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82.7% of Cardiff Properties have 3 or more bedrooms – Problem or Opportunity?

The orthodox way of classifying property in the UK is to look at the number of bedrooms rather than its size in square metres (although now we are leaving the EU – I wonder if we can go back to feet and inches?). It seems that homeowners and tenants are happy to pay for more space. It’s quite obvious, the more bedrooms a house or apartment has, the bigger it is likely to be. The reason being not only the actual additional bedroom space, but the properties with more bedrooms tend to have larger/more reception rooms. However, if you think about it, this isn’t so astonishing given that properties with more bedrooms would typically accommodate more people and therefore require larger reception rooms.

In today’s Cardiff property market, the Cardiff homeowners and Cardiff landlords I talk to are always asking me which attributes and features are likely to make their property comparatively more attractive and which ones may detract from the price. Over time, buyers’ and tenants’ wants and needs have changed. In Cardiff Bay, location is still the No. 1 factor affecting the value of property, and a property in the best neighbourhoods, say Adventurers Quay or Cardiff Pointe can command a price nearly 50% higher than a similar house in an ‘average’ area. However, after location, the next characteristic that has a significant influence on the desirability, and thus price, of property is the number of bedrooms and the type (i.e. Detached/ Semi/Terraced/Flat).

In previous articles, I have analysed the Cardiff housing stock into bedrooms and type of property, but never before now have I cross-referenced type against bedrooms. These figures for the Cardiff City Council area make fascinating reading. It shows 82.7% of all properties in the area have 3 or more bedrooms

  Detached Semi-detached Terraced (including end-terrace) Flat
1 bedroom 59 156 133 1,127
2 bedrooms 538 2,432 3,777 4,108
3 bedrooms 2,932 16,703 14,561 930
4 bedrooms 6,309 6,291 5,182 181
5 or more bedrooms 2,782 1,676 1,526 59


I was genuinely surprised at the low numbers of one and two bed properties, especially 2 bed semis detached houses, especially as tenants like the smaller one and two bed properties in Cardiff Bay. You see, it might interest the homeowners and landlords of Cardiff Bay, that there has been a change in the numbers of properties on the market and the split in bedrooms on the market over the last 12 months


  • 12 months ago, 68 one bed properties were for sale in Cardiff Bay, today 63, a drop of 7%
  • 12 months ago, 123 two bed properties were for sale in Cardiff Bay, today 114, a drop of 7%
  • 12 months ago, 11 three bed properties were for sale in Cardiff Bay, today 14, a rise of 27%
  • 12 months ago, 10 four bed properties were for sale in Cardiff Bay, today 1, a drop of 90%
  • 12 months ago, 3 five + bed properties were for sale in Cardiff Bay, today 3, no change



For several years Cardiff Bay buy-to-let investors have been the only buyers at the lower end (starter homes) of the market, as they have been enticed by high tenant demand and attractive returns. Some Cardiff Bay landlords believe their window of opportunity has started to close with the new tax regime for landlords, whilst it already appears to be opening wider for first-time buyers. This is great news for first time buyers … but one final note for Cardiff Bay landlords … all is not lost … you can still pick up bargains, you just need to be a lot more savvy and do your homework … one source of such information with articles like this is the Cardiff property market Blog www.cardiffpropertynews.co.uk. Alternatively if

you see any properties and you want my opinion on them feel free to email me the Rightmove or Zoopla link to kategwinnutt@northwooduk.com or call me on 02920 301141.



Kate Gwinnutt

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