The seaside town of Penarth is home to Wales’ priciest street of 2020.
Using the most recent available data on average selling prices from the Land Registry of houses that have sold during 2020, we can see the ten streets in Wales with the highest average sale prices.
Most years Cardiff dominates the most expensive property landscape, and a street from a county in the north of the country usually features, but this year there is a noticeable shift.
The capital city appears four times in the top 10 with Swansea claiming the second and fourth spot. Cowbridge, which usually makes an appearance, can be seen at number eight and Newport appears for the first time at number five.
These are Wales’ most expensive streets of 2020.
1. Victoria Road, Penarth
This seaside town close to Cardiff and the Glamorgan Heritage coast can always claim to have some of the most expensive streets in Wales within its boundaries.
Popular with families due to its good schools, parks, and pretty, substantial homes, the town is also a hot spot for workers wanting the ease of links into Cardiff but all the benefits of living outside the city.
Coast and country are on the doorstep while boutique shops, pubs, and eateries along the pretty town’s high street all add up to make the location a permanent hotspot. This popularity can also mean the town is pricey.
As well as the £1m-plus mansions occupying clifftop positions along tree-lined avenues the town has apartments and attractive terraces to tempt buyers with less than a seven-figure buying budget.
According to property portal Zoopla, the current average property value in Penarth is £328,198, which is an increase of over £33,000 in just 12 months. This compares to an average of £253,020 in Cardiff with an increase of £16,679 over 2020.
However the huge variety in housing stock in the capital, especially at the lower end of the market, can partly explain the difference when compared to Penarth.
The average value of a property in Victoria Road in the town is £685,873 which is a huge £57,644 change over the past 12 months, with the average price paid £870,000.
This is despite the fact that the attractive suburban avenue, lined with distinctive Victorian villas, includes apartments which by reason of their lower price bring the average figure down.
An apartment within a handsome house in the road sold in July 2020 for £290,000 with David Baker & Co. Other sales in the street include a detached house for £1.75m and another detached property was snapped up for £940,000.
2. East Cliff, Swansea
Visit the road called East Cliff on the Gower Peninsula and there’s no prize for guessing why this country land running along the coast of this beautiful landscape near Swansea is one of the most expensive in Wales in 2020.
Not only is the road lined with large, expansive detached houses along this particular stretch but it is also flanked on one side by large expansive sea views.
Close to all the incredible beaches the Gower can offer, and the convenience of pretty seaside town Mumbles and further down the coast Swansea, these houses have an isolated coastal feel but with urban centres close by.
Over the past 12 months, according to Zoopla, the road has seen a £47,508 increase in the current average property value.
The pictured five-bed detached house sold for £905,000 in January of 2020 with Fine & Country Swansea.
Now the new owner is now enjoying sea views over Hunts Bay and Deep Slade Bay, a heated swimming pool and a spacious home close to Pennard golf course, while the cars are happy in a triple garage.
Even the horses can live on-site in the double stables at the back of the property.
3. Plasturton Avenue, Cardiff
This popular street is in the heart of the permanently desirable suburb of Pontcanna.
This affluent and characterful area to the west of the city centre, Bute Park, and Pontcanna fields is bursting with streets lined with a characterful mix of pretty period properties.
The suburb has, in the past, been named by The Sunday Times as one of the 30 most fashionable places to live in the UK and within the top 20 in TravelSupermarket’s UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index.
Pontcanna can boast boutique shops, pubs, cafés and eateries making it a busy destination for residents and Cardiffians who live further afield.
Within walking distance of the city centre and flanked by vast open and undulating parkland it’s not a surprise to find house prices continue to climb.
According to Zoopla the road has experienced an increase in average value of almost £39,000 over the last 12 months to £553,838, although the average price paid is more in the region of £675,000.
This super-stylish house (pictured above) in the street was sold by estate agents Jeffrey Ross for £675,000 in July 2020 and it’s not a challenge to see why.
The sellers had created a gorgeous kitchen diner at the rear of the property by extending out into the side-return and cleverly adding multiple roof windows into this new slice of accommodation.
4. Mumbles Road, Swansea
This long and winding road stretches along the seafront from Swansea to, you guessed it, the pretty coastal town of Mumbles.
It is lined by the sea of Swansea Bay on one side and a massive variety of property on other, including some substantial houses both in size and price.
Of course the closer the property is located to Mumbles and the better the sea view the higher the price a house hunter can expect to pay on this street.
This seven-bed detached house in the area of West Cross, between Black Pill and Mumbles, had space, a huge garden, partial sea views, and a vast amount of space stretching over three floors.
The house sold for £695,000 with Fine & Country Swansea in February 2020.
The road’s average price paid for a property in 2020 was £650,000 and the section of the road in West Cross saw the biggest average increase during the year of £39,500.
