Where to live in Birmingham?
Taskmasterlover · 20/04/2021 22:19
Only post on here to get some responses. Looking to possibly move to Birmingham sometime next year - want to be within a 30-40 minute public transport commute ideally. Budget is £450k for a 4 bedroom house, want a nice family friendly area, happy with new builds.
Any suggestions of areas? Thanks
listsandbudgets · 20/04/2021 22:38
listsandbudgets · 20/04/2021 22:39
Lets try that again shall we
17 things you never knew about Kings Heath
Coachee · 20/04/2021 22:41
Harborne is lovely, as is Moseley but you would be hard pressed to find a 4 bed family home in these areas. I think looking at the outskirts of Bourneville or Kings Norton/Cotteridge/Stirchley would suit your budget and these areas are well served by a train line into the city centre. All very family friendly and access to good schools/parks etc.
lifeissweet · 20/04/2021 22:47
I wouldn’t move there by choice
The nicer areas are edgbaston (harborne side), Sutton Coldfield and Solihull imo
I used to think that before I moved here, but there are some genuinely lovely parts and it is far greener than you would think. There are so many nice parks. The city centre has had a load of work done in time for the Commonwealth Games and looks brilliant.
It is no more of a shithole than any other big city with less nice parts.
I love it here and it has been a fab place for my children to grow up.
housecoat1968 · 20/04/2021 22:47
StillCoughingandLaughing · 20/04/2021 22:48
Sutton Coldfield is indeed nice, but you have to watch with estate agents in the area. They’re very keen to define parts of Erdington, New Oscott and Great Barr as being Sutton Coldfield - and these areas definitely aren’t as good.
In the top parts of Sutton, you’d need to double your budget. But Hill Hook, Little Sutton and Weeford could all work. Very good train line into the city centre.
8dpwoah · 20/04/2021 22:51
Many of my colleagues live in Birmingham and it seems that Stirchley, Cotteridge, Bournville, Harbourne, Moseley are all good options to explore, people seem happy with them. I'm not so sure about Kings Heath and Kings Norton, I think they have a mixed reputation.
30-40 minute commute gives you some options of villages in South Staffs, Warwickshire, North Worcestershire even.
MadisonAvenue · 20/04/2021 22:56
I agree with the positive comments about Birmingham, please don’t let the negative ones put you off. It’s a fantastic city.
Slightly further out you could get a good 4 bedroom detached in Lichfield, it’s a lovely small city with frequent trains into New St, I think it takes around 30 minutes.
wingsnthat · 20/04/2021 22:57
I think the city centre is beautiful and there’s interesting architecture and great parks, but I wouldn’t build my life there and settle down.
It’s a heavily working class city so the juxtaposition is apparent - you’re never that far away from a bad area. I still find areas like handsworth scary to visit and unsafe as a young woman - it’s almost like stepping into a different city entirely as the community tends to be insular too.
The nicer areas tend to be further out so definitely check your commuting times. There are trains but I think they have been scaled back since COVID and won’t resume their pre-pandemic frequency
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