About Us

If you haven’t guessed it yet, Alex & Matteo Estate Agents is named after its proprietors, Alex Smith and Matteo Donna.

Winners of the 2021, 2022, 2023 British Property Award as Best Estate Agents in SE16 and Best Estate Agent Guide Award 2022, 2023 in SE16 and SE1.

Their careers as estate agents merged several years ago when they became colleagues in a traditional high-street estate agency. The pair quickly realised that their working styles, ambitions, and personalities aligned perfectly, making for a natural partnership with just enough competitive spirit to always be pushing each other to outperform.

At a certain point, the only next level to achieve became obvious, and a new business was born!

By choosing Alex and Matteo you’ll be working with friends who want to see each other succeed, but most importantly: local residents who want to see their neighbourhood and neighbours thrive.

With over 25 years combined experience in the sector, and an exceptional team of enthusiastic professionals, they are building an estate agency based on honesty, transparency, and customer satisfaction above all else.

Matteo Donna MNAEA – Director & Founder

Like many Londoners, I moved to this city more than a decade ago with big goals and an equal measure of fantasies. With a background as a building engineer I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in London’s ever changing property market and have one a number of estate agent awards. For years now I’ve been coming up with ideas about how the property business could be improved to offer our clients and neighbours the best experience. Over the years, South East London has become the centre of my life. My wife and I bought our first home on Cherry Garden Street, where I am proudly part of the residents association. This is where I celebrate big life events and spend most of my time with family and friends. So, when several years ago I thought about starting a company, there was no other place I could even consider. Luckily, my friend and business partner felt the same!

Alex Smith – Director & Founder

I moved to London in 2010 from Devon and used my passion and personality to jump headfirst into the industry at a young age. With many years of experience on my side, starting a company felt like the best way to harness my energy, knowledge and continued curiosity about an industry that has really stood the test of time. My friends and colleagues all know that I’m not enjoying myself unless I have a challenge to overcome. Real estate is certainly not short on challenges, but I have kept the momentum going through physical activity and sport. I have completed two London marathon and The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge in support of Cancer Research UK.

Foivos Tzavalas – Sales and Lettings Manager

Since I can remember, I always wanted to move to London in order to chase my dreams. I managed to do that weeks before my 18th birthday and from then on I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I started sales jobs while I was in university and I quickly realised what my strong suit was. After many years in the hospitality industry, I managed to climb the ranks from a waiter to a reservations manager and that’s when I realised where my heart was, properties. I was always fascinated by the UK housing market from a young age when I used to see all these shows on TV with my family. Since I started working in the property industry, my whole world has been absolutely rocked. The whole duration of my stay in London has been in the South East which I proudly call home.

Candice Gibbons – Property Manager

I have always believed administration is in my DNA and being able to provide support and build lasting relationships both professionally and personally is very important to me.

I was born and raised in sunny Southern Africa where I worked in administrative and management roles for 12 years. I am fortunate to have experienced various industries and even became a foreign languages teacher. This wide-ranging professional life definitely prepared me for my current role where no two days are the same, clients are from very diverse backgrounds and the high-energy in the Alex & Matteo office keeps me sharp and on me toes! Moving to London and joining the wonderful world of Real Estate has, by far, been the most rewarding decision of my career. I was drawn to this fast-paced, exciting and challenging industry because it allows me to use my organising and planning skills. Seeing the excitement of our clients as they get their dream home, is a fantastic bonus. The goal is to grow in knowledge and experience, providing efficient solutions to everyday queries in property management.

Will Watkins – Sales and Letting Property Advisor

I was born and raised in South East London and it has been an absolute privilege to grow both personally and professionally in this multicultural mega city we call home.

I like to spend my time playing sports, creating music and enjoying the abundance of beer gardens London has to offer.
As it is my job to create Ideal solutions for our clients dilemmas, I believe the best way to achieve this is by understanding the smaller parts that affect bigger outcomes; skills which I developed during my undergrade in Physics at the University of Kent.

Working for Alex & Matteo Estate Agents was the perfect opportunity for me given my skills in sales, analysis and knowledge of property market trends. Although working around Millwall as a Charlton fan can sometimes feel like I’m behind enemy lines, I knew I could only work for an agency that put customer service and transparency at the forefront of everything they do.