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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- New Homes in Barrington Illinois
- How Big Are Barrington IL Homes?
- Pricing of Barrington IL Homes
- Barrington IL Homes – Is There Any New Construction?
- Other Specialty Homes in Barrington Illinois
- Convenience of Living in Barrington Village
- Disadvantages of Living in Barrington IL
- Which Schools do Barrington IL Students Attend?
- Barrington IL Park District & Leisure
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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 Barrington IL 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 IL Homes – styles include:
- 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 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
New Homes in Barrington Illinois
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 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 of Barrington IL
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.
How Big Are Barrington IL Homes?
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 Barrington IL Homes
With smaller houses starting under $150,00 alongside the 1 bedroom condos and townhouses, 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.
Barrington IL Homes – 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 close to the center of the 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
The only Active Adult homes are in South Barrington
Convenience of Living in Barrington Village
Convenience or advantages, buyers move to Barrington IL 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 IL
- 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!
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. The MLS information is not 100% accurate and should never be relied upon.
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. 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 Amphitheater
- 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
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