Home to Britain's second most-populous city, Birmingham, and other large commercial centres such as Wolverhampton, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and West Bromwich, the West Midlands also encompasses beautiful rural shires, including five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – offering something for everyone.
House prices in the region are rising quickly, however, with the typical home increasing in cost by 4.9% in the year to the end of July, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The good news is that the Help to Buy scheme makes it possible to buy a new or existing home with a deposit of just 5% and a mortgage of 75% – along with a government-backed equity loan of 20%.
Here is our latest selection of some current developments to suit buyers on a wide range of budgets:
City Point in Lichfield, Staffordshire (Walton Homes)
This development is a mix of retail units, commercial offices, one- and two-bedroom apartments and a penthouse all within a prime city location. Carpets and secure parking are included with all apartments and 50% of phase one on the site has already been sold.
Made famous by its three-spired cathedral, Lichfield is found within unspoilt surroundings that are steeped in history and heritage. The city centre retains its Georgian charm while delivering contemporary shopping, restaurants and leisure convenience for its residents. You might sometimes need reminding you are only 16 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
The central marketing suite is open 11.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday to Monday inclusive.
Prices: From £202,500
Find out more at http://whathou.se/oDAw6Z ; 01543 263 803
Priory Manor in Wolston, Warwickshire (Bloor Homes)
These three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are situated in the delightful village of Wolston, conveniently located between Rugby and Coventry in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
With its grand houses, charming cottages and a picturesque stream running through its heart, Wolston provides an idyllic setting for family life as well as a wide range of amenities close by. The village boasts a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, a doctors’ surgery, post office, leisure and community centre, library and skate park, as well as its own primary school, and there are two secondary schools within a six mile radius of the development.
Each home at Priory Manor is unique to the next, and perfectly placed for commuters, with excellent road links to Rugby, Coventry and Leamington Spa, which are all within a 20 minute drive from the development, as well as easy access to the M6, M1 and M45 motorways.
Prices: From £389,950
Find out more at www.bloorhomes.com ; 02476 998038
Park View in West Bromwich, West Midlands (Kier Living)
This development will have a strong appeal for house-hunters in the West Bromwich area who are looking for a new home that is well-situated for commuting into the town centre or Birmingham city centre – as well as to many other destinations in the region.
Park View is home to a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes and two-bedroom apartments, all of which are designed to offer low-maintenance living in a handy location overlooking Greets Green Park. Sandwell and Dudley train station are just around the corner, offering a fast and frequent service into Birmingham New Street Station in as little as nine minutes, or alternatively there's the Midland Metro, which takes you into Birmingham Snow Hill Station in 17 minutes from Dudley Street Guns Village Station (which is also just a short distance from the development).
By road, the M5, M6 and central Birmingham are easily accessible via the nearby A41 Black Country New Road. For families with children considering a move to West Bromwich, the town is served by 21 primary schools and four secondary schools.
Prices: From £132,995
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk ; 0845 652 2471
Bretforton Village in Evesham, Worcestershire (Crest Nicholson)
Traditionally-styled three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are available at this new development on the edge of the sought-after village of Bretforton, a well-heeled farming village in the Vale of Evesham.
Offering modern, family-friendly homes within walking distance of the village centre, and on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, Bretforton Village also incorporates a new area of open space that adds a focal point and offers a haven for wildlife.
The location also benefits from excellent transport links to larger centres such as Evesham, Oxford and Birmingham – including two local railway stations at Honeybourne and Evesham, giving direct links to London and Birmingham. By road, the M5 (J7) can be easily accessed via the A44.
Prices: From £200,000
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com or call 0845 894 3246
Bowbrook Meadows in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Bovis Homes)
This brand new development is situated on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, just two miles from the centre of the old market town that hosts one of the largest horticultural events in England. It will offer a choice of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, all designed to offer comfortable modern living.
For families with children, there are numerous primary schools within a mile's radius of Bowbrook Meadows, while for secondary schooling there's The Priory, an Academy Trust rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Meole Brace School Science College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. The town itself has some great independent shops alongside high street names, beautiful riverside walks, an excellent museum and art gallery and a whole host of leisure facilities -- while the surrounding area is home to the beautiful Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
When it comes to commuting, the A5 is only a few minutes' drive away leading to the M54 and Telford (14 miles away) and on to the M6 and the West Midlands -- with Wolverhampton about 36 miles away and Birmingham about 50 miles. Trains from Shrewsbury Station run to Birmingham in less than an hour as well as to Telford, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Cardiff and now London's Euston.
Prices: From £270,995
Find out more at www.bovishomes.co.uk ; 01743 617011
The Forge in Oldbury, West Midlands (Morris Homes)
The Forge is a great choice for young families and commuters, situated close to good schools and lovely parks while at the same time offering easy access to the M5 and Birmingham.
Carefully-designed architecture is combined with thoughtful room plans and a high quality specification in all of the properties, which include mews, semi-detached and detached family homes surrounded by landscaped areas.
The town centre is a mile's walk away, while for commuters Oldbury is served by the M5, which passes close to the town and is accessible from Junction 2.
Prices: From £174,750
Find out more about Morris Homes ; 0121 552 1160
The Heath in Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands (Hunters)
The Heath is an exclusive development of just nine four-bedroom, detached family homes offering a combination of contemporary interiors with traditional exteriors. Situated between regenerated Shirley town centre and the lovely Earlswood countryside, The Heath offers an idyllic balance of peace and convenience.
Interior features include Avanti designed kitchens; Porcelanosa sanitary ware; a wood-burning stove in the lounge; Karndean flooring to the hallway and kitchen; and Bosch appliances. Shirley itself offers a good range of shops, restaurants and other local amenities while the centre of prosperous Solihull is only two and a half miles away, and the location offers easy access to the motorway network for commuters to Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Railway Station and the N.E.C.
Only Plot 10 now remains for sale here.
Find out more at www.huntersgroup.co.uk
The Woodside in Catherine-de-Barnes, near Birmingham (Damson Homes)
This choice development in a secluded setting offers just three executive, three-bedroom detached bungalows approached via a private driveway and surrounded by greenbelt. Due to be ready this autumn, the properties incorporate noteworthy architectural features such as double-height bay windows and stunning vaulted ceilings.
They also offer high quality interiors such as luxury flooring, designer bathrooms and en suites, entertainment-ready living rooms, underfloor heating and landscaped gardens, amongst other features.
Catherine-de-Barnes, known to locals as Catney, is only about two miles east of Solihull town centre, and about the same distance from Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International Station.
Prices: From £650,000
Find out more at www.damsonhomes.net ; 0121 709 0539
Woodall Grange in Dudley, West Midlands (Taylor Wimpey)
This completely private development in Dudley is made up of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes and two-bedroom apartments – all built using materials designed to fit in seamlessly with the surrounding local architecture. The wide choice of properties mean this development looks set to appeal to first time buyers as well as growing families and downsizers, and is ideal for those who work in the town centre.
The historic market town of Dudley is packed with local attractions - from the Black Country Living Museum to Dudley Zoo and Castle - and also has a good choice of amenities and shopping facilities. A three-bedroom home is now available to view on site.
Prices: From £97,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01384 880861