Newport Area Guide

Newport (Welsh: Casnewydd) is a cathedral and university city and a unitary authority area in south east Wales. It is located on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn estuary, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Cardiff and easily accessible to the Bristol city region and London via the M4 motorway.

At the 2011 census it was the third largest city in Wales, with a city population of 145,736, and an urban population of 306,844. The city forms part of the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area, with a total population of 1,097,000. It is governed by Newport City Council and was granted city status in 2002.

The History of Newport

Newport grew significantly in the 19th century, when its port became the focus of coal exports from the eastern valleys of South Wales. Until the rise of Cardiff from the 1850s, Newport was Wales' largest coal-exporting port. While it has retained a strong industrial and engineering base, more recently it has developed strengths in technology as well as being a strong public sector base.

Newport hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the city was the venue of the 2014 NATO summit.

Living in Newport Today

The city has undergone huge redevelopment in recent years while still maintaining its traditional and cultural values. Newport has a rich sporting heritage, including the Newport Gwent dragons rugby team who play their home matches at Rodney parade.

Football is provided by Newport AFC who currently play in Football League 2. There is also the Newport international sports village at Liswerry which includes the Wales national velodrome for cycling. If all of that doesn’t take your fancy, you can always play a round or two at one of the magnificent golf courses at the world famous Celtic Manor, which hosted the Ryder Cup.

House Values in Newport

Most of the sales in Newport over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £120,721. Semi-detached properties had an average sold price of £161,945 and detached properties averaged at £272,916.

Newport, with an overall average price of £170,238, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Beechwood (£165,981), but was more expensive than Maindee (£114,714) and St. Julians (£140,218).

In the past year house prices in Newport were 3% up on the year before and 7% up on 2007 when they averaged at £158,369.

Source: Rightmove September 2017

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