Barrington IL Homes - History and Style

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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. 

History of Barrington Homes

victorian house in Barrington ILBack 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.


Barrington 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 for Barrington.

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 in Barrington Village 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 in Barrington Village changed as the area grew. Still close to the center of the village home styles are:

  • Craftsman
  • Victorian
  • Tudor
  • Colonial
  • Ranches
  • Split Level
  • Contemporary
  • Georgian
  • Condos
  • Townhouses

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 choice of homes in Barrington Illinois provide choices for everyone, from first time buyers to luxury home buyers. 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. Barrington IL Home Search


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You can read more about the styles of homes at the original article. We've got information on schools too.

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Barrington Realty Company

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Kathleen Daniels
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Corinne,  No one knows Barrington Better! Buyers and Sellers are well advised to hire your for all of their Barrington and relocation needs. 

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Corrine what an interesting history about Barrington IL! Home buyers and sellers both will appreciate your post. You are the local expert in Barrington!

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You are so good with research and history! I would buy from you!

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