I may be moving there soon. Or maybe I won't. Is Llandaff Road technically Pontcanna or Canton? I don't care, I just think there should be a thread devoted to the City's most talked about housing location. The mention of the word 'Pontcanna' rouses strong opinions in people, for there are those who think it's Cardiff's answer to Notting Hill, or Hampstead, or Bloomsbury or whichever trendy London location you want to pick. But there are also those who think Pontcanna is a byword for pretension, snobbery and mugs who spend a budget for a reasonable size house on a small flat instead. Somewhere for middle class urbanites who snigger at the suburbs. I have walked round there recently and whilst I've been quite impressed by the look of some of the restaurants, the independent retailers and all the trees, the houses don't really impress me. They're quite 'big' in some areas like Cathedral Road, but elsewhere they're fairly standard terraces as you'd get in any other city centre location. But of course people don't buy in Pontcanna because of the houses, but for the scene, the genteel way of life and the chance to mix in such a 'community'. But does such a thing really exist? Is a lot of it just a fake marketing exercise, an estate agent's concoction, a media luvvies' dream town? I remain undecided but perhaps moving there (or is it Canton?) to rent will give me a better idea.
Hmmm Pontcanna is everything that you describe above. But the best things about it are the places all around it! You got the busy and popular high street of Canton to the south, Taff Trail and city centre to the west and Pontcanna fields and beyond to the north.
Pontcanna is essentially those bigger houses off catherdral road upto Llandaf Road (just)
There's nothing particularly wrong with it apart from missing a Tesco or Sainsburys shop and does seem to attract its fair share of media and rugby types (the decent houses are well expensive!)
EVERY pub and restaurant has its own niche clientelle and are all recommended. I'd much prefer a night out in pontcanna than the Bay or the city centre!
I dont think people here are intentionally snobby but obviously must have some money to afford these prices!
PS Llandaff road is definately CANTON!
I'm just being provocative I don't really mean to offend. I can imagine Pontcanna might be a decent place for a night out. Certainly preferable to the usual weekend mess in town.
its riverside or canton, pontcanna are the fields
I know this debate happened a while ago but I'm looking to put together a report on Pontcanna and the proposed boundary changes to the Riverside ward.
I'd love to speak to people about their opinions.
If you wouldn't mind helping me out please get in touch!
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