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  1. Where are the nicest areas to live in Cardiff?

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    It’s one of the most popular questions asked on Google, Reddit, and even Facebook – so we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring as Cardiff-lovin’ locals and give you our best advice on the nicest areas to live in Cardiff.

    Our hometown Cardiff comes with the unique feeling of being a town in a city, and every area or suburb has its own vibe, charm and buzz – and the great thing about Cardiff’s size means you can easily get between them all in 30 minutes or under.

    If you’re currently researching the best places to live in Cardiff before a big move, we’ve aggregated opinions & facts from everywhere to help you decide! So, let’s take it away…

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    Roath / Plasnewydd

    A vibrant mix of restaurants, shops, houses and communities, Roath is its own little metropolis within Cardiff – now with a lit-up lighthouse!

    Why it’s great
    • Sooo many choices for dining, shopping and ‘doing’
    • The local green spaces – Roath Recreation Ground, Roath Pleasure Gardens, Roath Lake, Roath Park, Roath Gardens – are beautiful and popular with locals and visitors
    • Great for young professionals, families and older residents
    • New restaurants are arriving all the time, including an uptake in vegan/plant-based dining
    Average house price

    £240,857

    Average rental price

    £974 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I’d point you towards Roath as there are some good pubs, it’s mid-priced and it’s walkable to town. But if you don’t go to pubs or want to walk to town it’s possibly not for you.”

    Yetts3030, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    Roath …[is] really nice the further east you go and I have friends who love being close to Albany Road (lots of shops and cool cafes along there). Roath park & lake is beautiful to walk/jog around. Can be a 20-30 minute walk into town or more.”

    abbeyishere, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

    View Roath on Google Maps

    Pen-y-lan

    The Waitrose to Roath’s Sainsbury’s. This pretty, affluent neighbourhood is characterised by its leafy, tree-lined suburban streets and its artisanal delis.

    Why it’s great
    • Plenty of space for cycling and walking
    • Great larger or smaller-sized parks with lots of space for walking dogs, chilling out, family picnics
    • You’ll find a great community feel in Waterloo Gardens with friendly locals
    • Home to the popular Pen-y-lan Pantry – a food market with takeaway dining
    Average house price

    £376,837

    Average rental price

    £775 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    Pen-y-lan area is lovely. I lived near there for a while after being a student. Loads of local shops, bars, pubs, beautiful parks in Roath.”

    Cangarw, Reddit user – ‘Where to live in Cardiff (bar Cathays)

    “Can’t recommend Pen-y-lan enough. Lots of greenery, nice restaurants and cafes, a community feel , it’s clean, safe, a lot of it looks beautiful. Just good vibes all round.”

    Arrival_Old, Reddit user – ‘Where to live in Cardiff (bar Cathays)

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    Splott / Adamsdown

    Often unfairly derided by Cardiff residents, Splott has been slowly been subverting people’s expectations for a while – helped by its ongoing additions of great dining options and local community projects.

    Why it’s great
    • Its house prices are lower than other suburbs, and you’ll regularly find beautifully furnished and finished houses to rent or buy
    • A new community hub space called Railway Gardens – built for gardening, social events, workshops and more – is bringing in investment and is set to open soon
    • Incredibly close to the city centre with approx 20-25 minutes’ walk
    • Home to Space2B at The Maltings (a sibling brand in our family of companies) – a gorgeous, Grade II listed building with co-working spaces, social events and a professional community hub
    Average house price

    £177,624

    Average rental price

    £866 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “Lots of great independent gems hidden away in areas like Splott, Riverside, Grangetown and Canton whether it’s world supermarkets or cafes/bars. ”

    Josh-sama, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    “It’s a really lovely community in Splott generally speaking, I helped run a soup kitchen and we had a bunch of charity gigs. The people are really lovely. Clifton Street and Splott Road have great shops, really lovely diverse shops and great cafes for a cooked breakfast :)”

    agendagroid, Reddit user – ‘Should I be worried about moving to Splott?’

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    Cardiff Bay

    Playing host to international sporting events, theatre, comedy, music and extreme sports, Cardiff Bay is a hotspot for tourists and Cardiffians alike.

    Why it’s great
    • As a sprawling area with plenty of residential buildings, you can find quiet places to live, walk or chill out with no bother – without being far from the action
    • You’ll have front row seats to events like the annual Cardiff Food & Drink Festival and local markets
    • The Wales Millennium Centre hosts international and local entertainment – and it’s just opened its new outdoor street food experience, Teras
    • As it’s on the water, you’ll find plenty of water-based fun with Cardiff Yacht Club and Cardiff International White Water
    Average house price

    £222,498

    Average rental price

    £1,060 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “The Bay has a large Odeon cinema and an Everyman cinema, loads of bars and restaurants, white water rafting centre, international pool, you can get a boat or train into town if you like. I love it here.”

