Birmingham combines a rich history and culture with excellent UK transport links, a thriving economy and low housing prices. With all this and more going for it, Birmingham is seen as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. But as the city expands, where are the best new build homes Birmingham has to offer? Let’s ask the people who live there.
New homes: Birmingham builds bigger and better
If you’re an investor, it’s a great time to look at new build homes to buy in Birmingham. The property market performed extremely well last year, with average prices rising by 4.5%, fully 1% above the national average. The rental market looks set to perform well too, with plenty of options entering the market for those looking at new build homes to rent in Birmingham. Right now, reports suggest a citywide median rental average of £900 per month.
At the time of writing (December 2021) Zoopla puts the Birmingham house price average at just over £221,000. This is actually a slight fall of 1.57% during the past 12 months. If you’re looking to buy a flat in Birmingham, you’ll enjoy a markedly lower average of around £165,000.
The healthy state of the property market is partly due to the rise in new build homes Birmingham is constructing. Major events like the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the development of HS2 are driving masses of new investment. This will create more options for house hunters and renters, while the infrastructure improvements will make Birmingham properties even more desirable.
Top areas for new build activity in Birmingham
Birmingham’s supply of housing is still lower than its current level of demand. One report estimates that the number of new-build homes Birmingham needs to cover rising demand is up to 4,000 per year. Since only 700 new homes were built each year on average between 2000-2015, Birmingham has some catching up to do.
Perhaps the biggest new development project in the city is the Birmingham Smithfield redevelopment. Birmingham Council recently signed a £1.9 billion deal to completely revitalise the area. The project will create 2,000 new homes. Birmingham’s historic Bull Ring Markets will also have a new public square to call home.
There are also major housing construction projects occurring across the city centre, ranging from luxury apartment towers to the flurry of student accommodation developments that are popping up. There’s also a transformation happening along the Canalside. Work started in March 2021 on the Soho Wharf project, which will deliver another 750 new homes.
Birmingham’s best new developments – Top 10 new build homes
The following are the top-rated new build homes Birmingham has to offer. This list is based purely on the ratings of our verified HomeViews reviewers. Each reviewer gives a star rating for their development’s facilities, location, design, management and value for money.
If you want to see more of any of the listed developments, just click on them. You’ll be taken to the development’s dedicated page, where you can see all of the residents’ comments in detail.
The pick of the bunch, Aston Place, is right in the heart of central Birmingham. With top scores across the board, our resident reviewers love the building and everything it has to offer. This includes a gym with fitness classes, excellent car parking, and a growing range of resident events. Aston Place also sits just five minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and gives residents easy access to the city’s main retail and business districts.
Read reviews and details of Aston Place, B1
Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, The Whitmore Collection is something of a gem itself, according to residents. It features a range of 1 & 2 bedroom canal-side apartments and townhouses set across a trio of sites on Newhall Square. These feature high-quality appliances and finishes with the option of bespoke furniture included in your rent. In addition, every apartment has electric heating and video security intercom along with a speedy 100MB Virgin broadband connection. There’s also a variety of facilities available, including a residents’ courtyard, gym, a clubhouse and private dining room.
Read reviews and details of The Whitmore Collection, B3
At number 3 it’s The Lansdowne, managed by Way of Life and located in Birmingham’s Edgbaston Village. The building offers 206 apartments, furnished or unfurnished. There are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes on offer. In addition, residents have access to a wide range of amenities including 24h concierge and free super-fast Wi-Fi. Residents praise the high-quality build and finish of the apartments, as well as the reliably excellent service levels of the management team at Lansdowne.
Read reviews and details of The Lansdowne, B16
The Forum is a relative newcomer to the top 10, sliding in at number 4. It features a range of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments to rent in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district. There’s also a variety of resident facilities available on site, including a gym, rooftop terrace, communal lounge and landscaped terrace with a pizza oven and BBQ facilities, together with a dedicated on-site concierge team to cater to your needs. The Bullring, Selfridges and Grand Central are only a short stroll away, while Birmingham’s New Street Station is a 5-minute walk.
Read reviews and details of The Forum, B5
At number 5, we have Park Central, which has 1,300 well designed and finished apartments on offer, ranging across 61 acres with plenty of green spaces for residents to enjoy. The facilities get a big thumbs up too, especially the bike storage and communal areas. Getting out and about in central Birmingham is easy too, as the Bullring is only a 15-minute walk away.
Read reviews and details of Park Central, B15
Allegro Living has climbed two places on this list since our last update, thanks to an influx of new positive reviews from happy residents. It’s a development operated by Savills and located on the edge of both the city centre and Birmingham’s East Side. This provides easy access to the best of both areas, and the development itself offers 603 rental units that residents say are tastefully decorated and provide great value for money. There’s also an ground-floor café to enjoy, along with a residents’ hub with concierge and members-only style private lounge.
Read reviews and details of Allegro Living, B7
Sheasby Park is sitting pretty in 7th. It’s located in Fradley, close to the village centre and just 4 miles from the medieval city of Lichfield. Even though it sits outside of the city proper, the development still benefits from great transport links. There’s a good mix of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties on offer too, and residents love the semi-rural feel mixed with convenient facilities such as the pool, gym and ample allocated parking.
Read reviews and details of Sheasby Park, WS13
In 8th, Barley Fields is a collection of new build homes in Tamworth. Residents enjoy the spaciousness of the development as an antidote to cramped inner-city living. There’s also an abundance of green space, as Barley Fields sits next to the river and has plenty of balancing ponds that attract ducks and other local wildlife. A family-friendly development, Barley Fields residents say that there’s a great community atmosphere to enjoy here.
Read reviews and details of Barley Fields, B79
Embankment is another newcomer to the list, entering at 9th place. It was developed by InReach Living and is now managed by Pinnacle. It comprises 92 fully furnished 1-2-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a concierge service provided 12 hours a day as well as on-site parking, cycle storage and high-speed ‘hyperoptic’ broadband services. The development is only a 16-minute walk away from The Mailbox and only a 20-minute walk away from Birmingham New Street Station.
Read reviews and details of Embankment, B16
For our last top-ranked development in Birmingham, we head over to Jupiter Apartments on Ryland Street. This enviable location puts the development only a 15-minute walk away from Five Ways train station, which has links to West Midland Trains. The Birmingham Canal is also only a short stroll away. There are also added security features, such as secure automatic doors accessible via an app. Residents also say that apartments here are much more spacious compared to other new buildings nearby.
Read reviews and details of Jupiter Apartments, B16
If you want to know more about what it’s like to live in Birmingham, check out our dedicated area guide. Here, you can discover the different areas of the city, learn more about the best ways to get around, and find plenty of inspiration for your next property search.
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