Over the course of two decades, director of Keylet Sales & Lettings and keen property developer, Peter Vidler, has witnessed vast amounts of properties being developed in Cardiff and  has also played a part in some of these buildings futures. From restoring a Grade II listed building in Cardiff Docks to renovating a Neo-Gothic Victorian Mansion in Pontcanna, here we explore Cardiff’s ever changing city-scape and the demand in Cardiff for more.

Empire House, is an iconic landmark in the heart of Cardiff Bay, its Neo-Georgian architecture meant that the building acquired listing status, due to its finely detailed floor and façade. Known for its importance during the coal industry the building is embedded with history. Now, Cardiff Bay is one of the most desirable places to live within Cardiff and the opportunity was seized to transform Empire House to luxury apartments.  A total of thirty-nine apartments, including the very unique ‘Boardroom’, now all make a home for those seeking the cosmopolitan lifestyle that the bay has to offer.  Peter Vidler developed the building saw the need for more homes in the Bay said, “As Empire House was a Grade II* listed building, we found it a challenging yet rewarding project, we did everything possible to maintain the original features of the building which is really shown off in the communal lobby and especially in flat 4, The Boardroom.” And he was certainly not mistaken, having sold all apartments and also securing some Buy-To-Let landlords to let through Keylet.

Following the success of Empire House, an opportunity in Pontcanna to transform a Neo-Gothic Victorian mansion, Cathedral Parc, to fourteen apartments was completed. Headed by Peter Vidler, it was discovered that there was an even higher demand for these properties as all 14 apartments were sold off plan. Pontcanna has been named as one of the most fashionable places to live in the U.K. and the stunning façade, including gargoyles and turrets of Cathedral Parc, mirrors the stylish lifestyle that people desire in Pontcanna. Cathedral Parc is set in one of the most historic areas of Cardiff, with the castle in the distance as a respectful reminder and the direct access to Bute Park residents of Cathedral Parc have would be similar to what Lord Marquess of Bute would have had in 1800’s. “We have enjoyed developing Cathedral Parc, the flats have been designed with lifestyle in mind, with ‘Porcelanosa’ bathrooms, underfloor heating and video entry systems. The challenge was to make these apartments stand-out in an upmarket and exclusive area,” the developers were dedicated to even the finer details and all paid off as, “all the apartments sold before they were built, so we knew that all the features that we perfected were important to the buyers’.

It seems clear that from these two developments that many areas of Cardiff are undergoing significant landscape changes to accommodate the increasing demand to live in desirable locations. From an estate agency perspective, new homes and developments are more popular than ever, with waiting lists and open days for new builds becoming the norm, and with an increase in commercial development such as One Central Square, adjacent to Cardiff Central Train Station which will house BBC and many more companies.  Therefore a surge in professionals seeking locations such as Cardiff Bay and Pontcanna, means the demand for a high street Estate Agent who have the local area knowledge and can share the history of the properties as well as sell them is more important than ever.

If you are an investor looking for property development opportunities in Cardiff and the surrounding area or looking for an Estate Agent to sell your portfolio, Keylet Sales & Lettings have a proven success record. Get in touch.

Published: August 17, 2016