A new survey has confirmed the appeal of Solihull and surrounding villages.
Solihull is the second most expensive place outside of London and the south to buy a home, according to new figures.
The Halifax* says the town to the southeast of Birmingham has an average house price per square metre of £2,367 – just below Altrincham in Cheshire which comes in at £2,446, easily above the national average of £2,033. Warwick and Leamington came in third and fourth on the list of most expensive towns (outside the south), with figures of £2,363 and £2,353 per square metre.
Obviously the most expensive place to buy is London and some areas in the home counties.
“The reasons for that is that some of the villages – Knowle, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden – are just beautiful. You’ve got the Warwickshire countryside. You are far enough from Birmingham to pop in and then get away from it.”
Another reason for Solihull’s popularity is down to stellar performances by some local schools such as Tudor Grange Academy and Arden in Knowle. “People can genuinely have the debate with themselves. Should they send their children to private school or spend an extra £100,000 – basically the fees over the school lifetime – on extending or upgrading their homes in the catchment areas where they can get as good an education.”
Solihull also has some of the best transport links in Britain. An international airport, two railway stations, not to mention the proposed HS2 interchange and a less than 5 minute journey to the heart of the UK’s motorway network.