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

24%

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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A great place to live at!

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Review Date Sep 2021

There is a vast range of shops nearby with great variety. The neighbourhood feels like quite a multicultural place which offers a lot of interesting shops, restaurants, bars & open spaces. The park across the building is clean and well preserved. Initially, I was kind of worried about the noise levels since there is a construction site nearby but in all honesty, I haven’t even heard any of it so that was a pleasant surprise. Transport wise the tube is close by and it has a good variety of links so travelling is fairly easy plus it is not more than 10 minutes always.

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Well thought out and executed architectural design on the shared living spaces as well as the apartment I occupy. Combining minimalism and Nordic design works great to create a well-balanced living space with a clean and aesthetic look. Resolving issues concerning maintenance is exceptional, we are talking fast response and efficient outcome.

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Everything was explained quite thoroughly at this very moment I can not think of anything, but I will surely let you know if something comes to mind.

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Had a broken bulb, an email was sent to the maintenance team and my problem was solved first thing the next morning! I’d say excellent!

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Apo Apartments are well designed with lots of space.

Review Date Aug 2021

Unfortunately, Barking is not a nice area to life, especially for females. The tube station and city center is run down, dirty and anti-social behaviour is a daily activity. I avoid the area in the evenings as it feels unsafe and I often got harassed when walking home from the station. The lift at the station is constantly broken, making it impossible for people with disabilities, parents with prams or elderly to get to the platforms. The staff at the stations are rude and not willing to help. There are not really nice places to go to eat or have a drink/coffee. The paths along the canal are full of rubbish. Kids playing alongside beer cans and broken glass and no one seems to care. Barking needs a lot of investment to make it a safe and nice place to life. I wish I would have known before moving to avoid moving here.

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Apo Apartments are well designed with lots of space. The apartment is bright with a view and sunny. The apartments come with a good size kitchen, washer & dryer, everything is there what you need to enjoy the place. The gym could be bigger but has a food choice of equipment available. The area to work is a great place to mingle with other residents. Apo has organised some lovely events such as a food market or a Acoustic night which is much appreciated.

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I wish I would have known more about how unsafe the area is, no nice places to go shopping or have dinner. How busy and noisy the road is in front of the apartment, you cannot enjoy the balcony due to the traffic.

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

The Apo staff are always helpful and any Issues raised solved quickly.

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There’s many positives about living in Apo barking

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Review Date Aug 2021

Living in Apo barking has been very positive, we have good transport links close by (bus and train), wide range of supermarkets to select from and a sound proof apartment to prevent noise pollution.

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There’s many positives about living in Apo barking, having an on-site maintenance team has been very useful when it comes to DIY projects (mounting pictures, mirrors etc), issues with household appliances (i.e. dishwasher etc.). We have a friendly, helpful and also responsive host team which has made everything easy for us (Ophelia, Matt and Jero). In addition the property has an on-site gym, co-working space, a play area for kids on the grounds and a lot of storage space within the apartment. Each resident has access to the myrenzbox which is helpful when you’re expecting parcels but not around. There’s also free complimentary WiFi in the apartments and public spaces of the building which is fast and makes streaming movies a whole lot easier. I’m excited for the roof terrace which will be open to residents soon and with this we can host friends and family for events such as BBQ’s. I also enjoy the occasional street food markets hosted on the grounds of Apo barking.

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I would’ve loved it if the gym was also made accessible to guest of residents. There is an on site security available out of hours on the grounds which is extremely reassuring.

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

The building management has not disappointed my partner and I since our move in, they’ve been very helpful and have also made our stay here pleasant and stress free.

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Dream Flat

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Review Date Aug 2021

There are many positives to living in this area, we are close to most superstores and a bus ride away from a few retail parks. The transport links at Barking station are excellent and makes it easy to get around London. There is quite a lot of development happening at the moment in the area which is great but also means there’s a lot of noise from the building works. However once you close the windows all that sound is cancelled out which is perfect.

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My partner and I are both students and living in Apo Barking has been a dream. The Local has a co-working space which is a brilliant environment for studying and completing assignments. There’s a residents gym on site which is ideal to let off steam after a stressful day at work/ long day at uni. The layout of our two bed apartment is perfect, we have more than enough space for the both of us, plus a balcony for some much needed fresh air and downtime. The roof terrace will also be opening soon which we are looking forward to use on sunnier days. The team here are extremely helpful, friendly, efficient, professional and responsive to all our needs. I want to especially commend Ophelia, Matt and Jero for making us feel so welcome, they made the entire process of moving and settling in extremely hassle free and smooth for us. They’re honestly the most amazing team and I’m so grateful for all their help and hard work. Overall I’ve had a very positive experience living in Apo Barking so far and I hope it continues this way.

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Apo Barking hosts a lot of events on its grounds like the Street Food Market, Yoga, Acoustic Music Festivals etc. Setting up bills is a bit of a long process but as the property is new and they are using a third party company which combines all the bills for heat and electricity and water into one, it takes a bit of time to sort out. But as mentioned before the team are really helpful so any queries it’s best to contact them.

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I’ve not had much issues or problems. But they’ve handled them in a very swift, professional and helpful manner.

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