Founded in 1805, the year in which Nelson defeated the combined naval forces of France and Spain in the Battle of Trafalgar, when Charles Chesterton was sent to Kensington by his father to start his own business.Chestertons has identified the Algarve’s west coast as a burgeoning real estate market.

And it is now proudly displayed above a new office on Vale da Telha’s integral hub, the Pines Roundabout, as well as on other offices in Lagos, Praia da Luz and Porto.

The new office in Aljezur will cover the entire west coast, stretching from the Alentejo border in the north and around the Cape to Lagos in the south.

Managing the new office is Vale da Telha resident Matt D’Arcy, well-established in the Algarve’s real estate market, a fluent Portuguese speaker who has worked in this country for more than 20 years, and for over 15, of those, years lived in Lisbon, working with blue chip companies.

He told Tomorrow magazine “Having known Chris and Jacqui from Ocean Country for many years and identifying with their honesty, ethics and work practice, joining them in the Chestertons project was, for me, a perfect scenario, a match made in heaven.

“The fact that Ocean Country and Chestertons were so keen to develop the west coast market, one I know so well and which I believe has massive growth potential, sealed the deal!”

Matt moved into the property business 12 years ago and worked for prestigious Portuguese developer MSF on projects like Royal Obidos on the Silver Coast as well as the Amendoeira and Vilamoura golf resorts in the Algarve and resorts in the United States, Ireland and the Azores. In the past four or five years he began specialising in the west coast market, forming trusted relationships with the area’s administrators, business people and residents.

Living within this community, few people in the real estate business know Vale da Telha and its people as well as him. And once the partnership between Chestertons and Ocean Country was agreed, the new Portuguese operation instantly identified Matt as the man they wanted to head up their west coast operations.

The Algarve’s west coast, previously largely ignored and untapped, has been enjoying a raised profile over the past few years largely due to the opening of the Rota Vicentina and the growth of eco-tourism in the area, designed to prevent it becoming the focus of mass tourism and widespread dense and high-rise development which characterises much of the southern coast.

Property prices here tend to be significantly cheaper than along the south coast and it is expected to attract increasing numbers of people keen to live in such a tranquil coastal area while still being able to enjoy all the advantages the Algarve has to offer.

To contact Matt D'Arcy, call: (00351) 91 856 7878 or Email: 

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