Barking

London’s largest regeneration scheme, Barking is something of a work-in-progress. For instance, project milestones include a brand-new town centre completed in 2007, as well as an ongoing riverside neighbourhood that’ll be packed with restaurants and shops when complete. But where are the best places to live in Barking? Discover the top rated developments to buy or rent in Barking in our area guide.

 

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Average Location Score

Excellent

36%

Very Good

28%

Average

22%

Disappointing

10%

Very Poor

5%

Best places to live in Barking

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Barking’s location

Barking is a suburb in East London. Ilford is to the north, the River Thames to the south, Dagenham to the east and Wall End to the west. The postcode for Barking is IG11.

Travelling to and from Barking

Barking Station is in Zone 4, with tubes on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Likewise there are also London Overground and National Rail services.

Developments

The plans for Barking are ambitious to say the least, with BeFirst now dedicated to the regenerations. There are 50,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs in the pipeline in the coming years. The biggest of the scheme’s many projects, Barking Riverside, is a huge, purpose-built suburb that stretches down to the banks of the Thames in place of an old power station. Building began on the site in the mid-90s and continues today. Bellway Homes’ City East at Barking Riverside is one of many developments here, offering studios, apartments and houses with a waterfront view.

“The house is very spacious and modern. A very good quality. The facilities are great. The neighbourhood is very nice and safe. There’s parking around. There are some restaurants around 5min walk. Dedicated management is helpful if there are any issues.” – John, verified resident at City East at Barking Riverside

Additionally, Weavers Quarter has more than 400 modern apartments in a central location. The development is a joint project from L&Q and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The summer has been loud with kids which I don’t mind (it reminds me of my own youth) but the windows are triple glazed so noise can blocked out. All the flats come with outdoor space, either a private balcony or terrace. It’s big enough for table chairs and a small cheeky bbq…The Landlord looks after the building well; if there are any issues with the flat it is usually resolved within a few days.” – Chi, verified resident at Weavers Quarter

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Where are the best places to live in Barking?

HomeViews reviewers have rated their top developments in Barking. One of the best places to live in Barking is the handily located Abbeville Apartments, a Grainger property near Barking Station with an onsite Asda supermarket.

“I enjoy living here, my apartment is very spacious, clean and large.” – Alice, verified resident at Abbeville Apartments

Furthermore, a brand-new town centre was introduced in the last decade. Its collection of neon-hued buildings include the award-winning apartments of Barking Central. Another highly rated development in Barking, this development is a project by Galliard Homes and RedrowHomes. It includes a library and a gallery, and The Broadway Theatre, whose packed events programme spans comedy acts, theatre and Latin dance classes. At the centre of it all is Barking Square.

“Both the area outside the apartment block and inside the building are clean and well maintained. The quality of the apartment is also good. There is great broadband connectivity for both lined based broadband and fibre optic.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Barking Central

The Rivermill Lofts is a chic development from Weston Homes, nestled on the banks of River Roding. Close by is the Discover Apartments, a colourful development with its own canoe club.

“The apartment is nice, spacious modern and well built. Good quality materials were used in the apartment. Great floor design with a lot of natural light flooding through.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Rivermill Lofts

“I’ve been living here for about six months now and I really like it. I love that is a quiet location however it’s close to the station and shopping centre.” – JJ, verified resident at Discover Apartments

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Things to do in Barking

Barking Park is a massive space with tennis courts, a skate park and a lake to hire pedal boats. It’s also home to The Big Friendly Coffee, which stocks delicious cakes and pastries.

Get to know the locals at Barking Street Market, which spills over three town centre roads. Find the market open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

In addition, Abbey Green is a parkland area showcasing the ancient ruins of Barking Abbey and a 12th-century church called St Margaret’s. It’s the setting for open-air events like the annual classical music concert.

Want to find out more? Read reviews from residents by clicking on the developments below.

Reviews in Barking

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Great living experience!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2024

It’s close to everything really, train station, local shops, restaurants and amenities all within walking distance.

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I have lived here for almost 3 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Apo Barking. The team has been helpful and always on hand to assist with my queries and take the time out to sit and talk with me. Especially Simone, I give her 10/10! Thank you Simone for all your support 🙂

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Nothing I would have wished to have known, I haven’t had any issues during my stay here.

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They have been really responsive and on hand to help with any queries i have had. The team will always take the time to listen to me.

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Think long & hard before you move to Barking Riverside

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Review Date May 2024

Good quiet most of the time peaceful vibes not many shops nearby co-op is the convenient store, much better now there is a train station & Uber boat.
Very minimal visitor parking or residential now even worse with the new plans, no value for money in terms of rental or buying prices.

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The design is poor, recent mouse infestation around the area, parking is awful, maintenance of the building I.e cleans and tidy but repairs can often be non existent.
A leisure centre in the are would be nice, more facilities nearby, another doctors.

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How poor the living conditions were
L&q as a landlord🙈

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Space of the balcony
Neighbours
Schools
Transport links

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Design is nice and well constructed

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Review Date May 2024

The management response time is extremely slow. There are no facilities for this building. Impossible to find parking. Cant invite guests because of parking issues. No gym no extra things for kids

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Design is nice and well constructed. Looks good to live in but hard to maintain. Some bits and pieces fell off in the first day and we were told to “stick” them back on. Gets quite hot.
I dnt know what rlse to write. Water is VERY HARSH! And smells soemtimes

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That there will be jo parking available and no access to gym.

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Very slow. Have to email multiple times for a respjnse

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Manager Response

Hello,

Thank you for your review.

We’re disappointed to read that you’re not happy with management response times. As we are unable to identify you based on the information provided in your review, we’d like to invite you to email us with some further details so we can look in to this for you. Please contact us at complaints@simplelifehomes.com.

We’re aware that parking is very limited at Fresh Wharf as this was part of the planning conditions for the wider scheme. We do have some car parking spaces available for rent for our residents, so if you haven’t already, please contact us to be added to the waitlist. We do make it clear on our marketing that car parking and the gym is not included.

There are not much noticeable problems

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2024

Tesco is 5min away from here, so there is no issue for shopping but the problem is bus stand and railway station is far, after a full day out to reach back home it’s quite difficult due to long distance bus stand. And gym access is not available.

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There are not much noticeable problems, mostly in our busy life’s everything goes smoothly, but we don’t have access to gym which should be noted and help the people who reside here, because all the gyms are quite far and it would be helpful if the management provides.

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I was expecting gym access but later I came to know that the gym is not available.

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We have not raised any problem.. previously there was lift problem which was fixed after long time.

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Hi Shashanka,

Thank you for your feedback. We’re really pleased to hear that you would recommend Simple Life London as your landlord. We’re sorry to hear that your thought you’d get access to the gym. This is not something that is advertised as part of our offering as Simple Life London do not own or are a part of the gym at Fresh Wharf.