The Oulsnam office on the Hagley Road manages and sells properties in the areas of Edgbaston, Harborne, Oldbury, and Quinton and in the city centre of Birmingham. These areas were the some of the earliest suburbs of the city from the 19th century to the south and west of the city centre and remain hugely popular with families. The property types available range considerably, from Victorian terraces, Victorian and Edwardian villas, suburban houses from the 1920s and 1930s, to smart modern apartment blocks in the city centre much favoured by young professionals, keen to take advantage of the proximity to the commercial, business, and cultural centre of the city.
Bearwood forms part of Smethwick lying just off the Hagley Road, on the edge of Birmingham.
Before the late 18th century it was an outlying hamlet of the South Staffordshire village of Harborne; a district of scattered cottages and small farms, country lanes, heaths and woodland. There were nailmakers and blacksmiths from at least the mid 16th century.
In the 1760s it was decided that a canal should be cut through Smethwick to carry coal more speedily from the Black Country to the booming industries of Birmingham. The coming of the railway in 1852 alongside the canal, together with the availability nearby of raw materials such as coal and iron saw a major expansion of Smethwick as it became of such importance as a manufacturing centre.
Its history and industrial development is intertwined with such illustrious names as James Watt, Matthew Boulton, William Murdock and Guest, Keen & Nettlefold (G.K.N.)
Bearwood has a cosmopolitan shopping area along the high street otherwise known as Bearwood Road. Bearwood is particularly well known for the fine selection of Edwardian and Victorian homes, terraced, semi-detached and detached which have mostly been improved and provide superb character homes.
Other important local features are Lightwoods Park, with its popular annual events, iconic bandstand, mature trees and water fountain, and also the delightful Warley Park, known locally as Warley Woods and Golf Course, offering recreational walks and memberships to the course.