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An undiscovered nugget.

WHY? Bromsgrove is one of those undiscovered nuggets - not always on the top of a househunter's list but offering a wealth of opportunities on the doorstep without the expense of living in one of Worcestershire's property hotspots.

TRAVEL Bromsgrove rail station has well-established links to Birmingham and Worcester and there is easy access to the M5 - ideal for people who need to commute but want to enjoy a different pace of life.

WHERE TO BUY The town offers a varied selection of older properties, while many opt for villages on the outskirts like Fairfield, Stoke Heath, Stoke Pound and Barnt Green.

HANG OUTS The Worcester and Birmingham Canal boasts Tardebigge Flight; with 30 locks it is the longest flight in the United Kingdom climbing 217 feet.

Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, a 15 acre site with a range of buildings from a windmill to a 1940s prefab.

Culture buffs will appreciate the celebration of AE Housman, author of A Shropshire Lad is one of the town's famous sons, as well as the varied programme on offer at the arts centre Artrix.

Eating places include the Wildmoor Oak pub and restaurant offering British classics alongside Caribbean food, the recently refurbished canalside inn The Queen's Head or the Ewe & Lamb, offering modern British cuisine.

EDUCATION The wide range of schools include a good selection in the state-funded sector. Opt for primaries like Hanbury C of E First School, Finstall First School and Catshill First School, progressing to Catshill Middle School. Aston Fields Middle School is another option, while specialist media art college North Bromsgrove High School for 13 to 18-year-olds is in the heart of Bromsgrove.

Choices in the independent sector include coeducational Bromsgrove School with Prep, Lower and Senior Schools offering learning to boarders and day pupils.

HOUSE PRICES There are a wide variation in price but latest figures from the Land Registry for Worcestershire are: Detached: pounds 265,882. Semi-detached: pounds 145,523 Terraced: pounds 118,823. Flat: pounds 92,312 www.landregistry.gov.uk WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY A spokesman for the Andrew Grant office in Bromsgrove said the town was popular with families looking to make the most of both worlds.

She said: "Bromsgrove is an old market town and there are people attracted to the place because it offers a balance for those who want easy access to the countryside. There has been a lot of new buildings in the last ten years and this, and the older part of town, are still popular.

"The rail service to Birmingham and Worcester is another reason people choose Bromsgrove and there is good access to the M5 and on to the M42."

George Pickard of Knight Frank's Worcester office said latest research from his company showed that prospective purchasers appear confident with a marked increase in the number of new buyers: "There are a wide selection of properties from Victorian and Georgian to smaller cottages, large manor houses and farmhouses with land. The access to the motorway and mainline rail links is another key factor in the decision to buy with people able to have easy access to good facilities and schools while having such wonderful countryside on their doorstep."

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