    Firebrand777, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

    “I currently live in the Bay, Atlantic Wharf. Perfect placement as it’s a 15 minute walk in [to town] and a 10 minute trot to the Bay for when we want to go to a restaurant or bar down there. It’s nice to walk around the water!”

    abbeyishere, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

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    Pontcanna

    An unashamedly lovely suburb, Pontcanna is home to big houses and artisanal eateries – expect butchers, jewellery shops, cafes and quiet residential streets.

    Why it’s great
    • It’s a leafy, buzzy little area with good (if sometimes pricey) food and upmarket shopping
    • On the doorstep of the biggest green spaces in Cardiff, with Llandaff Fields, Blackweir Fields, Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park all interconnected
    • Close to multiple Welsh-medium schools
    • Home of Brød, a popular Danish bakery, and three Michelin Plate-awarded restaurants; Milkwood, Heaneys and Bullys
    Average house price

    £397,905

    Average rental price

    £1,230 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I had some friends living in Pontcanna, that’s a pretty trendy area these days – loads of nice restaurants, pubs and parks.”

    berrycrunch92, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

    Pontcanna and Canton are beautiful, have lots of indie hospitality venues and you won’t necessarily be far from the centre.”

    benjajinj, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

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    Canton

    Big with foodies, this west-of-the-city area is great for pop-ups, markets, indie shops and great dining – it also has the Chapter Arts Centre, a beloved community space.

    Why it’s great
    • Plenty of dining options – from sit-down restaurants to streed-food-style delis – plus much-loved pubs like The Lansdowne and St Canna’s Ale House
    • It’s got new indie markets and ‘things to do’ popping up all the time
    • It’s right next door to Pontcanna, so you can sample its amenities easily
    • Nearby green spaces include Victoria Park, Sanatorium Park and Thompson’s Park
    Average house price

    £250,063

    Average rental price

    £835 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I think Canton is the better location for young professionals personally. It’s really come up the last few years. Lots of good places to eat and trendy places like Hard Lines coffee.”

    longboytheeternal, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

    Canton is great, filled with loads of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and a short walk to the city centre and Pontcanna (which has its own variety of stuff too). You’ll also get two parks, Victoria and Thompson’s, which are both nice.”

    McFlyJohn, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

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    Llandaff

    Technically a city within a city (it has its own beautiful cathedral, after all), Llandaff is a stunning area with a ‘village’ feel. Highlights include Insole Court, a 19th century mansion, and the cathedral itself.

    Why it’s great
    • Great walking distance to Canton and Pontcanna, so you’ll never be stuck for places to go or things to do
    • It sits on the edge of Hailey Park and Llandaff Fields, so lots of lovely green spaces
    • It’s been named as one of the best urban places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide (2015)
    • New housing developments – including 20% affordable housing – are being built in the former site of the BBC
    Average house price

    £350,996

    Average rental price

    £1,011 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I’d probably look at Llandaff or Whitchurch. Nice pretty houses, with better parking and bigger properties. Llandaff is walking distance to Pontcanna with all the nice bakeries and cafes and Whitchurch high street is pretty decent.”

    DrCMJ, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    “Welcome to Llandaff North. Community here is bloody lovely. Definitely check out My Loaf the local bakery, and if you need anything for the garden or a pet, Nova at Village & Garden supplies is fab!”

    LoganGNU, Reddit user – ‘Just moved to Cardiff – any words of wisdom?’

    View Llandaff on Google Maps

     

    Moving to Cardiff?

    We hope you’ll love it here! It’s a beautiful, friendly city that’s regenerating all the time. It’s steeped in history and heritage, but with modern amenities and exciting new ventures popping up all over the place.

    Before you get here, we wanted to suggest our 5 top things to see, do or visit when you arrive…

    1. Cardiff Castle – whether you stroll through the grounds or actually go inside and see the glorious architecture, you just have to do it once
    2. Nata & Co – a homespun Portuguese bakery with good coffee and the best pastéis de nata (custard tarts) in Cardiff. Three locations already!
    3. Boneyard / Corporation Yard / Indie Superstore / Riverside Food Market – some of our best weekly and daily markets with independent shops, traders and food stalls
    4. Fresh Local & Wild – a brand new shopping experience, now in the old Topshop venue on Cardiff Queen Street, selling local produce, clothing, plants, cosmetics and more
    5. Cardiff Arcades – we’re the ‘city of arcades’ for a reason! Stroll through our 7 gorgeous, Diagon Alley-esque arcades full of boutiques, cafes, art spaces and unique hidden gems…

    Best suburbs of Cardiff - where to live
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    Where we’re going next…

    It’s impossible to include every Cardiff suburb in one blog, of course, so a few places we’d like to feature in future editions…

    • Llanishen
    • St Mellons
    • Ely
    • Radyr
    • Llanedeyrn
    • Heath
    • Whitchurch
    • Penarth
    • Rumney

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    House prices in this article have been found using zoopla.com while rental prices have been found using home.co.uk. All figures are correct at the time of publication.

