Barry good show for Welsh town as it becomes UK property hotspot

It has gained fame as the setting for the cult sitcom Gavin & Stacey. But now Barry in south Wales has another reason to celebrate because it's topped the list of places with the best house price growth across the UK.

The latest data from online estate agent listing site Rightmove's house price index shows that Barry is the UK hotspot for asking prices, which have risen on average by 11 percent over the last year.

Follow in sitcom stars' footsteps

The BBC show made stars of its writers and stars Ruth Jones and James Corden, while also reviving the fortunes of the seaside town.

Diehard fans of the show could even follow in Nessa and Smithy's footsteps because there's a house on the very street where Stacey and Uncle Bryn lived up for sale, a similar three-bed, end-terrace property to the one featuring in the series.

That property is in Trinity Street in the west end of Barry and is on the market for £155,000.

Asking prices up on a year ago

According to Rightmove, the average asking price of a property in Barry is £191,050, up from £172,752 a year ago and 20 percent higher than five years ago when the average home sold for £156,87.

The 11 percent increase in asking prices in the Vale of Glamorgan town is much higher than the Welsh average of 2.9 percent.

The Rightmove house price index shows that property prices on average across the UK rose by 0.4 percent in February.

Great tourist spot

Miles Shipside of Rightmove said: "It's great to see Barry named as the country's hottest property market right now.

"It's a great tourist spot thanks to the popularity of Gavin & Stacey, and not forgetting that Barry also boasts some quite stunning coastal views."