With its central UK location, a superb choice of new build housing developments, excellent transport links and growing economic wealth, the West Midlands has a lot to offer prospective house buyers.
And with predictions flying around that the region is set to grow into a world-leading business destination when High Speed 2 (HS2) arrives in the not-too-distant future, it is not surprising that many homes are being snapped up quickly by buyers.
Traditionally more expensive than the neighbouring East Midlands, buyers will still find affordable options there. Our latest highlights include developments appealing to first-time buyers right through to well-heeled professionals looking to move up the property ladder...
Waters Keep in Walsall, West Midlands (Keepmoat)
Waters Keep is part of a £50m scheme to regenerate an area of Walsall and Walsall Housing Group has appointed Keepmoat to build more than 400 homes in the Goscote area of Blakenhall, just 2.5 miles north of Walsall town centre.
The development will appeal to a wide range of people, including first-time buyers, young professionals and families. It sits alongside the Wyrley and Essington canal, of which a number of the new homes have a stunning view.
Goscote offers all the amenities you need close to home and plenty of open space and woodlands nearby. It’s also really well connected, with routes to the town centre and beyond, as well as the region’s motorway network, all within easy reach. There’s also a great choice of schools in the area.
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01922 262392
Scarlet Pippin Orchard in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (Taylor Wimpey)
This brand new development of 48 brand new homes including two-bedroom bungalows and three- and four-bedroom houses, is located in the attractive rural village of Lower Broadheath, once composer Elgar's home, in the heart of the beautiful Malvern Hills.
Home to a range of house styles to suit different tastes, all residents at Scarlet Pippin Orchard will enjoy easy access to a good range of local amenities such as a post office, traditional pubs, a shop and the village hall. The nearby Broadheath Church of England Primary School was rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted inspection.
For commuters, there are excellent road links nearby, including the M5 just down the road, and the city of Worcester is less than four miles away, with a railway station that offers regular services to London, Birmingham and Bristol.
Prices: From £157,496
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01905 670414
The Moorings in Tamworth, Staffordshire (Cameron Homes)
This development in the Glascote area of the market town of Tamworth, less than a mile from the centre, incorporates a collection of 14 contemporary three-bedroom homes. Each property features an en suite master bedroom, two parking spaces and a carefully-designed kitchen with integrated appliances.
The location – in a mainly residential area that is well-suited to both families and professionals – offers excellent connections for commuting, schools and socialising, with the M42 less than four miles away. Tamworth's centre is home to a great selection of shops, leisure facilities and restaurants, along with many historic buildings including Tamworth Castle.
Prices: From £182,500
Find out more at cameronhomes.co.uk ; 07968 428931
Dorridge View in Bentley Heath, West Midlands (Crest Nicholson)
Just 17 traditionally-styled, luxurious three-, four- and five-bedroom homes make up this select development, which is situated on a private road in the semi-rural village of Bentley Heath – a borough of the prosperous town of Solihull. It is a sought-after area surrounded by countryside, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and family days out.
The development's attractive setting benefits from mature trees and a landscaped border, and offers a tranquil place in which to raise a family. There are numerous excellent schools in the local area, and plenty of local shops, restaurants and pubs, while Birmingham is only 12 miles away offering a huge choice of further shops and amenities.
For commuters, the M40 and M42 are both conveniently close by; the region's airport is only eight miles away; and Dorridge train station offers rail links into Birmingham and London (under two hours).
Prices: From £394,950
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 01932 580555
The Meadows in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (Kendrick Homes)
This collection of 24 new houses, including two-, three- and four-bedroom options, is situated in the tranquil rural setting of Stoke Pound, just two miles from Bromsgrove town centre. The first phase of new homes are now available to reserve off-plan.
With options suitable for first-time buyers as well as for those looking for somewhere to bring up a growing family, the development is conveniently close to all of the town's many amenities, yet enjoys a peaceful location. Further afield, Solihull and Birmingham offer a wide range of high street shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Find out more at kendrickhomes.co.uk ; 07814 170950
Wat's Meadow, Gobowen, Shropshire (Fletcher Homes)
This collection of two-bedroom bungalows and two-, three- and four-bedroom homes is situated within walking distance of the Shropshire village of Gobowen, and just a 10-minute drive from the large, historic market town of Oswestry.
It incorporates homes designed for first-time buyers, families, and those who are planning to downsize or retire. The location also offers excellent commuter links via the A5 and Gobowen railway station.
Help to Buy is available on all properties.
Prices: From £127,995
Find out more at www.fletcherhomes.co.uk ; 01691 679490
Gregory’s Bank in Worcester (St Modwen Homes)
A selection of two- and three-bedroom homes have been released at this popular development, located adjacent to the Birmingham and Worcester Canal, just two miles from Worcester city centre.
Each house has higher than average ceilings and large windows creating bright, open spaces. Additionally, each property has luxurious touches fitted as standard, such as French doors leading to the rear garden.
Bev Hall, sales and marketing director at St. Modwen Homes, says: “Named in the top 50 best urban places to live by the Sunday Times earlier this year, Worcester is becoming more and more popular with first-time buyers and young couples, something we’ve seen reflected in sales at Gregory’s Bank. With a range of home designs available, including a new collection of two-bedroom homes, the new release meets this demand for buyers looking to move to Worcester.”
The marketing suite is located on St Georges Lane North, Worcester, and it is open Thursday to Monday between 10.00am and 5.30pm inclusive of weekends.
Prices: From £174,995
Find out more at www.stmodwen.co.uk ; 0844 243 4888
Inspried Warwick in Warwick (Inspired Villages)
Opening in Spring 2016, the first phase of the Inspired Warwick retirement village is a collection of 49 luxurious retirement apartments in a safe village environment. Residents will enjoy an enviable array of facilities, from a spa and wellness centre to a village bistro and shop. There’s a 24-hour concierge for everyday duties and to provide peace of mind if you use your property as a ‘lock-up-and-leave’ residence.
There are ‘early bird’ incentives for keen buyers, and a choice of layouts with one or two bedrooms, with accommodation stretching from 525 sq ft to 1,339 sq ft.
The marketing suite is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays.
Prices: From £222,000
Find out more at www.inspiredvillages.co.uk ; 0800 032 7923