Birmingham, previously a city only known for the spaghetti junction and the Bull Ring, is recently securing a new reputation as the place where it’s all happening. It has also recently been labelled as one of the best places to live in the world. If you seek a good, safe quality of life, so why would you not want to live here?
The growth and high propensity of people now living or relocating to the city centre has been fuelled by the city’s recent huge transformation, driving both growth and investment. A number of large companies are also relocating their offices to Birmingham’s city centre, creating a growing appeal to other businesses.
City living has become more desirable due to its eclectic mix of offerings; the thriving independent companies, food, nightlife scene and not forgetting the wide variety of shops. If you prefer the quieter life, you may seek quaint canal walkways, inspiring historic landmarks, a diverse cultural mix, a picturesque park. Birmingham has something to suit everyone’s preferences and far-ranging tastes, every area of Brum has something different and unique to offer.
But what are the top areas to live in if you are relocating to the city centre? On your quest to decide where you want to live and to find your “home sweet home”, S&P have gathered their wealth of knowledge into a handy guide to Birmingham, covering the different areas and you’ll soon find out what is so special about Birmingham city living:
Submerge yourself in the rich history and culture of JQ, which has developed a reputation for being a hip and trendy place to live. Not only is the area home to independent Jewellers, but the quarter is also bursting with hidden gems, including great restaurants, numerous galleries to lose yourself in, and characterful cafes and laidback traditional English pubs, which have a village cosy community feel about them.
The more “edgy” side of the city, that is up and coming. The area is becoming ever more vibrant, with an increasing number of businesses arriving in the area and an exciting array of quirky street food restaurants and bars constantly opening. The ideal place for a spot of vintage shopping or for embracing the nightlife of the city. For those on the hunt for a more vibrant and busting Birmingham scene – Digbeth is the place to be.
For those looking to a new side of the city, that is quirkier in nature, JQ and Digbeth are the places to live.
Relax canal side, Birmingham is the hub for the country’s canal network and has more canals than Venice. The charming Brindley Place is one of the most picturesque areas of Birmingham, as it is in fact where canal meander through – a key lure for living in this area, with its encapsulating views. The area also exudes vibrancy, awash with a diverse mix of fine dining, theatre and live music offerings.
Want to soak up the city’s culture? Eastside is your place if you are a culture vulture, the hub of the scholarly scene, with its distinctive museum and exhibitions on your doorstep. The area also offers a spot of greenery, at the Eastside City Park, along with a regeneration project currently in the midst in the area, which is expected to bring new life to the area.
Another prominent location to live Southside home to Chinese Quarter and Theatreland, one of the areas of Birmingham with the liveliest vibe and makes it a fantastic nightlife alternative to the main city areas, but it is the top-notch restaurants and fabulous foodie delights to be discovered in Chinatown. This area is flourishing and perfect for those seeking thrilling city life you will not be disappointed.
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