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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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

25%

Disappointing

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Very Poor

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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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Don’t buy a Bellway one but the others are good

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Review Date Jan 2021

Bellway buildings are terrible with bad customer service

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The site will be amazing in time to come but not much happening at the moment and a local shop which was promised has still not arrived. The designs of the development is good and its just a shame that the management currently in place is useless and that coupled with Bellway housing being so bad is probably going to make the residents unhappy. Advice – Buy but not from Bellway. The whole area will be amazing in time but just not yet

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we purchased a leasehold house as Bellway stated that the entire site was leasehold yet all their new homes are now Freehold –

What is the best feature of your home:

Still standing I suppose is the best point I can state at this time.

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Not worth the stress

Review Date Dec 2020

Weaver quarter and their several departments unprofessional and disfunction. Treat tenants like they are uneducated

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I’ve lived in the flats over 2 years nearly and it’s the biggest mistake I’ve made. The housing people never sort out issues and when in wrong cover up their errors and false paper work that you never signed. Reported major repairs and all this time they did nothing.

I came sleepy at night or rest on my days off due to the homes been designed pretty much out of cupboard. I can hear constant banging, shouting, can hear full conversations from neighbours in each room. Not to mention constant s*x can hear. Mights well be living in some bofol. Kids screaming and running and banging on ur walls. Domestic noises coming from some council tenants that have no respect. There’s constant no sleep and u end up going to work not being able to function. Throughout the night you can hear each Neigbhour and there household could be 5 people use their showers or use their toilet you can hear everything. Can even tell the difference from wen a make is using the toilet it is a nightmare. On top of that wen they use the water you can hear it dribbing from the ceiling or coming from the walls as the pipes are also only in a cupboard box. It’s a real nightmare.
The housing department simply don’t care and all they care about is getting their weekly rent. I have gone months without responses from them and pretty much been told cos it’s not affecting everyone that I pretty much have to put up with it. They treat you like you haven’t paid taxes and that having any kind of roof over ya head is something.

They are building more homes in area and you will notice that they have changed certain parts of the build as well as in upney simply due to the amount of issues they have had with these builds in barking.

The homes are not worth the money and also the staff that are in charge care no less about tenants only making profits and using the same excuses that they simply can’t or won’t help fix your issues even though it causes a decrease in ya wellbeing and mental health. I have been left with no heating for nearly two years and not to mention several other things and yet they still request monthly rent.

The all hide behind their desk and never request to meet for a appointment to hear what has been affecting you.

The worse housing I have ever known. Those people that work for them wouldn’t even let their families live like this. You ca constantly smell faceus in the house and outside due to the whole complex sharing the same drainage so it blocks up and smells through ya house. You got the next persons kitchen on your bedroom wall one side concrete the other side cupboard and the bathroom is cupboard( plasteboard) but they have placed tiles on, however the next door kitchen walls are also plasterboard so u can hear everything. The microwave, washing the dishes, chopping up food it’s a a joke

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I asked them several times before moved in is the building soundproof and insulated to a good level so I don’t have to hear neighbours. Was told it was all lies. Moved in and got mould wet floor constant damp smell and not to mention the noise. If they would have been honest would have never moved. They took several months before giving the keys so clearly they had issues with the build

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

They are liars and dishonest people. Never again worse mistake

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Nice development in up and coming area

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Review Date Dec 2020

Good transport links, only 20 mins to the city. Good local amenities such as Asda and Lidl

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Very contemporary design and well laid-out, spacious flats. Area is quiet and secure. Regularly cleaned each week by cleaning staff. L&Q are good to contact for issues but during covid, this has been more difficult.

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The filtering system can be quite noisy and the balconies seep water when watering plants or raining.

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

Yes they have been good to respond to general maintenance issues. However they have not got back to me about the cladding situation which I’m concerned about.

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Great place to live

Review Date Oct 2020

Ive been living in Barking for 5 years and its a very well located area with good links to the city

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Nice and clean building.
Good sized apartment for London Standards
Value for money.
Great and reliable team onsite.
Security onsite.
Daniel, the building manager is very reliable, kind and truly cares for the residents of the building.
onsite Safety.

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no complaints

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Never had an issue in all the years that I have lived here. For emergency reasons, when an ambulance shows up at the house, you have to go downstairs to open the door. I know this is good for our own safety but if you live alone and cant get downstairs it becomes a dangerous matter. So maybe it would be handy to find a solution for paramedics to enter the building.

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