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

25%

Very Good

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Average

25%

Disappointing

11%

Very Poor

5%

Top Rated Developments in Barking

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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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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

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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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Decent property but requires improvement

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Review Date May 2020

The area is ideal as it is close to local amenities such as supermarkets, schools,transport links and restaurants which is extremely important for us as a family.

However I am disappointed that there is a lack of parking for residents in the area and there is no option for residents to purchase a local permit.

There is high anti social behaviour which has caused has some worry particularly because we have children in the home and do not want them to be exposed to such behaviour.

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The property design is some what bearable however I have struggled with the quality of the facilities within the property as they appear to be low cost e.g. sink. We have had some issues with the ventilator and has a result have been combatting mould.

There have been strangers accessing the building thus this leads me to question the security of the buildings e.g. quality of doors to the flats and bin area.

We have also experienced issues with installing sky and the internet which again is a huge inconvenience for those who work from home.
Overall this has been disappointing.

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The issues with internet, sky and lack of parking within the area!

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The ventilator especially in the bathroom.
The design of the living room. Living room should be downstairs not upstairs.

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Convienant location

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Review Date Apr 2020

Very close to barking station and there are many shops in Barking town centre.

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There is a conceirge in the building who is very good and knowledge about the development. There are no additional facilities in the development. Overall building management has improved once Block Management took over. Can get noisy at times, but this will depending on where in the building you are living.

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There is no parking at all. If you have a car it will be difficuly to find parking nearby.

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Would be better to have individual boilers rather than all using a communial boiler via heat exchange unit.

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Good location for transport and shops.

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Review Date Apr 2020

Very close to Barking station and plenty of shops around the town centre .

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There are no facilities in the development itself. No gym, but there is a local one nearby. The service charge is excessive for the service offered. Currently around 4 thousand per year for a 2 bed flat. Can be noisy as at times late in the evening.

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There are issues with the hot water and at times the whole block does not have hot water. This is due to having a main boiler that previous hot water to all properties. Have seen an improvement in the past two years.

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

The new building management have been better than the previous one.

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Manager Response

Thanks for the great review!

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