About Us

Oakfield Estate Agents – the East Sussex estate agency that’s locally owned and run and deeply rooted in the communities it serves – offering sales, lettings, property and block management across the county with local high street offices in Lewes, Uckfield, Heathfield, Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Oakfield Estate Agents

Oakfield Estate Agents has been a leading force in the property sector in East Sussex since 1996, when Neil Newstead and Stephen Ruxton-Cocker launched it from a small office in Hastings. Today that base remains, but we now also have branches in Lewes, Heathfield, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea.

We started in lettings and are still market leaders in this sector, but have since added new services to our portfolio – and we’re determined to continue growing while remaining true to and passionate about our local, independent roots. After all, we love our part of the world, care about it deeply and want to contribute to it as much as we can – you’d be hard-pushed to find an estate agency that knows it better than we do, or takes greater pride in it.

We use our unrivalled knowledge of the local market and area to offer a personal, highly tailored delivery in residential sales and lettings as well as property and block management, across a broad range of price brackets. We’re setting new standards in estate agency across our patch, with more and better Google reviews than any other agency in Hastings.

Customers often come back to us for their next move, the one after that … and the one after that. That’s because we’re trusted to provide and honest, genuine and personalised service every time, in a way that puts the customer at the heart of every transaction. We could help you, too …

Oakfield Estate Agents

Why choose us?

What matters to us?

The people we work with

We’re focused on everyone we deal with, and genuinely want to help improve your life by achieving your property goals, whatever they may be. We always say that people are at the heart of every property transaction, not the bricks and mortar. We truly want to put you first, and to understand what you need and want in detail.

Our community

We love and care about the local areas in which we operate. And we’re very aware of our role representing and championing our nearest communities. We’ll always stick up for our part of the world.

Everything local
We’re passionate about our local High Streets, produce and services, as well as the people who live in East Sussex. We’re the local property partner of choice for many businesses in our area, and we’re keen to stay that way. We aim to play an integral role in the High Streets in which we’re based, and to serve as good neighbours and act as a key part of our communities.
Charity
Giving back is important to us. We’re serious about helping charitable organisations and community projects near us, as a key part of who we are and what we do. So, for example, for every property sold, we’ll give £50 to the local charity of customer’s choice. And as well as fundraising for good causes near us, we’re also heavily involved in sponsoring local sports groups.
What matters to us?

From little acorns

Our History

Neil Newstead built on and transferred the skills he acquired during a previous military career to develop the thriving business Oakfield is today. Thanks to his commitment and sheer hard graft, it quickly earned a reputation for excellent results and the quality of its customer service. 

We aim to raise standards in estate agency across East Sussex, and to do that we know we can’t stand still, but need to continually do better, adapting as our customers’ needs change. We’re very much here to stay, so appreciate the need for consistent investment in our business.

Talk to us whether you’re a first-time buyer, downsizer, a portfolio landlord or looking for your dream retirement home, or your perfect pad away from a bigger city and by the sea. Or perhaps you’re a group of leaseholders or freeholders wanting to take control of your residential building’s management? Take a closer look at our full suite of bespoke management services.

We’re trusted and respected across our area as the local, independent estate agency that offers a tailored service prioritising people over property. With our local connections, knowledge and experience and a genuinely committed team, we work tirelessly to get you the results you need. What’s more, no other Hastings estate agency has more or better Google reviews than we do, or has a better understanding of the local property market. Get in touch today.

Senior Team

NEIL NEWSTEAD

NEIL NEWSTEAD

CEO & Founder

phone number01424 236265

Exceptional organisational skills and an outstanding knowledge across our sectors, qualified in ARLA, NAEA & IRPM

STEVE RUXTON-COCKER

STEVE RUXTON-COCKER

Technical Director

phone number01424 854814

With a lifetime of experience in the construction industry he plays a vital role in the team

EMMA HAWKINS

EMMA HAWKINS

Lettings Director

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Emma started her career in Lettings in 2010 as a Negotiator before taking on the role of Lettings Director in 2020. Emma is truly passionate about lettings and prides herself on always ensuring she is fully up to date on all legislation changes. She is a fully qualified Fellow of ARLA and loves providing support & guidance to our Clients.

SAMANTHA HENSHER

SAMANTHA HENSHER

Financial Director

phone number01424 856924

Samantha joined the company in 2004 and is a qualified member of TPI (The Property Institute).  Samantha oversees our Estate & Block Management department along with the finances for the company and is passionate about customer service, having maintained excellent working relationships with our long-standing clients.

KERRY NEWSTEAD

KERRY NEWSTEAD

Sales Director

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Having started her career with Oakfield in 2005 as a Sales Negotiator Kerry has worked her way up within the branches to her role dedicated to the Sales department, she has a very hands on approach and loves heading into the branches to be amongst the daily running of the business. She is also a fully qualified member of NAEA.

CHLOE TAYLOR

CHLOE TAYLOR

Property Management Director

phone number01424 834298

Starting her career with Oakfield in 2011 Chloe heads up our Property Management team, her high level of organisation ensures the whole department’s smooth running. Chloe is a fully qualified member of ARLA & is incredibly proud of the team she has built and loves being part of Oakfield.

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