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New Homes Hotspot: Cardiff

Posted 26 January 2023 by Keith Osborne

The WhatHouse? team explores Cardiff and why it is a great choice if you’re planning to buy a brand new home...

The WhatHouse? team explores Cardiff and why it is a great choice if you’re planning to buy a brand new home.

It is remarkable that with all its history and the significant part it plays in life in Wales, Cardiff was only given the title of the capital city of Wales in 1955. Coal mining in South Wales was instrumental in its industrial success but the city today is adapting to a very different economy and culture.

With a surge in population over the last 20 years, many new homes have been built to accommodate them. There’s an ongoing major regeneration of the city which is creating thousands of new homes to suit all kinds of taste and budget, from traditional-influenced starter homes in the suburbs to luxurious, contemporary, city centre apartments.


Coast and countryside

For lovers of nature and landscape, among the most exceptional places to visit from Cardiff are Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons.


Sport and fitness

Rugby – The Principality Stadium (previously known as the Millennium Stadium) is the home of Welsh rugby, with a capacity of 74,000. The Cardiff Blues play at Cardiff Arms Park.

Football – Cardiff City is a Championship team with 120 years of history.

There's also an indoor climbing centre; Cardiff International White Water; National Indoor Athletics Centre; ice rink and ice hockey rink; Cardiff International Pool & Gym.


Music and entertainment

The city has an impressive range of music and theatre venues including St David’s Hall for some top-class classical concerts, the New Theatre for plays, musicals comedy and more, The Motorpoint Arena which has hosted many globally famous rock and pop stars, and places such as TramShed which host well-known and up-and-coming acts across the entertainment world. Many other pubs and clubs host live bands and DJs across the music spectrum.


Food and drink

Food and drink in WalesThese are the Top 3 Cardiff eateries according to BBC Good Food:

Heaneys – Created by the Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney, this place in Pontcanna has a daily-rotating menu.

Dusty Knuckle – This specialist of Neapolitan-style pizzas, baked in their wood-fired oven, can be found in a covered outdoor courtyard at the Printhaus.

The Potted Pig – A restaurant and gin lounge based in an old bank vault which boasts seasonal British-influenced menu alongside a huge choice of gins.



Among the best pubs in the city (via TripAdvisor): 

Hophunter – Cardiff CAMRA pub of the year 2016 

The Cambrian Tap – “Meat pies and beer flights” 

The Packet – “Authentic pub in the Bay neighbourhood” 


Road connections

Swansea, 1hr 

Birmingham, 2hrs 20mins 

Central London, 3hrs 


Direct rail connections

Bristol, 35 mins 

London Paddington, 2hrs 

Birmingham, 2hrs 

Southampton, 2hrs 30mins 

There are numerous regional services to the likes of Merthyr Tydfil, Ebbw Vale, and Pembroke.


Education in Cardiff

Education in Wales​The most oversubscribed primary schools:

Pontprennau Primary

Marlborough Primary

Rhydypenau Primary

Danescourt Primary

Millbank Primary


The best secondary schools:

Cardiff High School (best in Wales) 

Bishop of Llandaff Church In Wales High School 

Ysgol Glantaf 


The best further/higher education:

Cardiff Sixth Form College 

Cardiff and Vale College 

Cardiff Academy 

Cardiff University has 7,500 students and is undergoing a £600million campus upgrade. 


Regeneration plans

The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal will see £1.2billion invested in the area over 20 years. There’s a proposed £120million new business district and sustainable transport hub between Cardiff and Newport. Plans are in place for a new museum on what is currently the site of a Grade II* listed building in Cardiff Bay.


The Mayfair'The Mayfair' house type at Regency Park At Llanilltern Village

Brand new homes for sale in Cardiff

One of the most active parts of Cardiff right now is on its northwestern fringes, near Creigiau, with the ongoing Llantilltern Village project, where numerous housebuilders are contributing to a total of around 1,500 new homes around 25 minutes from the city centre and moments away from the M4. Regency Park, from Charles Church, currently has a selection of four-bedroom houses for sale from £419,995, while Persimmon Homes offers two- and three-bedroom properties here from £169,995.

