Birmingham’s Top 5 Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods
26 Feb 2019
As parents, looking for a new home always begins with one crucial question:
“How can I tell if this neighbourhood is a good place to raise a family?”
When you’re looking for a new home, you’re not just choosing a property. You’re investing in an entire neighbourhood, which your family will become part of. The neighbourhood you live in can affect everything from the quality of education your children receive to the social life you and your family enjoy.
If you’re a parent looking to buy a property in Birmingham, here’s a quick guide to the top 5 family-friendly neighbourhoods:
Living next door to Cadbury World might be a dream come true for many young children. But there’s much more to Bournville for families than Cadbury chocolate. Just 20 minutes from Birmingham city centre, with serene local parks, excellent schools and convenient transport links, it’s one of the most sought-after property areas for families.
Houses & Prices
· The high demand of family homes in Bournville has seen semi-detached house prices reach £247,082
· Terraced houses are selling for an average of £263,90 and flats for £190,233
· Families with younger children will be pleased to find Bournville Junior School on their doorstep, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
· Picturesque Valley Parkway offers a boating lake, and there’s also a trampoline park and a Tumble Jumble indoor play centre nearby for rainy days.
Another charming suburb, Halesowen lies just seven miles outside of Birmingham making it a popular area for commuters into the city. With a lively town centre and a mix of relaxed, rural green spaces, high-Ofsted-rated schools and affordable housing, it’s a definite catch for families.
Houses & prices
· Halesowen is one of Birmingham’s more affordable suburban areas with an average house price of £194,989
· Most properties here are three bedroom semi-detached, on the market for around £196,489
· Terraced properties averaged £163,469 in 2019.
· Halesowen College recently ranked in the top 10% in the country for exam performance.
· Earls High School scored the fifth highest exam results out of all secondary schools in Dudley, with Windsor High School following it.
· Leasowes Park is a great place for family adventures right on your doorstep, while the nearby Saltwells Nature Reserve is ideal for wildlife spotting treks
· The UK’s fastest indoor go-kart circuit, Teamworks Karting, will keep all family members entertained on weekends, regardless of their age!
A 20-minute train ride from Birmingham Moor Street, Wythall is the perfect spot for families on the lookout for the rural backyard of a thriving city. Nestled at the edge of rolling countryside, families can enjoy a slower pace of life with open spaces and fresh air, surrounded by horse stables and animal sanctuaries, country pubs and rural walks.
Houses & prices
· This idyllic location comes with a price tag, as average semi-detached houses reach £335,912 in 2019
· Terraced houses in Wythall fetched £249,793 on average.
· The local Meadow Green primary school is well-rated, while the Outstanding Coppice Primary is nearby.
· Local families love spending a rainy weekend exploring and learning at the Wythall Transport Museum.
Just southwest of Birmingham, reachable by train in under 15 minutes, is the leafy suburb of Harborne. Despite its closeness to the city centre, Harborne has a lovely, country village feel, with lots of family-friendly pubs, Michelin-starred restaurants, a bustling high street and buzzing, multicultural vibe.
Houses & prices
· The average price for property in Harborne is £283,801
· The most popular type of property are terraced houses, averaging around £250,035
· Detached properties are hardest to come by and can reach a costly £452,030.
· Three out of Harborne’s five primary schools received Outstanding Ofsted reports
· Nearby Edgbaston and Selly Oak have a selection of highly-rated schools, all just a short bus ride away, while Harborne’s Baskerville School provides excellent SEN education.
· There’s a fantastic abandoned railway line to explore, now a popular family cycling route
· Nearby Birmingham Botanical Gardens features a tropical rainforest and arid desert, playground and lots of kids’ activities throughout the school holidays.
5. Sutton Coldfield
Leafy and luxurious, Sutton Coldfield is one of Birmingham’s most sought-after neighbourhood for families just seven miles north of the city centre. It’s also home to some of the West Midlands’ most expensive properties, particularly in the prestigious Four Oaks estate.
Houses & prices
· Overall house prices reach£328,474 in Sutton Coldfield, with detached properties rising to £503,211
· A range of different housing suits smaller budgets, with semi-detached properties costing £295,711 and flats £162,377.
· Boldmere Junior School is consistently rated as one of the top primary schools in the whole of Birmingham
· Sutton Park is brimming with wildlife across acres of woods, marshes and lakes, a perfect spot for picnics, cycling and summer adventures
· The Restaurant Quarter offers lots of family-friendly spots and the nearby Ash End House Children’s Farm promises days of animal-filled fun.
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