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AP Morgan are well-established estate agents in Stourbridge. From our high street office in Stourbridge town centre we manage property sales (and currently have houses for sale) throughout the Black Country, from Halesowen to Kingswinford, to Brierley Hill, and the surrounding areas. But did you know that AP Morgan also offer an award-winning lettings service.
Our Redditch branch were the first letting agents in Redditch to be awarded an official Gold Award from the British Property Awards – The BPAs are amongst the most prestigious and sought-after awards in the UK. Not only that, but as they judge every agent on a case-by-case basis it’s important to reach their exacting standards consistently and over time. We apply these same standards across all of our branches – and even though our Stourbridge branch is our newest, it is no exception.
Consistency is key and whether or not you’re a Stourbridge landlord looking at our let only service or our fully managed service, you’ll get the same fantastic online property ads, and you’ll get to deal with our specialist lettings team that are able to deal with any and all queries and ensure you are always in safe hands.
Based out of our office in Stourbridge town centre, we are never far away and are always on hand for a phone call or a visit to work with our landlords to resolve any issues and ensure you get the best return on your investment as possible, with the least possible amount of worry and stress.
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Halesowen is a suburban area within the Black Country, West Midlands. Located just a short drive from Stourbridge, where our high street estate agency office is located. Halesowen is a town where we are almost certain everyone can find their ideal property. In this article we will talk more about why.
The benefits of countryside living with the advantages of urban life
Halesowen is indeed part of the urban Black Country, but a huge portion of Halesowen borders directly onto beautiful green belt land – in fact, it’s only a ten-minute walk from the town centre to the countryside, and a short drive to the beautiful Clent Hills. Even within Halesowen itself, there are several large and small parks such as the huge Leasowes Park to the east, and several smaller parks spread throughout the area, meaning you’re never far from a little green oasis, even when you’re in the centre of town.
With all of this greenery, you would be forgiven for thinking that Halesowen is simply a quaint, small village. In fact, this town has a town centre buzzing with life, complete with bars, pubs, restaurants and of course many shops. If you wish to travel further afield, Merry Hill in Brierley Hill is only a short drive away. The M5 is the area’s main arterial motorway and allows for quick, easy access to the rest of the country.
Properties to suit anyone
Like many areas of the Black Country, Halesowen has a rich history dating back to before the industrial revolution. Halesowen was once a small village, centred around the Norman Church in the centre of the town. Nearby, the ruins of Halesowen Abbey – founded in 1215 - can also be found. Of course, like much of the Black Country (Stourbridge included) it was during the 18th century when the town began to develop in earnest, thanks to the industrial revolution. The main trade within Halesowen was the manufacture of nails, with many mills constructed in the town for slitting and iron production. Following this, the town continued to grow throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras, resulting in the construction of many terraced houses that are now highly sought after. The majority of properties that currently make up the large suburban area of Halesowen, however, were built in the decades following the Second World War. The town centre has been developed and redeveloped several times in the nearly fifty years since, most recently involving the construction of a new Asda superstore, and the reconstruction of the bus station.
As a result of these continual developments and redevelopments over the years, Halesowen has an eclectic mix of properties to suit anyone’s tastes, ranging from old converted industrial mills and buildings, to characterful period terraced houses, large family-friendly suburban homes to trendy town-centre apartments, Halesowen has properties to suit everyone’s tastes.
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Wollaston is still referred to incredibly fondly as ‘the village’ – Wollaston is as close as you can get to living in a village whilst retaining that suburban convenience! The area still is home to a local butcher, baker, and plenty of other local businesses. Carry on reading to find out more about why we at AP Morgan Estate Agents love this area of Stourbridge so much.
Wollaston is positioned in the west of Stourbridge. This excellent location provides easy access to the stunning south Staffordshire and north Worcestershire countryside via the Bridgnorth Road and also the area’s beautiful canal network – a favourite for walkers, dog walkers, cyclists and even fishermen!
