Acton has proved to be a Mecca for young professionals who wish to be within easy reach of central London but don’t wish to pay the sky-high prices generally associated with a W postcode.
Former local authority estates are being redeveloped into new homes, demonstrating that the area is definitely on the rise. High-speed trains into the heart of the West End should also operate from Acton Main Line, when Crossrail opens in 2018.
With its wealth of Victorian conversions, boasting classic features such as sash windows, Clapton is all about shabby chic with all the amenities of a property hotspot, including delis, wine bars and a food market.
Archway is set to take the baton from Dalston in terms of compromising between cool and classic, with its mix of new and period properties.
John Ennis argues that the relatively undiscovered area is definitely tipped for the top.
“There’s a little crescent around Archway that hasn’t yet been gentrified like places nearby and property is going to go like a steam train next year,” says Ennis.
Those who want to stay one step ahead of the trend-setters will find that the N19 postcode offers top gastro pubs and bars, whilst still remaining low-key.