Acton is still enjoying time in the spotlight. Since Crossrail announced it was coming to Acton Mainline last year, property prices have accelerated, new coffee shops and delis have popped up, and a huge number of buyers, investors and renters have moved in.
And the area’s popularity is still on the rise; with a new shopping centre being built along the high street and the South Acton Gardens Regeneration Program bringing a new school, doctors, shops, plus many new homes to the area, Acton has never been a better place to set up camp.
If you’re thinking of moving west, here’s our complete area guide on Acton, covering everything from properties and prices, to the trendiest hangout spots, to the most desirable streets and the best schools in the area...
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Valetta Road, Acton, W3 | £575,000 (Share of Freehold)
1. Property in Acton
Average sale price for a 2 bedroom property: £550,000 - £600,000
Average rental price for a 2 bedroom property: £1400 – £1450 per month
Current highest yield using the Portico Interactive Yield Map: 4.1%
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“The demographic of homeowners and renters in Acton has certainly changed over the last couple of years. Today we’re seeing a lot of young families move from more central areas further west to get more space for their money, and young professionals are also showing more interest in W3 due to the area’s improving infrastructure and fantastic transport links.” Stuart Balfre, Sales Manager, Portico.
2. Best roads
“Poet's Corner, close to Acton Central station, is a popular area with a village feel and rows of beautiful Victorian terrace homes. The Victorian terraces, conversions and cottages in Perryn Road, Shaa Road and Milton Road - within the fashionable Poet's Corner neighbourhood – are also extremely sought-after. If you’re not looking for a Victorian terrace, there are copious new-build blocks in the area, and Poet’s Place in Churchfield Road is very popular with young professionals. First-time buyers will really get the most value for their money if they purchase property on the border of Acton, where many sizeable houses have been converted into large flats.” Stuart Balfre, Sales Manager, Portico.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms | Bromyard Avenue, Acton, W3 | £2,800 per month fees apply
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Shalimar Road, Acton, W3 | £1,447 per month fees apply
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Twyford Avenue, Acton, W3 | £675,000 (Share of Freehold)
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms | Mill Hill Road, Acton, W3 | £1,500,000 (Freehold)
3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom | Spooners Mews, Acton, W3 | £649,950 (Freehold)
3. Getting around
The biggest plus to living in Acton is its fantastic transport links to central London; it’s a commuter’s paradise, with seven train stations serving various routes into the capital, and four London underground Tube stations. Those heading into the centre of London from Acton Mainline can reach London Paddington in just nine minutes.
When Crossrail launches, commuters will be able to get to Bond Street in 9 minutes and Liverpool Street in 16 minutes.
Drivers will be drawn to the fact it’s outside the congestion charging zone and the A40 is extremely close, and frequent fliers will love its proximity to Heathrow Airport.
4. Must Do’s in Acton
Walk through Acton and you’ll find an array of organic cafes, gastro pubs and independent shops. Arthur Razor - one of our Portico Places - is a must-visit if you're male and in need of a haircut or a beard trim, and you can get 20% off your first visit with a Portico Places card.
The George and Dragon pub is a popular local haunt for a quiet pint, but if you’re looking for a more vibrant night spot, The Aeronaut - soon to be one of our Portico Places - is a pub-come circus offering something different each night of the week.
For foodies, there’s a Farmers’ Market on The Mount/King Street on Saturday mornings which is extremely popular and a great place to buy organic and locally produced food, Hasu offers the best sushi in W3 (get 20% off with a Portico Places card), and The Blend House is a healthy café where you can grab your greens on the go. Find out more about local deals and offers in Acton here.
You’ll find lots of independent shops and boutiques tucked away in unusual locations, and Westfield Shepherd’s Bush is only a short journey away for the more serious shoppers.
As for culture, outside space and sports, The Park Club is a family club, gym and spa with tennis courts, swimming pools and a restaurant, there’s a large Vue Acton in Western Avenue in Park Royal, and Gunnersbury Park and Museum is as a huge leafy park that offers lakes, a museum, rugby pitches, cricket squares, tennis courts, bowling greens and a golf course. Gunnersbury is just one of Acton’s green spaces, there’s also Acton Gardens, Acton Park - to name a few - as well as the glorious Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew just a short train ride away.
Acton is a family friendly area, with a number of “Good” infant and primary schools. Berrymede Juniors on Osborne Road has even been judged Outstanding by Ofsted. As for secondary schools, there is Acton High, the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls and Twyford CofE which has an excellent reputation.
There are a few options if you’re looking for a private education, including One Private World Montessori Nursery and Preparatory School, and the area is also home to a Greek school, a Japanese nursery and school, and a Muslin school.
If you’re interested in moving to Acton, or if you have a property in the area you’d like to sell or let, give us a call today on 020 7099 4000. Click here for an instant valuation in 60 seconds!