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Our History

Established in 1995, Westcoast Properties is one of the most successful independent and family-run estate agencies in the area. Developed initially through the running and management of a professional property portfolio, expansion occurred through a strategic programme of branch openings. Weston-Super-Mare was the first office, with Burnham-on-Sea, Portishead and Nailsea following soon after. Our continued growth has led to the opening of our most recent office in Patchway, North Bristol.

The Westcoast strategy has always been to focus on a customer-centred approach that streamlines every transaction and exceeds the industry norm. Built on this core value, our longevity gives clients confidence that they are liaising with a highly-regarded and reliable company.

We are also members of the Experts in Property, which means by instructing us to market your home, you’ll get nearly 100 other independent estate agents marketing your home throughout the Westcountry. What’s more, your property will be seen on all of their web-sites as well as

Our proven track record, emphasis on employee development and robust infrastructure has ensured our success for more than twenty years; when it comes to selling or letting your property you can rely on us.

Whilst Westcoast is an independent estate agency we are members of both the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA). Membership of these recognised and prestigious trade bodies is evidence of our adherence to recognised codes of business conduct and a high standard of competence.

It is the policy of West Coast to operate responsibly and professionally. This includes compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to its activities, including competition and relevant trading and consumer protection laws.

Our Local Area

With high-street branches in Portishead, Nailsea, Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Patchway in North Bristol, our network of qualified, highly-trained employees are on hand to work with you every step of the way.


Portishead, whose name derives from “port at the head of the river”, is a pleasant town which has experienced rapid population expansion over recent years, mainly due to the new housing around the marina development. A vibrant community, the town benefits from good schools, fantastic amenities and good transport links to Bristol, the motorway and beyond. More traditional architecture can be found in the Victorian high street. The combination of the traditional and contemporary ensures a diverse and buoyant property market.


Residents in Nailsea and the surrounding villages benefit from an easy commute into central Bristol, by either road or rail. There are also a number of larger employers in the town enabling many residents to work on their doorstep. The area is within close proximity to the motorway network, excellent schools and amenities combined with the attraction of country living and nearby nature reserves. Nailsea continues to be a popular location in which to live, leading to continuously stimulated demand for housing, both for sale and to rent.


Much of the architecture here was created using local stone from the old Town Quarry, giving it a distinctly regional feel. Weston-Super-Mare, whilst always associated with tourism, now has a more mixed economy with large employers and an award-winning college. With good rail and road links, a wealth of new housing on the outskirts of the town along with wonderful villas and examples of Art Deco property, Weston-Super-Mare continues to be a favoured town in which to live - making property here highly marketable.


The beach has always held an attraction for tourists, but Burnham-on-Sea is a residential town in its own right outside of the holiday season. With a thriving high street that features both national and independent brandsand a new housing development to the east of the town and in nearby Highbridge, the town retains its appeal as a sought-after location, reflected in the demand for high-quality residential sales and rental properties.

Patchway, North Bristol

North Bristol’s close proximity to large employers and business parks, excellent transport links, access to the city centre, local amenities and open spaces makes it a great place to live and work. Close enough to benefit from the attractions, leisure facilities and shopping opportunities of Bristol, yet retaining its own unique community feel, Patchway and the surrounding areas continue to be popular places for property purchasers seeking their new home.

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Management Team

Lindsay Pickles
Finance Director FICB PM.Dip

Lindsay joined Westcoast Properties in June 2010 and was initially based in the Accounts Office in our administration hub in Weston-Super-Mare. Lindsay is fully qualified, with an accounts and customer service background. She demonstrates efficiency and good attention to detail which are imperative skills in our industry. In 2020 the opportunity arose for a management buyout of the company which was successful alongside fellow director Nicholas Webber. Lindsay’s passion for learning and ensuring the business is run smoothly and efficient is second to none and invaluable traits to have for the success of the company.

Nicholas Webber

Nicholas’s estate agency career began in 1993 in Devon, where he made rapid progress to become a branch manager and in doing so gained valuable experience working in 4 different market places from coastal to the city. Through relocation, Nicholas joined Westcoast Properties in 2007 as a branch manager and the progressed to assisting with the running of the then 4 branch network and at the same time being appointed Associate Director. In 2015 Westcoast opened it’s fifth branch in North Bristol which Nicholas oversaw and in doing so become a Director of that branch. In 2020 Nicholas, along with Lindsay Pickles, successfully completed a management buyout to take overall responsibility of the running of the company.

Martin Crees
Non-Executive Director

Following a successful career in business, Martin created Westcoast Properties in Portishead in 1995. Ever the entrepreneur, his enthusiastic and energetic approach ensured the success of the initial branch, and in response to the demand for Westcoast’s services further branch openings in North Somerset swiftly followed. Now encompassing Somerset, North Somerset and North Bristol, Westcoast Properties continues to go from strength to strength.

Gavin Cox

Gavin Cox
Branch Manager MARLA

Having lived in Somerset for almost 50 years, Gavin brings with him a wealth of local knowledge and twenty five years’ experience in both the sales and lettings aspects of the property industry.

During his career, Gavin has earned an excellent reputation with past and present clients built upon trust, integrity, his extensive market knowledge, attention to detail and complete devotion to ensuring his clients property needs are individually tailored, actively listened to and subsequently met.

Nick Todd
Associate Director MNAEA MARLA

Nick has many years of experience working within estate agency in and around the Bristol area since starting his career shortly after leaving school and now as a proud member of both the National Association of Estate Agents and Association of Residential Letting Agents heading the Portishead office. With a passion for customer service and a desire to deliver results helping Westcoast to become the areas first choice.

Rachael Yates
Branch Manager MNAEA MARLA

Rachael worked in the Estate Agency Industry for 9 years, starting as a negotiator and swiftly worked her way to management level in the local market. In 2003, Rachael left the Estate Agency Industry to have a family, during this time Rachael ran her own business. Rachael loves working within the Estate Agency Industry where she brings enthusiasm and a high level of customer service.

Ian Russell
Branch Manager MNAEA

Ian has been with Westcoast since March 2017 and brought with him a wealth of experience from working in the industry for over a decade in and around the Bristol and Somerset Areas. Ian has a great enthusiasm for all things property related and is a proud member of the National Association of Estate Agents and is constantly striving to offer a high level of customer service. Being a local lad to Bristol his understanding of the area and now the market and how things are constantly changing is a great asset to the company and our clients.

John Neale
Branch Manager

John joins the Westcoast team with 12 years’ worth of experience in the housing market. He has worked his way from being a trainee negotiator through to management with a few years as a fully qualified Mortgage Advisor. John has built his career with being honest, trustworthy, and offering a great level of customer service. He understands that buying and selling can be very stressful sometimes and aims to make the whole process run as smooth as possible. When away from working, he enjoys the gym, watching football and most importantly spending time with his daughter.

Property Management Centre Manager

Marie started her career within the hospitality industry during which time she gained valuable experience in customer service. After many years progressing within the industry, she decided to apply her skills in a different field and joined Westcoast in 2015. Working her way through various departments of the Property Management Centre, she worked her way up to the Manager of the team. With all the knowledge and experience she gained through the years, she is now looking forward to leading her team to deliver excellent results making both the landlords and tenants happy with the services Westcoast offers. Customer service excellence has been and will always be the priority for Marie and she wouldn’t hesitate to go the extra mile to achieve it.

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