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AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 20:53:32

Have found a lovely house here, not getting cold feet as such but just wanted to ask for opinions good and bad on the area generally...
Have lived all over London, moving from NE. It appears to have good transport links, big parks and a theatre too.

We meet with vendor soon, would appreciate any input from you guys!

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 20:55:33

Schools I need to ask about them too ... Any thoughts.

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 21:00:04

Tell me I ain't...

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 21:25:33


Camwombat Wed 15-May-13 21:27:40

just a minor point, at least on mobile there's no link to an area. I'm probably little help otherwise as I don't live in London....

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 21:34:46

I'm kinda looking for first hand experiences of area, vibe, friendliness etc Camwombat but thanks anyhow!

Selbytobe Wed 15-May-13 21:44:39

Of what place?

RandomMess Wed 15-May-13 21:45:27

I think she means Barking... ?

Lulabellarama Wed 15-May-13 21:45:36

I assume, Barking

pooka Wed 15-May-13 21:45:43


Selbytobe Wed 15-May-13 21:50:52

Oh I see. I thought it was barking mad to live in x

Too clever for me.

Camwombat Wed 15-May-13 21:54:05

Selby, I'm glad I'm not the only one. it's clearly been a long day.... up at 4.30 the toad and not asleep yet

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 21:57:02

Oh bloody hell, sorry, yes it's Barking, London Borough of.. Though is it technically Essex, I dunno know

It's not somewhere I really know, priced out of our present location and would love a garden, I can afford it here I just want to know bit more about the place, if anyone can help...

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 22:05:02

Crikey come back

Selbytobe Wed 15-May-13 22:09:03

Alas I know nothing of barking. Although I am now wondering if barking mad relates to the place or the dog noise...

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 22:15:22

Thanks Selbytobe probably a bit of both! To be honest I was expecting it to be horro but it wasn't, inner city gritty yes but that I can live with

Been reading about the plans to re do the town centre and liked the abbey and the parks, our house would be fairly near transport but very quiet street almost too quiet, i dunno?

Confused, you betcha!

AuraofDora Wed 15-May-13 22:56:40


AuraofDora Thu 16-May-13 15:31:21

Anyone living out there in Barking with some comforting words of welcome..wisdom..anything??

AuraofDora Thu 16-May-13 16:07:31


Fedupofdiets Thu 16-May-13 16:32:47

Clearly not....

mistlethrush Thu 16-May-13 16:34:38

Can I suggest you start again with the title "Property in Barking - good or bad idea?" or something similar - as this title doesn't encourage anyone in Barking to look at it.... It sounds as though you think that you think you're mad to consider a certain property....

GemmaTeller Thu 16-May-13 16:39:36

My DH comes from Barking and he would never move back there

justpoppy Thu 16-May-13 16:46:07

I've recently moved out of Barking. Was born there 40 years ago. You're right - transport links are fantastic, the park is nice (not as nice as it used to be) and the theatre is good too. It is however very very run down. I wouldn't feel safe walking after dark and felt the schools weren't right for my ds. I now live further out in Essex and love it.

AuraofDora Thu 16-May-13 19:37:24

Just poppy thanks was worried because we could afford a nice place! We want ds to finish at his primary and liked the look of Robert clack secondary school . . .
Oh crikey am really worried now

turkeyboots Thu 16-May-13 20:14:12

Everyone I knew who grew up in Barking refuses to live there. It's reputed to be v v rough. They had BNP councillers for a bit which tells you something about a place.

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