Surpassed only by London in size, Birmingham celebrates rich cultural diversity, vibrant city living, and boasts plenty of leafy suburbs (contrary to what Peaky Blinders might suggest!). Here is a selection of some of the best places to live in Birmingham.
Listed as one of the best places to live in the Midlands by The Sunday Times, Digbeth is a hub for creative industries and is right up there with Birmingham’s coolest quarters. Modern apartments sit within old industrial buildings and the streets bustle with independent coffee shops, boutiques, and a vibrant music scene, not to mention the weekly food and drink event, Digbeth Dining Club. Digbeth is under a ten-minute walk from Bullring and Grand Central.
With a commute of less than thirty minutes into the city centre and a vibrant high street to explore, the suburb of Erdington is perfect for those wanting to take advantage of more affordable housing, without losing amenities. Close to affluent Sutton Coldfield, Erdington could eventually see a rise in house prices to match its neighbour.
Affluent, leafy and home to international sporting venues, Edgbaston is a much sought-after area. The University of Birmingham’s Victorian campus, the Botanical Gardens, boutiques, and multiple Michelin starred restaurants also shine in this conservation area. Commuters can walk to Five Ways station within five minutes, linking them directly to New Street Station in the city centre.
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For those seeking a break from the bustle of the city centre, this Victorian suburb is the answer. Only three miles southwest of the centre, commuters can enjoy a fifteen minute journey from door to desk. Harborne is ideal for growing families with leafy parks, excellent primary and secondary schools, and character properties located around the old village centre. Harborne is also known for some of Birmingham’s best pubs.
Nearly 500 deluxe new apartments have been created in this previously derelict plot, situated in the centre of Birmingham. With only a ten minute walk from Birmingham New Street station, Holloway Head is an ideal location for young professionals.
Best known for its historic jewellery manufacturing and trade, the Quarter is also becoming known for its unusual residential properties. Sitting right on the edge of Birmingham’s city centre, this creative hub has a village feel and enjoys a thriving independent food and drink scene.
Repeatedly named as one of the best urban areas to live by The Sunday Times, Moseley boasts grand Victorian architecture, good schools, monthly food markets, an independent bar and restaurant scene and a popular summer folk festival. Add in an easy commute and it’s easy to see why the area remains popular with both young professionals and families.
Situated just 7.5miles southeast of the city centre, upmarket Solihull combines both city and country living. An affluent area with highly rated schools, 1500 acres of parks, and well-connected transport links, it is ideal for families and commuters alike. Nearby Birmingham Airport provides both national and international flights.
Benefiting from an easy twenty minute train commute into Birmingham New Street and good schools, the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is an affluent area popular with families. Beautiful Sutton Park, a 2,400 acre nature reserve with free ranging deer and wild ponies, is the jewel in the area’s crown.
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