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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 and Holiday Lettings services.

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Boydens Mission Statement

At Boydens our aim is to bring people and property together to ensure quality homes can be found for our local community through being a progressive and modern agency in line with the values of the founding family.

Our Values & Behaviours



Exceed client expectations

Deliver excellence as standard

Be Masters of communication


• Consider the expectations then work to surpass them

• Understand and actively work towards our service levels

• Consistently provide excellent customer service

• Recognise communication needs and work to not only achieve these but to go beyond on all occasions

• Do what you say you will do without fail or delay



Be open-minded and never judge

Accept, embrace and promote change

Do more with less


• Treat all customers and colleagues with respect

• Understand the reason for change and actively participate in the same

• Think outside the box, ask yourself “Can I do this more effectively”

• Never settle for “That will do”

• Be bold and make suggestions for change

Moving Forward Together


Build a positive friendly team and family spirit

Value personal and business growth

Respect your colleagues


• Work with colleagues to secure an effective and friendly environment in which to work

• Ask yourself “How can I be better?”

• Consider the needs of your colleagues

• Understand the direction of the business and how you can contribute to this

• Value yourself and your colleagues

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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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.