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Best areas to live in Birmingham


Where is the best place to live in Birmingham: in a quiet area surrounded by parks and green spaces or in a central area of the city? What do you prefer?

Best areas to live in Birmingham

Recently, and for the first time, council bins bosses have released information about the cleanliness of Birmingham’s 40 wards with the aim of making residents realise about the level of cleanliness in their neighbourhoods.

1. Acocks Green

Acocks Green is an area and ward of south Birmingham, England. It is named after the Acock family who built a large house in the area in 1370. Acocks Green is one of the four wards making up Yardley formal district. Acocks Green first developed north of the current centre at the roundabout where the Warwick Road meets Shirley and Westley Roads.

This area was known Tenchlee or Tenelea, meaning ‘ten clearings’. The settlement that developed here has completely disappeared. Hyron Hall and Broom Hall were moated manor houses located in the area.

2. Sutton Coldfield

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is a town and civil parish in Birmingham. The town lies about 7 miles (10 km) northeast of Birmingham City Centre and borders Little Aston, North Warwickshire, Lichfield, Erdington and South Staffordshire. Its 2011 Census population was 95,107 – an increase of 6.7 % since the 2001 Census.

An affluent town ranked as the fourth least deprived area in the country encompassing the Four Oaks Park Estate and bordering the Little Aston private estate where many of the region’s wealthiest residents live.

3. Stockland Green

It gives its name to a ward which is part of the Erdington formal district, and is located to the south-west of Erdington and north-east of Birmingham City Centre. The ward comprises the areas Gravelly Hill as well as Stockland Green itself.

Points of interest include Witton Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in the Midlands, which can be seen from the M6 motorway. Other areas include the Josiah Mason/Stockland Green complex of schools and colleges and Witton lakes, an area of local beauty.

4. Moseley

Moseley is a suburb of south Birmingham, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the city centre. The area is a popular cosmopolitan residential location and leisure destination, with a number of bars and restaurants. The area also has a number of boutiques and other independent retailers.

It is located within the Moseley and Kings Heath Ward of the city, in the constituency of Hall Green.

5. Kings Heath

Kings Heath (historically, and still occasionally King’s Heath) is a suburb of south Birmingham, England, five miles south of the city centre. It is the next suburb south from Moseley on the A435, Alcester road. A number of independent shops have taken advantage of relatively cheaper rents in the side roads off High Street, and recently there has been an influx of boutiques and even the start of an (organic) cafe culture.

In 2008, the businesses agreed to a Business Improvement District, which top-slices a proportion of their local business taxes to go directly into improvements and promotion of the area.

best areas to live in Birmingham

70 places in each 40 wards are inspected and rated once a year about litter, graffiti and flyposting. By publishing these rates, councillors and council staff intend to make plans and take action to deal with grime.

The cleanest places in Birmingham

According to the 2015/16 street cleansing inspection performance data these were the cleanest neighbourhoods in the area of Birmingham:

  • Acocks Green: this neighbourhood met all its targets and got good ratings in litter and graffiti. Our estate agents in Acocks Green are certain that these figures will help homeowners in this area sell their homes for a better price.
  • Sutton Coldfield: all wards in Sutton Coldfield obtained a good rating, with the exception of Sutton Four Oaks, which doesn’t meet the target in flyposting.
  • Stockland Green: this ward had great ratings in every section.
  • Moseley: Mosely and Kings Heath are part of the same ward and have been traditionally recognised as really nice areas to live. They get the best rating in graffiti.
  • Kings Heath

The top tourist areas to visit in our great city of Birmingham

Birmingham has plenty going for it and no matter what you like or enjoy in life, you’ll find that there is plenty to see and do. While the area is home to many people and a place of work to even more individuals, Birmingham welcomes a considerable number of tourists. This means that there are many tourist areas to look out for, and these are some of the top tourist areas to visit in Birmingham.

Our top areas

  • The Tolkien Trail
  • While the success of the motion pictures means that The Lord of The Rings is hugely popular, these books and The Hobbit, have meant that JRR Tolkien has been one of the most famous and popular authors of all time. The writer, who spent time in his youth in Birmingham, was inspired by a number of areas that impacted on his writing and the Tolkien Trail is a hugely popular tourist attraction in the city.

    You have the chance to view where Tolkien lived, where he would play as a child and you can also see where he studied; while learning more about the writer and his work.

  • The mac
  • Located in Cannon Hill Park, this is a hugely popular attraction due to the diversity of events and exhibits on offer. While you will find that you can gain entry to the building and many of the events for free, there are charges for most of the events.

    This is also the setting for craft and food markets throughout the year, which means that it is a great hub of local engagement and interaction. If you are in Birmingham and want to experience local customer, culture and creativity, this is an ideal destination for you to fit into your schedule.

  • St Martin in the Bullring
  • It is likely that the Bullring is going to be one of the destinations you visit during your time in Birmingham but you don’t have to spend all of your time shopping. If you are looking for a more spiritual experience or you want to enjoy stunning architecture with a religious style, you’ll find that St Martin in the Bullring is the ideal destination.

  • The Jewellery Quarter
  • There is no shortage of fantastic shopping options in Birmingham but The Jewellery Quarter offers something a little bit different. It is believed that this area manufactures around 40% of all of the jewellery made in the United Kingdom.

    The fact that this area is a historic one with a notable style of its own means that it is a hugely popular tourist attraction, and it welcomes countless tourists on a daily basis, many of whom are there to see the local sights as opposed to shopping.

  • Canon Hill Park
  • There will be times when you want to take things easy and there are some parks and green spaces that will help you to relax and take things easy when you are out in Birmingham. With close to 600 parks and open spaces in the wider Birmingham area, there is no shortage of options but if you’re looking for a chance to unwind, people watch and make the most of your spare time; Cannon Hill Park is the ideal option.

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Best areas to live in Birmingham
By David Price