Located in Cook and Lake County Illinois, Barrington IL is an affluent suburban village. The area features wetlands, forest preserves, parks, and horse trails in a country-suburban setting, located approximately 32 miles northwest of Chicago.
If you don’t live locally but are considering Barrington as a destination to move to you can view all the homes for sale here. As a community Barrington Illinois has quite the variety of home choices and we hope this article helps you appreciate why the Village of Barrington might be the right place for you to decide to call it home. Learn about buying and living in this community.
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History of Barrington Homes
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- History of Barrington Homes
- What Kind Of Homes Can You Buy in Barrington IL Today?
- Browse all Barrington IL Homes For Sale
- What About Unincorporated Barrington Illinois?
- A Word About Fences
- How Big Are Homes in Barrington Illinois?
- Pricing of Homes
- Is There Any New Construction
- Other Specialty Homes in Barrington Illinois.
- Convenience of Living in Barrington Proper.
- Popular Neighborhoods
- Children living in Barrington Proper attend Barrington Schools
- Finding The Right Buyers Agent
- Living in Barrington Illinois
- The History of Barrington IL
- Great Schools in Barrington IL
- Park District & Leisure
- Shopping & Eating in Barrington IL
Back in the mid 1800’s when Barrington was first starting to develop into a village the homes were typically log style. It was known as Barrington Station. The attraction of a train station at the center attracted people to the area and it was a great place to move to with stores opening. People that became wealthy during the 1920’s gravitated to Barrington Station. Growth slowed down during hard times but resumed in the 1950’s and on with the post war baby boom and Chicago’s suburban expansion building what is now known as Barrington proper. The population of Barrington proper is just over 10,300 about a quarter of the population of all the Barrington’s combined.
Homes are generally focused around the center of the village with some in un-incorporated Barrington on the outskirts. Barrington expanded the footprint over 100 years with homes built for each era. Early homes were Victorian, Queen -Anne style; Tudor, Colonial, American Four Square or Craftsman. As time passed more modern homes were built with ranches, Colonial, Split Level homes becoming the new styles.
What Kind Of Homes Can You Buy in Barrington IL Today?
Barrington IL has the largest residential historic district in Illinois. We still have many homes in the downtown area that were built in the 1800’s. Lining the primary cross streets of Main Street and Hough Street are many Victorian, Queen-Anne and Craftsman style homes. These styles and age of homes expand out to many of the downtown residential streets. They have small yards up to a quarter acre, but are within walking distance to shops, schools, the Metra train station and local businesses. Some of the properties are converted into businesses. As time passes older properties have either been renovated or torn down and new buildings constructed. The homes are now a mix of old and new and likely the regeneration will continue for many years. Homes in the village are on public sewers and water supply. The water is supplied from an underground aquifer, which feeds to 4 wells in the village and then pumped to the residential and commercial buildings. It is not fed from Lake Michigan water.
Home styles are:
- Split Level
In the 1960’s we started to see Planned Unit Developments with homes built less on the lot and block style of straight streets east/west or south/north; and more as subdivisions created to allow green space within for parks. Subdivisions usually have 1 or 2 entrances. Condos and townhouses are limited in Barrington IL but there are some both close to the center and on the perimeter. The only limiting factor is you’ll not be able to buy a home with acreage. Although there are a few homes that have up to one acre, most are much smaller in size. If acreage is your wish, explore our other communities.
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What About Unincorporated Barrington Illinois?
Many of the areas surrounding the Village of Barrington have been incorporated into new communities. Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Barrington Hills, South Barrington all share the same zip code but are not part of Barrington Village proper. However woven between all of these are areas of Barrington that were not incorporated into any of our villages. They fall under county jurisdiction and have the Barrington IL address. They are far and wide in location and some have acreage too and are zoned for horses.
Properties in Unincorporated Barrington have the appeal of less community rules and are often sought after because of this. Home types are typically Colonial, Contemporary, Tudor, Georgian, just about all styles listed for Barrington; very few if any Victorian, you’re more likely to find Farmhouses here.
