ANALYSIS of new figures reveals that Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal was the most expensive area of Denbighshire to buy a house in last year.

Zoopla said the data highlights how localised the housing market across England and Wales is, with prices often reflecting the housing stock available in an area.

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that of the 30 council wards in Denbighshire, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal saw the highest median house price in 2021, of £392,500.

This was followed by Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern (£325,000) and Tremeirchion (£317,500).

By contrast, the cheapest parts of Denbighshire to purchase property were Rhyl South West, which had a median house price of £111,000, Rhyl West (£114,000) and Denbigh Central (£129,250).

The median – the middle number in a series – is used to ensure the figures are not skewed by extreme highs or lows.

Meanwhile, the number of homes sold in Denbighshire rose from 1,189 in 2020 to 1,390 last year.

Of sales last year, 9 per cent (124) were in Rhyl South East – making it the busiest area for buyers.

At the other end of the scale, Llandrillo saw just 10 properties sold in 2021, earning it the title of quietest area of Denbighshire's property market.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research said that following a period of significant growth during the pandemic, it expects house prices to experience downward pressure over the next year, as a result of sharp rises in mortgage rates.

Karl Thompson, an economist at the think tank, said the strongest price contractions are expected outside of London and the South East, causing greater regional price disparities.

The number of residential property sales in Wales increased by 23 per cent to 43,557 between the end of 2020 and the end of last year.

Grainne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla, said property values vary widely in large part because of the differing housing stock between areas – some neighbourhoods will have a higher number of five-bedroom detached homes, while others will be home to more flats and smaller properties.

But she said the difference between more and less expensive areas may start to narrow.

She added: "The demand for larger detached homes during the pandemic has pushed average values for houses higher over the last year, while price growth for flats has lagged.

"But there are signs that demand for flats in city centres is gaining momentum, so we could see faster rising prices in this part of the market."