In on the Acton act. Acton is a sprawling urban mishmash, carved up by train tracks and busy roads, but it is tipped as one of the big Crossrail winners and is already on the rise.
Traditionally this area of west London has been packed with young footloose renters rather than first-time buyers, but this is changing, with new apartment schemes bordering small parks and conservation areas. Sabina Hasanli, 29, was looking for an up-andcoming district with good investment prospects after studying at Cass Business School and starting her career as a procurement specialist. "My job involves a lot of travel in the UK and abroad so good transport links are a priority."
She bought a one-bedroom flat at Acton Gardens, above and main, an ambitious regeneration project bringing 2,500 homes around a series of squares, courtyards, parks and play areas. By buying, Hasanli, who had been paying £1,600 a month rent, reduced her outgoings by £500 a month. Liberty Quarter, the latest Acton Gardens phase, is made up of apartments and townhouses. Prices from £356,250. Call 020 8993 6923.