With a population of over 20,000, Antrim town can trace it's origins back to 495 A.D. when a small settlement grew up around a monastery which was established close to the present site of The Round Tower.
Situated approximately ½ mile from North East of Lough Neagh, the largest fresh water lough in the British Isles, the town centre developed adjacent to a ford across the Six Mile Water with the nearby All Saints Parish Church having a date stone going back to 1596 A.D.
Steeped in History, Antrim has been fought over for centuries due to it's strategic location and access to Lough Neagh. More recently it has been the location of choice for those requiring a commercial or residential base within close proximity of Ballymena, Belfast and Mid Ulster, providing a tranquil setting in which to live while offering superb facilities and transport links for those involved in commerce. Boasting the only "Technology Park" in Northern Ireland, Antrim displays it's strength in diversity by seamlessly combing the old and new within this important historic town.
In addition to the centrally located bus and train station, Antrim is also located just 2 miles from the M2 motorway and 3 miles from Belfast International Airport making this the most accessible large town in the North.
Add to that, the superb medical facility at Antrim Area Hospital, recreational centre at the Antrim Forum, The Running Track, Marina at the Lough Shore, Massereene 18 hole golf course and Junction One Retail Outlet, Antrim is widely recognised as a premier location to live, work, shop and play.
Having opened in Antrim in January 2000, Country Estates have gone from strength to strength and are currently looking forward to moving to their newly refurbished premises on Church Street.
After graduating from University of Ulster in Jordanstown with a degree in Estate Management, Louden French, the director in charge of the Antrim branch first worked for a large multi-national estate agency in Lisburn and after gaining considerable experience moved onto a family run practice in Belfast, before joining the Country Estates team in Ballyclare in July 1996. Being a local and realising the potential in Antrim, the decision was made to open a branch on the High Street and so Country Estates extended their unique level of service and professionalism to another busy town in 2000.
Listing, selling and monitoring a high volume of properties through to completion requires a highly skilled and motivated team. Jacqui Forsythe added to this in March 2011, bringing with her skills previously obtained in a rental agency but quickly adapting to sales and new houses. In addition, Connee McKinley, a university graduate with considerable sales experience in telecommunications joined the team in August 2014 to provide much needed admin support and assist Jacqui in the negotiation and sales process.
Our latest recruit is Lisa Hueston, a former office manager in the Glengormley branch, with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the business. Following a sabbatical to focus on a young family, Lisa has returned to specifically keep an eye on all the contracts, following each sale through to completion.