A Word About Fences
We are often asked if fences are allowed in back yards. In Barrington homes are permitted to have fences and many do. This makes it good to keep fido contained and for the security of letting children play outside. The same is not true of our other communities like Lake or North Barrington, Deer Park or Inverness. Fences are permitted in Unincorporated Barrington but keep in mind the open country character you have chosen to live in, and then decide if it may detract from the surroundings. Smaller dog runs are usually permitted. For horse zoned properties paddock fencing is allowed.
How Big Are Homes in Barrington Illinois?
With homes built over 100 years ago it stands to reason they can be small. This opens the doorway for first time buyers to enter the revered village of Barrington. With square footage under 1,000 we’ve got ranch homes with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom. The other end of the spectrum you can find a home with substantial square footage up to 7,000 on 8 acres in our unincorporated area. Typical Barrington IL homes are 3-4 bedrooms, 2,000 to 2,500 square feet on small to quarter acre lots with 2 car garages.
Basements are common even in some of the older homes. Height might be an issue though as older home basements were really meant as cellars, cold storage. Only as we got past WWII did the basements become more functional and useable as additional living space. Basements now are offered either unfinished or finished. Finishing a basement can expand your living area. Many include family rooms, playrooms, extra bedrooms and if really lucky extra bathrooms.
Pricing of Homes
With smaller houses starting under $150,00 alongside the 1 bedroom condos and town houses, prices go close to $2 million for the larger homes on acreage in unincorporated Barrington. The median sale price over the last 6 months was $475,000 for single family homes (May 2016). Attached home sales had a median price of $160,00. (May 2016). The majority of sales are single family homes with 113 sales compared to only 15 attached home sales.
Is There Any New Construction
Because Barrington has other villages on it’s boundaries and because it’s now 150+ years old there is not much room left for growth and new construction homes. There will always be re-generation of the housing stock but that will be very gradual. There are a few small areas of undeveloped land, some of which is sold off from owners who have larger parcels, it get’s subdivided and then a small planned unit subdivision is created.
At the time of writing there are 223 homes for sale including the unincorporated areas. Pick a Realtor that really knows Barrington to get your listings correctly marketed and if buying to make sure you end up where you want to be. Of those listings only 18 are new construction. Those 18 homes may be built or be ready to build. That’s about 8%. Of those only 5 are in Barrington proper close to the center of Barrington Village.
Other Specialty Homes in Barrington Illinois.
New construction is always an in demand type of housing but there are others and some are catered to in the Barrington and Unincorporated Barrington areas. Here are some features found with some of our homes:
- Waterfront homes
- Zoned for horses
- Unincorporated areas with acreage
- Maintenance free living
- Luxury homes
- Within walking distance to schools
- Foreclosures and short sales – now very limited in supply
- Main level master bedroom homes
- Ranch homes
We have one active adult home neighborhood but there are plenty of ideas for active adults to choose from.
Convenience of Living in Barrington Proper.
Convenience or advantages, buyers move to Barrington proper for many different reasons, but the advantages to many are:
- Variety and sizes of homes to match variable home buying budgets.
- Smaller lots to take care of.
- 220 School District (Outlying Unincorporated Barrington areas do NOT all attend 220 Schools.)
- Children can walk to schools for many of the homes and subdivisions, especially elementary grades.
- Close to Metra Station for commuting to Chicago.
- Local shops and stores within walking distance.
- Walk to restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Unincorporated properties allow a greater freedom for things like working from home & parking an RV.
- 10 minutes from I-90 to travel east or west
- 40 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare airport with direct flights all over the world.
- Local parks.
Disadvantages of Living in Barrington Proper
- We do have a freight train line running through the village center and the trains can be long. This can cause a snarl up of traffic as it crosses both Main Street and Route 14.
- Single lane street north/south means at rush hour and lunch time traffic in the center of our village gets congested. Learn the back roads and move faster!
