Best areas to live in Cardiff for a family - Part Two

Family feet by fire - s-wloczyk2 from Pixabay Seeing as Cardiff is chock-a-block with family friendly suburbs offering a blend of modern and traditional homes, access to schools, sprawling green parks, community villages and everything else a family could be looking for, we felt there was no choice but to deliver you a second segment to compliment our part one of best areas to live in Cardiff for a family

In that first part, we covered Roath, Lisvane and Thornhill, Pontprennau and Heath - so we’ll now focus our attention on a few other hotspots. Perhaps you’re already based in the Welsh capital but would like to learn a little more about some other areas of Cardiff before you commit to buying? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about relocating your family to Cardiff and want more information about the most popular family-friendly locations before securing a rental home to test the waters?

Let’s dive right in!


Penylan is an area of Cardiff that is often over-looked - mainly because it’s quietly tucked between the surrounding suburbs of Roath, Cyncoed and Llanedeyrn - however, whenever it is mentioned to someone familiar with the area, it’ll always be greeted with positive words. This is due to its strong sense of identity thanks to the tree-lined streets, local village vibe with local amenities within walking distance and, of course, the wonderful Waterloo Gardens passing through the heart of Penylan. This bohemian peacefulness is all on offer despite the buzzing activity of other surrounding suburbs and the city centre being just a few miles or less away. In terms of education, there are plenty of local schools within the local catchment area to choose from, including St Teilo’s, Cardiff High School, Ysgol Bro Edern High School, Marlborough Primary School and Ninian Nurseries, to name just a few.

Sold for £605k; a record-high for the road.

Read our guide to living in Penylan to learn more.


Located to the north-east of Cardiff lies one of the cities more desirable locations - the area of Cyncoed. Now, homes in Cyncoed do come at a cost with some of the most expensive property prices not only in Cardiff but throughout the whole of Wales, but this is with good reason. Many of Cyncoed’s streets, such as the popular Cefn Coed Road, are brimming with large and stunning detached properties that would make the most ideal family home. If you didn’t think uniquely beautiful detached family homes would be enough, residents of Cyncoed are also treated to the city-famous Roath Park and Roath Park Lake on their doorstep - or at least just a short stroll away. Education is also another box ticked if that’s high on the agenda with some of the best-ranked schools in Cardiff, such as Cardiff High School, Llanishen High School, Lakeside Primary School and The Playbox Nursery.

Read our guide to living in Cyncoed to learn more.


Based on the outskirts of the city centre you’ll find the affectionally named Splott, one of four inner city suburbs that make up the STAR area of Cardiff (Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath). Splott is a very traditional area that harks back to Cardiff yesteryear with much of the housing stock made up of the beautiful Victorian style. Splott may not be as youthful, vibrant and trendy as other options, but it still packs a punch in terms of character, diversity, and the proximity to the city and local amenities on offer - many things that will always appeal to family homebuyers. This helps properties within the area hold their value and there is never a shortage of potential suitors. Splott is served by schools such as Willows High School, Moorland Primary School, the Welsh speaking Ysgol Gyfyn Morfa, Kings Monkton School and Busy Bees Nursery.

Sale agreed within a week for £10k over asking price, following 6 separate offers.

Read our guide to living in Splott to learn more.


For those house-hunters who are on the lookout for an area that’s stylish with oodles of character, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more suitable area than Pontcanna. Boasting an array of boutique shops, award-winning restaurants, and cool pubs and bars throughout its trendy village set up, this is yet another suburb that’s very close to the city centre, but still manages to retain it’s own unique charm with incredible ease. Not to mention the huge and highly popular Pontcanna fields - perfect for spring picnics, summer games with the dogs and kids, or weekly family strolls on a Sunday. Furthermore, Pontcanna has also grown a reputation for being a creative area that’s well-populated with capable Welsh speakers. Pontcanna is served by the likes of Fitzalan High School, Severn Primary School, the Welsh speaking Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Radnor Primary School and St Aubin Nursery.

Sold for £90k more than anything else ever sold on the road!

Read our guide to living in Pontcanna to learn more.


Llandaff is one of the more historical districts in Cardiff, with the iconic Llandaff Cathedral and medieval remains much-visited attractions. There is a lovely quaint feel to the Llandaff village and one little known fact among even local Cardiffian’s is that Llandaff was the original city of Cardiff. However, there is far more on offer for families than simply sites of historical interest and little known facts - there are beautiful walks along the Taff trail, Llandaff Fields backing onto Pontcanna Fields, local amenities, charming pubs, cute cafes and independent boutiques. All nestled within what you could easily mistaken as a countryside village. School-wise, Llandaff is served by The Bishop of Llandaff High School, Howells School, Llandaff Church in Wales Primary School and the Welsh speaking Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.

Read our guide to living in Llandaff to learn more.

If you have any other questions about these locations or would like further expert advice to assist your move anywhere in Cardiff, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team here at CPS Homes by calling 02920 668585, e-mailing or by popping into one of our three branches.

04 August 2021


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