In the latest uSwitch Best Places to Live in The UK Quality of Life Index, Solihull was second only to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
The jewel in the crown of the West Midlands, this large town sits a mere 8 miles southeast of Birmingham city centre. Comfortably one of the most affluent areas outside of London, Solihull’s motto is ‘Urbs in Rure’, which means ‘Town in Country’.
The shopping here is diverse, with lovely little independent shops and big high street names sitting side-by-side, including one of the UK’s leading branches of John Lewis. And there are plenty of high-performing schools in the immediate area.
Solihull is also the birthplace of The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal (among many others), but you might run into some Margo Leadbetter-types who insist on pronouncing the town’s name as So-lee-hull, rather than the less posh Solly-hull. So get practicing!
If you’re ready to make the big move to Solihull, here are a few of our favourite places.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing to rent in Solihull means living in the heart of a commuters dream. With the M40 and M42 providing links to Oxford and London, and direct train links from Solihull Station to nearby Birmingham, and slightly further afield London Marylebone, it’s perfectly placed for today’s hard-working professional.
International travel is within touching distance too, thanks to the proximity of Birmingham International Airport.
Live the Good Life
Living in the town of Solihull will mean digging deep into your very deep pockets. In other words, it’s not cheap.
But if you can afford it, your money will go a great deal further than it will in London.
Located a mere three miles from the town centre, the modern development of Dickens Heath represents terrific value for money. Sitting next to the picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, it will boast 1,672 homes when completed.
It already has a number of lovely cafés, restaurants, and shops, all handily located on its modern high street. There’s also a very popular primary school, the only one rated as ‘outstanding’ by a recent OFSTED inspection in the entire Solihull borough.
If you want to go smaller, and quieter than Solihull, then look no further than nearby Barston. With a population of 533 (from the 2011 Census), living here will mean embracing proper English village life.
Speaking of which, there are two classic English pubs in the village: The Bulls Head (Solihull’s pub of the year, 2016) and The Malt Shovel, which serves up some terrific pub grub.
The downside to putting down roots in Barston is the fact that there’s no public transport options, however if you drive, you’re only around 10 minutes to Solihull town centre, and 25 minutes to Birmingham city centre, making it an ideal counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of city life.
Thinking of moving to Solihull? Consider Dickens Heath or Barston.
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