10 best places to live in Barking

Like so much of East London, Barking is on the up and up. A combination of sustained urban regeneration and a follow up of private investment is turning Barking from a ‘work in progress’ to a ‘worth the wait’ prospect. We take a look at the new developments that make up the 10 best places to live in Barking, according to reviewers on HomeViews.

Living in Barking

Barking is an East London town that has a lot going for it. Its completely revamped town centre leads the way, providing an excellent offering of familiar high street chains with characterful independent stores and restaurants mixed in.

As for culture, Barking sports a wide variety of historic buildings. The jewel of these is the gorgeous Eastbury Manor House – a National Trust property. There’s also a good range of green spaces to be found. Barking sports a respectable 25 public parks of varying sizes.

Transport links are another string to Barking’s bow. Both the District Line and the Hammersmith & City lines run through it. This means you can be in central London comfortably within 30 minutes. The A12 and A13 also provide solidly accessible road links between Barking and the rest of London.

Average property prices in Barking

Overall, Barking and Dagenham remains one of the cheapest London boroughs in which to buy property. For October 2021, the average property price stood at £302,589. Flats went, on average, for a reasonable £224,290.

These healthy price averages make the borough a magnet for first-time buyers. Not to mention investors looking to get in before Barking really takes off.

10 best places to live in Barking

Now it’s time to see what HomeViews resident reviewers have to say about Barking’s best new property prospects. As always, these rankings are based solely on the verified reviews submitted by actual residents of the property developments listed.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

4.56 (41 reviews)
4.56 (41 reviews)

At the top of the table, we have Apo Barking. This is a sizeable development situated on the banks of the River Roding and opposite Abbey Park. It features a range of studios, 1 and 2-bed apartments, and residents can choose from various flexible leases and apartment upgrades. In addition, there are plenty of excellent amenities and facilities on site. This includes an exclusive onsite gym, The Barking Local, a co-working and lounge space as well as The Hub, the Apo HQ where residents can get help with any day-to-day requirements from the on-site management team. Likewise, there is a members’ roof terrace on the 7th floor. Apo Barking even has its own residents’ app!

Read reviews and details of Apo Barking, IG11

In at a close second, Abbeville Apartments is a Grainger PLC development offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments – all rental only. Residents are big fans of the modern yet cosy design, as well as the handy location. Local amenities such as key shops, transport links and Asda supermarket are all very close by. Barking train station is also conveniently close, which means easy access for residents to the Overground, National Rail and District line services.

Read reviews and details of Abbeville Apartments, IG11

For our third spot, it’s a development made for residents who want a slice of the simple life. Simple Life London at Fresh Wharf is a Build to Rent development which offers 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, all fully furnished and pet-friendly. Apartments also offer great views, particularly those facing the river. The development is also nicely close to Canary Wharf, under 20 minutes’ drive.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life London at Fresh Wharf, IG11

Want to discover apartments in Barking, well now you have! Discover Apartments is a development by Country & Metropolitan, and it features 254 residential units with a range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, all designed and fitted to a high standard. The development is situated alongside the River Roding (there’s also a canoe club connected to the development,) and Barking Station is only a 17-minute walk away, providing connections to the Overground and c2c rail services into Central London.

Read reviews and details of Discover Apartments, IG11

At number 5, Barking Central is a joint venture development between Redrow Homes and Galliard Homes. It comprises 272 one and two-bedroom apartments as well as three-bed houses. The development itself is conveniently located in the centre of Barking, with Barking station close by. Residents have access to a variety of Underground, Overground and National Rail Services. Showing its design chops, in 2011, Barking Central received an RIBA Award for architectural excellence.

Read reviews and details of Barking Central, IG11

Next up, Rivermill Lofts is a development by Weston Homes, comprising 118 residential units with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments. This is another development in our list that’s adjacent to the River Roding, providing residents with excellent river views. Barking Station is only a 12-minute walk away.

Read reviews and details of Rivermill Lofts, IG11

3.65 (14 reviews)
3.65 (14 reviews)

Weavers Quarter is an L&Q development built in partnership with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. There are 421 apartments on offer here, featuring a very contemporary design that revolves around intelligent use of the spacious rooms that enjoy plenty of natural light, The development is located within a new district in central Barking, where residents can reach Liverpool Street in 22 minutes.

Read reviews and details of Weavers Quarter, IG11

Barking Riverside is a L&Q and Bellway Residential development that offers a selection of studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and a range of houses. It’s part of the huge, purpose-built Barking Riverside suburb that stretches down to the banks of the Thames in place of an old power station. It also offers 100 units of specific build-to-rent units operated and managed by L&Q PRS. Upney Station is the closest form of public transportation, and it serves the District Line Service to Upminster.

Read reviews and details of Barking Riverside Private Rental by L&Q, IG11

Taking our number nine spot, Hewetts Quay is a gated residential development. The complex is made up of several apartment buildings situated next to the River Roding and less than a ten-minute walk from Barking Station. Residents also enjoy assigned private parking spaces.

Read reviews and details of Hewetts Quay, IG11

Last, but by no means least, we have 360 Barking at number 10. It’s a residential development from Swan Housing Associations and designed as a joint venture by Barton Willmore and Iceni Projects. The development comprises 291 homes, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. The development is conveniently located in the centre of Barking, giving residents easy access to the main railway station, local shops and other amenities on offer.

Read reviews and details of 360 Barking, IG11

If you’ve gone Barking mad, take a look at our dedicated area guide for more information on this up-and-coming East London town. This should give you a better chance of finding the best places to live in Barking, according to your budget and taste.

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 Read more about Barking

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