With the average house price in Wales climbing to a record £245,893 according to Principality Building Society, it’s not a surprise to find that the most activity on Zoopla, the online property portal, has been significantly around houses around this price level.
Across September the top ten houses that attracted the most attention saw five houses under the £280,000 level, with each house offering either space or potential within a suburban setting.
Going up to the next rung on the property ladder sees the top ten list move to Pwllheli and a very handsome townhouse that sprawled upwards across four storeys, had super slick interiors and a front garden big enough for playing football.
The list has one auction property that has a guide of £750,000 but will surely go for more as it comes with a renovated house, two cottages in the garden and oodles of land.
And, of course, there are a few dream homes in the list too, with the majority of the online viewers unlikely to ever be able to afford them, but we can all daydream about a dream home sometimes, can’t we?
On the list is a £1.35m pad that will make the horses happy as there’s facilities and an abundance of space for them too. The other dream home is an amazing James Bond-style super special contemporary home that comes with its own castle tower – a modern, slick take on an ancient stone version.
But the most viewed house across Wales in September 2022 via Zoopla was a pretty standard looking three-bed semi-detached home in Ynysforgan, north of Swansea. But it is a house packed with more space than the normal semi-detached home, but appears to be the type of home currently popular with house hunters.
1. Near Swansea: £250,000
The attractive curved steps lead up to the front door past some pretty flowering plants and a majestic tree next door at this house in Ynysforgan, near Swansea. But the smart brick facade hides more space than you might imagine when standing on the pavement; it’s a bit of a Tardis house.
From the hall there’s a study and cloakroom to the left and a large, combined lounge and dining room to the right. The kitchen is at the rear, next to the dining area, so a simple job of removing the dividing wall could create a substantial L-shaped living space, if that is what the new owner desires.
Up the stairs and there are three bedrooms and a bathroom in a standard house format, with modern decor and a smart appearance that suggests the house is well-loved.
Outside there’s a sunny patio and a garden room at the end of the outdoor space, perfect for sheltering from the rain or direct sunshine. But that’s not the extra space that’s the surprise at this house.
Where the tree stands next to the driveway and what looks like another house is actually a cute, detached annexe with its own front door. The single-storey bonus has a lounge, currently being used as a gym, a bedroom with ensuite shower room and a kitchen.
For anyone with a budget of £250,000 who is desperate to secure two properties for the price of one, this semi-detached home is a special bundle of buildings that can deliver on space and price. The house is for sale with Sullivans estate agents, call them on 01792 732734 to find out more.
2. Treboeth, Swansea: £280,000
This beautiful property is located on a quiet road and has been designed to take full advantage of the gorgeous views over the valley, with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a peaceful overall feel. But there might not be too much peace inside this hard working family home, but it can cope with it.
To the rear, there is a detached purpose built workshop with electricity and heating, so ideal for those that work from home.
The kitchen has been recently extended and modernised, with a beautiful island as the centrepiece. Throughout the property, there is a feel of quality materials used for the construction, with oak doors, oak staircase and floor-to-ceiling tiled bathrooms.
Outside there is a gated drive with parking for approximately three vehicles, a low maintenance garden with artificial turf areas and a leisure decking area. Now all you need is the sunshine to return. The three-bed detached home is for sale for £280,000 with John Francis, call their Swansea branch on 01792 713304 to find out more.
3. Mayals, Swansea: £1.5m
Amongst the practically priced family homes and first and second property ladder rung houses within this list there are, of course, some expensive dream home’s to promote daydreaming. And who wouldn’t want to have an online look inside this James Bond-style modern mansion when it pops up on your screen via Zoopla?
According to the agent selling this bespoke abode, it comes with solar panels in the garden and underfloor heating and hot water provided by a ‘cutting edge’ ground source heat pump and any excess energy generated sold to the National Grid.
But these welcomed and mostly hidden additions to this new build beauty are cloaked in the most stunning of design and interiors, with the bold and robust corners and angles of this modern home softened by curves and accents of tactile and visually warming materials. See more of the inside of this house here.
The house that is a slice of Miami in Mayals is for sale for offers in the region of £1.5m with estate agents Belvoir, call their Swansea branch on 01792 825970 to find out more. All photographs supplied by Behind the Lens Media.
4. Morriston: £240,000
The front of the house greets you with a smart exterior and it’s a theme that carries on inside this modern, detached home, including the tidy, low maintenance garden at the back. The home is given a light and bright, modern and welcoming sprinkle of interior design magic.
The kitchen diner that spans the width of the house at the rear is a highlight – a sociable space that continues outside via French doors into the garden, and can make you feel instantly relaxed with a cool, mint green kitchen complementing the neutral decor and natural materials.
The lounge boasts warm and tactile wood flooring as a perfect base for comfortable and modern decor based on natural elements of cotton, wood and linen. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom and outside a very useful detached garage. The house in the Morriston area of Swansea is on the market for £240,000 with Yopa, call them on 0333 305 0202 to find out more.
