Moving to Cardiff? Here are 6 of the city’s nicest neighbourhoods.
Cardiff is a thriving hub of entertainment, history, culture, and sport. It’s a beautiful place with the Pembrokeshire coastline on one side, the Brecon Beacons mountain range on the other and just a short drive to Bristol. Located where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary, Cardiff had a humble start as a small village, but the Industrial Revolution transformed the seaside town into the bustling city we see today. 400,000 people now live in Cardiff and enjoy the wide range of high street shops, eclectic architecture, an abundance of parks and outdoor hangout spots, and events, festivals and activities aplenty. Intercity is a removal company in Cardiff, so we know a thing or two about the area. We’ve rounded up 6 of the most desirable neighbourhoods to move to in Cardiff.
Penylan is located just six minutes east of the city centre by car. The neighbour is best known for it’s Edwardian architecture and a number of parks, including Roath Park Lake. There is a strong sense of community among those living in the area. With a number of schools in the area and child-friendly restaurants such as Da Mara and the Penylan Pantry, it’s a great place for families. A 4-bed townhouse starts at £1,200 pcm in Penylan.
Pontcanna and Canton
Pontcanna and Canton are located about two miles west of the city centre. It’s an area of large houses and wide tree-lined roads. There is a large English-born population in the area with a thriving Welsh-speaking community. Many of the large houses in the area have been transformed into business centres, guest houses, and flats.
It’s the perfect area for business professionals who work in the city centre but don’t want to live there, with easy transport links. It’s also home to numerous independent retailers, cafes, and some popular attractions including Bute Park and Chapter Arts Centre. Those who move to Pontcanna and Canton can stop by the famous Purple Poppadum for a curry or swing by the Cameo Club for a chance run-in with some retired rugby players.
Cyncoed can be found ten minutes northeast of Cardiff’s city centre. The district is known to be affluent with some of the highest property prices in Wales. Located up the hill from Roath Park, it has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The area has a number of spots to eat out including Three Arches, The Discovery, and Juboraj Lakeside. Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in this district starts at £600 pcm. The schools of Cardiff High and Rhydypenau Primary are also in this catchement area.
Those looking for a quiet suburb to settle in when moving to Cardiff will suit Llandaff. The neighbourhood is an eleven minute drive from the city centre and is home to some impressive historical monuments, including Insole Court, a lavish mansion from the 19th century, and Llandaff Cathedral, which was originally from the 12th century and is still an active part of the community. This, combined with Llandaff Meadow on the River Taff and the local pubs and boutique shops, give the district a village-like feel. Flats and houses in this area start the rental price of £350 and can go to over £1000.
Lisvane is another one of Cardiff’s more affluent areas. It’s the furthest north of our 6 neighbourhoods and is considered one of the wealthiest places to live in Wales with the average house price coming in at around £420,000. The neighbourhood is also known for its parks, Caerphilly Castle, restaurants like The Black Griffin Inn and The Old Cottage, and the area’s low crime rate.
Penarth is 13 minutes just outside of Cardiff’s city centre to the southeast. During the Victorian era it was a popular destination for summer holidays and they referred to it as “The Garden by the Sea.” It has maintained traditional features along the seafront, and is still considered a popular summer getaway today. If you’re looking for a suitable to retire, this town is it. The local favourite is the Busy Teapot, and on the door step are St Fagans National Museum of History and Cardiff Castle. The average rental property in Penarth is around £800 pcm.
Cardiff has a lot to offer, from the plentiful nature to the quaint cafes and popular pubs. If you’re looking to move to any of these neighbourhoods, we’d be happy to help.