The area of Neath Port Talbot encompasses a mix of coastal areas, and the mountains of Brecon Beacons national Park. Lacking any particularly large towns, this is predominantly an area people use as a base to work in other places, giving it an interesting feel, and fast moving rental market. Most people living here are employed in nearby Swansea, and transport links tend to be good.
The biggest town in the area is Port Talbot, which has the misfortune to be recognised as one of the most polluted places in the UK. However air quality is improving and the economy is doing well.
The market town of Neath is perhaps a nicer place to live, but of course this is reflected in house prices. Older buildings, including Neath Castle, give the town a real sense of character, as well as helping the area attract a good level of tourism.
The homes in this area are variable in cost and quality, but proximity to Swansea as well as rural settings, can play a major part in deciding the value.