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Five properties for sale with the average Halifax Welsh house price of £205k 

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House prices in Wales have reached a record high and breached £200,000 for the first time, following double-digit inflation in the past year, according to new figures. 

Average prices have risen 14.8 per cent during the past year to reach £204,148, the data from one of Britain’s biggest lenders Halifax shows – the strongest growth of any region.

This is a situation that will cause problems for many Welsh first-time buyers and homeowners wanting to move home, as it stretches affordability and a good chunk of the inflation is likely to be driven by money from elsewhere in the country flowing into second homes in Wales.

So what can buyers get for that £200,000, we take a look at five homes for sale in Wales at round that mark and get an expert view on why prices are rising there.

Region change in house prices during the past year, with Wales leading the way with a 14.8 per cent rise

Region change in house prices during the past year, with Wales leading the way with a 14.8 per cent rise

The appeal of Wales has been driven by buyers seeking more space indoors and outdoors amid the pandemic, according to experts.

However, they added that average house prices in Wales remain considerably lower than in some parts of the country, including in the South East and London.

Tomer Aboody, of lender MT Finance, said: ‘Wales may have seen the highest growth in property prices across the country and London the lowest but this has to be put into perspective.

‘Wales is at the lower end of the value spectrum and therefore more affordable in the first place. Any rise in prices has been more visible and significant than elsewhere.

‘With average prices above £200,000 for the first time, while this is a significant benchmark for Wales, it is still well below the average of £521,129 in London. Despite more subdued growth in the capital, London remains out of reach for many buyers.’

However, he added: ‘That said, changing buyer sentiment and desire for more green space has definitely played a part in the increase in interest in areas such as Wales, helping push up prices.

‘With more space still the main requirement for buyers, and quality homes and locations most in demand, while Wales may not have been considered before, it is an increasingly feasible option. 

‘With a daily commute to the office no longer required, more remote areas are opening up to buyers with the added benefit of enabling budgets to stretch further.’

We look at five Welsh homes for sale costing £205k…

1. Three-bed townhouse, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

This townhouse in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, is being sold by estate agents John Francis

This townhouse in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, is being sold by estate agents John Francis

The kitchen at the Pembrokeshire property overlooks garden, which is south-facing

The kitchen at the Pembrokeshire property overlooks garden, which is south-facing

This terrace townhouse overlooks Pembroke Castle, and is within walking distance of Pembroke town centre.

The property has a south-facing garden and parking at the front, as well as three bedrooms. It is being sold via estate agents John Francis.

2. Three-bed terrace house, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil

This modern family home is in the Merthyr Tydfil town of Treharris and is being sold by Bayside Estates

This modern family home is in the Merthyr Tydfil town of Treharris and is being sold by Bayside Estates

The family home has a neutral-coloured kitchen with space for a small table and chairs

The family home has a neutral-coloured kitchen with space for a small table and chairs

This modern family home is in the Merthyr Tydfil town of Treharris and comes with three bedrooms.

The terrace house is being sold via estate agents Bayside Estates.

3. Three-bed house, Newport

This semi-detached house in Newport is being sold by Freelancer Lets and Sales

This semi-detached house in Newport is being sold by Freelancer Lets and Sales

The Newport property has three bedrooms as well as a spacious living area with a fireplace

The Newport property has three bedrooms as well as a spacious living area with a fireplace

This semi-detached house in Newport boasts three bedrooms and the River Usk nearby. It is being sold by Freelancer Lets and Sales.

4. Two-bed bungalow, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent

This property is in Tredegar, a town in the county of Blaenau Gwent, and is being sold via Louvain Properties

This bungalow is in Tredegar, a town in the county of Blaenau Gwent, and is being sold via Louvain Properties

The Tredegar property has two bedrooms and a good-sized kitchen with a large window

The Tredegar property has two bedrooms and a good-sized kitchen with a large window

This bungalow is in Tredegar, a town on the banks of the Sirhowy River in the county of Blaenau Gwent.

The two-bedroom property is a two minute drive to the A465, which links to the A470 and Cardiff. It is being sold via Louvain Properties.

5. Three-bed maisonette, Monmouth, Monmouthshire

This three-bedroom maisonette in Monmouth is being sold by DJ&P estate agents

This three-bedroom maisonette in Monmouth is being sold by DJ&P estate agents

The property is across two floors and includes a cellar, but does require some updating

The property is across two floors and includes a cellar, but does require some updating

This three-bedroom maisonette in Monmouth is across two floors and includes a cellar, but requires updating. It is being sold by DJ&P estate agents.

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Liverpool ONE welcomes Tessuti (GB)

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Grosvenor has announced that designer retailer, Tessuti, has opened its new global flagship store at Liverpool ONE, demonstrating the brand’s ongoing vote of confidence in the destination. The new location on Paradise Street follows Tessuti’s consistently strong performance at Liverpool ONE and spans two floors measuring 22,000ft². Boasting Tessuti’s biggest store to date, this is four times the size of the previous Liverpool ONE site. The store interiors have been styled with a subtle nod to classic Italian architecture whilst incorporating state-of-the-art technical features, combining classic design with an industrial-chic colour palette and cutting-edge digital screens. Working with local Liverpudlian digital and production agency Liquid, the new Tessuti store has exclusive instore stills and videos showcasing exciting campaigns; the first of which is rumoured to feature Liverpool stars Stephen Graham, Abbey Clancy, Miles Kane and Chelcee Grimes.

 

Aligning with Liverpool ONE’s community ethos, Tessuti’s new global flagship will also support the vibrant community in the heart of Liverpool, championing local businesses through collaborations, pop-ups, and in-store events.

