Living in Barking and the East London / Essex borders
Just east of the trendy hot spots of Spitalfields and the sports and shopping facilities of Stratford, and just west of the sprawling Rainham Marshes nature reserve, sits the East London enclave of Barking and Dagenham. This is a borough that’s on the up and the council have grand designs for its future which include a redesigned station, a rejuvenated Town Centre and shopping district, alongside thousands of new high-rise homes with a “loose grid” street layout and a central park (hello New York).
Commute length to London: Approximately 15 minutes
Annual train ticket: £2,020 (based on Barking Station to London Fenchurch Street)
Average house price: Semi-Detached; £357,581 / Terraced; £325,012
Did you know?
Barking is hot tipped to become ‘Barcelona on Thames’ by Barking and Dagenham council as the new Barking Riverside marina development promises big things from the capital’s latest regeneration hotspot.
The overall average sold price for properties in the borough came in at less than £304,000. And with work already well on the way at the Barking Riverside (aka Barcelona-on-Thames), as well as new schools and leisure facilities, a new riverboat service and train station opening in 2021, it is set to thrive in the coming years. The addition of the Elizabeth Line to neighbouring towns will also be a huge benefit.
With its quarter of an hour journey into the capital’s centre with c2c trains (which also run directly to the Southend seaside) this Greater London suburb can offer property owners the best of both worlds. Barking station can take you directly into London Fenchurch Street, and you also have the London Underground District Line and Hammersmith & City line as well as the London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line.
New schools are planned for the Barking Riverside area. The wealth of transport options means you have your pick of schools in the east of London and out into Essex to choose from.
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