Acomb Area Guide

Historic in its own right, Acomb dates back to the Doomsday book of 1067. Formerly a farming village it has expanded over the centuries through housing workers from large industry and manufacturing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. It is now one of the largest suburbs of York.

Acomb is a couple of miles outside York city centre and still benefits from a high demand created by York’s property bubble. A realistic asking price and a proactive agent is all you need to achieve a quick sale in this area of York. A standard 2 bedroom terrace in Chapelfields is likely to start at £125,000. A 1930s semi can range from £180,000 all the way up to £325,000 in the more desirable areas. With a limited supply and high demand, properties here don't hang around long.

With an eclectic mix of age ranges, Acomb has a varied demographic from the professionals in their early 20s and 30s to suburban families. Acomb is a place which caters for most with good local schools including Manor CE and Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs both very popular. People tend to buy their first house in Acomb, then end up staying because it is so convenient for everything.

Acomb is known for many interesting facts. One of Acomb's most famous residents is the fabulous Berwick Kaler, known for playing everything from York's annual pantomine dame to a role opposite Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale.  Living on the outskirts of Acomb is Look North news presenter Harry Gration and currently residing in Woodthorpe is the former Manchester United Coach and Sunderland Manager Ricky Sbragia. One other famous resident that never moves unless it is windy is the recently restored five pointed windmill, a fantastic feature on the skyline of Acomb.

From the middle ages, through to the present day, people worked and lived in Acomb. Very little if any of the older type of houses remain, but the variety that does remain is astonishing. From the old Victorian terraces on Holgate Road, the 20s and 30s semis, to the ex-corporation properties built in the 1950s.

As one of Acomb's most popular estate agents, Reeds Rains has a variety of houses, flats and bungalows for sale in this old part of the city. We also sell property further afield with us ready and willing to find a buyer for that quaint rural cottage. Highly sought after villages include Nun and Moor Monkton, The Poppletons (Upper and Nether), Knapton, Bilbrough, as well as the Askhams (Richard and Bryan), where there are properties which regularly sell for well over £450,000.

Among the most sought after addresses is Severus Avenue, YO24, which is unusual in that the streets on either side hold a YO26 postcode, these 1920s and 1930s family homes range from £250,000 - £450,000.

The price of property to rent in Acomb is kinder to tenants than city centre living, with a reasonable terrace property starting around £600 pcm. For the 1930s semis something more in the region of £795-£895pcm is to be expected. When it comes to the 4-5 Bedroom detached it can range at low end from £950pcm right up to £2,500pcm, as always it all depends on the location.

Acomb's main shopping parade benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent traders. These include Morrisons and the Co-op for a weekly grocery shop. Andersons greengrocer is well known for his top produce, along with Acorn butchers who offer great meat and game. There are three main stream bakeries which are Thomas's, Cooplands and Greggs. Other amenities including various banking branches and opticians. With new businesses opening up all the time things can only get even better.

Before the establishment of the York Racecourse on the Knavesmire, Acomb Moor was used for staging horse racing. Acomb Moor occupied the land south of Westfield and covered the land where the modern housing estates of Woodthorpe and Acomb Park are located. Acomb also lends its name to The Acomb Stakes, a Group 3 seven furlong flat race for two-year old thoroughbreds, which is run on the Knavesmire every August. Acomb FC was a founding member of the York Football League in 1897. Situated behind the Green is Acomb Sports and Social Club, Home of Acomb Cricket Club and Acomb Hockey Club who have been in residence since they moved from The Green in 1925.

The largest green space within Acomb has got to be Hob Moor, used for a variety of recreational pursuits from cross country running to football. You can sometimes see in the summer month’s cows grazing on the moor. Another delightful area is the Acomb Green, it’s quite different today than what it originally was, known as Yarcomb Sand’oil it was a source of sand used in the building of York’s buildings and pavements. It was also the former home of Acomb Cricket Club until they moved in 1925. Today it’s mainly used by local families and does hold occasional fêtes.