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Keep calm and go to the park

23.06.16

Amongst all the chaos and the hustle and bustle of city life, it sure is nice to know that there’s a nearby place of total contrast to escape to. No huge buildings dominating the skyline, no car horns blaring, and no herds of people walking at snail’s pace side by side along the high street. A place to immerse yourself in the glorious sounds of birdsong and the wind in the trees. A place where you can really get in touch with nature and all that’s beautiful about it.

In Birmingham, we’re a lucky lot. While we are very privileged to be able to call this amazing city home, we also have a number of stunning, picturesque parks and nature reserves dotted around the outskirts of the city centre. Let’s start by telling you about The Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Fifteen acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with 7000 plants, shrubs and trees, four glasshouses showcasing a vast range of exotic plants, art gallery, tea room, and a gift shop. The Botanical Gardens is available to hire, and is ideal for wedding venues and parties. There is an open-air theatre during the summer for live music, and they are also available to local schools for educational visits.

A little further south of the city, there’s the famous Cannon Hill Park, complete with boating lake! This wonderful park, made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation, was donated to the citizens of Birmingham by Miss Louisa Ryland expressing her wish that the Park would prove a source of healthful recreation to the people of Birmingham.

Venturing further out, there’s Moseley Bog & Nature Reserve, which was actually a popular playground for Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkien. He has said that it was the inspiration for the “old forest” in the books, and people from all over have visited the bog to experience his inspiration for themselves. There are also some remains of Victorian Gardens in the reserve, as well as evidence of human activity dating back 3000 years throughout, including clay pits and two Bronze Age burnt mounds.

Our wonderful  city features some amazing sights (especially if you’ve ever dined at the top of The Cube or the brand new Park Regis Hotel, or lived in Beetham Tower), but if you’re looking for a break from all that concrete for sights more bright, beautiful, great and small, we thoroughly recommend exploring one of these wonderful places.

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Park Regis Hotel

06.05.16

On 29th March this year, a luxurious new hotel located at the very top of Broad Street opened its doors to the public. The Park Regis Hotel, at 160 Broad Street, is the company’s first Europe hotel and has provided Birmingham with a fabulous new 4 star experience featuring the 1565 restaurant, bar and terrace on the 4th floor (open to the public), and the Birmingham’s second rooftop bar and restaurant – the Rofuto Japanese restaurant and the Kurabu cocktail lounge, both located on the 16th floor of the building – the first being the Marco Pierre White restaurant at the top of The Cube.

The Rofuto restaurant operates a strict pre-booking policy, and the Kurabu cocktail bar is only accessible for hotel guests. However, we were lucky enough to visit the bar on its opening night, Tuesday 26th April, to sample their delicious cocktails (we recommend the Midnight Geisha) and admire the city from a bird’s eye view.

From the comfort of your seat, you can look out across the majority of leafy Edgbaston, you can see the BT Tower, and you can even see as far as the West Bromwich Albion football ground. The staff were very welcoming and attentive, providing smiley table service and ensuring our empty glasses weren’t empty for long. It’s safe to say that it won’t be our last visit to the hotel and its bars & restaurants!

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Paradise Circus, Birmingham

13.01.16

As many of you may already be aware, the grand redevelopment of Paradise Circus is well underway. Now, for many drivers, this is quite bothersome, and just the thought of driving through the centre of Birmingham right now may cause them to snarl a little. But, it will all be so worth it when the works are finished and the transformation is complete, and visitors to Birmingham will be able to enjoy an exciting new leisure and retail space which will reshape the city centre as we now know it.

The company responsible for the redevelopment – Argent, are also responsible for other impressive mixed-use spaces including our very own Brindleyplace, and Kings Cross in London. Their vision for the transformation of Paradise Circus is that it will revamp the area as much as it will complement the historic buildings there such as the Council House, the Town Hall and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The redevelopment plans to introduce up to ten new buildings, housing many new restaurants and cafés, shops, Grade A offices and a 4* hotel with 250 rooms. There will be three new public squares and new pedestrian streets, as well as the redesigning of the existing Chamberlain Square. The Central Library has finally met its demise, and is currently being demolished to make way for the first two new buildings, after a campaign which has been running for several years to save it. Although, Prince Charles famously once said that it looked more like  “a place where books are incinerated, not kept”. Well, it kinda does…

The Midland Metro tram is also being extended to run from Snow Hill to New Street station and on to the eastern end of Broad Street, providing immediate access to Paradise, with its own dedicated stop.

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Invest with us

25.11.15

Are you interested in purchasing a property as an investment? Maybe 2 or 3? Well, we may have a few tricks up our sleeves!…

We are currently involved with developers across the country, and they all have some exciting things in the pipeline. Whether you’re looking to expand your portfolio of properties, or would like to give the investment game a go for the first time, we can advise you on the whole process of investments and property management with us. Armed with our new Investment Sales Manager, David, our investments department is growing, and we are exploring some fantastic opportunities on offer from a number of national developers, selling to investors far and wide.

We know as an investor that you’ll want to see a quick return on your investment, and with exclusive access to over a thousand discounted luxury apartments nationwide, now has never been a better time to invest in property with us. With returns of up to 30% within 12 months we are able to offer you a risk free investment with fantastic rewards.

