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Naish Estate Agents is a long established, independent family business offering estate agency and property management services. We’ve been operating in York and the surrounding areas as an estate agency, under a few name changes, for over 70 years and have years of experience in the property field. We’ve been located in our current building, next to York Minster, since 1976.

We’re the only solicitors estate agency in York that covers the legal side of property sales – offering traditional estate agency services.

We are a small family business and you will always have access to a director, the business owner, as well as the friendly team members that support them. In case you were wondering, we spell it “Naish”, but pronounce it “Nash”!

From viewing to completion: we’ve got it covered

We pride ourselves on pro-active sales progression and look to monitor the entire transaction from the viewing stage right through to legal completion. What does that mean for you?

  • A quicker process: whether buying or selling, our company liaises with both sets of solicitors. A recent client’s sale was completed in just 10 days!
  • Fewer hitches: We push things along and chase up problems before you’re even aware there is an issue.
Taking the stress out of moving

Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. But here at Naish, we will look after you. Because we’re a small, independent team, everyone in the office will be involved in the buying or selling of your property. That means you’ll always have someone knowledgeable to deal with, whenever you call. We focus on you individually, taking time to understand your requirements and work with you to achieve the result you’re looking for.

Where we work

Based in a central location in York and our market covers York and surrounding villages – a 15 mile radius in North Yorkshire.

Find out more about our services

Whether you’re buying or selling, letting or renting, we are here to help you. Find out more about our property services here:

Or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us on 01904 653564 or email

Meet the team

James Naish

James Naish

Who Is James Naish?

James Naish our illustrious leader and very own ‘James Bond’ Skiing and snowboarding are his passions, James also likes to watch football, cricket and tennis. Sporting activity for him is confined to a bit of golf every now and again. With his ‘mature time’ now spent gardening and walking the dog, James is very much a family man and enjoys family activities with his x2 kids and wife. He used to play the piano and cello, but now considers himself ‘rusty’ surprisingly he was even a chorister in York Minster many years ago. Nerdiest thing is probably always having some kind of DIY project on the go and never being able to sit still. James loves to eat out and is very partial to beer. Favourite places would be Zermatt in the winter and Puerto Pollensa in the summer. Bucket list would be heli-skiing off-piste in Canada.

Maryanne Smith

Maryanne Smith Director

Maryanne has vastly approaching nearly 30 years experience in estate agency and property, knowledgeable in all aspects of freehold, leasehold, sales and rental. Real fun in the office yet her professionalism and enthusiasm for all things estate agency and marketing related are noticed and respected by clients and the team alike, when she’s not at work Maryanne can be found wandering the dales with a map, her husband and their x3 dogs searching for the best pub lunch!  Or out with her 3 horses……Maryanne loves anything and everything ‘Equine’ .

Travel is her thing, trying to get as many destinations under her belt and off her bucket list as possible. She’s just waiting for the right time to ask the boss for a month off to visit OZ, NZ and Bali!

Simone Foulds

Simone Foulds Office everything…

Simone is the longest serving member of the team here and has been by James Naish’s side for the past 14 years, there is no job title good enough or big enough to give Simone, Simone has been with Naish for the past 14 years and is the office guru and glue, she holds everything together, she knows how everything runs, ticks and works and is worth her weight in gold!  In her spare time Simone loves Macrame and finds this relaxing and therapeutic despite the fact that everything she makes looks amazing!  A grandma, Simone loves family time and the weekends.

Amanda Orr

Amanda Orr Sales Progressor

Amanda, Loved by all who meet her, a heart of gold when it comes to being empathetic to all the needs of both buyers and sellers alike, known by many Conveyancers and Property Solicitors in York as being thorough, utterly professional and a calm influence on sale/purchase transactions for all parties, often out on viewings as Amanda loves dealing with the public.  In her spare time Amanda enjoys cooking, shopping, family time and laughter.  Amanda has a brilliant sense of humor as you can see form her Bio pic, never one to shy away from a new experience!

Lee Orrell

Lee Orrell Estate Agent

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Originally from Liverpool (he’s a blue) Lee moved to Spain (Costa Blanca) in 2014 to pursue a career in Real Estate. From starting out as a Property Telemarketing Executive, Lee rose fast through the ranks becoming a well-respected and knowledgeable International Estate Agent selling property throughout the sunny Costa Blanca, Costa Del Sol, Mallorca, and Florida until 2021.

After all his travelling, Lee has now settled in the beautiful and sunny City of York joining our team here at Naish Estate Agents, bringing with him his enthusiasm and infectious passion for all things property.

In his spare time, Lee is a bit of an adrenaline junkie and loves raising money for charities , Lee has completed 6 Toughmudder races, x4 Spartan Races, completed the UK three Peak Challenge twice and done three 14,000 feet parachute jumps. Lee has proudly raised over £400,000 for local UK charities and counting.

Lee’s claim to fame is being an extra in the film 51st state with Robert Carlisle & Samuel L Jackson and having two ex-World Champion Boxers as his Boxing trainers, Nigel Benn and Kevin Lueshing  from 2015 to 2021.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith Accountant


Tucked away on the top floor of 3 High Petergate…… is our accountant, Richard who joined the ‘Naish’ business in 2017. A ‘Wessie’ from Cleckheaton where Richard worked for 30 years in motor retailing before selling the business. Cycling, rowing and fell-walking are preferred pastimes along with supporting York Theatre Royal and Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity.