The home of one of the nation’s best-loved sitcoms is currently Great Britain’s hottest market for property asking prices, new data from Rightmove has revealed.
Barry, located in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, is currently the most thriving housing market with average asking prices rising by 11% over the past year.
The town – which fans of BBC’s Gavin & Stacey will recognise as Stacey’s hometown – currently boasts a three-bedroom end-of-terrace house for sale on the same street where some of the favourite characters live in the show.
The Rightmove data found that average asking prices in Barry are more than 20% higher than they were five years ago, when they stood at £156,878. This might be down to Nessa’s slots arcade doing a massive trade, or Dave’s Coaches business boosting the local economy.
Miles Shipside, property expert at Rightmove, comments: “It’s great to see Barry named the country’s hottest property market right now. It’s a great tourist spot thanks to the popularity of Gavin & Stacey, and not forgetting Barry also boasts some quite stunning coastal views.”
The three-bedroom home is currently on the market for £155,000 and is located on Trinity Street in Barry’s West End – the same road as Uncle Bryn’s and Gwen’s homes in the show. It comprises a similar layout to the property used for filming in Gwen’s house.
Downstairs, there is a living room and separate dining room, kitchen with a pantry and a conservatory, while there are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. The property is just a matter of yards from where Stacey and Nessa were filmed starting their journey to church for the wedding in series one.
The property is listed for sale on Rightmove with Chris Davies Estate Agents.
Andrew Fenton, sales director at Vale of Glamorgan-based Chris Davies Estate Agents, says: “Barry is the place to be so I’m not at all surprised by Rightmove’s findings. Property prices here compared with Cardiff and its suburbs are comparatively reasonable. We’ve seen a lot of economic growth and there are 2,500 new homes being built down at the waterside called The Quays. We’ve also got very good schools down here.”
He explains that Barry was popular with home-hunters even five years ago, but a major factor recently has been the abolition of the Severn Bridge tolls. Since then, people in Newport have been priced out of their own town by investors from Bristol, causing them to move to Barry.
“But we all love the Gavin & Stacey connection, why wouldn’t we?” he continues. “It certainly makes a difference, there’s no question of that. We’re in the public domain and are a topic of conversation.”
Fenton finalises: “Mr Danter, who owns the pleasure park on Barry Island, has ploughed so much money into it, everyone knows about it. The show has been great for the town, it’s put us on the map and has promoted the local area. It’s been brilliant.”