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YouTube star shows off his three-storey home in Cardiff

YouTube star Daniel Gonthier says his new three-storey home in Cardiff is one of the best purchases he’s ever made. Aſter spending the last few years renting two and three-bedroom flats in the city, the 26-year-old decided to invest in his first home in November last year – a four-bedroom Southcott housetype at Bellway’s St Lythans Park in Culverhouse Cross. Te unique

three-floor set-up

accommodates Daniel’s work-from- home career perfectly. Daniel loves the design and uses the middle floor of his home as an office, where he spends lots of time filming and editing videos. His job involves creating YouTube videos, including lifestyle ‘vlogs’ and Fifa online videos and he has 1.7 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where he’s known as Gonth. On the top floor,

there’s a master-

bedroom which Daniel says is his favourite room of the house due to its

carefully designed features living here, and and

spacious layout. Daniel said: “Everything has been really good so far. I’m having a great experience


have been no problems at all with the process or the home. It’s all gone really well. “I found out about the development on

Work starts on 277 houses at former Ebbw Vale Comp site

Work has started on a £29m project to build 277 houses on the former Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School and College site.

Rightmove, and liked it straight away as it’s a nice, quiet and private estate, which is based on the edge of Cardiff. “Te reason I decided to move was for investment purposes and to escape rental, but as well

I just wanted to

live in a new build. Tey’re ideal for customising and I’ve been able to choose all my preferences.” Daniel was one of 1,849 people who used Help to Buy Wales during the last financial year to secure a new home. He

said: “Te scheme is definitely

worth taking advantage of, as all you need is just a five per cent deposit! It’s a great boost towards a very important

life purchase. “It just made sense to go down the route I did, and I’m glad I did because it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made!” Help to Buy Wales enables purchasers of new-build homes up to the value of £300,000 to buy with a five per cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage. Te remaining 20 per cent is provided in the form of an equity loan backed by the Welsh Government, which is interest free for the first five years. Tere’s a final choice of four-bedroom homes for sale at St Lythans Park, with more information available at bellway.

“Doll’s house” helps buyers in Cardiff visualise new townhouse

Homebuyers in Cardiff can plan their ideal home layout before they buy, with new interactive soſtware from Barratt Homes. Te five star housebuilder has launched the new ‘Doll’s House’ imagery for its Kingsville three story townhouse at Maes Y Deri in Cardiff, so buyers can ‘try before they buy’. Te interactive visual will mean potential buyers can configure their perfect Kingsville layout and see how this will look once they’ve moved in, selecting how they would like each of their rooms to be used. Te range covers everything from the more traditional lounge, kitchen and bedrooms to more adventurous options like a games room, painting room, gym and bike room. Richard Lawson, sales director at Barratt Homes, said: “Te “doll’s house” is the perfect way for potential buyers to visualise their new home before they sign on the dotted line. “Our homes offer buyers flexible living and it’s wonderful that they’ll now be able to see how they can utilise the space before they even reserve a property. Te options are really imaginative.” Te Kingsville home type is a four-bedroom home set over three floors. Prices start at £297,995. Te home has a spacious open-plan kitchen with dining area and family areas and an extra room (for an additional bedroom or study) on the ground floor. On the first floor over-sized windows fill the lounge and master bedroom with light. Upstairs there is a further double bedroom, single bedroom and family bathroom. Sales director Richard added: “While we outline the more traditional usage, this home has great flexibility, with a number of rooms that could have different uses depending


on the needs of the buyer. I’m delighted that we’ll now be able to offer this new soſtware to potential buyers to help them envisage how their new home could look, and hopefully take a little stress away.” Barratt Homes Maes Y Deri sits on the border of St Fagans and Radyr, and offers a selection of two, three and four bedroom homes just a short drive away from Cardiff city centre. To view the doll’s house imagery visit https:// and to find out more about the Maes Y Deri development visit www. or call 0330 057 6000.

Househunters are now able to register an interest in the properties before they go on sale in the coming weeks – and Persimmon Homes, the builder behind the scheme, has already be inundated with enquiries. The development on Waun-Y-Pound Road will be known as Porth i'r Afon and will be made up of two, three and four-bedroom homes. Victoria Williams, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “We’re delighted to have started work on this significant development in Ebbw Vale. “Anyone interested in these properties can register an interest simply by visiting our website or by giving us a call. That way, they will be alerted when the first homes are released onto the market in the coming weeks. “We have already had dozens of people confirm their interest and we would anticipate this development being extremely popular.” The development will include 55 affordable homes, as well as 222 private properties available on the open market. Porth i'r Afon is expected to create more than 200 jobs over the five- year construction period, as well as boosting the local economy by £7m per annum. Persimmon and development partner United Welsh have worked closely with the local authority to overcome significant problems at the site, including an historic mine. Council planners said the development is a “key piece of the jigsaw” to the regeneration of Ebbw Vale’s ‘Northern Corridor’, which is earmarked for around 800 homes. Persimmon has agreed to contribute £783,354 towards education provision, which will be split between Glyncoed and Willowtown Primary Schools. People can register an interest in the homes by calling 01443 445 419 or by visiting www.persimmonhomes. com

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