New homes in the West Midlands
Make a home in this vibrant, fast-paced part of the UK
From designer shopping in Birmingham to live entertainment at the Barclaycard Arena and family fun at Dudley Zoo, the West Midlands is certainly an exciting place to live and work. Home to a number of big businesses along with some of the country’s top-rated universities, it’s no wonder that this centrally-located region is a popular place to buy a new home.
The West Midlands through the ages
Today the West Midlands is a densely populated part of the UK, but rewind the clock to Saxon and Norman times, and the region was home to just a handful of small towns and villages. By the 17th century, the West Midlands - and Birmingham especially - started to grow quickly, with the Industrial Revolution bringing further prosperity to the region. By the middle of the 19th century the West Midlands was connected to Liverpool and London by train, which helped the local population to grow even bigger.
Although Birmingham and Coventry were heavily bombed during the Second World War, the cities underwent extensive redevelopment once the fighting had come to an end. Nowadays the West Midlands are home to some of the biggest event spaces, universities and shopping centres outside of London, making the region a popular place to live, work and visit.
Must-know info for families
If you’re moving to the West Midlands with a young, growing family in tow, the region is home to a large number of top-rated schools including King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, King Edward VI Handsworth School and King Edward VI Five Ways School in Birmingham, King Edward VI School and Stratford Girls’ Grammar School in Warwickshire, and Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls. Other excellent schools include Lawrence Sheriff School in Warwickshire, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Birmingham, Queen Mary's High School in Walsall and King Edward VI Aston School in Birmingham.
If your children are considering higher education, the West Midlands is also home to some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, Aston University, Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton.
Places to see and things to do
When it comes to family entertainment, the West Midlands has lots of great attractions including Coventry Transport Museum, West Midland Safari Park, Sandwell Valley Country Park and Cadbury World. For older children and adults, there’s live sport at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, events at the National Exhibition Centre, and top-flight football at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich and Villa Park in Aston.
What about business?
The West Midlands is home to Birmingham - the biggest city outside of London - so it’s no surprise that the region has excellent employment opportunities from a number of big global businesses. Jaguar Land Rover has its headquarters in Whitley, while E.On Energy Solutions and AAH Pharmaceuticals are based in Coventry, Aldi’s UK head office is in Atherstone, and Carillion PLC are headquartered in Wolverhampton. Other employers in the West Midlands include Birmingham City Council, Jewsons, The National Express Group and Bet365 Group.
For commuters, it’s easy to get around the West Midlands by either road or rail. There are a number of motorways running through the region, including the M42, M5 and M6, while train services help commuters to avoid rush-hour traffic. The journey from Birmingham to Coventry takes just 20 minutes, and the journey from Birmingham to London takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. A trip from Birmingham to Manchester by train also takes 1 hour 30 minutes, which is around ten minutes faster than the equivalent car journey.
When journeying further afield, whether for work or pleasure, Birmingham Airport has flights connecting the region to other UK destinations as well as locations across Europe and the rest of the world.