Llandudno a few decades back would have been referred to as the “back of beyond” and “too far and isolated an area to live in”, says Lanice Steward, managing director of Knight Frank Anne Porter.
But looking at the homes built there now, and the people who live there, one can see the image of the area has changed. Those who move here are not likely to leave in a hurry and the area has been gentrified in a way that allows residents the benefits of living in a beautiful seaside setting but without the chaos and hustle and bustle Bantry Bay or Clifton, said Steward.
Llandudno has a sense of community and involvement in what goes on in the suburb and its immediate surroundings, as well as at the school and lifesavers’ club. This area has its own security monitoring station at the entrance which is operated by ADT security.
Evidence that people do not move out in a hurry is in figures from CMA Info’s record of sales here in the last five years. There have only been 13 houses sold in the last five years in Llandudno, with the highest price recorded being R42,9 million in 2005, which has not been seen again. The next highest sales recorded was R30 million, in 2010 and 2012.
The median selling price in Llandudno is R6,25 million and this peaked in 2007 at R13 million.
“There is a great deal of building activity in Llandudno at present,” said Steward. “This in an indication that people are planning to stay for a long time if they’re buying and demolishing what is there to build beautiful, modern buildings, very often with a multi-levels to maximise the views.”
There is still, however, huge potential in Llandudno if one was looking for a property to turn into a dream home,” said Steward.
An example of this is a solid, quality finished home with magnificent views down to the beach and out to the bay which has just come onto the market through Knight Frank Anne Porter’s Hout Bay office, said Steward.
“In this home you literally wake up to the view every day and can enjoy it from various vantage points,” she said.
Older homes such as these can be turned into something luxurious without too much renovation because of their solid, well built structures.
The double storey home has four bedrooms with three en suite bathrooms. It has a large reception area and the lounge has stacking sliding doors which open out to a view of the whole of Llandudno. There is a sheltered patio and swimming pool deck with a built in braai.
“This classic home, priced at R16 995 000, is one that already has excellent finishes and features and, if required, could easily be modernised without spending too much.”