Looking to move to Birmingham


One of Europe’s biggest cities, Birmingham has a population of over one million people and has been listed in various charts as a city you must visit in your lifetime.

Recognised as England’s second city, Birmingham is the second largest in the country after London and has a lot to offer. Located in the heart of the UK, it draws people from different cultures from all over the world and with an average age of just 37, it is one of the one of the UK’s youngest cities.

Found in the heart of England and the centre of the rail and road network, you can easily get from Birmingham to any city in the UK. Birmingham has seen a dramatic transformation since the turn of the century with redevelopment of the city centre integral to it’s revitalisation including redevelopment of the Bullring, Grand Central and The Mailbox.


Birmingham boasts a vibrant entertainment and hospitality scene and is second only to London by being home to four Michelin stars restaurants in the city.

Birmingham’s lively culinary scene also includes award-winning street food as well as international food in The Balti Triangle and Chinatown. The city has numerous universities attracting higher education students from all over the world.

Birmingham is home to some of the finest museums in the Midlands, including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank as well as many others. The internationally acclaimed Ikon Gallery exhibits the very best in contemporary artwork within a Grade II listed building, while hidden street art can be found across the city making Birmingham a destination hotspot for culture across the UK.


The city is fortunate to be home to a great number of green spaces including Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston and Moseley Park as well as incredible areas such as Edgbaston Reservoir (pictured), the Lickey Hills and Sutton Park close by.

Showcasing Birmingham’s retail offerings, Bullring is one of the UK’s most visited shopping centres and can be found right in the heart of the city
alongside a wide variety of independent shops, restaurants and cafés.

Home to the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Birmingham is a city where you enjoy a watch a variety of sports at famous sports venues whether it be football at Villa Park, cricket at Edgbaston Stadium or athletics at Alexander Stadium.


Rent is thought to be around 50% cheaper in Birmingham than it is in London and despite a steady rise in house prices, property in Birmingham represents a superb investment. The average price for property in Birmingham City Centre in 2020 was £222,6251 which is lower than the average price across England of £267,0002. The Jewellery Quarter is seen as one of the top investment areas in the city-centre with the cost of property having risen by 28% over the last three years SevenCapital 3.

Property prices in the Harborne area saw an average price of £309,474 over the last year with semi-detached houses making up the majority of sales. With one of the most desirable postcodes in Birmingham, and popular with families – overall house prices in Harborne increased by 10% in 2020 compared to 2019 4.

At James Laurence Estate Agents we know Birmingham, Edgbaston and Harborne like the back of our hand making us the ideal agent to advise you on the local areas whether you are planning to buy, sell or let in the areas. You can visit us in our two branches in Chad Square, Edgbaston and in our City Centre office in the heart of Birmingham.

Sources: 1, 4 Rightmove, 2 Office for National Statistics, 2021, 3 SevenCapital.

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  • 5 star review  This is our second experience with James Laurence, this time as Sellers but 2.5 years ago as buyers. I wrote a review about the previous experience which was excellent and I believe this experience warrants another great review. This time we worked more directly with Henry who is an excellent communicator. From the word go he demonstrated impressive subject matter expertise, confidence and professionalism. He regularly follows up on progress and bridges the gap between purchaser and vendor extremely well. I'm confident that James Laurence is a company that has high standards embedded in to its culture and highly recommend them.

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  • 5 star review  Had a great experience with James Laurence. Reece Parkinson and Henry Crane were excellent. As a first time buyer, they were very patient with me and my questions and reassured me at every hurdle. Henry even helped chase my non-responsive solicitors which I’m forever grateful for. I would highly recommend

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  • 5 star review  Honestly can't thank Kelly enough for all the help she has given me during my current moving process! As stressful as it has been, Kelly has gone above and beyond to clarify and assist me on information, even during her own time when not at work. Kelly is a real asset to this branch and gives the company a good reputation, would definitely recommend her and this branch to others, and would use them again for future moves. Thanks again so much! :)

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  • 5 star review  We recently chose James Lawrence to sell our flat in the Jewellery Quarter, and couldn't be happier that we did. Henry and Reece were both exceptional, and kept us informed throughout the entire process, as well as chasing up all parties at key moments to make sure things kept moving. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and approachable and we highly recommend choosing James Lawrence if you're looking to sell your property.

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  • 5 star review  Recently completed on a flat sale with James Lawrence and it was the straightforward process one could normally only hope for. Nice to have estate agents (Henry & team) who were ahead of you at every moment in terms of updates on the sale. If you like to be well informed, advised and are generally a-bit too busy with life to let the buying/ selling of your property become a typical housing headache then I’d only recommend them to alleviate the strain!! Cheers guys for the help - professional, amiable and tight ship.

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