clients and business;
  • Create a supportive and enjoyable work atmosphere.

We will ensure that we are always seen as pro-active by our clients – going the extra mile to help them. We will also actively look for and recommend ways to improve our service and efficiency as a business.


We will invest in training to improve the knowledge and skills of our staff, ensuring that they are aware of best practice and the changes in legislation so that we can be confident in the advice and service that we give.

Please note that telephone calls to Boydens branches may be monitored or recorded for training and evaluation purposes.

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What we do

Residential Sales & Lettings Image Residential Sales & Lettings

We are renowned for achieving the best price and for our straight-talking approach. We strike the right balance by determining a full market price without being unrealistic – helping to reduce the stress of a property sale/let considerably. We will give you a frank and honest evaluation of your property and will do everything we can to make sure your property receives an unparalleled amount of viewings from the relevant audience.

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Superior Homes by Boydens Image Superior Homes by Boydens

Selling Exceptional Homes across Essex and Suffolk

At Superior Homes by Boydens we offer a service dedicated to the sale of premium properties in Essex and Suffolk. With knowledgeable and dedicated staff located within each Boydens branch, we are on hand to assist you during each step of the sales process.

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Block Management Image Block Management

Our ARMA registered team has a wealth of experience in managing all manner of property interests large and small, including: private estates, blocks of flats, commercial interests and mixed use developments across Essex and Suffolk.

We can help manage your development, be it brand new purpose-built or a listed conversion, our team have the expertise to assist.

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Land & New Homes Image Land & New Homes

Whatever your requirements - office space, industrial, retail or land and new homes, we can help.

With a wealth of experience combined with personal service, Boydens is the perfect partner of choice for small businesses and developers alike.

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Holiday Lets Image Holiday Lets

Could you use your property to generate additional income?

The Essex Coast has long been a popular tourist destination. With vast knowledge in letting residential properties, we are ideally placed to let Holiday Homes and Beach Huts along the Essex Coast.

Contact our Coastal Branch to talk to one of our Holiday Lettings experts today.

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Financial Services Image Financial Services

As part of the moving process, you may require a mortgage. You may also be a Landlord who owns properties and have mortgage arrangements for those assets. Either way, Boydens can help as we work with Pargin Financial Solutions to offer mortgage services.

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Our history
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Where it all began

The Boydens story began back in 1852 when George Boyden, a master builder and Quaker, started his own business. His son, Aston, continued the building business and, at its height employed 28 staff before being interrupted by the Second World War. Aston died in 1947.

Aston’s son, Desmond (pictured), was too young to immediately continue with the building business. Instead he studied engineering and worked for Woods of Colchester.

For two years Desmond commuted to London working for a commercial Chartered Surveyors firm based in The Strand, before returning to Colchester to spend 11 years with local Chartered Surveyors firm, C M Stanford & Son, specialising in residential property and farms.

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The expansion of Boydens

In 1966, Desmond set up his own residential property business initially at Blackheath, Colchester and then onto Balkerne House in Crouch Street. The business moved next door to Aston House in 1988, where the business has been based ever since.

Desmond’s son, David joined the family business in 1976 and has helped to build Boydens reputation, taking the best of our tradition and combining this with the modern approach demanded by clients across Essex and Suffolk.

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What the future holds

Throughout our history, Boydens has always placed local knowledge, extraordinary customer service and a total belief to always have our clients’ interest at the very forefront of everything we do.

Boydens is a business with great heritage – we are built on service and trust and always looking to the future. We’re delighted to have both loyal clients who have returned to us over many years to sell and rent property and brand new customers who experience what we have to offer in terms of our exceptional local knowledge.

Our aim is a simple one – to deliver an exceptional level of customer service at all times.