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Neighbourhood Watch: Acton

Large-scale build: Acton Gardens

Setting the scene

Now that the countdown to Crossrail’s arrival is well underway, Acton is giving Chiswick and Ealing a run for their money. Buyers are realising that it’s probably west London’s best connected area, with seven stations, three Tube lines, Overground and mainline services, and from the end of next year, journey times to Liverpool Street and Heathrow will be under 20 minutes. On top of this, it’s a friendly place to live, a new shopping centre is taking shape, and the South Acton Estate, once a blot on the landscape, is being regenerated and rebuilt.

Historic: St Mary’s Church, Acton

What’s new

In one of the largest developments in the capital, Countryside and L&Q are creating a new community of over 2,800 new homes at Acton Gardens (pictured top), on the former South Acton Estate site. They’re built on traditionally inspired streets with an abundance of green space throughout, and a new phase — North Park Quarter — has just been released. Prices start from £430,000 for a one-bed flat,

L&Q has a couple of two-bed flats available for shared ownership at Acton Gardens, from £146,250 for a 25 per cent share of £585,000. More will be released later this summer, The housing association is also offering one, two and three-bed homes for private rent, all with contemporary gloss kitchens and private outside space, from £1,375pcm,

Chic living: Acton Square

Acton Square, from Bellway, is a gated development of studio, one and two-bed apartments set among landscaped courtyards. Homes in the first phase, Michenden Court, are from £389,995 for a one-bed,

Acton’s former town hall is being transformed into 71 apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom homes. 58 are within the original listed building, which was constructed in the style of a baroque palazzo, and the rest will be housed in an extension. Prices at The Old Town Hall start from £405,000, via Site Sales,

Transformation: The Old Town Hall

This autumn, Peabody will be launching Rosebank, comprising five one-bed and 11 two-bed shared ownership apartments. Prices are due to be released nearer the time,

Snooping around

Acton style: Suburban homes

There’s a healthy mix of housing, from period terraces and villas to new-build and freshly converted flats. Poet’s Corner, close to Acton Park and made up of Victorian cottages and Edwardian semi-detached houses, is particularly pretty. ‘We are seeing a lot more people migrating westwards. These typically tend to be first-time buyers taking advantage of London Help to Buy on new builds, or upsizers selling flats and smaller houses in areas such as Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill and West Kensington,’ says Michael Shaw of Dexters. ‘One-bed flats start from around £300,000 and three-bed houses from about £600,000.’

Green space: Acton Park

Vital statistics

Council tax (Band D): £1,440.12

Commuting time: 10 mins from Acton Main Line to Paddington

Annual Travelcard cost: £1,600

Amenities: ★★★☆☆ The Oaks shopping centre reopens next year and will include new Lidl and M&S Food stores and a gym; Acton Market is held four days a week; independent shops and cafés on Churchfield Road; top pubs include The Station House and Aeronaut

Open space: ★★★★☆ Acton Park has tennis courts, a playground and putting; Gunnersbury Park

Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average results

Crime: ★★★☆☆ Slightly below average

Who lives there? First-time buyers and families in a variety of jobs

Lights, camera, Acton: Local girl Emilia Fox PICTURES: REX/ALAMY

Famous faces: Emilia Fox lives in Acton

Rent report: ‘The market is at its peak during the summer and we are inundated with good-quality, professional tenants,’ says Aimee Bruce of Northfields. ‘Demand is high for modern, purpose-built developments such as Bromyard House on Bromyard Avenue. Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is £1,500pcm.’

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Property ladder

First rung

£317,000, Portico,

A one-bed, second-floor conversion on a leafy street in Poet’s Corner, a short walk from Acton Park and Central Acton stations, while Crossrail’s Acton Main Line station is within half a mile.

Average for Acton

£665,000, Gardiner Residential,

THIS raised ground-floor flat consists of two double bedrooms, a living room with wooden floor and fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a bathroom, cloakroom and a cellar. The property also has a garden and off-street parking. The average property in Acton is currently valued at £661,815, according to

Luxury home

£1,999,950, Aston Rowe,

Located on one of Acton’s best roads, this substantial semi-detached, six-bed period house is over four floors and has four reception rooms and a garden studio.