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Help to Buy in Acton

Clued-up locals have a new hotspot on their radars. Acton. And before you roll your eyes and navigate away, listen up. The west London neighbourhood is one of the capital’s rising stars and you’d be foolish to ignore investment opportunities here. Once the sort of place to draw blank stares, Acton is finally appearing on the wish lists of savvy first-time buyers and it’s earning itself the lofty billing as one of London’s most up-and-coming areas.

Elizabeth Line

The big news for Acton is, of course, the arrival of the Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) at Acton Main Line in December 2019, whisking passengers around the capital in super-speedy times: nine minutes to Bond Street; 16 minutes to Liverpool Street; 23 minutes to Canary Wharf; and 18 minutes to Heathrow. Until then, the neighbourhood remains well connected via Piccadilly, District and Central Line Tubes, and the overground network at Acton Central and South Acton. And there’s more. The Oaks Shopping Centre is undergoing an intense transformation: out with the scrappy shops and in with glossy new flats and retail space. The decimation of the vast South Acton Estate has also had the go-ahead. At a cool £600 million, the Acton Gardens project has knocked down 1,800 homes, building 2,500 brand new ones in their place, half of which are affordable, adding ever more appeal to Acton’s enviable property market.

Weekends and downtime are easily taken care off too: the foodie landscape has been maturing; there are plenty of pubs for dates and mates; and green spaces abound, from nearby Gunnersbury Park, to Acton Park, and Thameside walks a short hop away. Make the right call and invest in Acton today.

First time buyers

No doubt you’re feeling tempted – and that’s before we tell you that many of the new homes for sale are available through help to buy in Acton. You absolutely don’t need deep pockets to purchase your first home – just a 5% deposit and a government equity loan of 40%. There are dozens of properties for sale in Acton, but one of the most anticipated housing launches is Acton Gardens – a 52-acre scheme of high-spec new housing set within green spaces and parks. The fresh development is really ramping up the design stakes too, with underfloor heating, wine coolers, balconies opening to city views, and private gardens. Also shaping up the story is VIDA – a collection of swish one- and two-bedroom homes with a slick, modern finish. Another development that’s causing a stir is The Old Town Hall. The Grade-II listed building and the former Acton Town Hall has been reimagined, transforming its dusty nooks into converted flats with original period features, soaring windows and lofty ceilings, alongside neighbouring new apartments in an adjoining extension.