    Some quotes from Cardiff locals have been edited for grammatical consistency and length. blue self storage is not responsible for any third party opinions or content linked to on other websites.

  2. Customer spotlight: A 5-star removals company reinventing house surveys

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    As we near the festive season, it’s a time for sharing the love and lifting each other up – so in our latest blog series, we’re shining a spotlight on companies doing fantastic work who deserve to be recognised for it.

    For this interview, we speak to Alex Ghimpu, Operations Manager & Adrian Stan, Director, of Red Lion Removals – a blue self storage customer since early 2020.

    They’re a family-owned business, founded from a desire to create a moving company that keeps its word and delivers an amazing customer experience.

    Hi guys. What does Red Lion Removals do?

    As the name suggests, we provide removal services all around Europe – but we also provide packing, dismantling and assembling services; making it easier for our customers to get from A to B!

    We’re relatively new, having formed in March 2020, and although we’re based in Cardiff, we serve customers all across the UK and EU.

    We’re very proud to have fantastic reviews from our customers so far, and we’re always trying to beat our own standards of service!

    The Red Lion Removals team at our Llanishen storage facility

    It’s been a tough time for businesses – how has yours adapted during lockdown?

    During lockdown we followed all the guidelines that the government put in place for us, including face masks, social distancing, sanitising and more.

    We also implemented our new ‘video survey’ service, where a customer can walk through the property and show us around via video chat – whether on a tablet, phone or laptop – before we estimate a price.

    It means we completely reduce unnecessary contact and our customers can stay 100% safe – very handy as we’ve had lots of people moving house during lockdown!

    Branded face masks by Red Lion Removals

    Why do you use blue self storage?

    We love the flexibility, location and customer service provided by blue self storage for removal companies – having originally used the Wentloog storage site, we moved to the Llanishen facility once it had opened as it’s so convenient for where a lot of our customers are.

    But also a huge factor is definitely the security. When storing customers’ treasured items, top-level security is an absolute must, and we feel super safe with you guys.

    In general, how does self storage help your business?

    Using self storage is helpful for our customers who have delays between moving out and moving in, for sure, but it also means we can be flexible and offer different options.

    So, what projects are Red Lion Removals working on at the moment?

    We’re always busy with our general removals but our hard-working team is also looking at having a new office in the near future!

    Plus, we’re hoping to open a new branch in a different location, which is exciting. We already serve a wide geographical area with both the UK and EU, so a new base would be ideal.

    COVID-19 has led to a lot of local community help & support – what’s been your favourite ‘community kindness’ story you’ve seen?

    Our favourite stories are definitely of neighbours and people looking after each other, like this sweet friendship between 77-year-old Andy and 31-year-old volunteer Alex in Glasgow.

    Closer to home, lots of Cardiff companies offered help, support and free food to organisations like the NHS, which was incredible to see.

    Introducing our ‘customer spotlight’ series

    It’s been a hard year for businesses in South Wales and across the UK, dealing with projects on hold, staff at home and other pandemic-related difficulties. But through good times or bad, these companies are the backbone of our national economy.

    So that’s why we’re launching our brand new ‘customer spotlight’ series, celebrating our business & commercial storage customers who use us to save space & stay focused in challenging times.

    We’d like to say a huge thanks to Adrian, Alex & Red Lion Removals for the interview – good luck with your next batch of removals!

    Read our other ‘customer spotlight’ interviews:

    Want your business featured in the next ‘customer spotlight’? Get in touch…


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  3. Moving house during lockdown in Wales? Our ultimate ‘how to’ guide

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    People in Wales can begin ‘moving house’ again – but what do you need to do first?

    From Monday 22nd June 2020, Mark Drakeford has stated that ‘House viewings in vacant properties and home moves will be allowed, restarting the housing market’ in the latest Coronavirus announcement from BBC Wales.

    This is fantastic news for those who found themselves ‘in limbo’ during lockdown, unable to sell, buy or move properties – the housing market in Wales is now partially reopened, with a full reopening to follow at a later date.

    If you’re ready to restart your move at last, here’s how you can handle your self storage needs and stay safe while you move home during the current lockdown restrictions.

    Safety rules for moving house during lockdown in Wales

    Firstly, be aware of the rules

    While some restrictions have been lifted, there are still rules to follow to ensure you and all parties stay safe and protected during house sales, viewings and moving home.

