Inside Cardiff's most expensive homes — not one is worth less than a million

By Elizabeth Thomas

The current property market is overheating in some areas of Wales, with house prices soaring.

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics, covering the period up to and including June 2021, shows that Wales is the UK's region with the highest average house price increase - 16.7% between June 2020 and June 2021 compared to 13.3% in England, 12% in Scotland and 9% in Northern Ireland.

Cardiff saw an 11.1% increase in house prices between June 2020 and June 2021, with the average price now standing at £235,054. For the most amazing homes in Wales, or to see what's going for a bargain, visit our Homes section here.

Some properties for sale in Cardiff at the moment are on offer for nearly ten times this average house price - and they're pretty impressive to look at.

Those who can afford such properties can expect indoor pools and saunas, beautiful period features, expansive gardens and games rooms.

We've taken a closer look inside some of the most expensive properties for sale in Cardiff at the moment.

Cyncoed: £2,200,000

The property is on sale for £2.2m with estate agents Kelvin Francis (Kelvin Francis estate agents)

This uniquely shaped five-bedroom house is a hidden gem, tucked away on a quiet residential street in Cyncoed. Set amongst woodland and bordered by the Nant Fawr Stream, the unusual property is in catchment for the popular Cardiff High School, and a short walk from Rhydypenau Primary School.

The modern detached family home is set within a gated community, called Nant Fawr Court, and even has its own indoor swimming pool complete with shower rooms. Gardens surround the property, with lawn and patio areas to relax in, and a large driveway to the front of the property provides room for numerous cars.

It even boasts its own swimming pool (Kelvin Francis estate agents)
The master suite has its own sunken bath (Kelvin Francis estate agents)
The property covers 6,000 square feet (Kelvin Francis estate agents)

All of the property's five bedrooms provide views over the garden through floor to ceiling windows, while the master suite boasts not only a private roof terrace, but also a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with a sunken bath. The property - which covers 6,000 square feet of accommodation - is on sale with estate agents Kelvin Francis, call their Cyncoed branch on 029 2076 6538 to find out more.

Cyncoed: £1,850,000

The detached house is set back from Cyncoed Road (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

Another hidden gem in what is arguably Cardiff's most expensive suburb is this beautifully presented detached house. Set back from the prestigious Cyncoed Road, this property has its own electric entry gates, a 100ft driveway - so no problem trying to find parking - and is set in grounds of just under half an acre.

Set within the Cardiff High School catchment area, the home also has easy access to the M4/A48 highway, making it a great option for those looking to commute for work.

It features a 150ft lawned garden at the rear (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)
A 'relaxation room' comes with its own bar (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

The house also features 150ft lawned gardens to the rear, as well as a a 42ft rear balcony from one of the bedrooms - which has an en-suite with a roll-top bath on claw legs. The guest bedroom even has a door leading to a dressing room or hobbies room with mirror-fronted wardrobes.

One bedroom leads onto a 42ft terrace (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)
This terrace, accessed via one of the bedrooms, has ample room for entertaining (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

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The property's bespoke fitted kitchen features stunning marble worktops and flooring and a breakfast island with a hard-wood top, while a 'relaxation room' has its own bar, complete with a wine cooler.

The sitting room overlooks the deep front garden and features a cast iron fire, while the family and dining room, which opens onto the stylish kitchen, has French doors leading out onto the garden.

The property is on sale with estate agents Kelvin Francis. Call an agent on 029 2243 0176 to find out more.

Roath Park: £1,800,000 (guide price)

The house is set over three stories (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)

This suburban mansion, located just around the corner from the popular Roath Park Lake, comes with its own billiards room, sauna and party room.

The six-bedroom property is set across a spacious three levels and dates back to 1917, still retaining much of its original features. The property's ground floor - which is totally hidden from the front - features a large billiards room that leads to a gym. A block of three garages at the front of the property provides plenty of room for family cars.

A basement level boasts a characteristic billiards room (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)
The house has its own sauna (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)

A substantial living room leads directly out onto the garden, while the basement level - accessed via a winding staircase - also fits in a full-size family bathroom and even three wine cellars. The property's hallway features some of its beautiful period characteristics, including cornicing, picture rail and a carved, wide staircase. The drawing room at the front of the property spans the width of the main house and includes large bay windows, letting in plenty of light.

