From the thriving city of Birmingham to the green spaces of Herefordshire and Shropshire, the West Midlands is a region of catering to all preferences. Places like the historic Stratford-upon-Avon and the luxury in affluent Solihull further add to the region, as do the miles of canals left over from its industrial past. The West Midlands is a uniquely beautiful place to call home. Read our pick of some of the best places to live in the West Midlands
From its past as one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham continues to excel in all things technical. It has superb road and rail links and with HS2 on the way, that’s only getting better — soon it will take less than an hour to get from Birmingham to central London. Not that you’ll need or even want to leave Birmingham. With several top universities, affordable homes, and the network of canals connecting the city to the suburbs, Birmingham is truly one of the best places to live in the West Midlands.
Foodies have plenty to love about Birmingham, with no fewer than four Michelin-starred restaurants. There’s plenty to sate shopaholics too, thanks to the brand-new Mailbox and the excellent Bullring shopping centres (featuring big brands such as Selfridges), and the Ikon Gallery. Due in part to pioneering urban planning in the past, Birmingham also boasts some of the country’s best suburbs. They’re green and spacious, with plentiful parks and gardens to choose from. Housing in Birmingham is in high demand, but it’s a welcome relief to see the average house price remain in line with the rest of the UK (£202,000 at time of writing). Read our blog post on where the best places to live in Birmingham here.
Solihull is regularly voted among the best places to live in the West Midlands, and the UK as a whole. It has excellent schools, great shopping, historic architecture, over 1,500 acres of parks and that’s just in the town itself. A little way outside sits the National Exhibition Centre, the neighbouring Resorts World leisure complex, and Birmingham Airport. Numerous multimillion-pound homes adorn the streets of Solihull, adding an affluent air to the town. That isn’t to say property is completely out of reach, but the average house price of around £380,000 is above the UK average.
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As the birthplace of William Shakespeare, it should be no surprise that the theatre scene in Stratford-upon-Avon is exceptional. The Royal Shakespeare Company is right there in the middle of town, with three venues including a recently revamped theatre that drew headlines for all the right reasons. It’s a jewel of a town, with glorious riverside walks, boating options, and a plethora of green fields and forests just minutes outside the town centre. Twice a month, local farmers sell their own produce at the town’s popular farmers market. Stratford-upon-Avon has a lovely range of houses too, from town-centre flats, to characterful cottages and Victorian semis, through to modern new builds on the edge of town.
Just 45 minutes by car, or an hour by train, from Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon is close enough to easily benefit from a change of pace, but still remote enough to maintain a slower pace of life.
Coventry is undergoing several serious regeneration projects, but fans of the city’s iconic medieval architecture will be pleased to hear that it’s set to preserve historic buildings. Where regeneration is approved though, will see Coventry benefit from a whole new business district, which will bring thousands of jobs to the city. Coventry is already one of the UK’s biggest hubs for research and development of electric vehicles. The city has already been confirmed as the UK’s City of Culture in 2021, so this is definitely a great time to move to Coventry before the rest of the country realises what a gem it is!
The rest of the region
Beyond its most famous towns and cities, the West Midlands has everything from quaint country villages to bustling cities, all connected by increasingly good transport links. Whatever your preferred style and pace of life, you’ll find somewhere in the West Midlands to call a home.
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