The Western Mail has today [15 November 2008] named St Hilary as the most expensive place to buy a home in Wales.  It reported that:

Llantrithyd Road, which winds through St Hilary, is the nation’s most expensive residential street, with each property carrying an average price tag of more than £750,000.

Sarah Dent, 46, who lives on Llantrithyd Road, has brought up her three children Rebecca, 18, Rosie, 14, and William, 13, there, with husband Colin, a Professor of Orthopedics.  She said: “We moved here about 12 years ago from St Nicholas, in the Vale, and we love it here.  “It’s a nice local village. There is a great community spirit that is mainly focused at the Bush Inn pub.

The village boasts the AA 2008-09 pub of the year, the Bush Inn, popular for its food dishes, and a luxurious home for the elderly, The Manor House.

Jason Treharne, 35, who has lived in St Hilary for more than 20 years, said it had changed a lot.  He said: “Years ago, we had a lot of locals living here who had been here for generations, but I think a lot of English people have set up homes here now. I suppose it’s ideal because it’s so close to Cardiff for commuting.

The figures from the Land Registry are based on transactions between 2004 and 2008. One property on the market in St Hilary for £795,000, is described by as “a beautifully presented five-bedroom grade II listed ‘chocolate box’ cottage located within the hugely popular and charming village of St Hilary”.

Source: Wales on Line / Western Mail (15 November 2008)