Many subdivisions were built in the 1960’s ’70’s and ’80’s and have become very popular places to call home. Here are some of our most popular.
Fox Point – Homes here were built in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and with trees and shrubs planted that long ago the landscaping is very well established. There is a homeowners clubhouse with pool, pond, park and the lake. Several yearly events are always enjoyed by the residents. Just 3 minutes from the center of town, directly opposite both elementary and middle schools make this subdivision a sought after location to buy. There are waterfront homes here too with a reasonably large lake in the center. View Homes for Sale.
Lakeview – A neighborhood of homes built 10 to 15 years ago. There are masonry and cedar sided homes of approximately 3000 to 4000 square feet in size. The offer an unusual opportunity to buy a larger home in the boundaries of the village. Views of The Rookery in Bakers Lake directly opposite. Just 4 minutes from the center of town. View homes for sale.
Park Barrington – A subdivision of single family homes with a home owners association that takes care of exterior maintenance, lawn care,and snow removal. Caters to buyers that want less maintenance and a village location. Just 4 minutes from the center of town. View homes for sale.
Sunset Estates – A small enclave of brand new homes close to the village center. W Sunset Road and Court are accessed from Hough St (AKA Route 59) but you need to drive through to the end of the street to find this hidden gem which has a beautiful setting at the end of the cul de sac. It’s well set back beyond existing homes on Elizabeth Lane and Laurine Drive and you’ll be immersed in a countryside setting. Still only 6 minutes from the center of Barrington. View homes for sale.
Many of these subdivisions have HOA’s for the care and maintenance of entrance ways.
Children living in Barrington Proper attend Barrington Schools
Barrington School District is sought after. Most schools here have excellent report cards. We have 8 elementary schools, 4 of which are close to the center of Barrington. There are 2 middle schools, one on Main Street close to the center and one high school also on Main Street. Although enrollment sizes fluctuate the elementary schools have on average 450/500 students, middle schools 1,000 and the high school 3,000. The 11 schools educate nearly 9,000 students and the graduation rate is around 96%. Average class size is 22 students.
Children living in unincorporated Barrington may be on the fringes of the zip code boundaries. Although the majority of homes are in School District 220, some fall inside other townships. Schools for some areas of Barrington include Wauconda and Algonquin. When buying homes and schools are not just important but a critical factor, always call the school district offices. The MLS information is not 100% accurate and should never be relied upon.
Finding The Right Buyers Agent
Whether you are moving within Barrington, from another suburbs or Chicago City, or if you are about to relocate to Barrington, if you intend to buy, a buyers agent is a good agent to have on your side. A buyers agent is someone who represents you the buyer and only the buyer.
We’ve got extensive experience working with buyers as it is where our passion lies. We are certified as a buyers agent and in relocation. Our plan is to sit down first and chat about your goals and dreams before the home search begins. We need to learn about you and your family and what’s important to you. It’s not about getting a sale, that’s not how we work. We prefer to act in the manner of your protector. From start to finish we’ll be by your side, guiding and helping as little or as much as you need.
Contact Corinne today at 847-363-3686 .
More About Our Village
Living in Barrington Illinois
- Country Suburban Lifestyle
- Equestrian Trails, Riding Club, Polo
- Golf Courses
- Low Crime Rate
- Revered School District
- Beautiful Parks & Walking Trails
- Super Variety of Family & Formal Restaurants
- An Hours Commute to Chicago
- Close to O’Hare Airport
- Historic Architecture
- Variety of Leisure Activities
The History of Barrington IL
Barrington IL has the largest residential historic district in Illinois and is noted for its Victorian, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and other popular late-19th century forms of architecture. The, located on Main Street in downtown Barrington, is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the area.
The Village was incorporated in 1865 with a population of just 300. Our library was founded in 1915 and now has over 226,000 volumes. The Catlow theater opened in 1927 and still operates today as a single screen venue. The Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1969 to support local businesses.
