Property insider: Acton, W3

Local estate agent Paul Connolly takes us on a tour of Acton's most sought-after streets and hidden property gems.
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Acton, W3
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Acton is a bustling west London suburb with fantastic transport links and good-value homes
Acton is one of the capital’s seriously well-connected areas, with its seven railway stations - four on the Tube network - and fast trains reaching Paddington in just under 10 minutes.

And with a new station in the pipeline as part of Crossrail's high-speed network poised to provide an additional eight trains an hour into the heart of the West End and the City, this west London suburb is one to watch.

New apartments are springing up and a multi-million pound revamp of Acton's town hall, complete with an Olympic-size pool, is planned (subject to final approval next month).

Buy-to-let investors are paying attention. First-time buyers and young professionals are finding good-value Victorian terrace homes, bustling gastro pubs and organic cafés, while families love the spacious Edwardian houses within tree-lined conservation areas.

Local estate agent and lifelong resident Paul Connolly, of Orchards of London, says: "This area has changed a lot over the years. Acton is up and coming; the feel is very much cosmopolitan, with boutiques hidden away and coffee shops tucked in unusual spots. There are fantastic transport links, beautiful houses and architecture and attractive tree-lined streets."

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Houses and flats for sale in Acton

Acton is characterised by detached homes and large, semi-detached houses. Poet's Corner is a popular area to the east, close to Acton Central, with fine Victorian terrace homes.

Creffield conservation area has Edwardian semi-detached houses and the Hanger Hill Garden Estate in West Acton has Mock Tudor-style properties.

Who is buying here?
Families who are upsizing, as well as young professionals and first-time buyers who can afford to find their first flat or family home here due to the location and affordability. The transport links to central London are attractive to many young professionals.

What are the hottest properties
The Victorian terraces, conversions and cottages in Perryn Road, Shaa Road and Milton Road - within the coveted Poet's Corner neighbourhood - are extemely popular. The new-build blocks in this area, such as Poet's Place in Churchfield Road, are also sought after.

Families love the spacious Edwardian homes within the Creffield conservation area, particularly the large houses in Creffield Road, Birch Grove and Hale Gardens.

Where are the hidden gems?
The border of Acton and Chiswick is a key area where first-time buyers are still able to get a good deal, in terms of investing in a family home. Streets such as Meon Road, Newton Avenue, Brouncker Road and Acton Lane are rapidly growing in popularity.

Many large houses have been converted into generous flats that are good value for money, particularly as they are so close to Chiswick. The down side is that they are on the edge of the South Acton estate - a tired area characteried by scruffy tower blocks - although these are slowly being demolished to make way for new-build apartments, so regeneration of this area has been underway for the past seven or eight years.

Roads such as Ramsay Road, just one street away from Chiswick's coveted W4 postcode, have two-bedroom conversion apartments that sell for about £330,000, while similar homes in W4 would command about £475,000.

Where are the best investment opportunities?
Due to the development Acton is undergoing at the moment, buy-to-let investors are snapping up properties that are ready to rent immediately. The lettings market is so busy that these rentals are never vacant. The Creffield conservation area and Acton Hill seem to be favourites at the moment.

How is local parking?
Acton has plenty of parking, with permit spaces throughout the area.

Average service charges?
For a two-bedroom apartment it will cost between £800 to £1,200 a year.

Where is your dream home?
I would adore a house on Twyford Avenue, King Edwards Gardens or Shaa Road - off Poet's Corner.

Paul Connolly is the Managing Director of Orchards of London, West

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