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A Place Where Big Regeneration Plans Did Not Yet Translate into Big Prices

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Located in the Redbridge borough of North East London, Barking takes its regeneration plans very seriously. Out of all the London districts that are undergoing regeneration projects, Barking is by far the most advanced. It is a bustling area now becoming even more dynamic following the delivery of many new projects in the town centre. By the end of these regeneration plans, 10,000 new riverside homes are expected to be delivered in Barking.

Barking also takes one of the top spots in London and especially in Zone 4 for transport links and easy access. The area is served by two Tube lines – Hammersmith & City and District Line. There are great transport links available also on the Overground, plus rail services.

If you are wondering at what cost all these great amenities come at, you are in for a surprise. Barking is still one of the most affordable areas in London and offers an amazing variety of properties for all budgets and tastes. Families can choose from 1930 or 1950 semi-detached homes, and young professionals have abundant modern development options to choose from.

About the Area – BarkingGuide

Barking is the administrative centre of the East London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The entire borough has a population of 212,900 according to the 2011 Census, out of which Barking hosts 59,068 residents.It is located 9.3 miles of Charing Cross.

Historically, Barking was an ancient parish in the county of Essex.Over the years, economic activity in the area has shifted from fishing and farming to market gardening and industrial development. Now, Barking is reinventing itself as an urban centre.

The Barking railway station has been serving the area’s residents since 1854 and the London Underground was introduced to the area in 1908. Barking is a part of Greater London since 1965.

The largest regeneration projects in Barking are currently being developed in the town’s centre and riverside area. Barking Riverside, built on the land of the former Barking Power Station is one of the most notable ones. This ambitious mixed-use project will deliver 10,800 new homes and will bring with it the extension of the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking Line to serve the project’s transport needs.

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UNDERGROUND –District Line stations

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UNDERGROUND – Hammersmith & City Line stations

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London Airport – 17 minutes by car

Barking – Know the Area

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Barking. Residents can enjoy many green areas in either recently renovated parks or historical sites, shop in Lakeside, or choose from a wide variety of pubs, bars, and restaurants offering local or international drinks and cuisine.

Barking estate agents recommend these sites as the most popular attractions in Barking:


Eastbury Manor House–a brick Tudor house built in the 17th-century, hosting six centuries of history, tours, wall paintings, and a wide range of family-friendly activities and events

Barking Abbey Grounds –a wide-open green area perfect for studying, or taking a walk or a run

Greatfields Park –a dog-friendly park where you can play, jog, take the family out for a picnic or practice some sports

Barking Park –ample green areas, perfect for family time activities and picnics

St. Margaret’s Parish Church –a church built in 1215 and originally located within the grounds of Barking Abbey

East Ham Nature Reserve – one of the largest churchyards in the UK featuring the parish church of St Mary Magdalene (dating from Norman times), more than 800 years old

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Houses in Barking used to be typical fishing village homes. Larger homes were built between 1920and 1930 and Victorian terrace houses are still available. Today, Barking is in full bloom with many colourful new-builds replacing older buildings or unused lots. Regeneration plans include up to 50,000 new homes over the course of the next 20 years.


Barking is a great area for outdoor fun loving families. One recently renovated park that is very popular with residents is Barking,with a half-mile long lake. Mayesbrook Park also offers many activities like cricket, football, baseball, and an outdoor gym, plus two large lakes.

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There are 59,000 residents in Barking according to the 2011 Census. With a diverse population, Barking hosts many ethnicities from Indian to African and Asian, as well as numerous native British residents.


Barking is home to a local shopping centre – Lakeside and is also in close proximity to Westfield Stratford City – the largest shopping mall in Europe. There is also a local general market open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday each week.

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Barking Property Prices 

Barking is very attractive to first-time buyers and [buy-to-let] investors. Barking estate agents recommend the area for its investment potential and good value for money. There are many properties available for buying, letting, and also selling at good prices.

