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.

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Top Rated Developments in Birmingham

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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Perfect place to stay

Review Date Nov 2020

Great location in the city centre with close proximity to Libary tram station and New Street rail station. The Bullring as well as the Westside area are both only a five to ten minutes walk. You can’t ask for much more!

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New and very modern development, well maintained. The apartments are stylish with high quality furniture.
Plenty of storage room thanks to the huge built in wardrobes in each bedroom
The concierge service 24/7 is very friendly and helpful.
It’s also nice to have a parcel storage and a complimentary gym.

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

Can’t think of anything

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

Fridge could be bigger, but that’s just a minor thing.

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10/10 would recommend!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2020

Perfect location in the heart of Birmingham! Easy access (a lot within walking distance) to popular restaurants, grand central station and the bullring.

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The building itself is incredibly well designed, with great facilities. It is managed really well, with someone always available to help – the operations manager Kishor is also really helpful and welcoming and has made my stay stress-free. Any issues with the apartment/shared facilities are quickly addressed and rectified which has made living here even better!

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

Nothing – everything was smooth from viewing to moving in.

What is the best feature of your home:

I love the layout of the apartment with access to a great balcony looking out into Birmingham city centre.

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Review Date Nov 2020

This is a stand-out development in the area.

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Very well built development simple and modern. Nice cosy apartments. The best part was the property management team & the concierge, specially KISHOR TAHILIANI who is amazing! He is always there to help. Fantastic service all round. Glad I had the chance to experience living in this wonderful development.

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I would recommend viewers to look at higher up floors as the view is definitely worth it.

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

It would have been great to have had more lift lines and less faulty lifts but not something to be too worried about.

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Review Date Nov 2020

i dislike that we have to go to floor -2 to get out our trash because usually in other buildings their is in every floor a room to get out our trash

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i like the design of the apartment and how is ever is tidy but i would like to have a Storage place inside the apartment so i can put the clean stuff and like that also the bathroom is toooo cold i was wondering why their is no heater in the bathroom

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nothing everything is perfect

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

^ special place for trash in every floor because it easy

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