Solihull town centre

solihull is a good place to live because...

But here’s our top 16 reasons to live in the town:

1. Solihull really is a town in the countryStill quaint, the town is dotted with historic architecture including timber-framed Tudor houses and shops and nearly three-quarters of the borough is defined as Green Belt. Add to that Solihull is surrounded by picturesque countryside.

2. Excellent primary and secondary schools are a huge draw for familiesSchools including Tudor Grange Academy, Arden Academy and independent schools, Solihull School and St Martin’s Girls consistently top performance league tables for the borough. Many schools are oversubscribed with waiting lists.

3. Shopping. Who doesn’t love great shops?If bagging a bargain or a designer treat is your thing then Solihull is the place to go.With John Lewis, House of Fraser, Mell Square and Touchwood all in the town centre, there’s no excuse to not find what you are looking for.The town’s high streets such as Shirley and Knowle also have a lot to offer.

4. Love motorbikes?Solihull is home to The National Motorcycle Museum which houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world with over 1,000 machines from 171 different manufacturers.

The collection is spread across five huge display halls.5. It’s posh don’t you know!In Solihull, 11 properties commanded a price of a million or more in 2014.40 Alderbrook Road was ranked seventh in a top ten most expensive sales in the West Midlands of 2014 with a price tag of £1.45m.

6. Three words. Jaguar Land Rover.The company is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands.And it’s in Solihull.The firm’s new Jaguar sports car is being built at the Lode Lane site ready for launch in 2016.

7. Ducks? Check. Swings? Check? Lots of grass? Also check.Solihull has over 1,500 acres of parks - 10 of which are Green Flag Award parks -and open spaces.Take a trip to Brueton Park, on the edge of the town centre and visit the Parkridge Centre with its 5.5 acre nature area or why not stroll through Olton Jubilee Park with its basketball area, BMX Track and playground.