Here are the average property prices in the Barking area:

New Developments in the Area

New builds have become the new rule for Barking housing. With so many developments that are either finalized, in progress, or undergoing design, Barking will not disappoint in terms of its stock of new homes. Here is a shortlist of Barking’s new residential projects:


  • Barking Riverside – 10,800 new homes on 443 acres along the banks of the River Thames. Residential units vary in size and shape and the project also includes 65,000 square metres of commercial space for shopping, restaurants, cafés, community and leisure facilities, healthcare and schools
  • Gascoigne West – a modern project featuring 850 new homes to be built in three development phases. The first phase is to be delivered in 2022 and comprises 200 residential units
  • Barking Central – one of the most raved-about revitalization projects in London comprises 500 flats in 7 buildings and a Learning Centre, a 66-bed hotel, 9 retail units, a café, and a new town square.

Schools in Barking

Barking offers access to great schools to its residents. Here is a list of some of the most well-ranked schools in the Barking area:

  • Barking Abbey School
  • Eastbury Primary School
  • Ripple Primary School  
  • Manor Junior School  
  • St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School  
  • Grafton Primary School  
  • Trinity School
  • Riverside Bridge School (Renwick Road)  
  • Rush Green Primary School  
  • All Saints Catholic School & Technology College  
  • George Carey Church of England Primary School  
  • Eastbury Community School  
  • St Margaret’s C of E Primary School  
  • Becontree Primary School  
  • Barking Abbey School  
  • Warren Junior School  
  • William Bellamy Primary School
  • Greatfields School  
  • Furze Infant School  


Medical facilities are widely available in Barking. There is a good selection of medical units for both general and specialized medical services. Here is a list of the medical care facilities in Barking:

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  • Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital
  • Shenfield Road, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM158EH
  • +441277695695
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  • The Chelmsford Private Day Surgery Hospital
  • Fenton House, 85-89 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM20PP
  • +441245253760

Why Barking is Great for Property Investments

Barking estate agents praise the area for incredible levels of return on investment it generates for first-time buyers and buy-to-let investors 

One of the main advantages this neighborhood offers is amazing proximity to the city center by way of the two Tube lines that serve its residents. For those looking to get out of the city or reach the airport, Barking also offers convenient and fast routes to the motorway. Second of all, Barking is the place to be if you are looking to buy or rent in an updated, modern district with tall buildings and contemporary amenities. The value for money for properties here is also great. You can get more space and a more suburban feel close to the city centre on a smaller budget 

With all this, Barking still has affordable housing prices. Investors looking to buy in Barking can expect healthy profits and yields as high as 6% on their purchases. If you are interested in a property in Barking, our [estate agents] can help you get the best deals.  
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Where are the Best Barking Properties?

For families, the Leftley Estate area offers 1930 terrace homes built in Victorian style on stunning tree-lined streets. Close to Barking Park and good schools and set in a peaceful community, this area has everything a young family could dream of.  

For young professionals, Barking is full of new-builds with modern amenities. Riverside Park is only one example. It is a remarkable mixed-use project that has transformed this London neighborhood and given it new life, offering any contemporary facility you could think of.  

Valence Park is another interesting area in Barking, where you can find 2-bedroom 1950s style homes at very reasonable prices. The nearby Chadwell Heath station will be included in the route of the new Crossrail shortening commute times and improving access to the city centre and the West End.  

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Barking Estate Agent Tips

If Barking estate agents had to choose only one piece of advice for house hunters looking into purchasing a property in Barking it would be: don’t wait. Barking’s reputation as a new, cosmopolitan urban centre can no longer be kept a secret. The new influx of residents and businesses has been increasing prices in the area at a steady pace for over 10 years. Buying now can guarantee you still benefit from the great value for money Barking properties can bring to first-time buyers, as well as the amazing return on investment it can yield for buy-to-let investors 
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Barking’s Regeneration

BeFirst, an independent regeneration company owned by Barking and Dagenham Council is leading the way for Barking’s major regeneration plansTheir manifesto describes the company’s plan to build 50,000 new homes and create an astounding 20,000 new jobs over the course of the next 20 years. Their programs include building both modern and affordable housing, accelerating the Decent Homes programme for Council tenantscreating partnerships to increase the number of jobs and opportunities in the local economy, and working to expand and build new schools and improve community facilities, parks, transport and cultural and leisure facilities 
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