 

Alison Clegg, Managing Director, Asset Management, Grosvenor, commented: “Tessuti’s commitment to Liverpool ONE, through its relocation within the destination and decision to make the new store its global flagship, strengthens our position as one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations. The impressive growth trajectory of Tessuti within Liverpool is a great indication of the potential for success and expansion of other brands that join Liverpool ONE.”

 

Chris Rowan, Director of Brand & Customer Connection at Tessuti, added: “The opening of our global flagship at Liverpool ONE is a huge moment for us. Liverpool is an urban hub for international fashion retailers, so upsizing and relocating within the city’s leading retail and leisure destination was a natural next step. We feel confident that it is the ideal home for our flagship location, and are excited to offer Liverpool ONE’s visitors our most stylish project yet.”

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What you need to know about having a home swimming pool

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This summer, it’s not just sales of rosé wine and ice cream that have rocketed during the heatwave. Interest in swimming pools has also surged.

‘This sweltering summer has undoubtedly inspired people to install swimming pools,’ says Sallie Leslie-Golding of the Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA). 

‘There are now 270,000 in-ground pools in the UK, with about 65 per cent of them in the southern half of the country.’

There is something incredibly glamorous about a Hockney-blue pool. But how does the reality match up to the imagery?

Refreshing: Church House in Potterne, Wiltshire, is on sale for £1.95m. Interest in swimming pools has surged with the hot weather

Refreshing: Church House in Potterne, Wiltshire, is on sale for £1.95m. Interest in swimming pools has surged with the hot weather

‘It’s been wonderful to be able to take a swim at the end of a long day,’ says Felicity Cooper, 55, who in 2006 installed a 12m x 6m pool outside her country house in Potterne, near Devizes, Wiltshire. 

‘It has also been great for the children, Lily and Ryan, who learnt to swim here.’

Felicity stresses the importance of finding the right setting for a new pool. 

She ensured hers was west-facing to catch the evening sun; then she went to the trouble of digging out a mini-amphitheatre so that the displaced earth formed a windbreak around the pool itself.

‘The pool is the optimum distance from the house, being not so near that it detracts from the garden and not so far away that anyone in trouble would not be heard by those inside.

‘It is far from trees so few leaves blow into the water and, with the children in mind, it has a top quality safety cover. Felicity’s six-bedroom Jacobean stone house standing in 1.7 acres is for sale for £1.95 million.

Opinions vary as to whether an outdoor pool helps or hinders a house sale. Some think that the hassle of maintenance may be off-putting to buyers. However, the property buying agent, Jonathan Harington, disagrees.

‘I have had many clients come to me with a pool on their wishlist of luxuries,’ he says. ‘But I have never had anyone say they wouldn’t buy a house because of the pool. If they felt strongly they could easily fill it in anyway.’

Yet owning a swimming pool is an expensive hobby. An above-ground pool — like a giant paddling pool — costs from £1,500 to £15,000. These pools may not quite cut it in terms of glamour, but their lower water capacity means maintenance costs are more reasonable.

For those looking at a more substantial in-ground pool, one with a liner finish of PVC will cost about £75,000. A concrete pool, finished with mosaic tiles, marbled plaster or paint will be about £125,000.

Larger projects can easily cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

You may opt for an infinity pool — a pool designed with an edge that gives the illusion that the water is overflowing. 

Those who want to improve their fitness may have a counter current device installed; the equivalent of swimming on a treadmill.

Many pool owners are interested in sustainability and heating the pool with solar panels is popular, as are covers that help heat retention.

Maintaining an outdoor swimming pool is expensive. The cost of heating and chemicals has increased so buyers should budget for at least £8 to £10 a day, dependent on the weather, according to SPATA.

Anyone fancying a workout in their own home may be interested in Ivy Cottage, Grendon, Northamptonshire.

Outside, the four-bedroom cottage is a 10m x 5m pool neatly positioned in the north-west corner to catch the sun.

‘After swimming in the pool, you could go running, riding or cycling on the countless trails nearby,’ says Ian Denton, of Jackson Stops. ‘It’s a lifestyle amenity in your own garden.’ Ivy Cottage is for sale for £825,000.

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Radisson launches new resort in Greece

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Radisson Hotel Group has launched its latest Greek resort in Skiathos. Skiathos, the westernmost of the Sporades islands, is known for its stunning coastline of more than 60 beaches with soft sand and clear blue waters, as well as sea caves, impressive rock formations, and hiking trails on the tree-covered hills along the north shore made famous as the location for the filming of Mamma Mia. The island’s Byzantine churches and monasteries, Venetian-style Bourtzi fortress, and Papadiamantis House with its typical architecture are important parts of the island’s rich history.

 

The resort’s 84 rooms and suites are decorated in a modern, minimalist style, and most of them offer views of the hotel pool or the sea. Private balconies or terraces are available in select rooms, and the resort’s biggest suites feature private whirlpools for ultimate privacy and relaxation. The resort is ideally suited for weddings with its own on-site orthodox chapel and versatile outdoor pool area that offers receptions with stunning views. The main all-day dining restaurant celebrates Greek and Mediterranean flavors on its lunch and dinner menus. The poolside bar offers breakfast treats and late-night snacks as well as a wide selection of drinks and an extensive wine list. For guests looking to keep up their fitness routine, a well-equipped gym is available.

 

“We are excited to offer our guests a fantastic resort experience on the beautiful island of Skiathos, as we continue to expand our Greek resort portfolio. Radisson Resort Plaza Skiathos allows guests to switch off and relax surrounded by stunning natural beauty,” said Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President at Radisson Hotel Group.

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