About Birmingham

From its many universities to the famous Bull Ring and a vast network of canals, there’s much to be enjoyed as a Birmingham resident. This bustling city is home to a population of 1.08 million ‘Brummies’, and it attracts more than 34 million visitors each year (including one million international visitors). Not only is it a popular destination for travel and leisure, but as a place to live and work, it easily competes with the capital.

For families or couples looking for a thriving city, diverse neighbourhoods and stylish new homes, Birmingham has plenty to offer. Second only to London in size, this is the most ethnically diverse city in the UK, featuring a great sense of community and positively bursting with culture.

Birmingham house prices are also reasonable when compared to living in the capital, with the market varying from area to area. Many neighbourhoods are up and coming, and new builds in Birmingham can be a fantastic investment for first time homebuyers trying to get on the market, or second time buyers looking to relocate. It’s possible to find cheap houses for sale in Birmingham and the wider metropolitan area whilst enjoying a great quality of life and access to the city’s plentiful amenities.

For a major European city, living costs are considered to be fairly low, making Birmingham an affordable choice for starting afresh or making a career move. Geographically, it is a great base for commuters. Its central location means that 90% of the nation is less than four hours away by car, and London is just one hour and 25 minutes away on the train. Birmingham Airport is the third largest in the country, meaning international travel is just as accessible.

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Things to do

There’s no shortage of sights and attractions in the UK’s second largest city and, for residents, there’s always plenty to do. Over 50 different festivals are hosted here annually, with gigs and concerts taking place regularly throughout every season. Birmingham is without a doubt one of the best places to live for music fans – after all, this is the home of Led Zeppelin. For shopping, there’s the famous Bull Ring shopping centre and commercial area, which has held markets since the Middle Ages. Today it features one of Europe’s top shopping malls which is known for its award-winning department stores such as Selfridges.

Other things that you won’t want to miss include the illustrious Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, walks along Gas Street Basin, Cadbury World, the National Sealife Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the Black Country Living Museum in nearby Dudley. Of course, the city’s nightlife is also something worth highlighting. With such a young population, clubs and bars are in abundance, with late-night venues across the city, all the way from the canal side and the Chinese Quarter to the Gay Village.

When it comes to culinary attractions, Birmingham has it all. The city is a proud member part of the Délice Network (a global network of cities noted for their food), has five Michelin starred restaurants, and the area is celebrated for its ‘Balti Triangle’ – which attracts over 20,000 visitors a week. You will never run out of interesting eateries to try as the wonderful melting pot of cultures has created a gastronomical playground for foodies who like to explore cuisine from around the world.

So, if you’re looking for exciting city life and beautiful, affordable new build homes, Birmingham is a destination worth exploring.

Transportation

Getting around the city has never been easier, particularly as Birmingham is one of the best places for bus travel. A huge network of routes links people from every neighbourhood, with regular buses running on a daily timetable, seven days a week. You’ll also find eight local railway lines that can take you anywhere across and around the city, ensuring that each area is covered for residents and visitors. West Midlands Metro is one the latest additions to the rail network, boasting a state-of-the-art rail system, taking passengers between Snow Hill and Wolverhampton.

Birmingham’s excellent public transport network makes getting to the city centre as easy as can be. So, if you’re looking for houses for sale in Hall Green, Birmingham or houses for sale in Great Barr, Birmingham – or anywhere else in the metropolitan area such as Yardley, Handsworth, Aston, Sheldon, Moseley or Kings Heath – getting around shouldn’t be a problem.

Education

Home to five universities and multiple colleges, it’s no surprise that Birmingham is one of the best places in the country for education, making it an attractive destination for young buyers or families with kids that are ready to begin higher education. With more than 73,000 students living and studying here, there’s the promise of thriving communities, excellent social scenes and fantastic nightlife.

For families with infants, there are family-friendly areas – all in school catchment zones – with a choice of primary and secondary schools across the city’s suburbs. As well as state schools and academies, there are also private schools including small institutions and historic schools of national prestige (such as King Edward's School). Additionally, there are over 30 free schools in the Birmingham area today; these schools are established and run by community groups and enjoy more autonomy than state schools.

If you’re looking to relocate to the Midlands for schools, search online today for Birmingham homes for sale with Keepmoat. Whether you’re looking for a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom house for sale in Birmingham, or a luxurious 5 bedroom property, we can help you find your dream home.

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Miss Gillian Barr, Cooperfield, Hamilton

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