From fast-growing cities to dreamy rural shires, the West Midlands caters for every lifestyle – from young professionals looking for a convenient urban pad, to families and retirees looking for a quieter spot in which to settle down.
The UK's five fastest growing economies are all in the Midlands, according to recent analysis, and there is an increasing demand for new homes there.
The West Midlands is particularly popular because it is home to Birmingham, as well as other rapidly growing cities and towns such as Wolverhampton and Walsall – alongside sought-after country locations like Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
We have put together a selection of some of the current developments available across the region, in both urban and rural locations, to suit a range of different buying budgets.
Meadow View in Holmer, Herefordshire (Lioncourt Homes)
Homes at this select development are selling quickly, with just two four-bedroom detached homes now remaining.
Situated in the historic cathedral city of Hereford within easy reach of all its amenities, Meadow View lies on the north side of the beautiful River Wye, with lovely views over open countryside.
Transport links are very convenient, with the A49 to the north and south (linking to the M50 and M5); the A438 to the west and east; and the A417 and A4103 to the north-east. The border with Wales is only about 16 miles away, while the city of Worcester is about 24 miles and Gloucester 23 miles.
Prices: From £340,000
Find out more about Meadow View from Lioncourt Homes
Mercury Place in Wolverhampton (Barratt Homes)
Right at the heart of the Midlands, this new development from Barratt offers a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes about two miles from the centre of Wolverhampton, next to Oxley Park Golf Course.
Served by excellent transport links, great shopping facilities and plenty of entertainment options, the 148 new properties at Mercury Place will help to meet the increasing demand for new homes in this area.
Families with children will find some handy primary and secondary schools nearby, while Wolverhampton University City Campus is only a short walk away for further education. Commuters can reach the M54 in about 10 minutes, and Wolverhampton train station is also close by.
Prices: From £133,950
Find out more about Mercury Place from Barratt Homes
Wyre Meadows in Pershore, Worcestershire (Persimmon Homes)
This new collection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes is situated in the pleasant market down of Pershore, home to a beautiful abbey, elegant Georgian architecture, excellent transport links, and a good range of shops, markets and amenities. There is a primary school within a ten minute walk of the development, and an excellent high school even closer.
The development incorporates homes in 11 different styles, from two-bedroom semi-detached starter homes right through to substantial five-bedroom detached family houses.
Perched on the banks of the River Avon, Pershore is about 10 miles from Worcester and six miles from Evesham. For commuters, the local railway station is less than three quarters of a mile away, offering regular direct trains to Evesham in less than 10 minutes, to Worcester in about 15 minutes, or to Paddington in just over two hours. By car, junction 7 of the M5 motorway is only seven miles away.
Prices: From £169,995
Find out more at www.persimmonhomes.com ; 01386 579637
The Hop Yard in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire (Flint and Cook)
Nestled on the edge of Bishops Frome, an unspoilt rural village close to the border with Worcestershire, The Hop Yard is an exclusive development made up of just four brand new detached three- and four-bedroom homes.
Featuring traditional construction with brick elevations under a tiled roof, each house will incorporate engineered oak flooring, LPG central heating, double glazed windows, and quality internal fittings including a wood-burning stove in the lounge. The properties are now nearing completion, and The Hop Yard will then be fully landscaped. Thanks to its sought-after location, properties there are likely to sell quickly.
The village itself has a community shop, pubs, a church and a bus service, while further afield Worcester and Hereford (14 miles) are both within easy reach for a wider range of facilities. Bromyard (4 miles) and Ledbury (eight miles) are also close by, while motorway access is at junction 7 of the M5, 16 miles away.
Prices: From £249,500
Find out more at www.flintandcook.co.uk or call 01432 355455
Chestnut Grove in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire (Miller Homes)
This collection of modern, energy-efficient two-, three- and four-bedroom homes is situated on a peaceful, tree-lined lane about a mile-and-a-half from the centre of Wellesbourne, a pleasant village about seven miles from historic Stratford-upon-Avon.
Offering a traditional architectural design, the homes offer easy access to acres of surrounding woodland and open countryside, yet at the same time they are only a few minutes' drive from the M40, and within easy reach of Birmingham.
Wellesbourne is a large village that sits on the A429, which has grown into a popular commuter base for larger neighbouring towns such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick (seven miles away) and Leamington Spa (less than nine miles). It is home to a primary school, several sports clubs and three churches, while down the road Stratford-upon-Avon offers a wider range of shops and amenities. The village is also within reach of cities further afield such as Coventry and Birmingham.
Prices: From £295,000
Find out more at www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 03331 307069
Cherry Grove in Martley, Worcestershire (Kendrick Homes)
Due for release in February/March 2016, Cherry Grove promises an idyllic combination of a peaceful countryside setting complete with local amenities, all within easy striking distance of Worcester's city centre (eight and a half miles away). The pretty village of Martley is also well-located for travel to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Birmingham.
Perfect for families and professionals alike, the site incorporates just 14 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, giving it a wide appeal.
Located in the Malvern Hills District, Martley offers all the amenities you need to cater for day-to-day living, including a food shop, a post office, a library and several pubs. Ideal for outdoor lovers, there are endless walks in and around the village, while the Wyre Forest Nature Reserve is also close by. Sporty residents have plenty of facilities to choose from at Sport Martley leisure centre in the evenings or at weekends, including a 15-rope climbing wall. For families with children, local schools include The Chantry, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Find out more at www.kendrickhomes.co.uk ; 01384 446200
Sefton Gardens in Wellington, Shropshire (Shropshire Homes)
This collection of six luxury properties in a mature and leafy setting is from Shropshire Homes, a local company that has built up a reputation for creating sensitive houses that blend in well with their established surroundings.
This development of four- and five-bedroom individual homes, each set in attractive gardens, is in the bustling market town of Wellington, which offers a good choice of shops, an established market, and many other handy amenities.
It is well located in the heart of Shropshire with excellent road and rail links to Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury. Popular Telford Town Shopping Centre is also within easy striking distance, along with a whole host of family attractions. And when it comes to schooling, families are equally well catered for by a choice of respected state and private schools.
Find out more at www.homesinshropshire.co.uk ; 01743 761789