The property market in Cambridge has been extraordinary for a long time. Our previous house in Cherry Hinton rose to three times its original cost in ten years. With such a buoyant market, there are a lot of local Estate Agents, both chains and independents – here's my list of them, and their web sites.
The list of Estate Agents below is designed for any of you looking to buy a property in Cambridge. It links to each Estate Agent's property listings. For those of you looking for an Estate Agent with which to sell your house, I'm about to launch a more relevant list: watch this space for details.
Our family moved house, within Cambridge, back in 2011, and there's a full account of our house move here with my own thoughts about the estate agent, solicitor and removal company we used.
Some of these websites are pleasant to use; some of them are poorly designed with little consideration given to the user. I've tried to help you avoid all that by (wherever possible) linking directly to each site's Cambridge property listings. With the local independent agencies, that's easy, because Cambridge is all they deal with. However, some of the national agencies do make it hard for you to choose an area, so I hope my shortcuts might save you a lot of time.
The list below is presented in alphabetical order, but some of the best sites turn out to be right down the bottom, and you might find yourself at least as well served if you start there! I try to keep this as up-to-date as I can, but if any estate agent thinks they're unfairly represented, let me know.
Abbotts Countrywide - like many larger chains - makes you fight your way through to find its Cambridge properties, but I've done the hard work and I can take you straight to the Cambridge stuff.
Bidwells has a site driven by a search box, but the link here should get you past that awkwardness and give you the Cambridge properties.
Bradshaw's is a well-designed site from a Cambridge-only estate agent which has a nice map facility showing the location of the properties for sale, although you'll have to go back to the site-search for that.
Bush and Co has a simple site which lets me take you straight to the search page, but you'll have to do a bit of work there yourself. I do love sites which say "add to basket" next to each property. It'd need to be a big basket.
Carter Jonas lets me take you to its Cambridge page, which is great. They have a map facility too, which can be accessed simply by clicking "results on map".
Cheffins has a shortcut into the Cambridge search listings too, and a map facility just a click away, so off you go.
Fine & Country irritatingly won't let me link to anything more specific than the whole of Cambridgeshire, sorry. The "advanced search" didn't work for me either, although there is a map view.
Haart has a nice clean site which allows us to link straight to the Cambridge property listings, although its "More Details" buttons could do with enlarging.
Hockeys is a local estate agency so this link just takes you to the full listings. A one-click map-view facility is provided.
Morris Armitage covers the county and beyond, but this link should take you to the Cambridge area listings.
Pocock & Shaw has a slightly complicated search, but this link should bypass that and give you the listings for Cambridge. Good "map view" a click away too.
Radcliffe & Rust are local enough that I've just linked to the complete listings page, which makes things easy. There you go.
Redmayne Arnold and Harris is a Cambridge-area estate agency which doesn't allow just the city itself to be selected, so all I can give you is the complete list of what they've got, unfortunately.
Russells has a site which didn't seem to show any listings at all the last time I looked (15 September 2013), so I'll take you to the home page in the hope that they've fixed it by now.
Saint Andrews Bureau allows us to get straight to the Cambridge listings. There's a map view just a click away too.
Savills allows me to get you to the Cambridge listings directly. A one-click map view is available, and works.
Strutt & Parker is a national chain which set up in Cambridge in 2013. I can get you to the Cambridge listings directly.
TuckerGardner has a search system which is so unnecessarily clever it needs a video to explain it. Fortunately the default I can send you to seems to be "Cambridge", so fingers crossed.
Tylers has a fairly broad definition of Cambridge, and I can't narrow it down to just the city, sorry. There's a one-click map though.
Vincent Shaw has a straightforward site which does have a map facility, but you'll have to do the search again to see it.