Landlord Location Guide: Acomb

Finding the perfect property is hard, especially if you’re a landlord. You can’t just look at the property itself; you have to consider all the different needs of your tenants as well. It’s a daunting task, but we’re here to help with a new series of location guides. Each one draws on our vast experience as letting agents in the York area.

In this guide we’ll be focussing on Acomb, a York suburb to the west of the city centre.

Acomb Background 

It was originally a farming village, which expanded through the 19th and 20th centuries due to the UK’s industrialization. It borders with the York areas Holgate, Clifton and Woodthorpe.

Today Acomb boasts several Grade II listed buildings and was made a Conservation Area in 1975 with the historic area along Front Street and the Green being particularly important for the overall village character of the area.  

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Acomb – creative commons 2.0 James Denham

Acomb is highly popular for families and city professionals due to its proximity to the city centre and its good transport links. It’s mix of terraces and manor houses also attracts people to the area. Front Street is known as Acomb’s main high street and received a new investment to revamp access to it thanks to the local Acomb Alive local trade association. The aim of Acomb Alive is to get the community buzzing and it offers residents information about market days, small business days and events in Acomb.

Average Property Prices

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2 bed apartments to rent in this area: £760 pcm 

Expect rent to be between £650 and £995 pcm 

2 bed apartments to buy in this area: £180,000

Expect buying prices to be between £135,000 and £225,000

Houses to rent in this area: £880 pcm

(2 bed terraced house) Expect rent to be between  £650 and £1,500

Houses to buy in this area: £193,000

(2 bed terraced house) Expect buying prices to be between £170,000 and £230,000

Please note these are averages taken from the time of writing this guide. To get the latest information, call our team on 01904 631 631 today.


Acomb’s schools

There are a variety of schools in the Acomb area.

Acomb Primary School is located near West Bank Park, and admits 45 children annually at the reception level. Part of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust, Acomb Primary aims to provide a place where children aim high and have their achievements celebrated. As well as the usual topics like English, Maths and Science, Acomb Primary teaches Computing as a subject in its own right, using desktops, tablets and other devices.

Poppleton Road Primary School is on the A59 Poppleton Road just before this changes to Boroughbridge Road near Water End. The school promotes values of inclusion, respect and humour, as well as equality and kindness. Among its curriculum of Maths, English, Geography and History, Poppleton Road Primary School also offers Computing, Design & Technology and Spanish.

Westfield Primary Community School on Askham Lane is a school where children come first. Its curriculum champions an inspiring and engaging learning atmosphere and works with specialist agencies to offer special needs education (SEND) for children in Acomb.

Hob Moor Community Primary Academy on Green Lane is part of the Ebor Academy Trust. It consists of two schools, the mainstream primary and the primary special school. The schools support children and parents with home learning tips to ensure every child reaches their potential.

Carr Junior School is located on Ostman Road, and offers a broad curriculum for its students. They also have an outdoor area where the children grow plants, plant trees and learn more about nature, and several after-school clubs students can attend.

Carr Infant School is located near Carr Junior School, and has about 300 pupils supported by a mix of staff and parent volunteers. They work to provide a nurturing environment for children aged 3 and older, and support their development into confident and self-motivated people. Children can also enjoy clubs in topics like sports, dance and drama.

York High School is on Cornlands Road and forms part of the South Bank Academy Trust. The school is committed to supporting a diverse environment for its students, and providing a safe, secure environment for everyone. Their extended curriculum includes activities like performing arts, sports and a variety of other interests. They also have strong relationships with sixth-form colleges in York, ensuring a smooth transition into further education.

Local Amenities

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Acomb is a well-developed area, meaning there are plenty of different shops to choose from. The biggest supermarket in the area is Morrisons, though there are also several smaller food shops like Farmfoods, Co-op Food, Nisa and Sainsbury’s Local depending on your needs.

Handy amenities 

The Acomb Post Office is in the middle of Front Street, not far from the Acomb Explore Library, which is part of the Explore York library group and has several events in addition to standard library services. Young families can join the weekly Acomb Explore Play Morning that’s ideal for little ones to learn social skills and for families to meet others living in the Acomb area.

GP and health 

If you need to see a GP, you can visit Priory Medical Group on Cornlands Road, Lavender Grove Surgery on Boroughbridge Road, York Medical Group on Acomb Road or Gale Farm Surgery on Front Street.

Parks and green areas 

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There are also several green spaces to enjoy. West Bank Park is about 30 minutes from York centre and covers 16 acres. It offers wooded areas, a picnic area and bowling greens; children can even see a variety of birds at the pond and bird feeding areas.

Acomb Green is just off York Road, and offers a play area, war memorial and various seating areas. Depending on where you are in Acomb, you can also enjoy an allotment; look out for them at Green Lane and Boroughbridge Road.

Places to eat

If you’re looking for a pint (or a bite to eat out) there are a variety of options.The Inn on the Green has been newly refurbished, and offers food and alcohol in a family friendly setting.

The Clockhouse pub has plenty of attractions, including two bars, six pool tables (free to customers) and a children’s play area. There are also two private functions rooms available for hire.

The Green Tree on Beckfield Lane is another option; it’s friendly to both dogs and children, and has a range of entertainment including karaoke, a pool table and dartboard.

Staying active in the community

For sport fans there’s plenty to do in Acomb. It has a Cricket Club on (Acomb Cricket Club) on The Green near Front Street and the Acomb Hockey Club on Cornlands Road.

The overall community spirit is kept a-buzz thanks to Acomb Alive, an association supporting local traders. The association informs people of local events, as well as local businesses and ensures there are several key events across the year like the annual Christmas lights switch on and pancake race.

Transport Links

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public transport in Acomb

There are several bus services in the Acomb area, which provide access to York city centre, Chapelfields and the surrounding areas.

The 1, 5/ 5A and 16 services provide transport from Acomb to York Railway Station; from here you can get direct trains to London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The 1 stops outside the Acomb Library every 12 minutes, while the 5/5A bus at Front Street is approximately every 20 minutes and the 16 from Acomb Green Lane is every 45 minutes. These aren’t the only routes into York though.

The 4 runs every 10 minutes from Acomb Green Lane via Foxwood Lane and takes passengers to Clifford Street in the heart of York from which further commute routes are possible. The 24 also goes into York via Holgate from Acomb Green Lane, but it only offers a daytime service, so evening returns will need to be via an alternative route.

For public buses going further afield, you can catch the X70 and 412 from the Acomb Shops stop every 30 minutes to go to the Racecourse, Wetherby and Harrogate.

Upcoming Projects

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There are several major developments planned for the York area. The nearest to Acomb is the redevelopment of the former British Sugar site in the northwest area of York.

Covering 42 hectares, the site is due to be redeveloped into a new residential area with public open space and a community centre. This project is still in its early stages of development, however. You can read more about it here.

If your tenants plan on travelling to York regularly, you may want to tell them about the upgrades to York’s outer ring road. This is a long-term project to upgrade seven roundabouts on the edge of York.

Once complete, these improvements will lower congestion and journey times, and draw traffic away from York city centre.

You can learn more about this project here.

Whatever interests your tenants might have, Acomb is an excellent place to live and raise a family. If you have any other concerns as a landlord, we’re an acomb estate agents that’s on hand to help.

We’re a letting agents in the York area with an excellent understanding of the property buying process. We also offer an in-depth managed letting service, which takes much of the stress out of letting; we can collect rent, discuss maintenance issues and resolve any post-tenancy issues should they arise.

Browse our range of properties for sale, or call us now on 01904 631631.

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