A NEW study has crowned Stourbridge one of the most up-and-coming property hotspots in the whole of the UK... and the most desirable in the West Midlands.

Ranking above anywhere in London or the South East, Stourbridge ranked as the ninth most up-and-coming property hotspot in the entire UK, after analysis of more than 600 locations based on factors such as house price increases, quality of schools and increases in people searching for a move to the area.

The in-depth study, commissioned by newly launched property portal Boomin, was topped by Gower in Glamorgan, Wales, while the rest of the top 10 was dominated by other Welsh locations and the North West.

Boomin analysed all 649 UK Parliamentary constituencies against factors such as house price increases, Google search demand, crime rates and even restaurant/pub options - using official data to find out which locations were the most desirable.

Stourbridge's inclusion in the top 10 was due to its strong transport links, proximity to both countryside and city life in Birmingham, lower crime rates than other parts of the UK and a seven per cent increase in property prices in the last year.

The town was also named the number one most up and coming place to live in the West Midlands, followed by Ludlow, Burton, Redditch and Lichfield.

Michael Bruce, group CEO and founder of Boomin said: “We want to empower our customers to ‘get there first’ and find what really is their dream home. A huge aspect of this is finding the right area to live in before things get too competitive, so we wanted to go beyond just house price increases as an indicator of how ‘sought after’ an area is, and look at what the modern home owner really wants.

"Taking into account everything from proximity to schools and crime rates, to how many restaurant options there are in the area, has allowed us to shine a light on the places people might not have been considering, but could be just what they’re looking for."

To see full top 20 list go to https://www.boomin.com/property-news/up-and-coming-property-hotspots-2021.