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Exclusive enclave with an elegant heritage; Annie Roberts looks at some very persuasive reasons to seek a home in Four Oaks.

WHY? Words like 'exclusive' and 'private' are often on the lips of people talking about Four Oaks, a privately owned estate which dates back to the 1890s. The covenants ensure the estate's elegant heritage has been preserved TRAVEL Fast communications make the area an attractive choice for commuters with excellent links to the M42, M6, M6 Toll, the rail network at Butlers Lane and Four Oaks are within most individual's walking distance with Birmingham International/NEC and Birmingham International Airport a comfortable commute.

WHERE TO BUY Highly desirable addresses are scattered across the private Four Oaks Estate including Hartopp Road, Little Sutton Lane and Luttrell Road.

HANG OUTS Four Oaks sits on the border of Sutton Park, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, offering opportunities for horse riding, walking, golf and a range of outdoor pursuits in acres of woodland, heathland and lakes.

Nearby Sutton Coldfield has Gracechurch Shopping Centre and Mere Green has 'local' shops like Waitrose and Sainsburys.

The location of Four Oaks means it is in a prime position for easy access to all that Birmingham has to offer from international venues like the NEC and Symphony Hall to shopping at Bullring.

EDUCATION Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and Highclare School.

Highly regarded schools in the authority controlled sector include The Arthur Terry School for older students, Coppice Primary School and Four Oaks Primary School.

HOUSE PRICES The exclusive Four Oaks Estate commands higher than average prices but across the area the average prices are: Detached: pounds 286,213 Semi-detached: pounds 137,153 Terraced: pounds 97,265 Flat: pounds 116,976 According to Christian Swaab at Knight Frank on the estate family homes start around the pounds 400,000 mark rising to pounds 4 million plus.

WHAT THE AGENTS SAY Steve Haines, branch manager of Hunters Sutton, said: "Four Oaks has always remained one of the most desirable addresses in the West Midlands due to the high number of substantial family homes with access to both Lichfield and Birmingham city centres via a number of rail stations and road links. Local schools are of a high quality and together with the areas renowned private residential estates such as Four Oaks Park and Moor Hall Drive the area continues to be a popular location for many families."

Christian Swaab, of Knight Frank, said: "Four Oaks skirts the easterly half of the delightful Sutton Park and provides a diverse area of quality living. House values for family homes range from pounds 400,000 up to pounds 4,000,000, with the Four Oaks Estate providing the pinnacle in private park living.

Architecture ranges from the late Victorian era to state of the art new build in Arts and Crafts design. Everyday shopping is available in Mere Green and Sutton Coldfield town centre provides an excellent choice of shops and restaurants. This wellpresented area is recommended for investment and quality of life."

Piers Banfield, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Banner Homes, said: "As locations go, Four Oaks is up there with the best. It provides an excellent selection of schools, communications links are outstanding and there are a wealth of retail and leisure facilities on the door step and slightly further afield in Birmingham city centre.

For those looking to get back to nature, Four Oaks sits on the borders of Sutton Park, a national nature reserve regarded as the largest urban park in Europe.

It is not hard to understand why homes at Edge Hill Grove are being secured at such an early stage in their construction."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 28, 2010
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