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