Hotspots Brum­mie bar­gains

Best buys from the UK’s top-per­form­ing city

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The UK’s sec­ond city is the prop­erty mar­ket’s ‘en­gine for growth’, says Home­track, with prices up 7.7 per cent in the last year. Lau­ren David­son finds the best Brum­mie bar­gains

Mod­ern manor

Har­borne Price: £950,000 This four-bed­room con­tem­po­rary home in the south-west area of the city is close to parks and al­lot­ments.

The in­te­ri­ors have been de­signed in a mod­ern style, with white tile through­out and an in­te­grated kitchen with a cen­tre is­land and break­fast bar.

Tri-fold doors take up the length of the wall and lead out to the rear gar­den, which is mostly lawn with block paving and a bor­der of shrubs and trees. Agent: Hun­ters (0121 647 4233; hun­ters.com)

Vic­to­rian ter­race

Har­borne Price: £675,000 This charm­ing ter­raced house looks tra­di­tional from the front but hides a mod­ern glazed ex­ten­sion to the rear.

With four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms, this fam­ily home has two re­cep­tion rooms with fire­places and an open­plan kitchen/diner. The bay win­dows have wooden shut­ters.

A con­ser­va­tory with bi-fold doors leads to the large gar­den. There is also a con­verted cel­lar, giv­ing ad­di­tional space for chil­dren or teenagers. Agent: Ship­ways (0121 427 3264; ship­ways.co.uk)

Artist’s pad

Dig­beth Price: £252,000 St Anne’s Court, in Birm­ing­ham’s cre­ative quar­ter near the city cen­tre, of­fers 170 flats.

This two-bed­room apart­ment has a con­tem­po­rary de­sign, with a large open-plan kitchen and liv­ing area, and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer­ing views over the city. Res­i­dents have ac­cess to un­der­ground park­ing, and a 5,200 sq ft roof gar­den over­look­ing the sky­line. The Bull­ring shop­ping cen­tre and train sta­tions are nearby. Agent: Con­nells (0121 212 0800; con­nells.co.uk)

Sub­ur­ban gem

Handsworth Price: £340,000 Orig­i­nally built in 1760, Dower House is a three-bed­room de­tached fam­ily home that has been ex­tended twice.

Set pri­vately away from the road at the end of a large drive­way, the house has a se­cluded feel.

A wood-framed con­ser­va­tory leads to the back gar­den, which has a lawn and a shrub bor­der.

The house comes with plan­ning per­mis­sion for a sec­ond-floor ex­ten­sion, which would add two fur­ther bed­rooms and a bath­room. Agent: Ship­ways (0121 358 2281; ship­ways.co.uk)

Cosy cot­tage

Metch­ley Park Price: £795,000 Mo­ments from the shops, bars and restau­rants of the lo­cal high street is this four-bed­room home.

The drive­way has park­ing for three cars, and a se­cure gate leads round the side to the back gar­den, which is laid to pa­tio with trees and shrubs.

The spa­cious in­te­ri­ors have a clean-cut mod­ern look, with an open-plan kitchen and din­ing room, a lounge and a con­ser­va­tory, with un­der­floor heat­ing through­out. Agent: Hun­ters (0121 647 4233; hun­ters.com)

BEST OF THE BUNCH

Edg­bas­ton Price: £2.2mil­lion Park Mount is a Grade II listed Ge­or­gian home sit­u­ated among the greens of Edg­bas­ton Golf Course – and its drive­way crosses the fourth fair­way.

The free­hold house was orig­i­nally built on what was then Lord Calthorpe’s Edg­bas­ton es­tate. Its present own­ers have lived there since 1972.

The seven-bed­room home cov­ers 9,500 sq ft, in­clud­ing a grand hall, four re­cep­tion rooms and cel­lars. There are two more bed­rooms in the self­con­tained coach house.

The prop­erty comes in 1.6 acres of ma­ture wooded gar­dens, in­clud­ing a walled or­chard, a Vic­to­rian glasshouse and a gate lead­ing straight onto the golf course. War­wick­shire’s county cricket ground and a boat­ing lake are across the road. Agent: Robert Pow­ell (0121 454 6930; robert­pow­ell.co.uk)

Ur­ban bolt­hole

Jew­ellery Quar­ter Price: £795,000 Viceroy House, a con­verted for­mer in­dus­trial build­ing on the cusp of the city cen­tre, has been built in the style of New York lofts.

This large two-bed­room apart­ment cov­ers 3,200 sq ft, with an open-plan kitchen/ liv­ing/din­ing area and a sep­a­rate study. Both bed­rooms are en suite and have views over the canal.

The in­dus­trial theme has been used through­out, with Ban­ham door locks, cop­per-clad front doors, brass bath­room fit­tings and re­claimed barn oak floors.

There is lift ac­cess di­rectly into the apart­ment, and a shared roof ter­race. Agent: Knight Frank (0121 396 0557; knight­frank.co.uk)

Coun­try house

Nether Whi­tacre Price: £825,000 A 20-minute drive from the cen­tre of Birm­ing­ham is this Vic­to­rian home.

Co­ton House has four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and a new kitchen.

The house is set in five acres, in­clud­ing a rear gar­den and or­chard. There are ex­ten­sive eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing seven pad­docks, a five-sta­ble barn and two fur­ther sta­bles.

There is also an old Vic­to­rian cot­tage with de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial.

Agent: Fine and Coun­try (0121 746 6400; fine­and­coun­try.com)

Buy-to-let

Gay Vil­lage Price: £155,000 A stone’s throw from the Bull­ring shop­ping cen­tre and New Street train sta­tion, this one-bed­room flat is per­fect for city life.

All 100 apart­ments in B5 South­side have been de­signed for the ren­tal mar­ket, with mod­ern fea­tures in­clud­ing video en­try ac­cess con­trol, cus­tom built kitchens and hard wood floor­ing.

The build­ing com­pletes in the third quar­ter of 2018 and should de­liver in­vestors a 5.5 per cent net yield.

Agent: Sur­ren­den In­vest (020 3372 6499; sur­ren­den­in­vest.com)

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