Hotspots Brummie bargains
Best buys from the UK’s top-performing city
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)