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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)

    View Penylan on Google Maps

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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?’

    View Splott on Google Maps

    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’

    View Cardiff Bay on Google Maps

    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’

    View Pontcanna on Google Maps

    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?’

    View Canton on Google Maps


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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
    Photo: Mike Erskine on Unsplash

    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: The team using portable power to energise your lifestyle

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    Right now, it’s important to share the love and lift each other up – 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 Jason Ham of Power 2GO, a blue self storage customer since the end of 2020. Co-founded by Mervyn Ham, Power-2GO provides highly portable, zero carbon, lithium power products for leisure and business.

    This innovative brand exists to ‘energise your lifestyle’, offering portable power products to keep you connected wherever you are – and they’re more affordable than other brands selling the same products (result!).

    Their EcoFlow range is brand new to the UK, meaning Power 2GO – and their customers – are at the forefront of revolutionary portable power in Britain ⚡️

    Hi Jason! What does Power 2GO do?

    We’re a distributor in the UK and Europe for the EcoFlow range of portable power products.

    The Power 2GO Office Pod

    Our aim is to provide flexible battery power to support the modern lifestyle, whether at work, home or leisure. We hope to change the way people access and consume power with convenience and sustainability.

    We’ve sold our products to contractors, musicians, film makers, telecoms engineers, drone pilots, fleet managers, off grid nomads, camper van lovers… We’ve even had interest from a rat-catcher!

    It’s been a tough time for businesses – how has Power 2GO adapted during lockdown?

    Well, as a new company formed at the end of 2020, we’ve worked with the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and are excited to develop over the coming year.

    As lockdowns ease and more people can enjoy the outdoors – particularly as camping and caravanning will be one of the safest ways to go on holiday – we’ll likely be advising a lot more customers on how to stay powered and connected, on the go.

    Photo: Power 2GO

    Why do you use blue self storage?

    As a new start-up with the need for business storage in Cardiff, the blue self storage Cardiff location offered us an immediate answer to our problem, with accessible and secure local facilities.

    The particular perks for us were the 24/7 access, secure grounds, insulated and waterproof units, and flexible lease terms.

    Team members Jason & Alin at their Cardiff storage unit

    So, what exactly do your products do?!

    Solar power for the world!

    Our range of power systems can charge many different devices; anytime, anywhere!

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a tradesman who needs power for equipment onsite, or a family who want to power appliances and devices while camping or caravanning – one of our products is the right fit for you.

    The portable systems are easy to ‘pick up and go’ wherever, but we’ll soon be offering a solar panel (available 19th March 2021). It’s foldable with its own carry case, allowing you to harness renewable power anywhere.

    And when you charge it from the mains, it’s actually the fastest-charging unit in the world – quite a feat!

    Photo: Power 2GO

    What’s next in the pipeline for your business?

    We look forward to continued growth and adding to our fantastic range of products to deliver convenient and flexible power for both trade and consumer markets.

    We’ve just started an affiliates program too, meaning more people can get involved & earn money by making referrals! (Contact info@power-2go.com for more details).

    We’re on a mission to help support every lifestyle, by providing a portable system that is an essential piece of equipment to keep technology and appliances powered. Our solar panel product helps customers reduce their carbon footprint, which is so important, but our portable power stations are the perfect solution for our collective ‘plug in power’ lifestyle.

    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 Jason at Power 2GO for the interview!

    Read our other ‘customer spotlight’ interviews:

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


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  3. Tier 4 lockdown: blue self storage facility update

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    Customer update: Tier 4 lockdown from 20th December 2020

    Following the latest statement from First Minister Mark Drakeford, Wales entered the strictest Alert Level of lockdown, Tier 4, at 00:01 on Sunday 20th December.

    From this date, both our Cardiff storage sites – in Wentloog and Llanishen – are open to service critical & essential workers only.

    All of our regular security measures remain in place, and our remote sign-up system is still in effect up to 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December.

    We’re fully committed to the health and safety of our customers and staff, and will continue operating our storage sites in accordance with the official guidance.

    The new lockdown will be reviewed every 3 weeks from January, and we will keep all customers informed of any service changes at either of our sites.

    All Covid-19 updates

    Dean Daly gives a tour of blue self storage Llanishen storage facility

    Visiting your storage unit

    Critical & essential workers only may visit their units during the current Tier 4 restrictions.

    ‘Am I a critical worker?’ – check your eligibility on the Welsh Government website, gov.wales →

    Llanishen self storage in Cardiff

    New storage bookings

    For brand new storage customers, we’re currently operating a remote sign-up service.

    1. Get in touch via our social media, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form.
    2. We’ll take you through our booking process & take card payments over the phone
    3. You can provide any of your ID documentation by scanning & sending via email, to info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
    4. We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates

    New Llanishen Site for blue self storage

    Health & safety measures at our sites

    The health and safety of our customers is absolutely paramount to us – as is protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. It’s up to all of us to keep other safe and protected in potentially dangerous situations.

    We’re monitoring and adhering to the advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In March 2020, we implemented stringent measures in our storage facilities to minimise risk and keep our customers safe.

    We’re offering new customers a remote sign-up service, all done from the comfort of their sofa! This eliminates the need for face-to-face contact, so you can book your storage unit safely.

    To book remotely, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form.

