Swansea is Wales's second largest city and the UK's twenty-sixth largest city. Situated on the South West Wales coast, the county area includes the Gower Peninsula and the Lliw uplands and is widely regarded for its stunning coastline and sandy beaches. The City and County of Swansea had a population of 239,000 in 2011, making it the second most populous local authority area in Wales after the capital Cardiff. During its 19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was a key centre of the copper industry in the UK and earned the nickname 'Copperopolis'.
The city itself has a long history, and many of the city centre buildings are post-war as much of the original centre was destroyed by World War II bombing. Within the city centre are the ruins of the castle, the Marina, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre, the Environment Centre, and the Market, which is the largest covered market in Wales. It backs onto the Quadrant Shopping Centre which opened in 1978 and with the adjacent St David's Centre opened in 1982
In sport there are strong local rivalries between Swansea City A.F.C. and Cardiff City F.C. in football, while Swansea Ospreys and Llanelli scarlets have rivalries within Rugby union.
Swansea City Centre is currently undergoing a £1 billion transformation/development scheme. A large area of the city is earmarked for redevelopment. A new city-centre retail area is planned involving demolition which has about 13% of the retail space in the centre and the Quadrant Shopping Centre. There will be a relocation of the Tesco Superstore near to the city's Sainsbury's store in Parc Tawe, the new retail precinct will be almost four times the size of the Quadrant Centre. New green spaces will be provided in conjunction with the proposed Quadrant Square and Grand Theatre Square. Redevelopment of the Oxford Street car park and Lower Oxford Street arcades are also planned.
The tower at meridian quay on the sea front is now Wales's tallest building at a height of 107 metres (351 ft) with a restaurant on the top (29th) floor.
The majority of sales in Swansea during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £144,546. Terraced properties sold for an average of £108,970, with detached properties fetching £220,580.
Swansea, with an overall average price of £148,140, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Treboeth (£141,445), but was more expensive than Fforestfach (£112,144) and Brynhyfryd (£92,687).
Overall sold prices in Swansea over the last year were similar to the previous year and similar to the 2008 level of £145,433.
Source: Rightmove September 2017
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