Acton

Traditionally, neighbours Chiswick and Ealing dominated the spotlight when it came to West London. But thanks to a burgeoning property scene, plentiful parks and stellar transport links, Acton is finally stepping out of the shadows. Where are the best places to live in Acton? Find out the best places to rent in Acton or buy in the area through our helpful guide. 

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Very Good

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Average

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Disappointing

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Very Poor

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Best places to live in Acton

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Where is Acton?

It sits within the borough of Ealing in sophisticated West London, close to the glamorous neighbourhoods of Chiswick and Kew.

What’s Acton like?

Full of green spaces, for one. Acton Park has tennis courts, a bowling green and a minigolf course known as Putt in The Park. Gunnersbury Park boasts 20 football pitches, 15 tennis courts and a cricket area. In addition, Wormwood Scrubs has a pony club, a sports stadium and a handful of nature reserves. All offer cafés and play areas for little ones, too.

The High Street is the lifeblood of the area. Expect the usual contenders (such as McDonalds and Morrison’s) along with more interesting independent butchers, delis and wine bars. There’s a great selection of listed pubs here, too. Local favourites include The George & Dragon (regular live music) and the Belvedere (big screen for sports).

Acton Market is a local institution. It’s based on Crown Street Fridays through Sundays, and its long-term vendors sell fresh fruit and veg, street food and antiques.

 

Getting to and from Acton

The area literally has a different station for every day of the week. East, North and West Acton are Underground stations served by the Central line, and you can catch District and Piccadilly line tubes from Acton Town. Acton Central and South Acton are on the Overground, while Acton Main Line offers National Rail services – and pretty soon, Crossrail. In other words, you couldn’t be better connected.

Where are the best places to live in Acton?

Acton’s property scene encompasses tree-lined avenues of Victorian and Edwardian properties, brand new apartment buildings and converted warehouses (the area was once an industrial hub for the motor industry).

One of the best places to live in Acton, according to reviewers on HomeViews is Tech West Lofts, a warehouse conversion of 48 stylish homes by De Vere Partners. Another Cinderella story is Field Day Developments’ Long Island Lofts – a beautifully converted Art Deco building near Acton Park.

“I’ve been living here for 3 years, and I really love it. It’s a great building and overall everything is perfect for me. I live here on my own and the whole apartment is incredibly spacious. Every room is amazing and big enough for me! The caretakers within the building are really nice and helpful, they’re understanding too, all really great.” – Ijeoma, verified resident at Tech West Lofts

“The quality is top notch, almost faultless. 2 very big bedrooms and open plan kitchen and living room. I even have an en-suite, so sweet! A pipe burst at one point so couldn’t shower for a day but it was fixed quickly, that’s my only complaint about this amazing apartment!” – Amelia, resident at Long Island Lofts

 

Acton new build flats

Homes in the area with onsite amenities

If you’re looking for more neighbours and onsite facilities to buy or rent in Acton, check out Acton Gardens, a joint venture from Countryside and L&Q. There are 3,400 new homes here and, impressively, every single one comes with its own balcony or terrace.

Another one of the best places to live in Acton, is Berkeley Homes’ West 3 London Apartments, which has 900 units and is neighboured by Acton Park.

“Nice flat in London in a nice area with a park view that you can come back to and chill. Public transport is good and there have been some new public amenities promised – like a coffee shop – which would really benefit the area, somewhere to hang out in before or after taking the kids to the park.” – Monika, verified resident at Acton Gardens

Prospective buyers and those looking to rent in Acton, can look forward to onsite parking and apartments in close proximity to four tube stations with Bellway’s Acton Square.

“The building management is good and efficient. The apartments are good value for money. The area has a nice feel to it. There are lots of shops nearby that shut late which is very convenient for me. The buildings are all modern and up to date.” – Anon, verified resident at Acton Square

Read more from residents by clicking on the developments below. Considering nearby areas? Check out our guides to living in Chiswick and Ealing.

Reviews in Acton

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Terrible building management, scary area

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Review Date Sep 2022

There’s nothing in the local area, we’re surrounded by an old estate and the building is repeatedly broken in to as the area has not improved. The only think close is the train station to go anywhere nice you have to take public transport. A lot of antisocial behaviour by neighbours, dog poo left in the corridors, break ins and stealing delivery packages, people doing drugs at night in the park outside, just feels really unsafe

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Average design, no facilities, worst building management – it’s taken 3 months to fix the external door which was broken down by thiefs, our bathtub has been broken since we moved in and we still haven’t had it fixed (this was L&Qs fault) there’s no facilities and no security- the police have even requested CCTV footage for bikes being stolen and L&Q have withheld it for no reason

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That there were breakins and it felt so unsafe to live here

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Absolutely terrible, as mentioned my bath was broken when we moved in and it still hasn’t been fixed 5 months later. Terrible communication and shiftless team

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L&Q is nothing but poor,

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Review Date Sep 2022

Shops are a walk by, so is the tube. The area is not the safest, several thefts and break-ins. Parking permit are not agreed by the council to the residents.

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The development was really nice in the first 5-6 months I would say. The building has been populated in the last years and I believe it almost runs at full capacity. LQ left everything to rot away. In the first couple of mi th we had a gang of kids breaking in and sabotaging the fire alarm system, we reported everything the authorities and LQ refused to give cctv footages to the police, who at that stage could not do anything about it. In the following months, several other crimes happened, all validated from the lack of interest by our management who now became totally silent to our requests.

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The quality of the finishings. Doors above all. The shower glass doesn’t seal the water properly and they installed wood panels in the bathroom, the worst combination you might possibly think of. The kite hen counter is made of wood too.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

No, L&Q turned a blind eye to every recent request, promising to deliver changes they never met. I could list at least 5 crimes, where LQ refused to provide evidence to the police.

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Well designed and thought out, great look and feel

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Review Date Sep 2022

Great local shops and transport links. Quiet at night. Great parking, minor anti-social behaviour which has calmed down.

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Well designed and thought out, great look and feel. Some teething issues initially. Property management could be more responsive, there have been a number of occasions where they have said they would do something and nothing happened. Manager has changed multiple times.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There’s a group chat with most of the building tennent’s in the chat.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Followed up quickly enough, however they sometimes don’t act on their promises.

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Thank you so much for your review – we are so pleased you like your new area.

Wouldn’t recommend

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Review Date Sep 2022

Pro: close to the station, Piccadilly line, close to Heathrow
Con: area a bit rough, many kids and can be noisy, not much local amenities

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Very cheaply made, community door broken and not fixed for a month, lift broken and not fixed. L&Q rarely comes back to your queries or requests. Noisy with children playing ball games in the court yard, neighbors listing to the music very loud opening the window.

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That the building is cheaply made and you can hear all the footfalls from upstairs. What a nightmare

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

It’s very difficult to reach out to them, lucky if you get a response

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We are very sorry to hear you have had problems with the building management and quality of your new home. Please contact us at lqdirect@lqgroup.org.uk (with Homeviews in the subject line) and a dedicated agent will do their best to assist.

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