In January 1964 the first Beatles album was released in America, the Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruck and in his first State of the Union address, US President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty.
Here in Eastbourne, what is now the town’s longest-established independently owned estate agency opened for business. It was founded by Michael Leaper and Roland Stanbrook and has sold more than nine thousand properties since then.
Reproduced right is the original advertisement published in the Eastbourne Herald Chronicle announcing the opening of their first office at 10 Gildredge Road.
Among the homes sold in their first year was a property in Prideaux Road for a price of £7,250. Fifty years on the firm has sold a house in the same road for £750,000, which would suggest that, even allowing for inflation, residential property has been a very good investment.
In 2001 the Agency undertook considerable expansion and moved across the road to much larger premises at 5 Gildredge Road and in 2006 opened an additional office at 28 Meads Street to provide a dedicated service to the residents of Meads, East Dean and Friston.
During this period the company made a substantial investment in new technology enabling them to produce high-quality property brochures and, recognising the increasing importance of the internet, an innovative and easily navigable web-site where buyers are able to download full details of properties that interest them.
This is directly linked to major property portals including Rightmove, Primelocation and Zoopla – providing access to thousands of potential buyers.
Together with their experienced team the firm’s directors, Andrew Leaper and James Morley are conscious that their continuing success is entirely dependent upon the high level of service they provide and their in-depth knowledge of the local property market.
As Andrew says, “Leaper Stanbrook’s original ethos is very much to the fore and although the firm has expanded and progressed significantly since 1964, the sentiment expressed in that first advertisement (“We assure vendors of our very best attention”) still applies”.
Leaper Stanbrook is proud to remain an independent agency that is not subject to pressures to sell financial and other services thus enabling them to provide a wholly personal and tailored service for the benefit of each individual client.
James Morley believes the expansion of Eastbourne will continue to provide an important contribution to the agency’s success. With its improved facilities and thriving business community, Eastbourne has infinite potential.
“In short it is a very desirable place to live. As it is such a local firm, Leaper Stanbrook will keep evolving for as long as Eastbourne does.”
Andrew, James and the team at Leaper Stanbrook plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary in style so watch this space for more news from one of Eastbourne’s most respected estate agents.