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What’s The Real Estate Market Like Here?
Barrington is an affluent suburban village and 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 older style properties. These styles and ages 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 them have been converted into businesses.
As time passes older properties have either been renovated or torn down and new buildings constructed. There is now a varied mix of old and new and likely the regeneration will continue for many years. Village residences 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.
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 properties for sale right on this page.
What About Unincorporated 60010?
Many of the areas surrounding the Village 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 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.
Unincorporated properties have the appeal of less community rules and are often sought after because of this. Styles are typically Colonial, Contemporary, Tudor, Georgian, Craftsman, Ranches; very few Victorian, you’re more likely to find Farmhouses here.
Contact Corinne Guest, a resident of 23 years and a Barrington IL REALTOR, will help you choose the right neighborhood for your family. As a community Barrington Illinois has a great variety of home choices and we hope this article helps you appreciate why this village might be the right place for you to decide to call it home. Learn about buying and living in our community.
The village center and surrounding unincorporated areas that do not belong to any of the other villages, has a lot of neighborhoods. There are condo complexes, townhomes, single family subdivisions and properties with acreage.
Barrington Oaks Estates
Cook Street Plaza
Country Club Estates
Deer Lake Meadows
Deer Path Estates
East Barrington Oaks
Green View Acres
Homes At Kainer Court
Kelsey’s Grand View
Legacy Of Barrington
Lochshire Of Barrington
Northern Hills Of Barrington
Oak Ridge North
Oaks Of Barrington
Reserve At Barrington
Riverside Of Barrington
The Oaks Of Barrington
White Oaks Estates
History of Our Village
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 now is just over 10,300, about a quarter of the population of all the village’s in zip code 60010 combined.
Our homes are generally focused around the center of the village with some in unincorporated areas 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.
A Word About Fences In Village Center
We are often asked if fences are allowed in backyards. Owners 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 in the zip code 60010. 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.
New Construction Options
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. 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.
The small amount of vacant land remaining has allowed new townhouses to built, something many buyers are looking for when downsizing from luxury homes in this revered zip code.
Why Choose Barrington Village
Variety and sizes of homes to match variable buying budgets.
Smaller lots to take care of.
220 School District (Outlying Unincorporated 60010 areas do NOT all attend 220 Schools.)
Children can walk to schools from many of the 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.
Which Schools do Students Attend?
Children living in the village 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 town. There are 2 middle schools, one on Main Street close to the center and one high school also on Main Street. Search homes by school name.
Although enrollment sizes fluctuate the elementary schools have on average 450/500 students, middle schools 1,000 and the high school 3,000 or more. 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. This includes Wauconda and Algonquin. When buying homes and schools are a critical factor, always call the school district offices to verify the schools for a property.
Closet to the Village and in Cook County is Harper Community College. It offers vocational courses and the first two years of a four year degree can be completed here. High school graduates can complete their general education credits and also associate degrees.
Lake County College is in Lake County, north of the village center and offers similar programs but also 4 year degree programs. Many high school graduates do their degree locally making use of community colleges or one of the many choices of 4 year colleges in Chicago and the suburbs.
Park District & Leisure
Nature and Wildlife – We have many 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.
The Park District – Encompassing five parks offering a wide variety of recreation facilities. There are 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:
Ron Beese Park
Our newly renovated library is large, with adult and children centers, rooms for hire for conferences, meeting and study rooms, digital studios, computers and internet access and plenty of summer programs for the kids.
As we are are a country suburb local leisure is limited. For ball games, hockey and football head over to Chicago where these facilities are in plentiful supply. Lake Barrington has a sports center. South Barrington has a tennis and swimming club. Golf courses are available in North Barrington, Inverness, Lake Barrington.
With over 10 churches of various denominations in the center of the village, services are available for all faiths.
Hospitals and Doctors
In the village center you’ll find plenty of Doctors and Dentists to choose from. Most are connected to Good Shepherd Hospital just a few miles north. Good Shepherd Hospital is a trauma care center, has a respected cardiac unit and in the last few years has undergone a facelift. Rooms are now all private.
There is also a Sunrise senior memory care center. The Garlands is a retirement community, there are several elder care locations too.
Restaurants and Shopping
The village has banks, local stores, opticians, a large grocery store and a smaller one. The big box stores are found in nearby towns as Barrington is not large enough to accommodate them.
In the town center there are coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and many eateries with Italian, Greek, Mexican, Japenese and American food. There’s an Irish Pub too. Whether you are looking for comfort food, fine dining or take out, there’s plenty to choose from.
For commuters we have the Metra line stopping in the village on a regular basis. It’s about a one hour commute into Chicago, trains arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison St. and Canal St. The trip from Barrington takes about an hour to 65 minutes. There is a good sized parking lot.
The same commute by road will make use of I-90. With light traffic expect an hour, rush times add up to 30 minutes more. Car parking is a premium so factor in costs before dismissing the train!
Chicago O’Hare airport is a busy airport about 40 minutes away. With direct flights all over the world and nationally there are 5 terminals. It’s an easy drive down Barrington Rd and along I-90. Location of the airport makes traveling reasonably easy for business or family to visit.
Barrington IL REALTOR
Let me help you achieve your home buying dream! For help getting your home search started, call Corinne Guest, Barrington Realty Company at (847) 363-3686.
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