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Living The Mailbox Life

18.11.15

Since first opening in 2000, the Mailbox has been the epicentre of style and extravagance for frequent shoppers, diners and socialites. Now, this year, Birmingham’s most desirable retail and social destination reopened it’s doors to the public after a two year-long refurbishment, making it only more luxurious.

The Mailbox has a new concept – The Urban Room – a skylit space which is home to many luxury retailers such as BOSS, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, with more top names arriving in early 2016. It is a space for shoppers to enjoy during the day, as well as an impressive destination for Birmingham’s events, exhibitions and social activities after retail hours.

Also in 2016, The Mailbox will be bringing out an app, which will include features such as a reward scheme for points earnt when you spend, ability to book tables and access to the Mailbox Life magazine. 

The refurbishment of The Mailbox is certain to add even more appeal to living and investing in this fantastic city and the surrounding areas. The city is currently thriving, with redevelopments taking place all over, reminding us all how lucky we are to be able to call this amazing city “home”, and to be living amongst such exciting experiences.

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Grand Central, Birmingham

11.11.15

On Thursday 24th September, New Street station’s fabulous make-over was unveiled to the public, revealing a fantastic new shopping and dining destination housing over 40 premium retailers including clothing stores such as Monsoon and Fatface, jewellers, homeware stores and, of course, the John Lewis store.

The new-look train station anticipates over 50 million visitors per year. It certainly provides an enjoyable travelling experience for anyone passing through on their daily commutes or big trips away, as there are also more than 20 restaurants to choose from ranging from cafés and burger places to tapas and sushi bars.

Around the station, there are also a number of interactive internal displays providing information on many of the attractions and things to see and do around the city.

One thing is for sure, with so many developments around the city undergoing make-overs and transformations, Birmingham is certainly living up to its “Second City” status. And with Grand Central being our very own gateway to the rest of the country, Birmingham has never been a better place to live and invest.

If you’d like to find out more about Grand Central, visit the website: http://www.grandcentralbirmingham.com/

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The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Bar, Highfield Road

03.11.15

Ah, The Edgbaston. One of the area’s finest establishments, this cocktail bar is a must-do for anyone with a penchant for quality and taste. According to some, it is an impressive “first date” type of place (take note guys!). Much more than a cocktail bar, it’s a cocktail experience.

For those of you wishing to experience a truly extravagant and enchanting evening, the super-talented, nationally recognised bar staff here will not disappoint. With their passion for perfection, they provide only the best customer service together with exquisite cocktails, all served with style.

It is also a boutique hotel, with 6 beautifully decorated rooms available with no minimum stay. Each room has its own individual decor, all equipped with an abundance of cushions and throws, offering real comfort and luxury on every visit.

The bar is located just around the corner from our office, on Highfield Road, and it’s safe to say that this is our favourite watering hole – so much so that we shall be gracing it with our presence for our Christmas party this year!

For more information on The Edgbaston, go to: http://www.theedgbaston.co.uk/

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German Christmas Market opening soon!

30.10.15

Yes, the German Christmas Market arrives soon and will open on Thursday 12th November, filling our senses with festive cheer for 6 whole weeks. We can hardly wait!

Whether you enjoy a steaming cup of hot mulled wine or cider with friends, partial to a good Bratwurst sausage, or you like to browse the hand-crafted goods for sale and get ideas for stocking fillers, the German Market is an important part of the festive season in the city centre and it never fails to impress.

Running from the bottom of Broad Street, right through Chamberlain Square and Victoria Square to the end of New Street, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is probably the favourite part of the run-up to Christmas for the majority of the West Midlands.

To see the countdown to the opening of the market, visit: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/how-long-until-german-christmas-10220181

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We’re expanding

29.10.15

October has seen us gain two new members of staff: David and Rhianna.

Rhianna is our Sales Coordinator, and it is her responsibility to monitor the progression of sales and to ensure a smooth transition between the point of agreeing the sale right through to completion for both the seller and the buyer.

David is our Investment Sales Manager, and he will be working closely with national property developers which will enable him to source the best investment opportunities for our clients before they reach the open market. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of the incredible investment opportunities he is currently involved with, just give him a call on 0121 455 7727 or email him at david@davidsonestates.co.uk.

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Davidson Estates shortlisted for private rented sector award

15.06.15

Birmingham based Davidson Estates has been shortlisted as a finalist for 2012/13 in the Letting Agency of the Year (Midlands) category of the prestigious Landlord & Letting Awards.

Oliver Romain, editor of Landlord & Buy-to-Let magazine and lead judge for the Awards, commented: “The Landlord & Letting Awards are the premier nationwide private rented sector awards in the UK, and it’s great to be able to recognise and reward the best in the industry.

“The Awards receive industry wide support and grow year on year, and it is encouraging to see so many companies and individuals wanting to take part; many even strive throughout the year to further increase their chances of winning. This year’s response was phenomenal, with more entries than ever received across the various categories, so Davidson Estates has done brilliantly to be shortlisted.”

The winners for each category will be announced at a gala dinner – being held at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry during the Landlord and Letting Show, on Wednesday 27th November, 2013.

Founder Ben Davidson said: “We are thrilled to be a Finalist: it really is testament to our hard work and commitment. We are now just keeping our fingers crossed that we are lucky enough to walk away with a winner’s trophy on the night.”