Head west to Acton and Chiswick for new homes

Acton attracts renters and buyers, while well-heeled families in search of good schools and safe streets are drawn to Chiswick.
Chiswick and Acton are “chalk and cheese” west London neighbours. The former is a gentrified inner suburb with tree-lined avenues and a riverside mall, while Acton is a sprawling urban mishmash, carved up by train tracks and busy roads and lacking any real sense of community. 

Young renters and buyers pack Acton, and well-heeled families in search of good schools and safe streets are drawn to Chiswick. Yet Chiswick is not totally out of bounds for first-time buyers, and parts of Acton are getting a regeneration boost.
Liberty Quarter, pictured, is part of an ambitious Acton project bringing 2,500 homes around a series of squares, courtyards, parks and play areas. A new phase of 60 flats and townhouses is launching in March. Prices from £350,000 to £750,000. To register, visit actongardens.co.uk.
Nearby Chiswick High Road successfully mixes chain stores, independent boutiques, bookshops, bars and brasseries to create a genuine urban village ambience. A little-loved building at 500 Chiswick High Road is being redeveloped into an office-and-residential scheme with 61 homes — flats and townhouses set around a courtyard and communal garden. Call developer Londonewcastle on 020 7534 1888.

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