A few weeks ago we brought you the news that the East Midlands property market was enjoying something of a boom – now that prosperity is heading slightly west, to our great nation’s ‘second city’, Birmingham. Here are seven reasons why it pays to be bold and head for Brum.
1. It’s a suburban paradise
The suburb of Kings Heath was recently featured in the Guardian’s ‘Let’s Move To’ column, and is it any wonder? With its Victorian terraces, serene parks, decent schools and nascent hipster tastes creeping in from Moseley, Kings Heath is the ideal location for a starter home.
2. City living
Whether it’s a luxury apartment overlooking the scenic canal network, a spacious factory conversion in the historic Jewellery Quarter, or a studio in party central, you’ll get far more for your money renting in Birmingham City Centre than you would even in the outermost reaches of Zone 4 in London. A flat in Birmingham will also require considerably less start-up capital for a would-be landlord.
3. Birmingham has culture – honest
Believe it or not, Birmingham has a thriving art, music and theatre scene. There are a number of theatres and galleries in the city centre, not to mention the symphony hall and brand new city library. Birmingham is also proud home to the best annual pantomime in the country, at the Hippodrome Theatre.
4. Local flavour in abundance
You’ll find Starbucks and Costa in Birmingham, sure, but part of this city’s charm is its focus on celebrating and supporting small, independent businesses. A new cafe, bar or restaurant opens pretty much every week. And if artisan coffee leaves you cold, there’s always Chinatown and the Balti Triangle.
5. You’re probably more likely to get lucky
When Miley Cyrus visited Birmingham in 2014 as part of her tour, she benevolently described it as the ‘sluttiest city’ in the United Kingdom. Make of that what you will.
6. Birmingham is the gateway to the rest of the country
New Street train station, which is currently undergoing a massive renovation, serves as a handy link to every other city in the UK. Commuters can get to London in just an hour and twenty minutes, while Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle can all be reached in two hours or less.
7. Now is the perfect time
The price of property in Birmingham is only going to go up. According to the Birmingham Mail, house prices in the area are rising at a faster rate than in Kensington and Chelsea – so now is definitely the moment for landlords to snap up a property and make a killing.