Penarth – one of Britain’s top 10 hotspots

Just over five miles south west from the city centre, Penarth is a prosperous seaside resort in the Cardiff area. In 2009, the Guardian described Penarth as ‘parental perfection’ and schools as falling from ‘educational heaven’. Its latest appearance in the Sunday Times has placed Penarth in ninth position for the best place to live in Britain.

During the Victorian era, Penarth was popular with holiday makers, acquiring its name ‘The Garden by the Sea’ for its picturesque gardens located along the seafront. Today, it is one of Britain’s most sought after destinations in which to live.

The historic town has stunning sights, leisurely walks and top attractions, accompanied by traditional charm, which attracts a varied age range of occupants. Its population of around 20,000 is comprised of over 25% retirees and many commuters to Cardiff. Penarth railway station is conveniently located for those travelling into the city centre.

With the combination of green space and good schools, Penarth is an ideal location for those looking to raise a family in an affluent, attractive area. The crime rates for Penarth are also low.

Penarth has three secondary schools of its own, including Westbourne School, recognised as highly achieving in Britain. There are also many primary schools in the area to accommodate for all families.

The average house selling price is £228,993 and properties to rent in Penarth come in at an average of £809 pcm.

There are many sights in Penarth to add to your ‘must-see’ list and will provide idealistic surroundings for families. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park allows the public to discover beautiful wildlife, making it a stunning attraction for families and couples alike, all year round.

Ideally located on the seafront, Penarth offers optimal routes for active families. Fantastic walks or cycles through the seafront gardens and excellent parks make the perfect activity for Sunday afternoons. The Alexander, Italian and Kymin gardens are all beautiful retreats for this.

Penarth Town Council recognises the pier and Barrage in its top three attractions in Penarth. The barrage extends from Penarth headland to Cardiff Docks, offering delightful views and water-based activities. After restoration in 1998, Penarth’s Pier and Pavilion Building remain significant landmarks in the town. The Pavilion is also soon to undergo a transformation for the locals and will include facilities such as a community cinema, exhibition spaces, designated education areas, a bar and a restaurant overlooking the Bristol Channel.

Penarth’s balance between a thriving commercial centre and green escape has much to offer in terms of its surroundings, schools and ideally located homes. Ranked highly in Britain’s most desirable areas, properties in Penarth are suited to professional couples looking for a balance between leisure amenities and peace, to be found in the town’s marina and picturesque gardens. Couples looking to raise a family will find this location ideal in terms of schools, attractions and safety.

With many properties for sale and rent at Penarth estate agents, we may be slight biased, but it is not surprising that Penarth has made it into the Sunday Times’ top ten desired areas in which to live.