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Rent a property in Birmingham – Which area is good for me?

Rent a property in Birmingham – Which area is good for me?

When looking to rent a property in Birmingham, Britains second city it is worth considering that the it boasts some fantastic outside space, including the beautiful Sutton Park to the north of the city. Europe’s largest Urban Park covering 970 Hectares (2400 Acres), complete with seven lakes, heathland and ancient woodland it’s quite simply a paradise for dog walkers and cyclists alike.

What’s more, the city centre has been completely revitalised over the last 10 years with much needed investment including £189 million spent on the new Library (the largest in the UK) next to the Birmingham Rep.

Brummies often boast their city has more canals than Venice, but whereas once they surrounded by graffiti and rubbish it’s now all restaurants and bars, especially around Gas Street Basin.

One factor to look at when looking to rent a property in Birmingham is the proposed HS2 rail link planning to cut journey time from Birmingham to London to just 49 minutes if and when it’s eventually built now is a great time to think about buying in Brum.  Birmingham is particularly popular with renters with a large number of foreign students, especially Chinese, as well as young professionals working on secondment from some of the major multi-national companies.

Here we look at some of the Top 5 property hot spots in the city.

Aston – Home of one of Britain’s oldest football teams, Aston Villa, Aston boasts a big park and some great architecture, especially the football stadium itself and the beautiful Aston Hall. It also has some of the best rental yields in the UK. The B7 postcode, for example, covering nearby Nechells (home of the Wing Yip food empire) can garner buy to let investors a 10.6 per cent gross rental yield according to data from residential property group, Move With Us (see Daily Telegraph article here). This compares to around 4 per cent for large parts of Greater London. The downside is that crime rates aren’t the lowest and the property won’t necessarily appreciate in value. You can buy a house here for around £80,000 and get up to £600 a month in rent but the properties won’t rise in price as quickly as buying in a better area.

Ladywood – Once a very rough part of town, Ladywood is on the up (though still dodgy in part). Very close to Birmingham’s main nightlife area (Broad Street) and the National Indoor Arena, it’s not exactly the quietist area in the city. But the high class apartments which have sprung up in areas like King Edward’s Wharf make it the perfect spot for young professionals. It’s obviously a popular place to rent but if you have the funds to buy it will set you back at least £300,000 for a two bedroom apartment and over £600,000 for a 4 bed duplex apartment.

Moseley – Best known as the birthplace of bands like UB40 and Ocean Colour Scene as well as Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, Moseley (B13) was once a downmarket area for people who couldn’t afford to live in posher parts like Edgbaston. However, it has now become desirable in its own right. Just a couple of miles from the town centre and a mile from Birmingham University, it boasts massive and beautiful Edwardian houses on the hill (expect to pay £500,000 upwards for a 4 bed detached). Curry lovers will also appreciate its proximity to ‘The Balti Triangle’.

Solihull – Recently declared the best place to live in the UK, according to a standards of living report from USwitch.com, Solihull – along with Sutton Coldfield to the North of the Birmingham – has always been seen as one of the best desirable places to live in Britain’s second city. Situated between Birmingham and Coventry it boasts superb transport links (near the M40, M42 and M6), yet has retained a very villagey feel. It’s also close enough to commute to Birmingham by train (around 20 minutes for the 9 mile journey).

Sutton Coldfield – One of the most established and sought after parts of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield remains a great place to buy especially for families. Journey time to the Birmingham City Centre on the Lichfield to Longbridge train is less than 20 minutes and schools are excellent, including top Grammar schools, Bishop Vesey for boys and Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls. In extremely leafy Four Oaks to the north you can easily pay £500,000 for a good sized 4 bedroom family home while a more modest 2/3 bedroom terraced close to the station is between £250,000 and £300,000.

If you are look to rent a property in Birmingham please call us on 0121 551 2777 or contact us here

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Comments (13)

  • Stefan Reply

    To whom it may concern,

    I am Stefan Gauci Scicluna, and I am searching for a property in Birmingham for buy-to-let purpose.

    My budget is up to £100,000.

    Can you advice?

    Thanks and regards,
    Stefan

    June 7, 2015 at 8:02 am
    • Clarks Residential Reply

      Hi Stefan,

      You details have been passed on and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

      Many thanks,

      June 17, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Kalam Reply

    Hi,

    I am looking to invest into a BTL property, could someone kindly reach out?

    March 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • George Christou Reply

    I am looking at investing in Birmingham, cash purchase. 150K as a buy to let. I am not familiar with the best areas to rent, Good schools and links a must.Can you suggest and/or help. What is best to buy 2 or 3 bed , semis or terraced ?? Also I will need good letting agent ?? Any help on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
    George

    May 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Zehra Rahim Reply

    Interested in buy to let flats in good areas in Birmingham. Budget around 80 to 100k.

    June 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  • Vikram Reply

    Hi,

    I am looking to invest a BTL in Birmingham, my budget is circa £150k -thanks

    October 22, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Karen Reply

    I am looking for a buy to let multiple accuracy property in Birmingham my budget is £100,000 can you help.
    Thanks

    October 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Amarjit Chaand Reply

    Hi

    I am looking to by a property in Birmingham as BTL. Around £80k-£120k.

    December 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • SIVAKUMAR Reply

    Hi,
    I am looking to buy a property to let in Birmingham city centre area e.g. cirion building etc. My budget for 2 bedroom flats are around 200000. Please advise

    January 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Matt Reply

    Hi, am looking to buy a buy to let and my budget is £140,000. Ideally 2 / 3 bed house. Thanks.

    January 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Philip Aarons Reply

    HI
    I am a BTL investor and would like some info for up to 200K in birmingham, any help appreciated as current portfolio is WD1 based

    October 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Steven Reply

    Looking for buy to let in Birmingham $120K plus please contact me

    October 28, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • syed islam Reply

    Looking for BTL and HMO in Birmingham and north west

    July 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm

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