Birmingham

Birmingham is located in the West Midlands in the heart of England. Often described as England’s second city it is a hub of business, tourism and importantly – is home to Cadburys dairy chocolate. Our Birmingham Area Guide looks at the residential regions of the city centre. These areas can be broken down into several quarters and are currently undergoing some exciting regeneration. As well as this, it explores the best places to live in Birmingham and reviews from residents who own or rent in Birmingham.

Birmingham residents, or Brummies, provide a welcoming home to new visitors and old. Birmingham’s history is built on its industrial power and majestic waterways, music, shopping and culture.

4.65
Average Location Score

Excellent

71%

Very Good

24%

Average

4%

Disappointing

1%

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Best places to live in Birmingham

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

New flats behind a train line

Getting Around Birmingham

Birmingham city is very much at the heart of the UK. It thrives off links to all the major motorways with links to the M5, M6, M40 and M42 via the Spaghetti Junction. As a transport hub with national bus and train links and a smart new tram system, Birmingham is easily connected to the rest of the UK. Also, Birmingham’s Finance district highest number of insurance and finance businesses outside of London. With a number of luxury offices with restaurants, cafés or commercial outlets there are also a growing number of residential apartments.

Old canal building in front of Office blocks

The Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter dates back over 250 years and is home to more than 500 jewellery retailers making it one of the largest concentrations of jewellery businesses in Europe. The JQ, as it’s known locally, is home to bars, independent restaurants and creative businesses. The Jewellery Quarter home to Islington Gates and Regency Place is often described as the perfect place to work, rest and play.

 

“Close to the city centre and canal side. Love the view.” Anon, Verified Resident of Islington Gates

East Side

Birmingham’s East Side is undergoing some of the most active redevelopment. A number of parks, office buildings and luxury apartments are being built whilst incorporating some of its old charm. As well as this, the Hs2 link offering fast speed connections to London will be arriving into Curzon Street Station. Not far from the Bullring shopping centre is Digbeth, also known as the Irish Quarter and Birmingham’s creative district. With galleries, music venues, and independent shops, this area of Birmingham is home to the famous Custard Factory.

Birmingham's new library

China Town

China Town, more formally known as Southside, perfectly sums up much of Birmingham multi-cultural charm. With clubs, shops, residential apartments like Madison House and The Forum as well as a multitude of restaurant. Also, this area incorporates The gay village, Chinese quarter and Hippodrome theatre.

 

“I think the area is quite fine. As it is close to the city centre, I find it very accessible and convenient to get around. There are also lots of shops and restaurants nearby.” James, Verified Resident of The Forum

The City Centre

If you are, however, looking for canal side living and a huge variety of leisure facilities then the west side of the Birmingham City Centre, home to Liberty Place, is the area for you. The Brindley Place area contains international entertainment centres including: The International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall and Sealife Centre. The Gun Quarter which previously supported the productions of guns now has a number of unconverted buildings ripe for conversion. As such this is an area undergoing a lot of change and is forecasted to be one of the best areas to rent in Birmingham.

 

“Good area, classed as city centre but outside city centre. Close to nice bars and restaurants. Don’t need to use buses or trains you can easily everywhere.” Anon, Verified Resident of Liberty Place

 

You can find out more about living in Birmingham by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Birmingham. Although, if there’s a Birmingham property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Birmingham

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Excellent Location

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Feb 2021

Excellent Location in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

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Nice and new building with excellent facilities including good wifi, clean well equipped gym and a parcel room.
The maintenance services are superb and the staff are always there and very helpful.
The apartment itself is coffy and adequately equipped.

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The refrigerator is a bit small and there is only two lifts for the whole Bulding.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very quick, I had an issue with my washing machine and Mr Kishor replaced it in the very same day.

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5
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5
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4
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aston place

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Feb 2021

the place is close to the city centre so it’s convenient as everything is a walking distance of 15 minutes max

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the place has a modern design which i like plus the apartment is spacious to store all my belongings and also the gym in the building is convenient. also as mentioned earlier, the location of the building is great as its close to everything which is great

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

there isnt much to be honest

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t had any issues so far, but the staff are friendly and helpful

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5
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5
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A fantastic place with fantastic staff

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Review Date Feb 2021

Excellent location and link to my work good amenities and links to transport

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Fantastically modern and innovative, the management are welcoming and the concierge staff are professional, insightful and extremely helpful especially Habiba she’s always full of smiles and make you feel welcome

Paul from maintenance you can’t fault. He has a go to attitude and no job is too big or small he’s always cheerful welcoming and thoroughly hard working. A credit to the building.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

It would have been helpful if I was shown apartments with different layouts however I do not regret the choice I made.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Nothing at all it is a good and homely place to be

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Site development

Verified Resident
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Review Date Feb 2021

Not far from Morrisons and Ventura park where you will find Asda & Sainsbury and M&S. There are also other shops and gyms nearby.
Train station is 7 minutes car drive from Amington

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The development is well thought out.
My biggest criticism is the location of bus stops which are on the front door steps of most people’s properties. There are other areas this could have been located.

In addition the school has been delayed meaning the kids have to go somewhere else…

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That the location of the bus stops would be on my front door

What is the best feature of your home:

Kitchen is the best part….
En-suite bathroom are kool

4
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5
Design
5
Location
5
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3
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