Discover Cardiff North
Affluent, leafy and unspoilt are three adjectives commonly used to describe Cardiff North, which includes several residential suburbs – Heath, Lisvane, Rhiwbina, Llanishen, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Penylan, Pontprennau and Whitchurch - a few of which we’ve explored.
What makes Cardiff North one of the most desirable places to live is the fact that despite being a mere fifteen minutes or so away from the bustling hub that is Cardiff City Centre, each of Cardiff North’s covetable areas has a distinct, village-y look and feel. People who live here take a real pride in where they live, and it shows.
Just five miles from the city centre, Lisvane boasts a lovely, close-knit community and has its own primary school, parish church and village hall. One of the wealthiest residential areas in the whole of Wales, available properties are few and far between, as people who move here rarely want to leave.
Pontprennau is Welsh for Bridge of Trees, which gives you an idea of what to expect from this area. Nestled at the foot of the hills of the South Wales Valleys, Pontprennau is characterised by a series of hills, intersected by dozens of small valleys created by streams, which feed into the Rhymney River. Once part of an area made up of several farms in Llanedeyrn, Pontprennau was only designated a residential development in the 1970s. So if you’re looking for a property that’s near some stunning, unspoiled countryside, then look no further. Easy access to the M4 makes it a favourite for Cardiff to London commuters.
Incorporating Lakeside and Roath Park, it’s hard to imagine that, a mere century ago, Cyncoed Road was still an ancient track, leading to neighbouring Penylan and Lisvane. In 1887, the 3rd Marquis of Bute donated over 120 acres of marshland to provide the Cardiff Corporation a park with a lake, pleasure gardens and playing fields, which today everyone is welcome to enjoy. The most covetable properties surround the lake, thanks to their stunning views, and of course the enviable location. Who wouldn’t love the view of families of swans gliding past your window?
Officially, Whitchurch hasn’t been a village since the early 20th century. That said, it’s still referred to as ‘the village’ by its residents. To draw a comparison, Whitchurch is to Cardiff what Hampstead is to London, with peaceful country walks and a bustling high street mere minutes away from each other. Commuters love it because it’s just off the A470, which makes travelling a breeze. If you love browsing, coffee shops and mooching around fascinating boutiques, Whitchurch is for you.