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

33%

Very Good

29%

Average

24%

Disappointing

9%

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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Review Date Nov 2022

I feel like i live on my own flat. APO Barking is very near to shopping area and a quite place to live.

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APO team members are really very quick with their response. I enjoyed all the facilities(Food Disco, Terrace, Party Hall, Playing area and GYM) with in APO. I did not face any issue at all during my stay so i would like APO flats are very nice to spend your quality time.

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I feel like i live on my own flat. APO Barking is very near to shopping area and a quite place to live.

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I did not face any issue at all during my stay in APO

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Think twice before buying Shared ownership property.

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Review Date Oct 2022

Location is very good.
Clean and noise free area.
Public transport available.
No Parking except your own parking bay.
Quite expensive to live.
Service charges too high.

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Very poor quality material been used.
Window very low quality.
Finishing is very poor.
It’s not even a year, Paint is coming out and cracks showing up on the walls.
Very poor management.
Property prices are too high.
Design is ok.
Area is safe and secure.

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I should have done my research on shared ownership property before buying.

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Reported few repairs two months ago, no action had been taken.

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It’s liveable but not worth the money!

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Review Date Oct 2022

It is clear that Barking will be a great area in 10 or so years but at the moment it feels like it’s lacking a variety of things such as shops, hair salons and restaurants/cafes. The market sells a lot of tatty products but there is a plant stall that is amazing! Parking is impossible here but the local transport options are amazing. Noise wise, the biggest issue is the building works, I have to apologise to colleagues daily as the noise is so bad and makes the flat vibrate. I’ve never noticed any issues with bin collections. The locals ate very rude and have pushed in front of lines, stepped on and just lacked general manners on multiple occasions. It also doesn’t feel safe in the evenings as there is a big gang culture around the area and lots of homeless people.

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The development is clean and looks modern from the outside, but it has been built quickly and cheaply. We can’t have light fixtures, tv fixtures or other heavier wall fixtures as there is a risk of it breaking a ceilingwall. Also the space is under optimised, the kitchen has awkward cupboards with unusable spaces, the wardrobe folding space is awkward, it’s deffo not a “walk-in wardrobe”. The bathrooms are nice sizes but the appliances feel plasticky and cheap. The windows are never cleaned and we have constant dust from the building work so our balcony is unusable. The gym is decent and the terrace is super nice, I love the free events held up there! It’s perfect for fire works too 😊 the maintenance guys are great too!

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I wish I’d known about the building works being so bad, it’s horrible and makes it hard to work from home.

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They’ve responded promptly and been transparent regarding ongoing issues!

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Run while you can !!!

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Review Date Oct 2022

The shops are far, they just installed a co-op which of all the other shop manufacturers is the most expensive shop to put in the development. The shop was delayed by over a year and delays aren’t communicated properly without an actual reason leaving residents to chase the development for answers.
The smell in the area is disgusting with the food recycle on one side and the sewage plant on the otherside

There is no where for children to play football or other ball games and where they usually would play which is next to the playground they have out a no ball games sign up

Everywhere is difficult to travel to. There is no parking for residents and a total of 8 visitor parking spaces for the WHOLE development. If you don’t manage to get those spaces you have to park in the wilds which even as a resident you have to pay to park! And if its after 8pm you can’t pay to park and have to make sure you’re up at 6am to make sure you pay for parking or you will get a ticket.

The guru system is terrible and costs way more than it should the service charge for the guru system is close to £2 a day and all youre playing for his hot water nothing else
The development is just here to suck all the money from your account

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The building spec is okay however they have chosen manufacturers that cost an arm and a leg to get replacement parts from. For example a simple toilet seat you have to get from the manufacturer because it is an awkward shape the cost of the toilet seat is £150!!! Ridiculous honestly the same goes for pretty much everything already installed in the home.

The building management is terrible we waited two years just to get our windows washed and two years to have a gym installed that we were promised would be open a few months after moving in. The gym is tiny there are no free weights and the tiny gym is for all the buildings currently being built in fielder quarter which means you will never get time to use the machines unless everyone is sleeping the size of the gym is the size of the concierge which is disgusting for the amount of residents the expect to use it

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I wish I had know how much of a money sucking development this place is and the fact that promises aren’t for filled. We get our post months late. I got my birthday cards a month after my birthday fines I got a month after they were due costing me more money. We don’t even have a street sign so deliveries go missing or get stolen. Vehicles have been stolen youd think instead of paying money for parking enforcement they would spend money on security such as CCTV but nope got to collect those parking fines! And provide nothing for residents especially those with one bedrooms that weren’t even offered a parking space the development is isolated with no regard to anyone that would want visitors so good luck honestly I would say don’t even try and buy here not even just to get on the housing ladder

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They have responded but repairs take months to even happen communication is lacking also

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