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Buyers searching for a new-build home in Birmingham will find that, as with all large cities, it comprises a whole host of diverse districts and has expanded to absorb many surrounding towns and villages. Some of the most sought-after neighbourhoods are well-established residential areas, while the regeneration of commercial and industrial quarters has created modern urban communities in previously run-down parts of town.

Among some of the most notable targets for house hunters in Birmingham are:

Edgbaston – One of the city’s leafiest and most affluent suburbs (particularly its southern and central neighbourhoods), Edgbaston is just a few minutes south-west of the city centre, with outstanding transport links. Best-known for its cricket ground, the area is an ideal family location, with parks, hospitals and some exceptional schools, the university campus also makes the area a popular choice for students.

Erdington – A popular suburb for families, with some excellent schools and proximity to Pype Hayes Park. Around five miles north-east of the city centre, commuters have a choice of stations heading into New Street, and the M6 is on the doorstep.

Sutton Coldfield – Some eight miles north-east of central Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield is an affluent town on the Cross-City commuter rail line and close to the M6 Toll motorway. There are a number of nature reserves and open spaces, including Sutton Park, one of Europe’s largest urban parks.

Kings Heath – Three miles due south of the city, Kings Heath is benefiting from “gentrification”, not least due to its parks and the quality of its schools.

Digbeth – Part of the city centre area, Digbeth is one of the main beneficiaries of the large regeneration scheme creating a modern residential, commercial and retail quarter in the heart of Birmingham. Typical properties for sale in Digbeth are contemporary apartments and converted Victorian industrial buildings.

Outside of the city proper, there are plenty of other areas of interest for those considering a new home in Birmingham:

Solihull – Home of the NEC exhibition venue, Solihull is nine miles south-east of Birmingham and currently benefiting from a £1.8 billion regeneration programme, including the construction of thousands of new homes and infrastructure improvements. This prosperous West Midlands town has excellent transport links via the M40 and M42 and Birmingham International Airport.

Tamworth – Set in the Staffordshire countryside, Tamworth is 14 miles north-east of Birmingham, close to the M42 and A5 and with a rail link to New Street. There are a number of rural villages on its outskirts that are particularly appealing.

Lichfield – A city of 30,000 people, Lichfield has retained much of its old-world charm and is now one of the most expensive property areas in Staffordshire. It is only 16 miles north of Birmingham, close to the M6 Toll and with a rail link to New Street.

Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton’s population of 250,000 has excellent commuter and transport links to Birmingham (around 12 miles south-east) and has some appealing residential districts such as Wednesfield and Tettenhall Wood.

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