Rhiwbina Living speaks to Philip Grimson of Mansell’s Estate Agents; FNAEA and Principal, Philip is Mansell’s licenced residential estate agent with over 40 years experience in the industry.
What’s changed in Rhiwbina?
Since opening my own estate agency office in Rhiwbina in 1991, I have noticed the age group demographic has changed. Rhiwbina always had a varied style of properties, but a shortage of family houses has led to buyers converting bungalows to create family homes. Previously most bungalows where bought as a home to retire to.
The two primary schools in Rhiwbina are highly regarded and have always been an attraction for families. The popularity and increasing attendance of both the Winter and Summer Festivals in Rhiwbina have provided an opportunity for families who were formally unfamiliar with Rhiwbina to discover it as a desirable place to live.
Historically the biggest change within Rhiwbina is the sale of the Garden Village housing to their former tenants. The Garden Village is a conservation area and its housing is now CADW Grade II listed which has helped to ensure the character of the homes will not physically change. This contributed to the desirability of the houses which has resulted in the prices rocketing to what must be eye watering levels for those who were fortunate to have bought in at the beginning.
Where would you recommend to live in Rhiwbina?
I would recommend all of Rhiwbina as a good residential area to live. The district is very fortunate to have numerous areas of public parkland. There are a number of roads which have become highly sought after, amongst these are Heol Wen, Heol y Coed, Heol y Bryn, Charlotte Square, Gernant and Beulah Road as they are all within walking distance of the village centre. What has not changed in my experience being in estate agency since 1973, is the demand has always been greater than the available supply. For buyers planning retirement, bungalows located within walking distance of the village centre and on level roads have become far more sought after. Contributing to their desirability are their proximity to the local shops, library, railway station and bus service.
In short once you have moved into Rhiwbina, no one wants to move out.