    Other health & safety measures at our facilities include:

    • We have instructed our cleaners to increase their disinfectant routines
    • Hand sanitisers have been placed around the site along with extra signage
    • Staff regularly wipe door handles, push plates, card terminals, telephones and all contactable areas
    • We have placed disposable gloves on our caravan/motorhome wash facilities
    • We have placed a drop-off box for vacating customers returning locks and ID cards
    • We are encouraging customers to ring through any queries rather than visit the office
    • We’ll be updating our customers via our social media channels to keep you informed
    • We operate a closed door policy – we manage customers remotely or from our temporary holding office
    • All our staff have their temperature recorded daily before starting work on a thermal image camera
    • Our facilities are registered NHS track & trace businesses
    • Protection screens have been put in place to protect customers and staff
    • Extra signage around site to help customers maintain social distancing
    • We provide face masks for anyone who has forgotten them!

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    Security at our sites

    Rest assured, our security remains at FULL capacity. Our security teams are working hard 24/7, as usual, to keep your units & vehicles safe. We also have a reserve of security personnel on standby, should we need them.

    Please be assured that providing high-level security is our utmost priority, as always.

    Despite current restrictions imposed across the UK, our customers should be in no doubt that our security carries on at full capacity, including:

    • 24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance
    • Security team on-site – 24/7, 365 days a year
    • Regular security patrols with dogs
    • Manned entry-point with ID required
    • Alarmed perimeter fencing

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    Roz, accounts team, blue self storage cardiffWe’re here to answer your questions

    If you have any questions at all regarding how we’re dealing with Covid-19, or anything else storage-related, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Call: 02920 361 361
    Email: info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
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    Thanks for reading and please stay safe,

    The blue self storage team

  4. Results now in – 100% of customers would recommend blue self storage to friends & family!

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    Having opened our Llanishen storage facility on 1st June 2020, we thought it was time to find out what we’re doing well, and where we might improve – so we conducted a customer survey to find out ‘what’s what’.

    We asked customers what they thought about blue self storage, and our new Llanishen site specifically. We pride ourselves on our transparency and ‘customers first’ mindset – so here is what you said…

    #1 Why did you choose blue self storage?

    For this question, location featured strongly in customer responses with 13 of the respondents claiming location was an attributing factor! The next most popular factor was ‘price’.

    In total, our customers said:

    Dean Daly gives a tour of blue self storage Llanishen storage facility

    The entrance to our Llanishen storage facility

    #2 What were your first impressions of our Llanishen facility?

    We’re pleased to report that 7 responses led with the word ‘clean‘; particularly at a time when cleanliness & hygiene is so essential.

    Other first impressions included:

    Cheap self storage in Cardiff - blue self storage

    #3 Did the facility meet your expectations?

    100% of respondents said yes, with one customer specifying, “I am 100% happy with the service.”

    #4 What do you think would improve the facility?

    We’re always eager to hear suggestions and comments from our customers; we’ve taken all the below points on board and are looking at how we can implement them.

    • Skip on site
    • Solar panel lighting within the containers
    • Communication link between the site and staff (HQ)
    • Toilets on site
    • Electrical point
    • 2 sets of keys
    • Gate rather than barrier
    • Half of respondents said ‘nothing’

     

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    Our friendly accounts team

    #5 How has your experience been with blue self storage been so far?

    One customer responded: “I absolutely love it; it’s changed my trading life having everything in one place.”

    Other customer reactions included:

    Sharon, Storage Coordinator at blue self storage in Cardiff

    #6 Would you recommend us to friends and family?

    The big final question…

    100% of respondents said yes, they would recommend us to friends and family! 🎉

     

    Feedback’s essential in making sure our service is top-notch for customers, and we’d like to say a huge thanks to all our customers who took part; it’s much appreciated and very helpful!

    If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk – we’d love to hear it.

     

    Learn more about our Llanishen storage & book your unit.

    All our current bookings are digital & contactless to ensure maximum safety for customers and staff.

    Looking for caravan storage? A compound to hire? Want to store a boat? For all this and more, check out our Wentloog storage in Cardiff.


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  5. Watch a mini preview of our Llanishen storage facility, now open! [video]

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    Pack it up, pack it in – our Llanishen storage facility is now open!

    Step inside our site with Dean (Operations Manager) for a sneak preview of how it looks in our brand new video ↓

     

     

    We’ll be releasing a full video tour of our Llanishen storage facility soon, so keep an eye out… 🔎

    Sign up at Llanishen, contact-free

    For brand new storage customers, we’re currently operating a remote sign-up service.

    1. Get in touch via our social media, email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, phone us on 02920 361 361 or message us via our contact form to book your unit
    2. We’ll take you through our booking process & take card payments over the phone
    3. You can provide any of your ID documentation by scanning & sending via email, to info@blueselfstorage.co.uk
    4. We’ll leave your keys, unit number and any ID pass you may need with our trusted security team at the gates

    Book your spot at our Llanishen storage facility

    Choose from 4 unit sizes (48 / 64 / 80 / 160 Sqft) starting from just £17.30* per week! *includes VAT.

    Our Llanishen site has 24/7 monitored CCTV surveillance and automated security barriers using fob entry/exit, so your belongings are safe and secure.

    Find out more / book now

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