    • Home moves can only go ahead providing the residential property has been vacant for at least 72 hours – so residents living in the home they’re selling will need to safely find somewhere else to stay
    • In situations where a sale has been agreed but not yet completed, people are allowed to move
    • The marketing and viewing of unoccupied residential properties can once again take place
    • Property valuations and inspections are allowed provided they are done in line with social distancing measures

    Moving house during lockdown - pick your closest Cardiff self storage facility
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    Choose your closest Cardiff storage facility within 5 miles

    Wherever you live in Cardiff, you’ll be able to select between our two storage facilities, in either Wentloog or Llanishen.

    For as long as the current 5 mile travel guidance remains in place, you can choose the site that best suits your safety and security needs.

    Wentloog     Llanishen


    How to enter our Llanishen storage facility, contact-free

    Use contact-free storage sites to stay safe when you visit

    Our team has worked hard to adapt our services to go ‘contact-free’ and digital, from signing up through to actually visiting our sites.

    Our Llanishen site uses automated barriers and QR codes on your phone to enter and exit, so you don’t need to touch any surfaces when you visit.

    Our Wentloog site has secure manned entry-points as you drive in, and our security staff are always safely 2 metres away from customers.

    Due to the set-up and size of both our Cardiff storage facilities, we guarantee that customers can maintain a safe, 2 metre distance at all times.

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    Sign up for storage online or over the phone, contact-free

    Customers can now enquire, pay, sign contracts and receive their keys through an online / over-the-phone sign-up process, reducing the need for human contact.

    Email or call us to secure your storage unit in just a few minutes.

    That said, we understand not everyone has the access or ability to use the internet – so our staff are still on site, should you need to sign up in person, with rigorous hygiene and disinfecting measures in place.

    ✉️    info@blueselfstorage.co.uk

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    Visit during off-peak hours for maximum safety

    If you’re not comfortable travelling during peak daily hours, both our storage sites are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

    You can visit either site at a time that suits you best, so you can avoid any potential risks and unwanted contact. Plus, with lockdown easing and more cars on the road, you can avoid queues and traffic jams by driving during quieter hours.

    How to save money moving house

    Save money with more affordable storage

    Moving house is already a drain on our bank accounts – moving house during lockdown is even trickier. The past few months have been hard for many of us, and we completely understand that saving money is more vital than ever.

    With our price-match promise, our prices are either the same or significantly cheaper than typical high street storage providers.

    If you’re new to storage and want to maximise your money, use our handy online tool Calcumate to figure out which size unit you need.


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  4. How to choose the right size storage unit when you’re moving house

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    Moving house and wondering what size storage unit you need?

    At blue self storage we offer 4 different sizes of self storage units. You can pick from…

    • 48 sq ft – ideal for a garden shed
    • 64 sq ft – ideal for a 1 – 2 bedroom house or flat
    • 80 sq ft – ideal for a 2 – 3 bedroom house
    • 160 sq ft – ideal for a 3 – 4 bedroom house

    But there’s no need to stress if you book a self storage unit for a house move and it turns out too big or too small – if you want to downsize to a smaller unit or upgrade to a bigger one, it’s no problem at all.

    And our minimum length contract for a self storage unit is only one month, giving you ultra flexibility and ease.

    Self storage units at blue self storage - Cardiff and Tyneside

    How do I figure out what size storage unit I need?

    A quick rule of thumb is to think of a one-bedroom house as needing around 50 sq ft storage.

    Next, add between 30 and 50 sq ft for every extra bedroom.

    So for a 2 bed home, look at 80 sq ft. For a 3 bed house, around 130 sq ft.

    How do you store furniture in a storage unit?

    It’s super simple and we can help answer questions you might have. But here are a few pro tips on storing items:

    • Clean everything thoroughly
    • Dismantle furniture and large items if possible
    • Use draws and wardrobes to the max
    • Clean and wrap furniture for long-term storage
    • Box and label everything properly – don’t worry if you forget, we sell packaging on site!
    • You might want to raise furniture off the floor
    • Store TVs etc. in their original packaging if you still have it and fill gaps with bubble wrap or foam packing
    • Don’t cram stuff in

    What size storage unit do I need? Helpful guide from blue self storage

    What size storage unit do I need for a 1 bedroom apartment?

    Anything in the region of 50 to 65 sq ft is the ideal self storage unit for a 1 bedroom apartment.

    What size storage do I need for a 3 bedroom house?

    A self storage unit somewhere between 120 and 150 sq ft should hold the contents of a 3 bedroom house.

    How can blue self storage help you?

    Drop us a message on social media or over the phone if you’ve any questions around self storage and house moving. We’re a friendly bunch 😁

    029 20 361 361 (Cardiff)

    0191 258 0286 (Tyneside)

    Get in touch


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