Alan Bennett once said of Morrissey’s face, 'he looks as if he has a story to tell'. And at the risk of steering off topic within 12 words of starting, that's exactly the impression we get from walking around the Gun Quarter, home to Honduras Wharf, Elevate Property Group's latest development.
Situated on Summer Lane, the 99 apartment, five penthouse scheme sits slap bang in the middle of an area that's up the waist in industrial heritage. Dating back to the late 1600s the gun trade expanded over the years, and like the Jewellery Quarter, developed into a distinct quarter etched into the landscape of the town. And, like the JQ already has, it's set to boom.
The first 10 months of 2016 saw over 70% of the homes in phase one sell out, with phase two starting this month (November). Buyers have been snapping up Honduras apartments because is perfectly positioned within 600 metres of Birmingham's banking district and well placed to reap the benefit of the Snow Hill Masterplan. Snow Hill Station is just minutes away while the incredible bar, restaurant and cafe culture of the JQ is on Honduras's doorstep.
Set for completion in March 2017 the interiors pack bags of open plan living space, with monochromatic colours, designer fixtures and quality finishes. Prices start from £135,000 with penthouses from £310,000. All come with Help To Buy options too.
THE 5 BEST THINGS TO DO WITHIN 5 MINUTES WALK OF HONDURAS WHARF
PEEL & STONE; 33 Water Street: Serving the sort of croissant that Parisians book one-way flights for, P&S is the answer to your brekkie and lunch needs. Their salads are some of the best in the city while their wintry stews are the sort you want to curl up and bathe in. It's also a brilliant bakery so kiss goodbye to second rate Sainsbury's sourdough. The same people own The Church, which we would include in this list if it weren't a "whopping" 7 mins from Honduras. peelandstone.co.uk
ST PAUL'S GALLERY, 94-108 Northwood St: See that glass of wine on the bottom right corner of Oasis's Definitely Maybe album cover? That's not wine, dear reader. It's Ribena. We know because we've been on a fact-finding machine to St Paul's Gallery, in the Jewellery Quarter, home to some of modern music's most rare signed album prints. Expect a cornucopia of culture from Pink Floyd to Bowie and this brilliant Spaghetti Junction work from design outfit Dorothy. stpaulsgallery.com
40 ST PAUL'S, 40 Cox Street: If there were a book called Where Bar Tenders Drink, we'd bet you a gazillion pounds that 40 St Paul's would be in it. Bringing some of the best mixologists in the city together, the small but perfectly formed gin bar is not at all confusingly to be found at 40 Cox Street (on the corner of St Paul's Square). There's over 120 carefully curated gins, table service and the the best damn Espresso Martini ever (FACT) in them there walls. You'll need to book. 40stpauls.co.uk
SAINT PAULS HOUSE; 15-20 St Paul's Square: Immaculate interiors and a beer garden that warrants regular high-fives, Saint Paul's House is just one of dozens of local answers to your dinner conundrum. But, on top of that, it's a stunning hotel, so when the in-laws come to visit you absolutely do not need to put them up in your Honduras Wharf home. The half a grilled lobster (£13) is our regular go-to while their Bloody Marys are legendary. saintpaulshouse.com
SAINT KITCHEN; 61a St Paul's Square: Some people say the sun is the giver of all life. It's not. Coffee is the giver of all life and some of the very best joe in the entire city can be found at Saint Kitchen. But that's not all they do. You're invited to peruse their appetite prodding Instagram feed for all the proof required that these guys have brekkie, lunch and craft beer all sewn up too. And don't get us started on the outrageously good £5.50 burger offer. saintkitchen.com
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