Much-loved Cardiff has been named as the best city to live in when it comes to quality of life. In a sure sign of strong investor and developer confidence new commercial developments are taking shape across the city; notably at Cardiff Centre and Cardiff Bay. Here are just some examples:
This unique-looking, Grade II-listed building was constructed by milling company Spillers in 1887, before being converted into a luxury apartment block in the late 1980s. Located in Atlantic Wharf - not far from the city centre - Spillers and Bakers residents have use of a communal gym, two saunas and allocated parking, with views from all windows and French doors overlooking the Bay.
One of the most popular developments in the Bay area, on-site facilities include the exclusive resident-only Centurion Leisure and function suite, a 15m swimming pool, gym, spa bath and solarium. Many of its apartments have an upgraded specification, including under-floor heating and balconies. With a 24-hour concierge service, video entry phone systems and CCTV, the development is completely secure. Running alongside the River Taff, Century Wharf is an ideal link between the city centre and the heart of Cardiff Bay.
This aptly-named development is situated just off the link road - ideal for those commuting out of Cardiff. The Waterquarter was completed in 2006 and offers modern, spacious living with water views aplenty.
Located at the bottom end of Lloyd George Avenue – the long stretch of road that links the City Centre and Cardiff Bay – Edward England Wharf could almost be considered a city centre development. Its exterior stone finish and quiet location makes it attractive to residents and visitors alike.
Listed as a Grade II building in 1992, Cymric House (often referred to as Cymric Buildings) mixes old and new, having since been renovated into modern apartments. With each flat different to the next and located minutes away from Mermaid Quay, this development is ever-popular.
Being one of the first developments in the Bay, Adventurers Quay makes full use of its choice of positioning by overlooking the navigational channel between the Roath Basin and the working Port of Cardiff, making for some spectacular views towards Penarth. The apartments are larger than the norm and are given a sense of security by being fully gated around the outside.
Celestia is in big demand. An award-winning interior designer was on-hand to lend their advice when fitting out the apartments, meaning this development is set apart from the rest. It boasts a 24-hour concierge, a fitted security system with electronic intercom and remote entrance gates.
Built in the middle of Lloyd George Avenue and finished in 2007, The Granary is a five-storey mix of one and two-bedroom apartments - making up a total of 62 units in all - with a car park throughout the ground floor. To help the façade reflect the character of the original Granary building, Woodkirk stone was quarried from Yorkshire, with face brickwork, render and natural stone used in the finish.
Offering some of the largest apartments in the Bay, Henke Court is always a development in high demand. Located in Atlantic Wharf, it runs along the waterside and boasts an on-site concierge as well as undercroft parking.
Built in 2003, Sovereign Quay boasts 60 one and two-bedroom units and was designed by London-based architects with a good track record of helping develop successful schemes in London Docklands. Sitting on the waterfront and offering ample access to Mermaid Quay, each apartment has its own, secure, underground car parking space.
Radiating with the brilliance of the award-winning architects drafted in to produce this flagship development, Prospect Place is the epitome of modern living and frames the shimmering beauty of the waterfront. The on-site gym and swimming pool allows residents to keep active, while the communal gardens offer a place to kick back and relax. Each apartment has an allocated parking space and use of the 24-hour concierge.
Located in the very centre of Mermaid Quay, Ocean Buildings offers an ideal base for exploring the length and breadth of the Bay. Its façade was originally built for Victorian shipping magnates and the apartments offer the most modern, contemporary fittings and décor. Access from the gated underground car park is by lift, which also serves the roof garden open to all residents.
Sealock Warehouse is a 150-year-old building with stunning characteristics including exposed brick, steel beams and high ceilings, containing 22 one bedroom apartments in the heart of Cardiff Bay. A slightly hidden development situated just off a quiet street, each flat has been finished to a modern standard and are accessible by the lift system in place.
Located off Dumballs Rd, this development is close to the Bay while still only being a 7 minute walk from Cardiff City Centre. It benefits from secure fob access and plenty of off-road parking. These are good-quality, luxury Cardiff Bay apartments with features like under floor heating making them great value for money. Properties here are available both furnished and unfurnished.
Classed more as a City Centre development than a Cardiff Bay one, City Wharf offers spacious, open-plan apartments that are modern and superbly comfortable in style. The outlook from each one presents sweeping views of either the city skyline or, for those with balconies facing south, the 600 metre long waters of Atlantic Wharf. All apartments have lift access and parking for one car.
Set in a desirable area next to Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve and Cardiff Yacht Club, the Lacuna apartments boast an enviable waterside location. The shops, bars and restaurants of Mermaid Quay are just a short stroll away, but nobody would bat an eyelid if you prefer to stay in your spacious flat with stylish interior, equip with balcony offering unrivalled water viewings towards the Cardiff barrage.
Located on Dumballs Road and close to both the city centre and Cardiff Bay, these self-contained one bedroom flats were built in 2008 and are often referred to as the IPADs.
Forming part of Cardiff's International Sports Village , Victoria Wharf is made up of one, two and three bedroom apartments, offering spacious, balconied living. Situated away from the centre of the Bay but still within an easy drive or walk, the development is gated and offers each apartment its own parking space. The landscaped communal gardens are an added bonus.
Being one of the more prestigious developments, Watermark's apartments are not easily equalled in terms of both standard and location. Situated on the northern coast of Cardiff Bay with clear views over the city, its stunning architectural finish and superb waterside setting make it a highly sought after place to live.
This 15-storey tower is made up of 140 one and two bedroom apartments and is located on the city centre’s doorstep, just off Newport Road. Its custom-designed kitchens and bathrooms give it a unique feel and every apartment comes with secure parking, city views and an on-site concierge service.
Located on Churchill Way in the city centre, Landmark Place is home to 280 apartments and offers secure underground parking, as well as lift access. Each apartment is made up of a large, open-plan kitchen with spacious living areas, offering a 24-hour security and concierge system.
Standing at 72 metres high and boasting 292 luxury apartments, Altolusso is a 23-storey building in the very heart of Cardiff's city centre. Built on the site of the former New College, the city's main shopping centre is quite literally opposite, with the Motorpoint Arena (formerly Cardiff International Arena) just around the corner. Cardiff Central and Queen Street train stations are within close proximity, making this development suitable for one and all.
Taking its name from the former department store - David Morgan - this development is made up of 56 one and two bedroom apartments and lies in The Hayes area of Cardiff's city centre. Its unique floor plans mean no two apartments are the same, with many boasting balconies and roof terraces overlooking the skyline views of the city.
Situated just off Greyfriars Rd in Cardiff's city centre, these executive apartments include on-site leisure facilities with use of the gym and a swimming pool. The development includes the four-star, award-winning Park Plaza Hotel and is perfectly located in the hub of everything that goes on in the heart of town.
The £250m Cardiff Pointe development will boast 798 homes upon completion, making it one of the biggest new Cardiff developments in recent years. Situated on vacant land off Ferry Road, Watkiss Way and Empire Way, the properties range from one and two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom family homes, and will virtually complete the International Sports Village project once finished in 2023.
Located on Ferry Road and within close proximity to the International Sports Village, Ffordd James McGhan offers a more family-oriented environment than your typical Cardiff Bay development. The mixture of almost 200 flats and houses is well-managed and well-kept, and continues to be a popular choice for those looking to live within the Cardiff Bay area.
Nestled between a Brains pub and a former bank, Embassy House sits on the brink of Mermaid Quay - an area of shops, bars and restaurants that bustles with sun-worshippers during the summer. The development of eight one-bedroom flats is largely home to young professionals living in the area, while there's also a commercial unit on the ground floor.