Top of the Props: Our pick of the best new homes for sale in Swansea
At the beginning of this year, the Land Registry House Price Index figures showed that the average property price in Swansea has risen 1.4% to £107,046 in 2014 – a welcome turnaround for the housing market there since the crash of 2007/8.
At the same time, new figures from Nationwide showed South West Wales had seen the biggest annual price rise over the past ten years out of all regions in the principality.
Nigel Jones, director of Swansea- based estate agency John Francis, told the South Wales evening Post that the region had experienced more than six years of little to no price growth, but added there was potential. He also pointed out that first-time buyer activity had increased, an important factor in the recovery of the housing market.
“While it may only be a matter of time until the current plateau begins to rise, South West Wales has continued to avoid the much-publicised volatility in residential property prices seen in London and the Home Counties this year,” he said.
“The Swansea region is one area that has seen an increase in first-time buyer activity, although this group of buyers struggle to compete with investors over a limited supply. As fewer properties requiring work have come on to the market, investors have turned to newer, better quality homes.”
Pennant Homes – Castle Quarter
Located in the heart of Swansea's city centre, Castle Quarter occupies an enviable location opposite Castle Gardens and sitting adjacent to the ancient ruins of Swansea Castle. The development is breathing new life and incorporating modern architecture into Swansea's city centre.
Inside you'll find four duplex apartments located on the top floors of the building, designed with the utmost attention to detail. Each of the apartments benefits from outdoor space and boast views of the nearby castle. Prices start at £265,000.
Castle Quarter incorporates a mixture of living and retail accommodation in a unique setting. Located on the lower floors of the building are the commercial units, which will soon become home to a small number of specially selected restaurants.
Find out more at www.pennanthomes.co.uk ; 01792 619300
Barratt Homes – Copper Quarter
Copper Quarter is set next to the River Tawe where you can enjoy landscaped areas and riverside walks. It features a range of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses.
Copper Quarter is a well-established location which has been undergoing development since 2006. Barratt has enhanced highways in the local area by introducing traffic calming methods, parking for local facilities have been improved and the River Tawe has also received care. The development is scheduled for completion by mid-2016.
Swansea city centre is only a short drive away, or there is a Park & Ride bus station close to Copper Quarter with a regular bus service. Commuters will find excellent transport links to nearby towns and cities with the M4 motorway. Mumbles and the Gower coastline just a car journey away.
Find out more at www.barratthomes.co.uk ; 0844 811 3535
Redrow – The Nurseries, Bishopston
It’s easy to see why so many stars, such as Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, choose to call the Gower Peninsula home. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts some of Britain’s finest countryside and one of the top 25 beaches in the world, according to the Sunday Times.
You don’t need a movie star’s income to enjoy the Gower lifestyle at the Nurseries, in the charming Gower village of Bishopston, just a few miles from Swansea. Here, you can choose from affordable two-bedroom homes or superb executive four- and five-bedroom properties, all built to the high standards of the company’s award-winning Heritage Collection.
The current selection of four- and five-bedroom houses is available from £364,995.
Find out more at www.redrow.co.uk ; 01792 446575