Solihull, and particularly the B90 postcode area, is thriving. In a recent Rightmove survey, Shirley was ranked as the top competitive hotspot for homebuyers in the UK. According to the property website, there has been a 143% rise in enquiries about homes in the area over the past year, and asking prices have increased by 10% in the same period.
Outstanding schools, and an increasing amount of retail outlets and restaurants are probably the main reasons for the boost.
There are more than a dozen popular restaurants within a 500m stretch of the Stratford Road, between the junction at Solihull Road and the “Poppy Island” roundabout the junction with Haslucks Green Road, offering Italian, Japanese, Indian and Turkish cuisine among others, catering for all tastes.
For the label conscious shopper, Flannels on Stratford Road, sells luxury Stone Island, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino for men, women and children.
Shirley is popular for families with children
When it comes to schools, there are over 25 within a 3 mile radius of the centre of Shirley. Some, such as Burman Infant School and Shirley Heath Junior School, even have “Outstanding” OFSTED inspection ratings. There are also a number of independent schools within easy walking distance, such as Rosslyn School and Kingswood School.
Children’s leisure time is also well catered for, with Shirley Park providing an adventure playground and skate park, amongst the more common slide, swings and climbing frame. There’s even a dedicated dog training area with ramps and tunnels, for man’s best friend!
These factors and more contribute to rising prices in the area. Over the last 5 years, detached prices have risen 28%, semi-detached 25% and terraced 24%, with first time buyers now spending on average over £249,000 on their first homes.