A garden room provides 180 degree views (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)
The property's hallway boasts some of its original characteristics (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)
The property features a Shaker-style kitchen (Moginie James estate agent / rightmove)

A kitchen diner flows out onto a lounge with a garden room, providing access to an elevated terrace. The garden lounge provides 180 degree views over the garden and rooftops of Cyncoed.

The kitchen-diner features a Shaker-style kitchen and a built-in breakfast bar, complete with a wine fridge, a second sink and a double-fronted fridge.

A master bedroom has its own walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with a central bath, set on a floor with a further three double bedrooms.

Call Moginie James at their Cyncoed branch on 029 2076 1999 to find out more.

Cyncoed: £1,675,000 (guide price)

The property is set on Cyncoed's Llandennis Avenue (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

This beautiful bay fronted detached home is set on Cyncoed's Llandennis Avenue. Within easy reach of local amenities and the M4/A48 highway, the property has plenty of features to attract potential buyers.

The property has retained its charm and character, featuring cornicing and woodblock flooring in its reception hall, while its porch boasts a wide panelled oak door.

A sitting room features a charming window seat (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)
The bespoke kitchen has a granite-top central island (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

A spacious drawing room provides views over the 87ft garden with plenty of patio space for entertaining, and features a stone fire surround and hearth with a wood burner. The sitting room also provides views over the rear garden with a charming window seat. Complete with bespoke book shelving and a wood burner, the room provides a cosy atmosphere to be enjoyed whatever the season.

The property's luxury kitchen features a bespoke fitted kitchen in American Black Walnut, as well as a granite central island. Two of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. Two more bedrooms provide stunning views over the garden, while a fifth bedroom could be used as a study, featuring matching shelving.

The property is on sale with estate agents Kelvin Francis. Call an agent on 029 2243 0176 to find out more.

St Mellons: £1,650,000

Vaendre Hall in St Mellons is on the market for £1.65m (Herbert R Thomas)

This stunning manor dates back to the 1850s - and was even used as a backdrop for a Doctor Who Christmas special back in 2014.

The former home of coal merchant and ship owner, John Cory, Vaendre Hall is set on a sprawling four-acre plot, with manicured lawns and gardens. The property has retained plenty of its original charm, including a Welsh slate roof and original interior doors. On top of this, the house features corniced ceilings, woodblock floors and ornate fireplaces.

The property is packed with history and original features (Herbert R Thomas)
The property featured in a 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special (Herbert R Thomas)

With five reception rooms - including a 36-foot great hall complete with a marble fireplace - the property isn't exactly short on space. Just 15 minutes away from Cardiff city centre and 15 minutes away from Newport, the property is conveniently located. Golf fans will also be pleased - the house is surrounded by three sides of St Mellons Golf Course.

Foodies will also find plenty of space to stock their goods - the house comes with a gamekeeper's pantry and stores. There's even a 23ft billiards room. The garden area features a listed gazebo with a circular garden seat and lawns - perfect for entertaining or al fresco dining. A gatekeeper's lodge also sits at the entrance of the property, with period features including Welsh slate covering and gable ends. The house is approached by a sweeping driveway with parking and numerous cars. A further driveway leads to the stables and coach houses.

Vaendre Hall is set on a four-acre plot with manicured lawns and gardens (Herbert R Thomas)

The first floor of the house features seven bedrooms, with period features such as a cast iron fire, bay windows and corniced ceilings. If seven bedrooms aren't enough, a second floor also offers five attic rooms.

The property is on sale with Herbert R Thomas, Cowbridge, on 01446 377029, and Kelvin Francis on 029 2243 0176.

Lisvane: £1,600,000 (guide price)

The property is located in a quiet Lisvane cul-de-sac (Jeffrey Ross: rightmove)

Located in the quiet cul-de-sac of Millwood, this spacious detached home covers approximately 4,960 square feet of living space. Set over five levels, the property boasts seven bedrooms, as well as a games room, conservatory and double garage. A gallery landing provides access to six double bedrooms. The master suite and two other bedrooms all have en suites. A spacious living room is complete with stylish French doors, providing plenty of light and views across the garden, as well as an ornate fireplace.

