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Our Story

After a decade of working in firms both large and small, international and independent; in property markets both tough and thriving; we had a clear vision of how estate agency should be done. In 2011 we were able to put this into practice when elephant was born.

The elephant team strives to create an experience that we ourselves would want; to make the challenging process of buying and selling homes just that little bit easier.

We have all bought, sold and renovated our own homes feeling every emotion along the way. We fully appreciate that buying a home is a carefully considered process which requires a helping hand and not one to push. With this in mind, we have taken great care to create a relaxed office environment so people will feel welcome and talk to us with ease.

Time and time again, glowing feedback tells us that we stand out from the crowd. In a recent survey, our customers volunteered our top 3 traits as ‘friendly, approachable, and honest’. To add to this we are energetic, enthusiastic and we genuinely care about doing a good job for you.

About Us

(From left to right)

Katy Shackleford
Katy grew up in Frenchay working for 2 well respected Bristol estate agents before helping Matt and Alec get elephant off the ground in 2011. She is now living in the heart of the area with her own family in St Andrews.

Matthew Bailey
Matt grew up in Bishopston and started in estate agency in Bristol in 2003 moving on to work in London for several years before returning to Bristol to co-found elephant. Having lived across many Bristol neighbourhoods Matt has recently built his own home in Cotham.

Alec Jupp
Alec started life in Gloucestershire and found his way into estate agency in 2001. He has worked in the Bristol, Bournemouth and London property markets before settling in St Andrews and setting up elephant with Matt in 2011.

Alys Davies
Alys came across to Bristol for a degree in Primary education from her home town near the Brecon Beacons. After a very successful degree course and year as a primary school teacher Alys changed direction and joined the elephant team now living just up the road from the office in Horfield.

Nick Durbin
Nick has proudly been a Bristol resident all his life so he knows the city inside out. He brings a dedicated approach to customer service from a career spent mostly in retail; before joining elephant Nick ran a high end men’s fashion store in Cabot Circus