Barrington IL homes can be found in both Cook and Lake County Illinois, in this 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 community to live in, you can view all Barrington IL homes for sale below, sorted by price. 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 Barrington IL.
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History of Barrington IL Homes
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 Village. The population of Barrington IL is just over 10,300 about a quarter of the population of all the Barrington IL village’s combined.
Barrington IL homes are generally focused around the center of the village with some in unincorporated 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 Today?
Barrington 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. Barrington IL 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.
Barrington home styles include:
- Split Level
What About Unincorporated Barrington?
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 independent villages. 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 some 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 In Village Center
We are often asked if fences are allowed in backyards. 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.
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. 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 close to the center of the village.
Why Choose Barrington Village
- 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.
Which Schools do Barrington IL Students Attend?
Children living in Barrington IL attend Barrington School District 220, which 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.
Barrington IL 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. Parks are:
- Langendorf Park
- Citizens Park
- Ron Beese Park
- Columbus Park
- Miller Park