Persimmon Homes is also busy on the northeastern side of the city, near the popular area of St Mellons. St Edeyrns is a brand new village close to the A48 link road between Newport and Cardiff, which will appeal to commuters looking to benefit from the15-minute journey time to the centre of both cities. Currently available here are two-, three- and four-bedroom house types from £244,995 to £424,995, and people reserving a home here before 28 February can ask about a special offer choice of 105% Part Exchange on their current home, or a mortgage-free first ten months in their new home.

Moments from Cottrell Park Golf Resort, in the charming village of Bonvilston, Acorn Property Group is offering high-specification four- and five-bedroom executive homes from £685,000 at Cottrell Gardens. Keen house-hunters should act quickly to make the most of a limited-time offer here – reserving before 31 January 2023 means they could benefit from a £10,000 contribution to Land Transaction Tax.

OsbourneThe ‘Osbourne’ house type

For some luxury, Edenstone Group is building Beaufort Park development in Lisvane and right now, the housebuilder is offering a special 3% discount on selected new homes. Sales director Adele McCoy said: “Beaufort Park features some of the largest and most luxurious homes we build. Prices here start from just under £1million and so the 3% discount is quite considerable. On plot three, the five-bedroom detached ‘Osbourne’, the saving amounts to £45,750. That’s enough to purchase an average-priced SUV at £38,000 and have money to spare, perhaps for a luxurious family break or to purchase new furniture for your new home.” Using the 3% discount, which is available for a limited time only, the 4,239-sq-ft ‘Osbourne’ can be purchased for £1,479,250. Find out more at www.edenstonehomes.com.

For people over 70-years-old who want to combine homeownership with the benefits of personal care and communal facilities, Llys Isan will be a development in the suburb of Llanishen from WhatHouse? Award-winning specialist developer McCarthy Stone. The 49 assisted living apartments are specifically designed for older residents providing security and comfort, with tailored care packages available. The one- and two-bedroom private properties are complemented by shared lounge and landscaped gardens as well as a bistro and guest suite. There are great amenities and transport links on the doorstep. Prices on application.

Cardiff Living is another major development of 1,500 new homes comprising many smaller schemes offering an impressive range of property type and styles to suit all buyers, and with a high proportion of affordable and rental homes. For private sale, there are now just two homes available at Foxglove Court, which has delivered properties to suit all buyers, from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom family homes. The two remaining for sale are both the ‘Reed’ apartment type, with a starting price of £247,500. This 773-sq-ft home has an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area and both bedrooms are double sized and complemented by a contemporary-style bathroom. It comes with an allocated off-streeet parking space. Find out more at cardiffliving.wales.

Coming soon at Cardiff Living is Maple Fields, a new range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes for private sale and Shared Ownership.


Featured Developments
Capel Llanilltern, Cardiff CF5
Price on application
Regency Park at Llanilltern Village
Capel Llanilltern, Cardiff CF5 
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Charles Church
Capel Llanilltern, Cardiff CF5
£249,995 - £479,995
The Parish @ Llanilltern Village
Capel Llanilltern, Cardiff CF5 
3 - 4 bedroom properties
Persimmon Homes
St Mellons, Cardiff CF3
£244,995 - £364,995
St Edeyrns Village
St Mellons, Cardiff CF3 
Contact for more details
Persimmon Homes
Bonvilston, The Vale of Glamorgan CF5
£685,000 - £750,000
Cottrell Gardens
Bonvilston, The Vale of Glamorgan CF5 
4 - 5 bedroom properties
Acorn Property Group
Llanishen, Cardiff CF14
Properties not released
Llys Isan
Llanishen, Cardiff CF14
1 - 2 bedroom properties
McCarthy Stone
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