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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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

New block of flats in Acton

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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Great for city workers

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Review Date May 2024

Area is perfect for those commuting into the city for work and has the playing field local. It does lack in terms of bars/venues within the immediate vicinity but has great transport links to get there with the central line and Elizabeth line

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The design of the building is really nice, it looks nice from the outside and makes sense on the inside. The gym has recently opened but remaining facilities are yet to be seen. The team are great, any queries get dealt with efficiently and they are always available on the other end of the phone. So, no worries from me

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The waiting time for amenities and other facilities

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

Any problems which have been raised have been dealt with swiftly and followed up on

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I have no complaints about the design of my flat or the buildings

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Review Date May 2024

I have now been in my flat for over two years and I absolutely love it. Chiswick high street is a 10 minute walk, as is Acton town centre. The transport links via tube and bus are brilliant, London is extremely accessible from either Acton Town or South Acton stations. I have seen very little anti-social behaviour during my time here and feel very comfortable living here.

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I have no complaints about the design of my flat or the buildings, which, in my experience, have always been kept very clean. Property management/those who work on maintenance are always friendly and happy to have a conversation. The on-site gym opposite sainsburys is a massive bonus now.

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The under-floor heating – if left off for a long period of time – can stop working. This is especially frustrating in winter as the heating hasn’t been on over summer and has required a fix both years. The heating pump can become stuck if not used regularly and the advice from the engineer is to run the heating at least once a week, even in summer.

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My space feels very comfortable, it is a nice spacious one-bed flag and the bathroom, living room and bedroom are all perfect in my opinion.

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Used to be great now it’s just OK due to the price increases

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Review Date Apr 2024

Living in my local area is alright, but it’s not exactly thrilling. The range of shops and restaurants is decent, but nothing extraordinary. There are enough options to satisfy basic needs, but don’t expect any culinary adventures. Bars offer a decent night out, but they lack the charm of more vibrant neighborhoods.

Transport links are the saving grace here. The location is convenient for London-based folks, with easy access to buses and trains. However, occasional delays and overcrowding can be a hassle.

As for living on my street, parking availability is hit or miss. There’s noticeable traffic noise, which can be bothersome at times. Overall, it’s an okay place to live, but don’t expect anything amazing.

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Living in my development is a mixed bag. The design is modern and sleek, which adds a touch of sophistication to the surroundings. However, some corners seem to have been cut in terms of construction quality, leading to occasional maintenance issues.

Facilities are decent, however, the management of these facilities leaves something to be desired. Maintenance can be slow to address issues, and cleanliness standards could be improved.

Building management is a bit hit or miss. While there are efforts to maintain security and keep common areas tidy, communication from management can be lacking. Residents often feel left in the dark about important updates or changes.

Overall, while my development has its perks, there’s definitely room for improvement in terms of building and property management. With better communication and more proactive maintenance, it could truly shine as a desirable place to live.

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One thing I wish I had known before moving in is the impact of traffic on air quality and dust levels in the area. During the viewing, the neighborhood may have seemed peaceful, but the reality of daily life in the development includes exposure to increased dust and air pollution from nearby roads. It’s something to consider for anyone concerned about respiratory health or overall well-being, as it can affect the comfort and enjoyment of living in the area. Additionally, the constant rise in property prices was unexpected, indicating the desirability of the location but also raising questions about long-term affordability and future investment potential.

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature of my home is its spacious and sunlit living room.

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Excellent!

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Review Date Apr 2024

Vibrant community, natural beauty, excellent views but high living costs currently and traffic congestion.

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My development is exceptional! It offers modern amenities, lush green spaces, and a strong sense of community. The well-designed infrastructure ensures convenience, while the safety measures provide peace of mind. Overall, it’s a wonderful place to live and thrive.

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Parking availability varies, but overall no complaints here.

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

Prompt and effective; addressed concerns swiftly!!

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