Hope you’re not the jealous type, because the best places to live in the city have been revealed…
It’s the question that we never ask, simply because we try to love all of Birmingham, and would never divide you by declaring one area top of the pile. The Sunday Times has no such qualms, however, as they’ve just compiled their annual list of the best places to live in the UK, featuring two Birmingham areas in the Midlands category. And this year’s champions are south Brummie districts, Bournville and Stirchley.
The Sunday newspaper wrote: “Bournville and Stirchley may sound like a pair of mismatched TV cops, but together they are our favourite suburbs of Birmingham, and as a double-act they offer the best of both worlds.” It dubbed Bournville as “elegant, old-fashioned and does things by the book”, while Stirchley was described as ” the rough-and-ready new kid, full of energy with no respect for tradition.”
The Sunday Times went on to say that Bournville “could hardly be classier”. It praised the 20th century houses built as part of George Cadbury’s model factory village, as well as local bakery, the Bournville Bread Basket. Apparently even the local charity shop, St Mary’s hospice is brimming with designer cast-offs from Armani to Zadig & Voltaire (we know where we’re off to shop at next).
With nearby parks such as Bournville Park, Valley Parkway and Rowheath Playing Fields, to name a few, as well as tennis courts, well-tended gardens and wide, tree-lined streets, it’s no wonder that The Sunday Times recommended it.
Stirchley was described as Bournville’s “rebellious neighbour” to form a “Brummie mismatch made in heaven.” Stirchley boasts wonderful independent businesses, especially on Pershore Road, such as wine bar Couch and many brewing companies in the vicinity, like Attic Brew Co, Glasshouse Brew Co and Birmingham Brewing Company. Bournville may be posher, but you’ll definitely get a good pint of craft beer in Stirchley.
The list also revealed the average house price in Birmingham was £209,950, cheaper in contrast to the Midlands’ winner, Stamford, with £289,950.
Here’s the full list for The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 in The Midlands:
- Winner: Stamford, Lincolnshire
- Bournville, Birmingham
- Stirchley, Birmingham
- Church Stretton, Shropshire
- Earlsdon, Coventry
- Edale, Derbyshire
- Ilmington, Warwickshire
- Rutland, East Midlands
- Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor, said: “This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.
“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.”