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

32%

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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good consierge, previous snagging team unhelpful, current one good

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Review Date Jan 2022

The area has not improved since purchase, I wouldn’t walk here after dark. The development is safer, off the main road, but the main road is unsafe, polluted and unappealing

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The consierge team are excellent, the sgagging team I dealt with were unhelpful, denied and were reluctant to deal with any faults until a new team were appointed in 2021 who are good, but too late for me.

The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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Snagging – not helpful till I involved NHBC.

Balcony flooring and other potential fire risks – The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and in particular the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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

Snagging – not helpful till I involved NHBC.

Balcony flooring and other potential fire risks – The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and in particular the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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Great development love living here

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Review Date Jan 2022

The range of little shops is great there’s not so many restaurants around but there is a nice parks it’s brilliant transport links into London the parking availability is not great and the car park on the development does not allow you to rent spaces this is what I’d ideally like to see because to buy a space was too expensive

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The design of development is fantastic and The design of my flat is phenomenal I absolutely love it
I love that we have outdoor spaces and gardens and I absolutely love the gym on site It would be nice to have an on-site shop or café I’m not sure if this is coming into the future

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I wish I had known that they were scrapping my roof top terrace which I was promised

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

They take quite a while to get back to you if you’ve had a problem but they do come and fix it

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Nice development, area slowly improving

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jan 2022

Good
– near Stratford and Canary Wharf

Bad
– Crime and antisocial behaviour
– First Port are very unprofessional. (Not the people working at the concierge who are great, but the company itself)

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The development itself is nice. The area is slowly improving. I can’t speak for others but my flat is nice and spacious as it’s a 3 bed ground floor flat with high ceilings. My complaints would be that I have underfloor heating but the floor bobbles because Barratts didn’t take the heat into consideration when choosing the floor boards. I wish the balconies and terraces had privacy, even if it was just a hedge. I asked for a hedge many times but to no avail. I was very appreciative of the area when I first moved in (as a young female) but so far so good.

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– I can’t rent out my parking space
– I can’t use anything to give myself privacy
on my terrace

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

When I initially moved in they were very helpful in answering my many questions

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Recommend Apo Barking!!

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Review Date Jan 2022

Apo barking is local to Asda for your grocery shopping and conveniently located near Barking station to travel directly into Central London!

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Flat finished to high standard, you can make very good use of the space. Foyer space can be used if working from home. Matt from Apo Barking has been helpful throughout the process, and has made moving in stress free. We would highly recommend APO Barking!

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

Yes, speedy response as always! And we appreciate that we can get in contact with staff via Email

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