Ealing & Acton
Famous as the home of the old "Ealing Comedy" films, Ealing is a bustling suburb which lies to the west of Central London. To avoid confusion, our term "Ealing" refers to the town of Ealing, whilst "London Borough of Ealing" refers to the much larger local authority administration which includes places such as Southall and Greenford.
Ealing has always had a cosmopolitan feel to it, and it is estimated that one third of local residents are from an ethnic minority. The town grew in popularity in Victorian times as the railway systems were built - the main Great Western railway runs through the town, and this meant that London workers could at last move out of town to the suburbs.
Ealing still maintains a green and leafy atmosphere and whilst it is now a town in its own right, there are areas of parkland to be found amongst the offices and houses. Notable family housing locations are Pitshanger, which has a great local community, and Hanger Hill, both to the north of the town centre, and Lammas Park to the south. West Ealing and Ealing Common are lower cost alternatives, the latter offering easy access to the Japanese School.
Back in the 17th century Acton was famous for its laundries that served the City and became known as Soapsuds Island. More recently the area has not been very affluent though is now becoming more desirable as a destination and there is much redevelopment planned in the area. This is partly due to the introduction of the Crossrail station allowing travel to the City in 15 minutes. In particular, the former site of the South Acton Estate which was one of the largest council estates in London will provide 2,500 new homes of which 50% will be allocated for affordable housing. The area is good for young couples or families on a budget as properties are more affordable.
West Acton is the most affluent part of the area with many large detached houses achieving premium rents. There is also a large Japanese community here due to the Japanese School being located here. The area around Acton Park is also popular due to the green space and proximity and village feel of some of the surrounding streets.
Ealing and Acton are ideally located for travel in either direction; both to London or out to the Thames Valley. There are several rail stations in the area, notably Ealing Broadway and Acton Mainline which not only have quick easy access into Paddington but are also on the Crossrail route as well as underground stations with access to the Central, District and Piccadilly lines. You also have easy access on to the A40 which then becomes the M40 as you head out of London and the M4.
The London Borough of Ealing has a multicultural population of around 300,000, who are centred mainly on Southall to the west where there is a large Asian community, primarily which are Indian.
|From Ealing to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Central Londont||9 miles, 25 mins||10 mins (direct to Paddington)|
|Heathrow Airport||11 miles, 20 mins||24 mins (direct)|
|Gatwick Airport||51 miles, 55 mins|
Types of Housing and Pricing
Much of the housing in Ealing was built in Victorian times and is predominantly red and yellow brick detached houses some of which have been converted into apartments. The roads tend to be wide and tree-lined and the area has a spacious feel to it. To the South of Ealing there are many two-three bedroom, terraced properties as well and recently on Ealing Broadway there are some new, good-quality, apartment blocks that have been built.
Acton has many ex-local authority homes along with some of the larger houses being split up as house shares for students. Although there are still many Victorian and Edwardian properties in the area, they have mostly been converted into flats for young professionals looking for better value property. One very notable housing area is West Ealing around Twyford Avenue where you will find larger, detached Edwardian properties. On the Hanger Hill Estate, to the North of Acton, there are semi-detached properties which were built in the 1930’s many of which have mock-Tudor fronts. There are some smaller, terraced Victorian properties in the roads around Acton Town station, named after famous poets, which are popular.
|Ealing & Acton|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£220,000 - £330,000||£750 - £1300 per month|
|1 bed||£250,000 - £500,000||£840 - £1700 per month|
|2 bed||£325,000 - £875,000+||£1100 - £3000 per month|
|3-4 bed||£475,000 - £1,800,000+||£1550 - £4000+ per month|
|5+ bed||£825,000+||£2500+ per month|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Ealing and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
Ealing has some notable state schools with results above the national average as well as a number of independent schools located here. Ealing Borough Council has recently committed to increase much needed primary school places in Acton and current standards are quite mixed. The Japanese School and several Japanese nurseries are located in Acton.
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
Ealing Borough Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan Police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
Shopping in Ealing is well catered for and is concentrated in and around the Broadway. There you will find two large shopping malls, The Broadway Centre and The Arcadia, with numerous high-street stores. There is also a pleasant courtyard setting where many people take a break from their shopping expeditions and watch the world go by.
Westfield Shopping Mall, Europe’s largest mall, is only a few stops away on the Underground Central Line.
Ealing Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at Leeland Road with stalls selling local produce.
Acton Market is held Wednesday to Saturday in the town centre and has a range of stalls providing homewares, jewellery and food amongst other things.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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Gurnell Sports Centre, Ruislip Road East, W13 is just outside of the area, but offers two swimming pools, gym, fitness classes, health studio and a crèche.
Acton Leisure Centre has facilities for swimming, exercise classes, dance and a gym.
Holmes Place, The Broadway, Ealing is a private gymnasium with personal trainers ready to put you through your paces.
Ealing Golf Club is an 18 hole course with narrow, tree-lined holes, bunkers and a river running through it. The club offers full membership or you can pay to play.
Royale Leisure Park is a large complex up on the Western Avenue (A40) that has a an 8 screen Vue cinema, ten pin bowling alley, gym as well as a number of fast food and chain restaurants.
Gunnersbury Park - parkland open to the public and home to Gunnersbury Museum which is within the large house in the park.
Ealing Festival - an annual showcasing event of arts, dance and music.
Ealing Studios- the oldest film studios in the world. Films and television programmes are still made here.
Pitzhanger Manor - a Regency style manor house open to the public and set in the grounds of the public parkland. Also home to the PM art gallery.
Walpole Park – popular with young families as there is a great playground here.
Pitshanger Park – great park with playground, tennis courts, football pitches and bowls lawns.
Ealing Music and Film Festival- held in conjunction with the local cinema and celebrating the local film and associated music scene.
Questors Theatre - local amateur theatre that stages plays and musicals.