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.

 

3.84
Average Location Score

Excellent

31%

Very Good

32%

Average

26%

Disappointing

7%

Very Poor

3%

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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The ups and downs of a new development

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

As this is a new development the facilities we were promised are not available yet. It has been quite disappointing that we have been promised a local Co-op which is not available, there isn’t a post box in the development or cashpoint for example. But hopefully once these things are up and running the development will be much nicer to live in. The only waste disposal is the envac system, you have to completely change your approach to rubbish disposal but it should help with pests and recycling. Hopefully we have a food recycling point coming sooner and a way to recycle large cardboard. There is building work going on during the day, but apart from that it’s very peaceful. I’m looking forward to Barking Riverside Overground as it will make the commute easier. However, there is a big issue with lack of visitor or resident parking that needs to be addressed.

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There is supposed to be a gym for residents to use which also hasn’t been built yet.
Overall there is lack of communication between the building developers, estate managers, building managers and council, but we’re hoping this becomes easier when more people move into the development.
We have a Resident’s Association to raise issues we are facing and to help collectively address this to the building managers.
The property is clean and well looked after. There have been some instances of doors not working in some parts of the development, but I think this has been resolved now.
The concierge service is useful and they are very helpful.
The flat itself is spacious and well thought out, overlooking a beautiful, well-manicured and maintained courtyard garden for neighbours.

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I would have liked to know about the parking restrictions in the area. This has made it extremely difficult for family and friends to visit, nearly impossible.
The Sales Associate did say that the walls had been tested and were well soundproofed but my particular flat has the bedroom connecting with the neighbours living space and it can be noisy.
The cost of heating is very high. We are paying a service charge and a maintenance fund daily, meaning that £30 a month goes to these charges before the cost of heating is deducted. Previously I would spend less than that amount on heating a month.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, my snagging issues were resolved. My heating issue caused by a faulty valve was resolved. I am waiting for a few issues to be resovled following the 12month survey, which are to do with soundproofing between the neighbouring walls and issue with heat/noise/smells entering through the gap under the front door.

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Overall good development to live in

Review Date Jun 2022

No local shops yet & delay in providing community gym and no proper response from development for any sort of support

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Overall good but need swift response for residents queries and eagerly waiting for overground and local shops and visitors parking space. Expect an update on upcoming developments in our development which will help us to update our near and dear who are willing buy property in our development

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Local shops

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No proper response on residents queries and stick to the time lines as promised in providing local amenities

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Content and hoping for improvements

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

We chose to buy in upton Park mainly due to convenience. The tube is 6 minutes away and buses run regularly just 2 mins away. Street parking is available but limited but I believe there are channels to get permits. The development itself is quiet and peaceful and well maintained. Traffic and noise is never an issue.

Since the development is not a gated community we do have anti social behaviour. It is mainly youngsters stealing parcels or trying to enter buildings. We did have a security group for this however they are no longer with us.

Green Street is an extremely busy street with a few dodgy people and I usually don’t walk late at night as it doesn’t seem the safest.

Despite the negatives I would still recommend the area, I do believe things will change for the better over the years.

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We have a pent house. Of course, we bought it for the views. Unfortunately, due to the placement of the other buildings in the development, a huge chunk of the view has been blocked. If you are in flats lower then u will only see buildings around unfortunately. Not a biggie for everyone, but it is for us.

Other than that, I think the design, building and property management is good. Gardens are beautiful and there are lovely open spaces.

The gym really needs to be better maintained. Machines are always broken and there is no reception or WiFi down there.

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The terrace wall annoys me. Wish I knew what it would look like so maybe I’d be more at peace with it now.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They are slow to take action and we have to send many emails before they act upon anything.

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Nice place to live

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Review Date Jun 2022

The area have any sort of shops, the area is good connected with transports. Parking unfortunately is not free and the building just provide a very limited parking paying a fee.

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The building have fire wardens in the night and concierge service during the day so the building is always safe. Grainger offer few facilities in this building like full equipped gym and a cinema room. Not happy with the high management work as they are not looking into the problems when needed.

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I wish I had known before that the building doesn’t allow pet at all.. a sad thing

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

High management most of the times ignoring the emails regarding problems in the building

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