Happy St David’s Day – property values up across Wales #stdavid #wales

Properties for sale in Wales

Properties for sale in Wales

Every year events and parades are held across Wales to commemorate St. David’s day, or for our Welsh readers Dydd Dewi Sant.

Little is known for sure about the patron saint of Wales. He died in 589, but it was not until the 12th Century that he gained real fame, however each March 1 is now celebrated by schools and cultural societies throughout Wales, and it is custom on that day to wear either a leek or a daffodil – two of Wales’ national emblems.

However, this year, we can give Wales another reason to cheer and celebrate. According to our data, property values across Wales are up 0.58% on average over the last 12 months now standing at £225,028. Whilst not a huge rise, they are now heading in the right direction.

On a county area level, Newport, where the average property value is currently  £144,458, performed best over the last 12 months with values up 5.46%. In second place is the Vale of Glamorgan (average property value £199,184) where value are up 3.41% and in third place is Swansea (£145,956) where average property values are up 2.79%.

Welsh property value performance over the last 12 months

County Areas Property Value Feb 2013 12 Month Change £ 12 Month Change %
Newport £144,458 £7,484 5.46%
Vale of Glamorgan £199,184 £6,569 3.41%
Swansea £145,956 £3,968 2.79%
Monmouthshire £226,041 £5,826 2.65%
Flintshire £158,223 £3,682 2.38%
Powys £180,113 £3,668 2.04%
Isle of Anglesey £159,730 £2,089 1.33%
Conwy £165,732 £1,960 1.20%
Gwynedd £157,264 £1,834 1.18%
Merthyr Tydfil £101,117 £1,057 1.06%
Rhondda Cynon Taff £109,342 £998 0.92%
Pembrokeshire £173,977 £1,525 0.88%
Bridgend £146,219 £938 0.65%
Cardiff £189,189 £1,124 0.60%
Carmarthenshire £138,514 £786 0.57%
Blaenau Gwent £85,472 £299 0.35%
Neath Port Talbot £112,320 £140 0.12%
Denbighshire £141,162 -£758 -0.53%
Caerphilly £129,371 -£1,478 -1.13%
Torfaen £130,286 -£2,851 -2.14%
Wrexham £151,815 -£3,911 -2.51%
Ceredigion £181,077 -£5,894 -3.15%

Five properties to buy in Wales

1. Nevern, Newport, SA42 – 4 bedroom detached house for sale – Offers in region of £495,995

Nevern

2. Llanmaes, Vale Of Glamorgan CF61 – 9 bedroom detached house for sale - £1,450,000

Vale of Glamorgan

3. Marine Walk, Swansea SA14 – 4 bedroom terraced house for sale - £395,000

Maritime Quarter, Swansea

4. Usk, Gwent NP15 – 5 bedroom semi detached house for sale – £950,000

Usk

5. Ewloe, Deeside CH5 – 4 bedroom detached house for sale – £279,950

Deeside

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March 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM Leave a comment

Spot the Celeb Pad

Guess the Celebrity

Who rubs their country neighbours up the wrong way? Who is having trouble offloading their “tart’s boudoir”? The rich and famous have the luxury of owning some of Britain’s most beautiful and historic homes.  Scroll through the properties in our gallery of celebrity pads and match the faces with the places. Leave us a comment below if you think you know the answers!

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February 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

Small is beautiful – are studios losing their bedsit stigma?

St James Gardens 6

The London-based agency Marsh & Parsons is selling a flat in ultra-desirable Holland Park – where Simon Cowell has a home and where even the average house price is just under £1.5m – for a relatively modest £395,000. The catch is that the property measures just 413 sq ft – or to put it another way: it’s a studio.

St James Gardens 2

Increasingly, Brits are foregoing space for these bonsai-proportioned homes that offer better affordability. Studios with good storage space or mezzanine sleeping areas are particularly popular: the Holland Park property makes the most of its high ceilings, with a sleeping area and a dressing room underneath. Internal folding doors shutting away a kitchen are a good idea – any dirty dishes can be hidden in a heartbeat when friends call; as is a simple, white minimalist colour scheme. (It’s best to save the bold patterned wallpaper for a home where you don’t have to debate whether a colander takes up too much space in the kitchen.)

St James Gardens 4

“Studios are becoming increasingly popular with first-time buyers,” says William Hughes-Ward, sales manager of the South Kensington & Chelsea office of Marsh & Parsons. “Over the past ten years studios have become less like bedsits and more stylish abodes, which, with a bit of creativity, can offer great living space.”

St James Gardens 5

Ballymore’s Pan Peninsula development features a 305 sq ft studio on the 30th floor, currently on the market for £310,000. It comes with a fold-up bed that disappears into the wall (though not when you are asleep). The flat has a masculine monochrome colour scheme and views over Canary Wharf.

Pan Peninsula

And it’s not just Prime Central London – areas such as Holland Park, home to Russian oligarchs and women with improbably small dogs – that is seeing these new breed of studios pop up. In fashionable Dalston, East London, some disused garages on the Lockner Estate are being converted into bijou homes.

When finished, they will be cosy studios for young professionals to rent at a cost of just £11 a week. These homes will measure just 124 sq ft, so warn the cat – it should tuck its head in mid-swing.

February 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM Leave a comment

Ten ultimate home cinema rooms #Oscars

Stayed up late to watch the Oscar’s ceremony? Feeling a little sleepy?

With the after show parties across the globe coming to an end, which of these luxurious cinema rooms would you like to collapse in and watch your favourite movies?

Click on the pictures to take a tour of these fabulous homes to buy.

 Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

Cinema room

February 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM 1 comment

Homes with a difference

Jessie Hewitson takes a look at some weird and wonderful homes currently on the market.

Hot on the news that Naomi Campbell’s billionaire boyfriend is to build a love nest for the couple just outside of Moscow in the shape of a Star Trek spaceship designed by Zaha Hadid – really – we decided to take a look at some of the homes on the market with unexpected selling points.

Loddiswell2

A contender is the five-bed property that is a converted train station in Kingsbridge in Devon, which comes complete with station sign of Loddiswell on the outside of the building and an indoor pool located within the building that housed the former signal box room.The property, on the market for £750,000, is on the market with Marchand Petit.

Loddiswell

One topical selling point has only emerged recently: a view of the Shard. Even a “partial view” of the pointy building is being touted as a wallet-opening piece of information by Hamptons International, an agency currently selling a 646 sq ft high-spec studio flat for £485,000 in Cinnamon Wharf, Shad Thames.

Hamptons

Meanwhile a four-bed detached house in Haringey, north London, is a property designed and built by the lead architects of the Eden Project and the international terminal at Waterloo station. Fiona Galbraith and Andrew Whalley originally bought the site and built this modernist house early in their career as their family home (they have since relocated to New York as Whalley, who used to work with Richard Rogers, is head of the New York practice of Grimshaw Architects). The current owners, a young couple, bought the property off Galbraith and Whalley, and are now selling it for £810,000 through Winkworth. The home, as you would expect, is extremely energy efficient.

Whalley

February 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM 1 comment

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