Like any big city, Birmingham has a very broad range of property to offer. Capital of the West Midlands, Birmingham is Britain's second-largest city, with superlative transport links to all parts of the country. The UK's motorway network joins up at Birmingham, putting the M1, M5, M6, M40 and M42 all within easy reach. The city enjoys a direct rail link with London, with journeys taking less than 90 minutes. Birmingham also has its own International Airport.
Around 1 million people call Birmingham home. The city is renowned for its shops, but also has over 8,000 acres of public parks and gardens. Birmingham's industrial history has left it well supplied with Victorian terraces, so there's no shortage of traditional two-two down, brick-built housing. Regeneration projects have also breathed new life into old warehouse and factory buildings, with many in the city centre converted for contemporary, upscale apartment living.
The grittier parts of Birmingham, such as Handsworth, Lozells and Aston, have correspondingly lower prices, so if you're in the market for cheaper property bargains, these may be areas to consider.
Birmingham's suburbs are the places to look for larger semi-detached and detached family houses with gardens. The most popular areas to search are: Bournville, Edgbaston, Harborne, Kings Heath, Moseley, Selly Oak and Selly Park. For more exclusive properties, try places such as leafy Solihull and well-heeled Sutton Coldfield.