So you’re looking at moving to Cardiff?
Being the capital and largest city in Wales, Cardiff is also the tenth largest city in the UK. It is also the country’s chief commercial centre and the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions. Recently, more people have been moving to Cardiff with an increase of around 6% every year.
If you are one of these people or are considering buying a home or moving to Cardiff. Here are some facts you should know.
Cardiff was polled one of the best cities in Europe to live in and the area has transformed itself into an attractive place to live. The Cardiff council is using its Local Development Plan to develop and improve areas such as Butetown and the city centre to attract even more people to the region. This plan includes more than 41,000 new homes to be built by 2026 of which 23,000 have either already been built or are in the planning stages. An industrial estate in Cardiff’s city centre is being transformed into a new community that will include more than 2,000 homes.
A recent study has ranked Cardiff one of the UK’s 12 largest cities by measuring a range of economic indicators such as house price growth, rental costs, salaries, living costs, unemployment rates and “life satisfaction”. Cardiff scored above average on every factor of the study with 92% of people surveyed saying they liked living in the Welsh capital.
Here are a few more interesting facts about Cardiff you may not have known..
It has been said that in 1901 at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay the world’s first £1,000,000 cheque was signed. In 1914 Cardiff became the biggest Coal Port in the world and was an important part of the world economy. Enjoy a walk around the barrage enjoying the history of the place and look out over the water, its a great place to spend time.
World’s Oldest Record Store
Spillers Records was established in 1894 and is the oldest record shop in the world. When opened the shop specialised in the sale of phonographs and these days they offer vinyl, CD’s and tickets for local gigs. The shop was facing closure when landlords tried to put the rent up on the premises but after community support to keep the shop open they have now moved to Morgan’s Arcade.
It’s not surprising that Cardiff is a growing city. With everything this place has to offer the city has a diverse population with businesses flocking to do business here and around 75,000 students coming to study here. The city is one of the best city’s for young people offering a good standard of living, high wages and low living costs.
In the heart of Cardiff’s centre lies a beautiful late 11th century castle that shows the historical significance of the place. The castle is one of the main focal points for visitors and has hosted an array of events over the years. From concerts and events, to open air theatres to even a visit from US Presidents Cardiff Castle is place you must visit.
Not really a Cardiff based fact as he was from Crickhowell in Powys but a good fact we thought we’d put in. Surrounding Cardiff and only a short drive is the Brecon Beacons national park. If your moving to Cardiff or just visiting make sure you find time to visit this beautiful place and see the spectacular views.
For all the Doctor Who fans out there, one of the most iconic British TV series is regularly filmed here. For residents of Cardiff it’s not too out of the ordinary to see some of the characters filming scenes around certain parts of the City. For those that want to really absorb themselves in all things Doctor Who you can visit the Doctor Who Experience for a truly amazing journey. www.doctorwhoexperience.com
A city with sport at its centre
There’s nothing like this amazing city on an international rugby day. With the Millennium Stadium located right in the middle of the city the whole place comes alive with supporters from different nations all cheering their team on there’s no place quite like it. Throughout the year the Millennium Stadium hosts an array of different events from Speed Way, Football to Music Concerts. If you’re visiting it’s a must to organise a tour around this iconic place.
If you are considering moving to Cardiff or buying a new home, take a look at what Cardiff has to offer as the city is continually growing and improving. Contact an estate agent at Zevizo Properties today for more information about moving to Cardiff and to see some of the available properties. With everything that Cardiff has to offer, it might be right for you.
Are you thinking of moving to Cardiff or do you live in Cardiff? Leave a comment below and tell us your favourite spots in Cardiff and why you love it in this amazing city!