Two Birmingham suburbs have ranked as the most desirable places to live

The most desirable places to live and their affordable alternatives have been listed by the Telegraph.

The housing market is booming and has been ever since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Lucian Cook, head of research at Savills, has conducted a study on house prices and found the most desirable places to live across Britain - and their more affordable options.

And he has found that Four Oaks is one of the county’s most desirable suburbs to live in.

His research says that Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield was the third most desirable in the nation, beaten by Stoke Bishop in Bristol and East Didsbury in Manchester.

The average house price in Four Oaks is £589,764 - it has risen by 76% since 2012.

Lucian told the Telegraph that the reasons for the increase include the town’s proximity to Birmingham which is ideal for commuters.

Sutton Park is one reason that Four Oaks has been named as a desirable place to live.

Another attraction is the 2,000 acre nature reserve Sutton Park which has several lakes, areas of woodland, heathland and wetland where wild Exmoor ponies roam.

The Blackroot Bistro (which sits inside the park) was listed as an amenity in Cook’s reasoning as well as the activities such as sailing, canoeing, fishing and cycling which are all possible in the park.

Sutton Park is 2,000 acres large.

Cook states that families tend to desire the Four Oaks residential estate at the north-east of Sutton Park as it is close to Arthur Terry High School and Sixth Form.

The last amenity that Cook praised was the Sutton Coldfield Town centre where residents enjoy a vibrant nightlife, a busy highstreet and many top notch restaurants.

Cycle and walkway in Harborne

The research didn’t just focus on the luxury side of the housing market - Cook also took a look at the up and coming alternative for house buyers with a smaller budget.

Harbone was listed at number three - behind Horfield in Bristol and Withdean in Brighton and Hove.

The average house price has grown by 66% since 2012.

Making the average house price in 2022 around £363,114.

Cook told the Telegraph that Harborne is better value for money than neighbouring Edgbaston.

He believes that it is the best area for academics at the university and medical professionals at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Houses in the area are usually either semi-detached properties or Victorian terraces.

Cook lists the shopping street in Harborne as one of the reasons it made the list alongside the popular pub The New Inn.

He argues that the most desirable properties are located on Moor Pool which is known for large homes, a bowling green and a tennis court.

Houses in the area are usually either semi-detached properties or Victorian terraces.

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