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

30%

Very Good

31%

Average

23%

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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I’m sickened and I am stuck here

Review Date May 2021

Help need to move have been left living in poor conditions and treated poorly by weavers quarter and all its 3rd parties.

They pretend that everything is okay wen really they spend their time leaving tenants in unacceptable conditions.

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have a bad mould problem that’s been attacking beds, carpets, windows, walls and furniture etc. It smells and constantly getting headaches and constantly have to throw away stuff and by new stuff to have to throw away again.
Walls are cold hence mould issue the walls are not insulated between bedroom pretty much a paper cupboard wall that seems to slightly move and wen u tap the wall you can clearly hear and see that corners
You can hear Neigbhours pull up their blinds this is how bad it is. You can hear the neighbours use their bathrooms to do another 1 and 2 this is how bad it is. I find this nasty and nobody should have to listen to others do their business. If I can hear them this means they can hear me so no privacy to even pass wind. Not to mention how sicken I have been to have to listen to neighbours have sex you can hear everything and it’s nasty. You can be in ya bathroom in the bathroom and you can hear the neighbours whole conversation even hear the dishes being washed. Sleepless nights and not one place in my home I can go to have piece of mind and yet they are charging a rip of price per week to only live in a place that affects your well-being. These builds are no place for hard workers like myself you end up not being able to get to work on time due to lack of sleep and not function while there.

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I was lied to by Barking and Dagenham reside about the home. They lied about a lot of things and wen I addressed my issues they did nothing

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Review Date Apr 2021

Likes: new Barking Riverside overground extension. Dislikes: No amenities whatsoever as of Apr2021

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The cosmetic finishes great. The flat came with appliances upon purchase, which was great also. However, we soon noticed the very poor design. The at our 3-bed flat is limited to 21 degrees, even with the heating set to the maximum, after a full day. L&Q said they could not do anything about it. The Building materials were of poor quality: very prone to damage and with no noise cancellation whatsoever.

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If we had known about the poor energy efficiency and design features, we would likely not purchased the property. We bought off plan and were disappointed that key information such as energy efficiency and material quality used by the developer were omitted. In all honesty, I would not purchase from L&Q again and do not recommend it to anyone.

What is the best feature of your home:

The location is the best feature. our property is located near the upcoming Barking Riverside overground extension station, which will allow better accesses to central London

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Manager Response

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
We’re sorry to hear your experience hasn’t been positive. We would like to know more and help to put things right.
Please contact us at lqdirect@lqgroup.org.uk (with Homeviews in the subject line) and a dedicated agent will do their best to help resolve any concerns.
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Very nice locality and surroundings

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Review Date Apr 2021

Very nice locality with easy commute to the city, There is one convenience store and ASDA is 10 minute drive,

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The buildings are of good quality except for the claddings which are due to be replaced by the end of this year. There were a few issues when I moved in but they were resolved by Bellway homes. The neighbourhood is also friendly and is ideal for a growing family.

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I wish I knew that that there was only one convenience store in the locality.

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

Building management has resolved any issues that arose after moving into the property.

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Thank you so much for your positive review. We really appreciate you taking some time to share your experience with us.
We’re delighted to hear how happy you are in your home and neighborhood.
Much appreciated and thanks again!
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Great development in an upcoming area

Review Date Mar 2021

Great flat, low running costs, fantastic neighbours in an area where a community spirit is starting to form.

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The development is very close to local amenities and the area has improved a lot during the last few years. The flat is very low maintenance and very few issues has arisen. The specification of the features is high and energy efficiency is very high as well.

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How much the area would improve in such a short period of time!

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

Depending on the issue sometimes very responsive sometimes bureaucracy takes over.

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