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Moving to Solihull: A guide to living and working in Solihull

In a prime position just nine miles to the east of Birmingham, Solihull is an attractive place to live and work, offering an easy commute, a host of amenities and a totally unique character.

Finding the perfect balance between city and country, the area offers great leisure, shopping and dining amenities, alongside over 1,500 acres of parks, open spaces and Green Belt land.

It’s a great choice for families and professionals alike!

Solihull High Street

Average house prices in Solihull

Solihull often ranks in polls of the most desirable places to live in the UK and, as you would expect, this popularity is reflected in house prices in the area.

According to Right Move, the average property price in Solihull in 2019 was £319,160. Most of the properties sold in the area last year were semi-detached properties (with an average price of £285,320), followed by detached properties (at an average cost of £527,497) and terraced properties, which sold at an average cost of £226,086.

Property prices in the area for 2019 were similar to that of the previous year, and 6% up on 2017, when the average house price was £300,650. Properties in Solihull are, on average, more affordable than nearby Knowle (£540,774), Hampton-In-Arden (£498,607) and Dorridge (£628,233).

 

House rental prices in Solihull

If you’re looking for a rental property in Solihull, there are plenty of options available.

According to home.co.uk, there were 137 properties for rent in Solihull at the time of writing, with the average rent being £1,071pcm. The majority of the rental properties on the market are flats, with houses coming in second, while most properties have two or three bedrooms.

 

Areas nearby

Solihull is one of Birmingham’s satellite towns, located eight miles out from Birmingham City Centre.

The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull includes towns and districts such as Dorridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Marston Green, Shirley, Knowle, Castle Bromwich and Hockley Heath.

 

Transport links in Solihull

As one of the best-connected towns in the region, Solihull boasts excellent transport links, making it a great location for commuters working in London and Birmingham.

A variety of commuter train services run from Solihull Stations to both Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill, both taking approximately 18 minutes. Direct trains also run to London Marylebone, reaching the capital in approximately 90 – 105 minutes.

The M42 links to the M40, M5 and M6 motorways, providing complete access across the Midlands, as well as to London and the North. The National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Railway Station are both within a 10-15-minute drive, while London is a two-hour drive away.

If you’re travelling further afield, Birmingham airport is also just one motorway junction away.

 

Schools in Solihull

Solihull is home to a number of excellent schools, making it a popular choice with families.

Peterbrook Primary School, Knowle CofE Primary Academy and Tudor Grange Academy are all rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. Solihull School and St Martin’s School also often appear in the list of top independent schools in the region, regularly recording exceptional A-level results.

 

Working and employment in Solihull

If you’re considering moving to Solihull, you will probably be wondering what the employment market is like.

According to Uswitch, 74% of people are employed in Solihull, with 45% working full time (35-45 hours per week). Workers in Solihull have a good work/life balance, with only 21% of people working more than 45 hours per week.

 

Things to do in Solihull

If you move to Solihull, there will be no shortage of amenities on your doorstep.

The town centre itself is home to a large shopping centre, offering major high street stores including M&S, Next and John Lewis. You’ll also find a great choice of restaurants within the centre, including chains such as Zizzi and Nando’s, as well as some unique independent eateries.

Solihull is also home to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), which hosts concerts and exhibitions attracting millions of visitors each and every year. If you like to get out and about in the fresh air, there are also plenty of parks and walks in and around the area.

The National Motorbike Museum is another key attraction in Solihull, just a 15-minute drive outside the town centre. Home to one of the largest collections of British motorbikes in the world, the collection spans three centuries, including familiar makes as well as rare and unusual models.

And, if you love nothing more than getting out in the great outdoors, make sure you visit Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Clowes Wood Nature Reserve, and Earlswood Lakes.

 

Living in Solihull – additional information

Solihull is well equipped for modern living, with 99% mobile signal coverage and super high broadband speeds of 30.2mbps on average.

Life expectancy in Solihull is also higher than average, with women living to 85 on average and men living to an average of 80.

 

Solihull’s history

Solihull was first founded as a small market town during medieval times. The name is said to come from the description from the travellers who used to pass through the muddy (soily) hill – Soliy Hill later become Solihull.

The town wasn’t significantly affected by the Industrial Revolution or the Second World War, even though both of these periods had significant repercussions in nearby Birmingham.

Although the population of Solihull was just 7,500 in 1901, by the 1960s, the town had become home to over 100,000 people.

The town’s motto is “Urbs in the Rure’, meaning Town in the Country.

 

What is Solihull famous for?

Celebrities born in Solihull include BBC newsreader Michael Buerk, former England rugby captain Martin Johnson, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, entrepreneur and Apprentice star Karren Brady and comedian Jasper Carrott.

The iconic car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is also based in the town.

 

Is Solihull a nice area?

Solihull is a great area. In fact, it’s often voted one of the top places to live in the UK.

There are a whole host of things to do and see in the area, plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes, and almost 70% of the borough is designated as Green Belt land, so there’s lots of lovely, green space.

 

Is Solihull a posh area?

Solihull is often seen as a ‘posh’ area amongst those living and working in the surrounding areas. This is due to the relatively high house prices, plentiful amenities, excellent schools, and the generally nice atmosphere of the leafy suburbs.

Solihull is a great place to settle down, live and work. And, if you’re moving to the area, we can help. Here at Titan Storage, we can take care of storing your furniture or moving boxes that have arrived too soon. Get in touch to see how we can help.