5. Kidwelly: £750,000 guide price
There’s so much on offer at this site that if you view it in reality, rather than online, it’s going to take you a while. The impressive and private site is a smallholding of about 43 acres marketed as being an ‘oven ready’ investment comprising.
The site comprises a detached four-bedroom house that the selling agent states has been recently refurbished to a high standard, and a pair of recently converted near identical self-contained two-three bedroom permanent residential units that with the right permissions can also be used as holiday cottages.
There’s a good range of outbuildings too, about 7.5 acres of amenity woodland and scrubland, and approximately 34 acres of good quality clean grazing land. Going to auction on November 3, the site is in a rural but convenient location just eight miles from the town of Carmarthen and about nine miles from Pembrey Country Park. Call agents Evans Bros on 01570 480444 to find out more.
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6. Pwllheli: £395,000
This terrific townhouse is as spacious as it is handsome, with a front garden so massive you can play football in it. Outside space and facilities also include an enclosed patio garden to the rear, large balcony which can be accessed from the second floor or via steps from the rear patio, plus private parking to the rear for two vehicles, there is also ample on street parking to the front.
It’s a magnificent period property which has recently undergone a major transformation by the current vendors to create a comfortable and stylish five-bed family home. Highlights include a high-end, contemporary glossy kitchen that is open plan to the dining room with log burner and feature slate tile wall.
There are four floors of fabulousness here – a ground floor of the super stylish, large living, dining and kitchen area at the front, with a cloakroom, utility room and separate sitting room at the back. Up one floor to the master bedroom at the front with dressing room and ensuite, and a bedroom with its own balcony at the back.
Up the next floor to find three more bedrooms and a bathroom, with a final room found on the top floor, up the attic which would make a wonderful den or home office. This terrific terrace is on the market for £395,000 with Beresford Adams, call their Pwllheli branch on 01758 580057 to find out more.
7. Port Talbot: £220,000
Situated within a quiet cul de sac in the popular residential location of Cwmavon this traditional detached bungalow would be an ideal purchase for anyone wanting to downsize. The property is within easy access of local shops, schools and amenities with good road and transport links available to Port Talbot town centre and the M4.
Accommodation briefly comprises entrance hall, lounge, inner hallway leading to a kitchen/diner, bathroom and two bedrooms as well as gardens to the front and rear with a driveway to the side and detached single garage. The house was on the market at offers over £220,000 with estate agents Payton Jewell Caines but it has already been snapped up.
8. Loughor: £600,000
This big blue beauty is a real opportunity to purchase an impressive four-bedroom, detached house in Loughor. The property briefly comprises a large kitchen diner with sitting area with a feature log burner as the focal point that brings character as well as warmth to this sociable space. There are two further and separate reception rooms, a utility room and cloakroom also on the ground floor.
On the first floor of this sprawling period property are four double bedrooms, three of these have ensuites, and a family bathroom. To the rear of the property there is parking for multiple cars, a detached garage, summerhouse and an enclosed garden with lawn – what more could you want in a fabulous family home?
The house is for sale for £600,000 with Peter Alan, call their Gorseinon branch on 01792 894422 to find out more.
9. Swansea: £1,325,000
The horses will be happy here, and so will the humans. This property is an amazing and unique opportunity to acquire a property with prestige as well as packed with facilities.
There’s a four bed house which has been refurbished to an extremely high standard according to the agent, fitted with a bespoke kitchen and can also boast a large balcony with views over all the grounds.
Within those grounds there are two renovated cottages and planning for two park homes and an abundance of equestrian facilities for the four-legged members of the family including a purpose built block of six stables and tack room and a two large paddocks. The agent is gushing about this one, saying ‘all properties have been refurbished immaculately’.
The property also offers a large double garage and summerhouse which could become your perfect home office, a fancy, large forecourt driveway with roundabout with water fountain and through electric gates to a private sweeping tarmac driveway – it’s an entrance built to impress, and it does.
On the market for offers in the region of £1,325,000 with Peter Alan, call their Gorseinon branch on 01792 894422 to find out more.
10. Baglan: £199,950
It’s bright and welcoming at this three-bed semi-detached house in Baglan, Port Talbot, with fresh white and zings of citrus accent colours ensuring there’s never a dull moment or mood within this abode.
From the ample parking at the front and side, plus a low maintenance garden at the rear, the house is a perfect place for a busy family putside and inside the kitchen diner at the rear is the most sociable place to gather and socialise pove meals, from burnt toast at breakfast to warming winter evening meals.
The lounge at the front is spacious enough for big squishy sofas and the three bedrooms above are two doubles and a single, joined by a family bathroom. The house is for sale for offers over £199,950 with Payton Jewell Caines, call them on 01639 891268 . And don’t miss the best dream homes in Wales, auction properties, renovation stories, and interiors – join the Amazing Welsh Homes newsletter , sent to your inbox twice a week.