Ballyclare is a small town in rural County Antrim, approximately 4 miles north of Belfast. Under the reorganisation of Northern Ireland local government in 1973, Ballyclare became part of Newtownabbey Borough.
It sits on the river Six Mile Water. The town probably owes its origins to its being a crossing point of the river.
The broad main street dates from the 17th century. In the centre of the town is the Market Square with the Town Hall. The town grew in the 19th century with the coming of the railway and it become an important industrial town with a large Linen Bleach Green. These factories gave their names to the roads leading to them, the Mill Road and the Green Road, but have been closed for some time. It is now a local service centre with a significant dormitory role in relation to Belfast. It is the main focus within the rural area for shopping, education and recreation.
Country Estates originally opened for business in Ballyclare, in Town Hall Square, in 1982 under to guidance of Ronnie Simpson, himself a Chartered Surveyor with previous experience in one of the large corporate agents in Ballyclare.
Catherine Darkoh is the Office Manger. She joined Country Estates 22 years ago and has extensive experience and knowledge of the local area.
Shirley Smyth is again a long serving member of staff, having joined in 1998, adding to the invaluable appreciation of the local property market.
Diane Audley is another local girl who joined the team in 2010 and has added her experience and knowledge previously gained in her long service with Nationwide Building Society.
Daniel Simpson joined Country Estates as a newly qualified valuer, straight from university in 2013, and brings an energetic and enthusiastic dimension to the business.
Darren Black is our in house Mortgage Advisor. Again Darren is a well known local man whose business has gone from strength to strength in Ballyclare. He is an independent mortgage broker who is available to offer free advice on an comprehensive range of mortgage products.