Barrington Illinois celebrated it’s 150th anniversary in 2015. Barrington remains a medium sized village yet is steeped with historic events. In total there are approx. 44,000 residents in the zip code 60010.
With Chicago’s airport about 30 to 40 minutes away, travel for business or pleasure is easy. You’ll always be able to find direct flights to almost anywhere in the world. There’s also a Metra train station in the center of the village should you need to commute to downtown Chicago, it takes about an hour and there is a large parking lot. We also have I-90 closeby to get east and west, to downtown Chicago or Rockford. I-94 is also within 20 minutes for north or south bound travel-Milwaukee or to Indiana, Michigan and southern states.
The main streets running through Barrington are Route 14 northwest, Lake Cook Road east and west and Route 59 north and south. All run through the village center so in rush time it can get a little congested.
Most people do travel by car for their daily transport needs. There are no buses and taxis come from nearby areas. In the village you can walk to the center from some of the nearby neighborhoods and you’ll also see kids walking to school if they live closeby. Most children are bused to the schools.
Great Schools in Barrington IL
Barrington IL is served by Barrington Community School District 220.
Elementary children may attend either Hough Street, Roslyn Rd, Arnett Lines or Grove Ave schools. The middle schools are Station and Prairie Campuses and Barrington High School for seniors.
Many buyers come to the area to move their children into the revered Barrington School District. Parents need to make informed decisions before moving into any school district. Reading past and present report cards helps when it comes to academics. The Barrington District 220 web site has comprehensive information about all it’s schools.
Check out the boundary maps for the answer about which schools your children will attend for any home you are interested in. You can also search homes by school names but always double check with the administration office as things do change.
Park District & Leisure
Nature and Wildlife – Barrington has marshes nearby most of which have walking trails, so if wildlife and bird watching is what you enjoy you want have to travel far. The Heron Rookery on Bakers Lake in Barrington is home to colonial nesting birds. You’ll need binoculars but come spring the lake is filled with activity.
Barrington’s Park District – Encompassing five parks offering a wide variety of recreation facilities. The park district has events from April though October and the Aquatics center is open late May with swimming lessons and open pool hours all through the summer. Here are some of what is available in each park.
- Fitness Center
- Gymnasium with Track
- Meeting and Community Rooms with Stage
- 2 Preschool Rooms
- 2 Multi-Purpose Rooms
- Kindergarten K.E.E.P.
- Bash Skate Park
- Picnic Sites
- 4 Ball Diamonds
- 3 Playgrounds
- 5-Hole, Par-3 Golf
- Biking/Walking Paths
- Cuba Mash Connection
- Jewel Tea Park Pavillion
- John Larkins Bell Gazebo
- Pepper Family Treehouse
- Picnic Shelters
- Restroom Facilities
- Robert Soule Amplitheater
- Tennis/ Basketball Court
- The Lodge
Ron Beese Park
- Baseball/Softball Fields
- Football Fields
- Garden Plots
- Soccer/LaCrosse Fields
- Restroom Facility
- Ski Trails
- Team Challenge Course
Columbus & Miller Park
- Neighborhood Parks
- 8 & 12 Acres Respectively
- Open Play Areas
Shopping & Eating in Barrington IL
The Village of Barrington offers the nearest in shopping. We have a large grocery store in the village center, a small grocery store recently added with fresh food bars make for a great place to grab dinner on the way home. We have boutique stores, antiques, locally owned stores. For big box stores like Home Depot, Walmart etc shoppers need to go to Lake Zurich, Deer Park and Palatine. The nearest shopping malls are Deer Park, The Arboretum South Barrington and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
There are all sorts of places to stop for a coffee, light lunch or evening meal. Whatever you fancy you’ll find, pizzas, burgers, salads, subs, Chinese, Sushi, Italian, even our Irish Pub. From fast food to fine dining Barrington has something for us all.
When you’re ready to buy in Barrington, give Corinne a call at 847-363-3686 or email her and let her know how she can help you.