Probably best known for its central location, excellent transport links and the vibrant city of Birmingham, the West Midlands region also has some beautiful countryside spots – such as The Wye Valley, Cannock Chase, the Malvern Hills and the Shropshire Hills.
It's home to 12 universities, major leisure attractions like Alton Towers and Cadbury World, and a lively sporting scene. All this means buyers there can enjoy a lively, diverse region with some superb educational and job opportunities.
And there is currently a fantastic range of new developments available for house hunters – including those featured below, which incorporate options to suit first time buyers, downsizers, growing families and those looking for a retirement home.
Woodthorne in Tettenhall, Shropshire (David Wilson Homes)
Luxury two-bedroom apartments and four- and five-bedroom detached homes are available at this village development within the city of Wolverhampton.
Nestled amongst mature trees and green, open space, all of the homes incorporate traditional features that help them to fit seamlessly into their local surroundings. The historic village of Tettenhall, situated within Wolverhampton, has a strong community feel.
There are some great schools nearby for buyers with children, and the A41 offers good road links into the centre of Wolverhampton and beyond.
Prices: From £330,000
Find out more about Woodthorne from David Wilson Homes
Spring Walk in Willenhall, West Midlands (Taylor Wimpey)
This development, situated in the medium-sized town of Willenhall, offers some two-bedroom apartments that would be ideal for first-time buyers and downsizers, alongside two-bedroom starter homes and more spacious three- and four-bedroom family houses to suit a many other types of buyers.
Situated in the heart of the Black Country, historic Willenhall is between Wolverhampton and Walsall, and is well-served by buses. It is on the handy 529 bus route, for example, which links Walsall and Wolverhampton, with buses approximately every 10 minutes on weekdays. By road, Junction 10 of the M6 is less than a ten minute drive away, and many other main roads run through the area, including the A454 Black Country Route.
For families, there are several well-regarded nursery, primary and secondary schools within easy reach of Spring Walk.
Prices: From £92,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01902 544468
Royal Park in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (Bellway Homes)
This contemporary development of brand new three-, four- and five-bedroom homes is situated in Nuneaton, a central location between the cities of Birmingham and Leicester which is ideal for commuters. There are also numerous schools in the area, including primary and secondary provision, making it a great location for families.
Nuneaton itself has a busy town centre with plenty of eating and shopping options, as well as a twice-weekly, award-winning street market. The town's train station is only two miles away from Royal Park, offering direct services into Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham – placing all three cities within easy reach, whether for leisure or work. By road the A444 is close by, leading to the M6, while the A5 is just over a mile away for onwards travel to the M69. For international travel, Birmingham Airport is only about half an hour's drive away.
Prices: From £234,000
Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 07791 452700
Sanderson Court in Hagley, Worcestershire (McCarthy and Stone)
Aimed exclusively at the over-60s, Sanderson Court is made up of 44 one-, two- and three-bedroom retirement living apartments with views of the Clent Hills. Offering superior specification kitchens and bathrooms as well as landscaped gardens and a communal homeowners' lounge, Sanderson Court provides numerous facilities to make life easier for its residents. These include a 24-hour emergency call system; camera entry system; car parking; a lift to all floors; a mobility scooter charging point; and a house manager, who takes care of day-to-day responsibilities on-site.
Less than half a mile away, Hagley's town centre retains a pleasant village atmosphere yet it has a good range of shops and services, while the station is less than half-a-mile from the development.
Prices: From £229,950
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 0800 201 4811
The Oriel in Stourbridge, West Midlands (Kendrick Homes)
Situated in the quiet, sought-after and well-established Stourbridge suburb of Norton, this development is ideal for those who wish to commute to Worcester or Birmingham, or need to have easy access to the M5 motorway (via junctions 3 and 4). It is made up of just 14 four- and five-bedroom homes with superior specifications, offered in a choice of four different home styles. The properties are laid out around a private driveway surrounded by mature trees.
Mary Stevens Park is within walking distance of The Oriel, providing a wide range of sports facilities such as tennis, bowls and basketball, and Hagley Golf and Country Club are a short distance away. Norton offers an excellent set of local amenities, and Stourbridge's large town centre is only a short distance away, with a far wider choice of shops and facilities. For families, there are well-regarded primary schools close by, and a mix of traditional and non-traditional Secondary schools in Stourbridge.
Prices: From £437,000 (stamp duty paid)
Find out more at www.kendrickhomes.co.uk ; 07817 670359
Aylestone Manor in Aylestone, Herefordshire (Signature New Homes)
This stylish development of just seven brand new four-bedroom detached homes is in an attractive location, offering easy access to beautiful outdoor space, yet only a five-minute drive from the heart of historic Hereford. Residents will be able to enjoy a balance of city and country life, in high quality family homes built by one of the region's biggest property management, development and regeneration companies.
Prices: From £424,995
Find out more at www.signaturenewhomes.co.uk ; 07807 787747