French doors lead out onto the garden (Jeffrey Ross: rightmove)
The property has its own games room (Jeffrey Ross: rightmove)
There's a spacious garden to the rear of the property (Jeffrey Ross: rightmove)

French doors from the dining area open out onto a decking area, set back from the lawn, with plenty of space for entertaining guests. A spacious conservatory, with its own radiator, also leads out onto the decking area. A sunny south facing garden in set in 0.25 acres, while the front of the house provides driveway parking and access to a double garage.

The property is on the market with Jeffrey Ross. Call 029 2243 0293 for more information.

Cyncoed: £1,550,000

This detached property has six bedrooms and four bathrooms (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

Another Cyncoed property, this spectacular detached property has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. It is positioned on the private Llandennis Avenue, with just three other properties.

Within school catchment for Rhydyprennau Primary School and Cardiff High School, the property is just a short walk to Cyncoed village and Roath Park Lake.

Outside is a private gated entrance, an open plan mature front garden and a west facing rear garden. The property also features a large driveway and a double garage with remote controlled doors.

A beautiful double spindle staircase greets you as you enter (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)
The dining room boasts a range of period features (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

The property's solid wood door leads into a spectacular entrance hall, with a double spindle staircase, traditional period wall coverings and American Oak flooring. The flooring continues into the spacious lounge, with views over the garden, while the dining room, with its traditional coved ceiling provides a bay window looking out over the front garden and driveway. The sitting room's French doors open out onto the rear garden, and features the American Oak flooring and traditional style egg and dart coving.

Some of the rooms provide views over the manicured garden (Kelvin Francis: rightmove)

Bedrooms provide views over the manicured rear garden, with one of the bedrooms featuring a Juliette balcony, while another has a walk-in dressing room, with plenty of storage, and an en suite bathroom.

The property is on the market with Kelvin and Francis. Call 029 2243 0176 for more information.

Rhiwbina: Offers over £1,475,000

This impressive six-bed house in on the market for offers over £1.475m (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)

This beautiful and spacious six bedroom house has a range of unique features, and is on the market for offers over £1,475,000. Outside, a picket fence with separate entrances for pedestrians and cars leads to the front garden and car parking. With an Oriel style gable above the porch and a hardwood front door, the facade of the property is beautifully presented.

A stylish hallway features a slate paved floor and a sweeping oak staircase, with hard wood doors leading to the ground floor rooms.

The slate tiled entrance hall leads to the ground floor rooms (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)
The property features an impressive oak staircase from the entrance hall (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)

The beautifully decorated kitchen incorporates a central island with a Serena quartz worktop and a wine cooler. It even features two beer pumps and a chiller and a boiling water tap. With a double-glazed roof, the kitchen provides access to the back garden and a covered terrace through hardwood doors.

The dining room features a hardwood counter and a storage cupboard with a Serena quartz top. With stainless steel pillars and oak flooring, the open plan space leads into a lounge with a double glazed roof covering and a wood burning stove, as well as a range of unique features such as a slate wall.

The kitchen's central island features its own wine cooler (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)
Stainless steel pillars and oak flooring feature in the dining area (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)
A library and study space is complete with computer screen points (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)

For those who will be working from home, a library or study provides the perfect work space, with oak furniture and flooring, and computer screen points. There's also plenty of room for entertaining guests - an outdoor dining area with slate tiled flooring and timber frames with a perspex roof covering provides an ideal space. It also features planters and outdoor lighting.

An impressive outdoor area provides plenty of space for entertaining (Matt Cant Photography / Mansells, Rhiwbina / Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch)

The guest bedroom, with its wood panelled walls, features a three piece en suite. The master suite and another one of the front bedrooms also feature their own en suites, with the master bedroom having a four piece en suite with a claw foot bath. A fifth bedroom can also be used as a dressing room to the master suite, being fully fitted with bespoke oak furniture such as a dressing table and wardrobes.

The property is on the market with joint agents Mansells, Rhiwbina on 029 2052 1600 and Hern & Crabtree, Whitchurch on 029 2062 3115. Call either estate agents to find out more.

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