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5. Little Milton Gardens, Newport
The city of Newport makes an appearance on the most expensive streets list and it’s in the form of a new street within an exclusive four-house development on the outskirts of Llanwern.
The luxury homes boasted hi-spec kitchens, underfloor heating, and a massive open-plan kitchen, dining and living room at the rear of the property, with three sets of doors leading out onto the garden patio.
Upstairs the master suite had a dressing room and en suite plus there were three further double bedrooms on this floor as well as a family bathroom and a grand, central galleried landing.
The part stone-rendered façade and black-framed windows ensured that each individually-designed house looked ultra contemporary and also distinctive and enticing.
It seems the kerb appeal and all the interior design goodies inside worked their magic and, according to Rightmove, this house was snapped up for offers in the region of £645,000 via Kingston Newell, Newport.
6. Heol Isaf, Cardiff
This popular suburban street in the ever-popular north Cardiff suburb of Radyr has a variety of period properties lining its route as it wanders through the heart of the pretty suburb.
The main road through Radyr can offer terraces, semi-detached, and detached homes on both sides of the street.
Within the catchment area of Radyr High School and with amenities including a tennis club and a village centre of local shops the suburb attracts families from around the region.
This long road through the suburb has a current average value of £519,447 according to Zoopla – a £32,780 increase over the last 12 months.
This handsome double-fronted period property in Heol Isaf sold in April for £865,000 and offered a new owner oodles of space including four reception rooms, four bedrooms, a large kitchen-diner lounge, and immaculate interior design over three storeys.
It could be argued that the bathrooms in the property were the star of the potential buyer’s property tour, offering a five-star standard of soak in the bath or shower.
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7. Lavernock Road, Penarth
The Vale of Glamorgan coastal town is represented again in the top 10 most expensive streets of 2020 and this time the road is a route that travels through a number of areas where homes can be found. It starts in Penarth, skirts past Cosmeston, and ends up at Sully.
According to Zoopla the street has seen a hefty £40,678 increase in the average value over the last 12 months to £484,005 with an average price paid of £567,500.
It’s not a surprise then to discover that this long road saw a number of property sales during 2020 including this Edwardian detached home with mock Tudor detailing and large bay windows.
Outside the period property is full of traditional character but inside the home has been extended and converted into a light and spacious modern abode complete with an impressive and substantial kitchen-diner lounge at the rear.
Many of the glorious original features remain and ensure this home is a successful blend of past, present, and future.
The home sold for £727,500 in July with Watts & Morgan.
8. Eastgate, Cowbridge
This is the only entry in the top 10 for this popular and pretty rural market town in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Cowbridge is popular for attracting commuters out of the cities and large towns to set up home in a charming and characterful place surrounded by countryside and close to the coast.
The town is continually popular for attracting visitors too and is still able to offer an individual high street packed with boutique and independent shops, cafés, pubs, and and restaurants.
The current average property value in the town, according to Zoopla, is £479,180 with the value increasing by £25,112 over the last 12 months to arrive at that figure.
Eastgate is actually just a section of the main road into the town from the east and has an attractive mix of period cottages, terraces, and substantial properties lining both sides.
This charming stone cottage in Eastgate sold in February for £329,950 with Watts & Morgan and offered the new owner three bedrooms, spacious open-plan living with kitchen and diner running from the front to the back on the ground floor.
9. Beulah Road, Cardiff
This tree-lined avenue that travels into the heart of the suburb of Rhiwbina and its village-style high street is strewn with mainly large detached homes or attractive period semi-detached houses.
Some plots in the street are occupied by period bungalows and some plots have seen the bungalow squashed and a contemporary urban mansion replace it.
A proportion of the suburb is described as Rhiwbina Garden Village , which was developed between 1913 and 1923.
The current average value of the road is £517,860 which was arrived at by a £34,055 increase in value over the last 12 months.
The village high street includes a collection of shops featuring both national brands and independents as well as cafés and restaurants.
This four bed semi-detached house in the road was a stunning mix of period features, beautiful interiors, and modern open spaces.
The house sold in May 2020 for £585,000.
10. Bishop’s Road, Cardiff
This street lined with substantial period properties, mainly semi-detached, is in the north Cardiff suburb of Whitchurch and is always popular with families due to the area’s good schools, parks, community neighbourhoods, local events and blend of shops, pubs, and cafes.
There is a village-like feel to the suburb. It was once a small independent village before Cardiff expanded and it was swallowed up in the city’s urban spread.
Within Whitchurch Bishop’s Road is one of the most popular places for families to put down roots.
Such is the demand for family-friendly homes along the street, houses that are in need of modernisation are snapped up as soon as they go on the market for over half a million pounds.
That was the case with this house – a four bed semi-detached and well-loved home in need of updating with a huge garden and oodles of space inside.
The house was sold in July 2020 for £544,000 by estate agent Hogg and Hogg.
According to Zoopla the average price paid on this street is £540,000, up by £28,682 within the last 12 months.