Investment Factor :
Mr Clarke thinks Birmingham is buzzing, employment is strong and there is high demand for quality housing for tenants. Good investment property and great long term potential
8, House Of York is a large two bedroom apartment with stylish open plan living spaces in the heart of Birmingham. The late Victorian Grade II fronted, luxury development has a private courtyard which is entered by a secure, attractive gate of Charlotte Street. Sitting between the Jewellery Quarter and Colmore Row and next to St Paul’s Square, The House of York is at the centre of this great city.
At the junction of Newhall Street and Charlotte Street, look away from St Paul’s Square and tucked along the street you will see The House of York; an old printing warehouse. The facade is Grade II listed and gives you a glimpse to the industrial past of this part of the city. Head through the password protected electric gates and you start to see that the developers have transformed the building into a luxury residential development of 31 apartments.
Apartment 8 is tucked at the back of the courtyard, making it quiet and peaceful. Buzz on the intercom system and you will be let in. The day we were talking photos the painters were in the building and have given the communal areas a fresh lick of paint. Head up one flight of stairs and number 8 is on your right.
The long hallways carpeted you can see through to the open plan kitchen/ living room. The first thing you notice about this room is how large it is. The French doors open out to a veranda looking out across an inspiring cityscape. The 21ft long room is perfect for entertaining and is split into a kitchen area and a sitting area. The kitchen is in great condition and has fully integrated dishwasher, washer/dryer and tall fridge freezer. Stainless steel electric oven, hob, extractor hood and sink give the room the much loved modern vibe. There is lots of storage space to keep a minimalist and clean feel. Between the kitchen and living spaces there is ample room for a dining table.
The sitting area is perfect for lounging and watching a movie on a huge, wall hung TV. You can be chilling on the sofa, looking out across the city in the peace and quiet of your own pad.
Style Factor :
Mrs Clarke is in cafe, shopping and bar heaven around here
The en-site master bedroom is L-shaped and palatial. There are large, fitted wardrobes, space for more storage and a very big bed. The two windows look out across the Jewellery Quarter, making it quiet and light. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, toilet and sink. This bedroom is more Hotel du Vin than normal bedroom. We love it.
The second bedroom is no box room. Far from it. The 10ft long room has plenty of space for a big bed, storage and seating. It alternatively could be made up as an office with desk, sofa bed and storage.
Along the corridor is the spa esque bathroom. The mirrored walls, big tub and dark interior make this a wonderful spot to run a bath, lie back and soak way the stresses and strains of city living. The spec. of the bathroom is high end with heated ladder towel rail, chrome mixer taps, fully fitted shower over the bath, ceramic floor and wall tiling and a modern white bathroom suite and storage.
The apartment has its own, designated parking space. The courtyard area is immaculate and the internal areas are more like a hotel than your usual residential development.
It’s the location that gives The House of York the wow factor. You can be hitting the bars in The Jewellery Quarter within minutes or you can be sipping a flat white at Yorks in moments. St Paul’s Square, all the fabulous shops, Michelin starred restaurants and some of the best gig venues in the country within meters of home. Now that is what we call City Living.
- WOW Factor : The view from the sofa is amazing
- History Factor : The House of York has been a printing warehouse, sword factory and a rug emporium. It is steeped in history and is now luxury living
- Anything else to Factor in? : The parking space is the must have accessory for city living
Our favourite part
Living in a historical building that is beautifully restored with every mod con is cool. But to be in the middle of the city makes The House of York even cooler.
This city is not second best
Birmingham is hot right now. Businesses, small and very large, are flocking here, creative types are generating a buzz and independent shops, cafes and bars are on every corner. There are more Michelin stars than any other city outside of London and the mighty balti is brilliant. We Love Brum.
We also love a little fact so... Birmingham minister Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774. I suppose the city helping people breathe fresh clean air by having 571 parks totalling over 3,500 hectares of public open space (more than any other European city) and having the largest urban nature reserve in Europe is a pretty fitting tribute to the Mr Priestley. Ahhhh breathe!
Birmingham is enjoying a renaissance and it is easy to see why. There is a great feel to the city, employment is up, Grand Central Station is open and full of shoppers and commuters, the new Metro is nearly fully running and the place is alive with the sound of excitement. We Love Brum.
The Jewellery Quarter is surrounded by historic buildings harking back to an industrial age, there is a neighbourhood feel and a special atmosphere.
We love the Jewellery Quarter for its independent vibe and community feel.
The location of The Jewellery Quarter makes access to the CBD and City Centre quick and easy, with a short walk over the flyover (and a stop at Urban Coffee on Church Street). Conollys and Loki provide a plethora of wine selections and La Cuciana Rustica on Ludgate Hill just up the road serves the best Italian in town (in Mrs C's opinion).
The great thing about the area is that it is continuing to grow. The opportunities for businesses and homeowners to thrive is ever growing. The area is well connected for commuting, but also enables a work life balance.
"Birmingham has a great feel to it. There are loads of cool things to see and do, there is a vibrant community and the people are lovely. We Love Brum."
- Closest village/town: The Jewellery Quarter has a great neighbourhood feel
- Stores: The Bullring & The Mailbox will do some damage to your credit card
- Supermarket: Forget traditional, head to China Town for some great food
- Pubs: A pint at The Queens Head
- Walks: Along the beautiful canals
- Apartment type -- 2 bed 1 ensuite
- Kitchen/ Dining room -- 21’3” x 14’ (6500 x 4320)
- Bedroom 1 -- 14’9” x 10’57” (4490 x 3250)
- Ensuite -- 8’3” x 4’9” (2500 x 1440)
- Bedroom 2 -- 10’9” x 9’ (3300 x 2750)
- Bathroom -- 8’3” x 6’5” (2500 x 1950)
- Double glazing throughout
- Intercom system
- Address -- House of York | 27-31 Charlotte Street | Birmingham
- Council Tax Band E
- Service Charge -- £110pcm
- Ground Rent - -£125 pqrt