The lowdown: Acton
Once called 'Soapsuds Island' because of its many laundries, and then 'Motor Town' for its car factories, this area of west London is becoming a hotspot for families. Crossrail is on its way to Acton mainline station, and is already boosting property prices.
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Average house prices in Acton
One-bedroom flat: £333,000
Two-bedroom flat: £478,000
Two-bedroom house: £652,000
Three-bedroom house: £813,000
Four-bedroom house: £1.038 million
Average rental prices in Acton
One-bedroom flat: £1,285 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,863 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,659 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,522 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,932 a month
Most of Acton’s primary schools are judged to be “good” by Ofsted, with Berrymede Juniors judged “outstanding”. There are three comprehensive schools: Acton High and the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls are judged to be “good” and Twyford CofE is judged to be “outstanding”. There are also a number of private, international and performing art schools.
Acton has a large Morrisons supermarket and there is a thriving market around St Mary’s church off the High Street. One of the oldest buildings in the High Street houses the George & Dragon, home of the Dragonfly Brewery, which is next door to W3, a community-run gallery.
Acton Town is on the Piccadilly and District lines. West Acton, North Acton and East Acton are on the Central Line. Acton Mainline has trains to Paddington that take nine minutes. All stations are in Zone 3 (annual travel card to Zone 1 is £1,472) except North Acton and East Acton that are in Zone 2 (annual travel card £1,256).
Churchfield Road is where locals gather over a coffee or a pub lunch. There are two bakeries, two gastro pubs, a butcher, a wine merchant, a gift shop, a florist and a new winebar Vindinista.
Leisure and the arts
The Park Club on East Acton Lane is a private sports club with a family focus - it is home to tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym and restaurant. The new leisure centre at the Acton Centre has a council-owned swimming pool and there is a multiplex cinema in Western Avenue in Park Royal.
Acton Park is overlooked by the historic Goldsmith’s alms houses; it has a bowling green, playground, tennis courts and café. Gunnersbury Park is the largest local park with 186 acres including a large mansion, an orangery, a bath house, a temple, stables and gothic ruins, it has recently been awarded Lottery funding for an ambitious restoration plan that starts this year.
£369,950: a short walk from popular Churchfield Road, this well-presented one-bedroom home offers a double bedroom and an open-plan kitchen.
£700,000: this newly-built four-bedroom home has a patio garden and off-street parking, in a sought-after location on the Acton/Ealing borders.
£895,000: subject to planning consents, the loft room of this two/three-bedroom house could be extended into a spacious third bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
£3,200,000: this loft-style penthouse apartment is located in Chiswick Green Studios, offering an open-plan living space with five bedrooms.