Of course, if you’re looking for where the heart of the village is, you need look no further than the island at the junction of the High Street. There are a wide range of shops, restaurants and of course, plenty of pubs. We recommend the famous local brew – Bathams.
In terms of property in Wollaston you’ll be hard pushed to find anything that didn’t appeal to anyone – the housing stock on offer is both attractive and diverse, meaning you’ll be sure to find your perfect property, whether that’s an apartment, a two-bedroom townhouse or an executive house with 4 or more bedrooms! Even more, because of the wide range of local amenities, you’ll find yourself located nearby to one of the area’s excellent primary schools. It’s the proximity to these schools that make Wollaston even more attractive to young families.
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The team from our office in Stourbridge are often called out to properties further afield, such as Dudley. Usually, this is because some of our many happy customers have recommended us to family and friends throughout the Black Country and the West Midlands. Thankfully, despite the distance from our office, many of our staff live locally to the area and have many years of experience in the local market and the local area for several years. Dudley is a fantastic part of the Black Country, and we are always happy to help buyers, sellers, investors, and anyone else interested in the area, or selling a home in Dudley.
Dudley is located a short drive north-east of Stourbridge, and 10 miles west of Birmingham. Known as one of the birthplaces of the worldwide industrial revolution and the ‘capital of the Black Country’, the area is famously historical, with several local attractions. Dudley castle has stood in its current location from the 1200’s, and still stands in the geographical centre of the town today.
Nearby you can find Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum – both attract visitors from far and wide and are regarded and some of the best attractions in the West Midlands. Also nestled near to Dudley town centre is the Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve – a site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most important and noteworthy locations – from a geological point of view – in the British Isles.
Whilst Dudley does indeed have its own market and town centre shops, most people would say that Dudley’s commercial hub is now the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, roughly halfway between Stourbridge and Dudley. Merry Hill is one of the largest shopping districts in the West Midlands, with several large shops, a retail park, restaurants, a cinema, and of course the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, which is home to many shops both independent and chains, with many options for food, everything from fast food, street food, to family-friendly restaurants.
Because of this unique combination of historical heritage dating back hundreds of years, and currently being a vibrant, metropolitan area, Dudley has a wide range of properties that makes it such a great area for potential buyers to look at, whatever your situation is. Whether you’re looking for a small family home as a first-time buyer, a town-centre apartment, or even a larger home with four or more bedrooms, you certainly won’t be short of options.
Our sales team offers a wide range of services and options to suit you – we don’t believe that any two homes or sellers are the same, so we offer as many options and choices as we can to ensure that we meet all of your needs and expectations. Nobody sells for the same reason, so we always aspire to give you as much piece of mind as we can, safe in the knowledge that your sale is in good hands.
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Kinver is a beautiful small village just to the north of Stourbridge. Whilst technically part of South Staffordshire, not the Black Country or the West Midlands, Kinver shares many historical ties to Stourbridge, being situated on the same Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal line and lying close to the course of the River Stour. Whilst the area has been populated for many centuries, today Kinver is a quiet and picturesque village that enjoys plenty of national trust land, a country park, and several events throughout the year that attract people from far afield.
As mentioned above, Kinver has been inhabited in one form or another for nearly two-thousand years, with a nearby roman fort having an established presence at around 47AD. However, the village proper began to be layed out in the late 13th century, as the plans for the High Street and Lords Manor began to take shape. The village’s proximity to the River Stour was used to the advantage of the industries within the village throughout the industrial revolution, as the flow of the river was used for making woollen cloth, and later being used to power finery forges and slitting mills which in turn provided raw materials that were manufactured into other products – often nails, in the nearby Black Country.
Many of the historical sites built in the area are still standing and can be visited by the public. Amongst the most famous of these sites may be the Holy Austin Rock Houses – the last cave dwellings occupied in the UK. Now owned by the National Trust and restored to Victorian and 1930s conditions, they are open for tour. The cottage gardens and orchard near to the dwellings are also in the process of being restored. To see buildings involved in Kinver’s industrial history, all one has to do is take a short walk through the village – many of the buildings have a rich history behind them.