Living in Acton

Living in Acton

Are you thinking of moving to West London and considering living in Acton? 

Acton has seen significant development in recent years with the addition of the Elizabeth Line, being added to several tube stations and access to the overground line, making it a very well connected area. 

In this article, we share more about what it’s like living in Acton

What’s it like living in Acton? 

Here we share just why Acton could be the perfect place for you to live in West London.

A brief history of the area

Acton has a rich history. The first documented reference to Acton (meaning “oak farm” or “farm by oak trees”) dates to 1181. But there is evidence of pre-historic settlement back to Palaeolithic and Mesolithic times.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Acton gained popularity among the gentry and minor courtiers as a summer retreat. Acton Wells, renowned for its supposed health-giving mineral water, attracted notable residents and visitors.

In 1801, Acton was still very rural, and had less than 250 inhabited homes. By the 1850’s however, the area had grown – its soft water sources making the area an ideal location for industrial laundries that served London’s hotels and its wealthy residents.

Acton’s first railway station, Acton Central, opened in 1853, and the main line station followed in 1868. The growth of Acton saw the operation of several underground lines, including the Central, District, and Piccadilly lines.

After the Second World War, Acton underwent redevelopment and urban renewal. The construction of housing estates and the expansion of infrastructure shaped the modern character of the area. Acton’s proximity to central London and improved transportation links contributed to its appeal as a residential location.

In recent years, Acton has seen ongoing regeneration projects, including the addition of the Elizabeth Line further improving connectivity.      

Where is Acton?

Acton, is a district located in West London, situated primarily within the London Borough of Ealing (though parts of East Acton lie within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and a small portion of South Acton lies within the London Borough of Hounslow). Acton predominantly sits within the postcode area of W3, but has crossover with W4 and W12 in certain parts. 

It is extremely well-connected to central London through various transportation links, including multiple underground and railway stations. The district is characterised by a mix of residential and commercial areas, and green spaces, contributing to its appeal as a residential and business hub within West London.

Transport in Acton

Acton commuters are spoilt for choice!  

The area has seven stations – two Overground stations, four Tube stations and one National Rail station, making getting to where you want to go a breeze. The new overground Elizabeth Line means you can get to Bond Street in just nine minutes. Heathrow airport is typically under 20 minutes away and Canary Wharf just under half an hour. Acton main line station to Paddington takes just ten minutes.

Acton enjoys proximity to the M4 (Bristol is just under two hours by car) and the A40. Heathrow airport by road is less than half an hour and Gatwick airport just over an hour.        

There are plenty of options to choose from when travelling by bus, including several night buses – great for night owls.

Benefits of living in Acton

Acton really has it all. While the bustling streets of central London are only a short tube journey away, in Acton you can enjoy tranquil, residential living in an area surrounded by lots of green spaces. 

Local schools offer quality education, and a diverse community reflects the array of international cuisines available. Community events enrich the local lifestyle, providing residents with a vibrant and inclusive environment.

The area offers a variety of local amenities, including shops, schools, parks such as Acton Park and Gunnersbury Park to the west, and leisure facilities. 

The Local Neighbourhood

Acton is a multicultural hub, drawing communities from Australia, South Africa, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Ireland. This diverse mix contributes to a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, creating a lively community spirit.

There are lots of places to eat in or dine out, offering a wide range of culinary delights. Acton’s High Street offers familiar favourites such as Boots, and Costa, while Churchfield Road has independent cafes and boutiques. Plus, you can browse the twice weekly Acton Market.

Living in Acton, Acton Market

Credit: Acton Market

Westfield London is less than five miles away and has over 350 shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a cinema and activities such as mini golf, rock climbing and a roller disco.

Nearby Gunnersbury Park provides 178 acres of parkland, featuring well-maintained gardens, lakes, and open spaces. Visitors can explore meandering pathways, enjoy the beauty of ornamental flowerbeds, and relax in the peaceful surroundings. It also has a museum and hosts a variety of cultural and recreational activities. 

The park often serves as a venue for events, festivals, and community gatherings. It provides spaces for sports, picnics, and leisurely walks.

Living in Acton, Gunnersbury Park

Credit: Gunnersbury Park

Schools in Acton

Acton is home to several independent and state schools offering a range of educational opportunities. These include Ark Soane Academy, Twyford Church of England High School, Acton High School, Derwentwater Primary School, and The Japanese School.

The University of West London has two campuses locally and provides courses in several specialties.

Property in Acton

There is a wide choice of property types from Victorian villas and new build luxury apartments to large, detached exclusive homes; from gated developments and high-rise towers to beautiful period properties. 

Poet’s Corner is a sought-after area of Acton for families and professional sharers, with its large Victorian houses and quiet roads. 

Also popular is the award-winning Acton Gardens, a residential development offering residents a unique village-like atmosphere surrounded by leafy streets.

Are you considering moving to Acton?

Acton is fast becoming an up-and-coming area for both buyers and renters. Its tranquil residential lifestyle, friendly community, numerous green spaces, quality education, diverse housing options, and a variety of amenities make Acton an appealing choice for those seeking value in London’s property market.

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