Welcome to Birmingham’s very own Millionaires’ Row.
Or ten of them, to be precise.
These are the streets in the Birmingham area where you could feel like a million dollars, because the houses there are worth more than that princely sum.
Three of these posh streets are in Birmingham, three are in Dorridge and one in Solihull.
The figures, calculated from 2015 prices, show five roads where the average price paid for a home was more than £1 million. This was up from four streets where sale prices exceeded that amount in 2014.
Here are the most expensive streets in and around Birmingham – do you live in any of these?
1. Bracebridge Road, Sutton Coldfield - average price £1,471,000
Near to Sutton Park and Moor Hall Golf Course, this is part of the Four Oaks Estate that exudes exclusivity and oozes affluence.
A sign at the entrance to this street proclaims ‘Four Oaks Estate – Private Road’, leaving you in no doubt you are entering the world of the region’s wealthiest homeowners.
“Everyone aspires to live on the Four Oaks estate – if you live in Sutton, this is where you ultimately want to be,” one resident said. “It really is perfect: you’ve got Sutton Park on your doorstep, Four Oaks train station is just five minutes away and you can get on the motorway in no time at all,” she added. “Sutton town centre is a short walk and all the schools are good.”
2. Farquhar Road, Edgbaston - average price £1,383,333
Close to the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and parks such as Edgbaston Pool, this is regarded as one of Birmingham’s most prestigious locations.
Some houses have shared private parkland of their own. Yes, it’s that posh here.
Edgbaston Priory Club, a private members’ tennis, squash and leisure facility that hosts the Aegon Classic, is nearby, along with Edgbaston Golf Club, indicating this is very much a playground for the rich.
There’s also King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls in the area, along with the private BMI The Edgbaston Hospital. Exclusivity everywhere puts this street in a class of its own.
3. Alderbrook Road, Solihull - average price £1,166,429
Trees and high hedges add greenery and privacy to Alderbrook Road, which sweeps round in an arc next to Solihull College & University Centre’s Blossomfield Campus.
It’s also near Tudor Grange Academy, once a boys’ grammar school and now the highest-achieving non-selective school in Solihull borough.
It’s just a short walk to Solihull Station, making it perfect for commuters, along with Solihull Arden Club, Tudor Grange Park and several other schools.
The nearby Solihull Bypass, connecting to Birmingham in one direction and the M42 in the other, is close at hand for those commuters who opt to take the car.
4. Westfield Road, Edgbaston - average price £1,082,903
This tree-lined road is characterised by large detached houses – most of them Victorian – that sit behind high hedges and deep driveways, and with long lush gardens at the back.
Like much of the rest of this part of Edgbaston, it is part of the 1,500-acre Calthorpe Estate, which began as the manor of Edgbaston Hall and now includes one third of all the listed buildings in Birmingham.
The University of Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Winterbourne Botanic Garden are not too far away and it’s surrounded by a number of other green spaces along the course of Chad Brook and including parks such as Edgbaston Pool.
5. Bushwood Drive, Dorridge, Solihull - average price £1,061,250
This small, quiet cul de sac is tucked away just off Knowle Wood Road and within Dorridge’s desirable Golden Triangle.
The area is well served by some very good local schools and within a short walk of Knowle and Dorridge Racquets Club and the cricket club.
The village centre, with its recently-opened Sainsbury’s and Dorridge Train Station, is within half a mile of this enviable address. The station is on the Chiltern line and provides commuter services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill.
There’s open greenbelt countryside within a quarter of a mile - and it’s also just over two miles from Junctions 4 and 5 of the M42 which leads to the Midlands motorway network. Solihull itself is four miles away.
6. Mill Green Grove, Aldridge, Walsall - average price £987,190
Mill Green Grove is a private, secluded development encompassing eight large detached homes, with access via a sweeping gated driveway from Chester Road.
In what’s described as a pictureseque setting, the homes have been designed to reflect the Arts and Crafts movement. Developers say the grove “combines rural bliss with high-street convenience close to your very exclusive doorstep”.
Druids Heath Golf Club, Little Heath Golf Club, Aston Wood Golf Club and Sutton Coldfield Golf Club are all within easy reach, suggesting that spending lots of time on the greens is very much part of life here.
Sutton Park and Sutton Coldfield are only a short distance away.
7. Copper Beech Close, Dorridge, Solihull - average price £917,000
A new development by CALA Homes, Copper Beech Close is described as “an exclusive private gated development of just seven five-bedroom detached homes in the highly desirable village of Dorridge”.
It’s very near Dorridge train station and the village centre as a whole, and not too far from Dorridge Cricket Club too.
Similar leisure pursuits are on offer at Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club and Knowle and Dorridge Racquets Club, both just on the other side of the Chiltern Line train route, where you can also find a recently-opened Sainsbury’s.
8. Hintlesham Avenue, Edgbaston - average price £854,167
This exclusive road in Edgbaston is in a pleasant, verdant setting that feels quiet and secluded but is actually between two main roads.
It’s next to a swathe of tree-lined sports pitches that separate it from the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Private medical services are nearby at BMI The Edgbaston Hospital, while The Blue Coat School offers co-educational boarding and day schooling for children aged three to 13.
9. Bennett Drive, Sutton Coldfield - average price £853,750
Another CALA Homes development, this one is marketed as “an exclusive private development of just four individual five-bedroom detached homes in the highly desirable location of Sutton Coldfield.”
The developers say each property “offers an abundance of space and light and embodies luxury living at its best”.
Here you will find the height of contemporary family living over two floors plus some very generous gardens.
It’s another addition to the Four Oaks residential area, one of the most sought-after postcodes in the West Midlands.
Characterised by large houses and long tree-lined roads, Four Oaks also has a host of sports clubs for squash, tennis, rugby and cricket enthusiasts, including Wyndley Leisure Centre, on the edge of Sutton Park. For golf lovers, there are some excellent courses, notably The Belfrey, Sutton Coldfield’s renowned championship golf resort.
10. Dorridge Road, Dorridge, Solihull - average price £819,590
This is the third Dorridge street to make the top ten. That should tell you that Dorridge equals desirable as far as property goes.
It’s handy for commuting from the local train station and, like the other Dorridge addresses featured here, has schools, sports facilities and shops close at hand, as well as countryside and motorway links.
Along with most of the roads in our list, it indicates that giving the feel of a rural retreat while being deceptively close to all the key facilities of modern life is pretty much the perfect combination for domestic bliss – but you’ll have to pay a small fortune to be part of it.
Most expensive in England and Wales
The most expensive street in England and Wales is South Eaton Place in Belgravia, in London’s City of Westminister borough, where the townhouses go for an average of £9.85m.
The only other street to exceed the £9million mark was runner-up Addison Road, Holland Park, in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Homes there sell for £9.58million on average.
n There were 1,352 streets in England and Wales where the average price was £1m or more, down from 1,411 in 2014. Figures are based on data from the Land Registry, which lists the price paid for every property bought at market value by non-commercial buyers, so auction sales and property bought through companies is excluded. Averages for each road are based on the mean of all sale prices in 2014. Streets with fewer than three sales are excluded.