Llandudno has been named in the top 20 happiest places to live in Great Britain for 2022.
The popular coastal town showed why it is considered one of the best seaside resorts in the country, ranking 20th in Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home Index (which is now in its 11th year).
Llandudno ranked third in Wales, behind only Anglesey and Monmouth.
Patrick Glover, Anthony Flint Property Consultant’s Social Media and Marketing Manager, said there had been more and more people moving into the area. including to Llandudno, over the past few and it was easy to see why.
Patrick said: “We are so blessed to live in the Conwy county with everything the area has to offer.
“You can be on the picturesque West Shore Beach or the iconic Great Orme in Llandudno one minute, then take a short drive and be hiking up through through the Conwy Mountains or over the historic towns Castle Walls the next.
“There are also so many nice restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops for you to explore.
“You really do have it all, right on your doorstep.”
Since the pandemic started, Rightmove also found the demand for homes had greatly outweighed supply in many coastal areas like Llandudno.
"You can be on the picturesque West Shore Beach or the iconic Great Orme in Llandudno one minute, then take a short drive and be hiking up through through the Conwy Mountains or over the historic towns Castle Walls the next."
This year’s Happy at Home Index was conducted among more than 21,000 people across Great Britain, asking residents how they feel about where they live, as well as asking them to rank ten happiness factors.
A sense of belonging in an area is the number one factor which contributes to someone feeling happy where they live the survey found.
When considering what was most important about the property they might move to, a garden is most important to buyers (29%), while renters were more concerned about the energy costs of the property (20%).
Working from home or hybrid working has become a more permanent part of life this year as the survey found 65% of people said they were able to work from home.
One in five (22%) renters said they planned to move in the next 12 months to get better value for money in their area, along with 16% of buyers. One in ten renters (11%) said they were moving to reduce energy costs, along with 12% of buyers.
While there are undoubted challenges facing both buyers and renters the survey found first-time buyers are still determined to get onto the ladder, cutting back on going out and using less gas and electricity to help them to still be able to save up for a deposit.
St Ives was named happiest place to live in Great Britain, with Galashiels (Scotland) and Woodbridge (East England) finishing second and third respectively.
Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s Director of Property Science, said: “This year’s Happy at Home survey really shows that the things that make people happy to live in their area are not so much the physical aspects of that area but more the personal aspects, such as our sense of belonging, the community and the people.
“The last few months have undoubtedly been difficult for many, and as we learned during another difficult period in 2020, this is often when we look to our local area and community for support and happiness.”
Great Britain's Happiest Places 2022
|Rank||Place||Region||Average asking price||Average asking rent (pcm)|
|1||St Ives||South West||£523,731||£1,152|
|3||Woodbridge||East of England||£481,978||£1,196|
|6||Harrogate||Yorkshire and The Humber||£381,124||£1,327|
|8||Bury St Edmunds||East of England||£334,160||£1,368|
|11||Richmond upon Thames||Greater London||£1,153,347||£3,931|
|14||Leamington Spa||West Midlands||£383,553||£1,274|