Birmingham is a vast city, with a rich history, culture and diversity. It is the third-largest city in the UK by population, with over 2.5 million people living within its boundaries.
What Makes Birmingham a Good Place to Live?
Birmingham is a city full of character, with a charm that so many people adore and become attached to. Its people are vibrant and friendly, with a love for cultural expression and innovation. There are so many places to choose from when it comes to living in Birmingham, with something to suit absolutely everyone’s needs.
Top Birmingham Areas to Live
There are many great areas to live in Birmingham, with it covering such a vast expanse of space you won’t be short of choice when looking for a property to buy or rent. We have listed just a few of our faves:
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield has been one of the most desirable suburbs in Birmingham for quite some time now. Sutton Coldfield boasts many aspects that make it a gold mine for house hunters, including large areas of beautiful outdoor space. When we say large, we mean large. Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in England measuring over 2,000 acres. This makes it a perfect place for residents of all ages to meet up, exercise, dine and explore.
Even with the endless green space, Sutton Coldfield has a huge amount of shops, restaurants and bustling town spaces to explore. According to Rightmove, “Properties in Sutton Coldfield had an overall average price of £380,593 over the last year. The majority of sales in Sutton Coldfield during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £316,693. Overall, sold prices in Sutton Coldfield over the last year were 17% up on the previous year and 17% up on the 2018 peak of £325,193”.
Kings Heath is one of the more up and coming areas in Birmingham, making it a great place for first-time buyers or young families to live. There are two lovely parks in the Kings Heath area, Kings Heath park itself spans over 35 acres and is home to a Tea room as well as being a fun area for the kids to run around and enjoy. The high street houses shops, vibrant restaurants and lively bars so there is something for everyone. Properties in Kings Heath had an overall average price of £242,736 over the last year.
Properties in Bournville had an overall average price of £296,661 over the last year. Bournville is more than just a bar of Cadbury chocolate, it is steeped in incredible history, stunning architecture, vast green spaces and culture galore. There is so much to see and do in Bournville, you would struggle to do it all in a day.
Bournville is an area that works for everyone, it is perfect for commuters, families and older residents too with it being a balanced combination of fun urban lifestyle as well as having peaceful green areas to escape.
Bearwood is a popular spot for first-time buyers. Many may have previously thought of Bearwood as more in the shadows of its neighbours Edgbaston and Harborne, but this unassuming suburb is fast becoming a popular destination to move to. If you want our advice, buy now as property prices will only increase in this area.
The suburb (technically in Sandwell) has been named not only as the best place to buy in Birmingham, but also one of the best areas to buy in the UK as a first-time buyer. There is lots to discover in Bearwood, with a wide range of places to socialise, dine and explore. The majority of sales in Bearwood during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £187,855. Semi-detached sold for an average of £235,860, with detached fetching an average of £426,250.
Lichfield is a historic city in Staffordshire near Birmingham and had a significant religious and military importance in years gone by. The city centre has many listed buildings, with a rich historic past.
The city centre offers a wide range of small and large business shops, with larger retail parks on the outskirts of the city to choose from too. The city centre of Lichfield is known for its range of quality cafes, restaurants and vibrant pubs with a lively social scene. It is a great choice for those that want the buzz of Birmingham without living in the middle of it. As well as this, Lichfield still offers beautiful open outdoor space, including Beacon Park, Minster Pool and Stowe Pool. A short drive from Lichfield is Cannock Chase – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
According to Rightmove – “The majority of sales in Lichfield during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £427,472. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £285,159, with terraced properties fetching £229,802”.
Birmingham Mortgage Advice
If you are moving to Birmingham for the first time, you may need some mortgage advice to get a better understanding of what it will cost you to live in the city and the surrounding areas. With such a wide range of mortgages to choose from and so many options to consider when looking for the right one, it’s not surprising that many people freak out. But don’t worry, we are here to help.
We have been offering mortgage advice for over 4 years now. Our mortgage advice services include everything from free initial consultations to full application. We offer you free mortgage advice until we make a mortgage application and support you through every step along the way. We are mortgage brokers based in Streetly and Sutton Coldfield Birmingham but offer national mortgage advice across the UK.