The Second City of the UK, The City of a Thousand Trades, The Venice of The Midlands- whatever it’s known by, Birmingham is a massive metropolitan hub bettered only in scale and population by London, with a lively economy, affordable housing and a notably friendly atmosphere. Its 35 miles of canals and waterways are the lifeblood of the city, and tours and boat rides along these are available all year round. The Jewellery Quarter is a hive of industry, with more than 100 diamond workshops and retailers set in picturesque Georgian and Victorian architecture. There are seemingly countless open markets, the biggest and most famous of which is the Bullring Shopping Centre with its iconic bronze bull statue. You’ll never go hungry with a plethora of places to eat out, and Indian food enthusiasts need to try the internationally renowned Birmingham Balti. Outside of the centre, Birmingham can boast 17 green spaces including Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Zoo.
The good news for first-time buyers is that there is plenty of affordable housing in Birmingham city centre and its surrounding boroughs. As an industrial hub, there is no shortage of terraced housing and 3-bedroom new builds are springing up across the region. The average price is around 60% less than a similar property in London, so if you’re looking for all the scale and possibility without the price tag, Birmingham could be your place to buy your first home!