Barrington is located 32 miles from Chicago in the Northwest Suburbs. Barrington is known for its extensive areas of wetlands, forest areas, parks and horse trails, and also for its architectural real estate wonders! Barrington actually has the largest residential historic district in Illinois. If you’re looking for a home or neighborhood with history, this is where it’s at.
The first settlers in Barrington were Native Americans from the Potawatomi, Mascoutin, Chippewa and Ottawa tribes. Many roads in the area were originally Native American trails. The first settlers from New York arrived in 1834, and their settlement was eventually called Barrington Center. Barrington became an incorporation in 1865.
Barrington’s historic residential district is made of Victorian, Victorian Gothic and Queen Anne architecture, among others. One of the most notable buildings is the Octagon House right on Main Street, build around 1860, and Catlow Theater, which opened for business in 1972. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Within Barrington are seven independent villages, including Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington and others. When it comes to real estate, you’ve got options for starter townhomes and homes to luxurious estates and equestrian properties. There is something for everyone looking to make Barrington their home! It’s the perfect combination of country and suburban living.
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Barrington, IL as a Tree City USA every year since 1986, due to the number of trees and the proper care for them. Barrington has numerous recreational options, from park trails to tennis courts, playgrounds, sports fields, golf courses, a water park, forest preserves, horse trails and more. Residents can also take advantage of all that the Barrington Area Library has to offer, as well as the Barrington Area Historical Society.
While some of the properties in Barrington are very widespread, due to the amount of acreage and different village options within Barrington, residents still feel that small-town closeness. This could be due to the number of community events that take place during the year, such as the Memorial Day parade, the Fourth of July parade and fireworks, auto shows, Homecoming parade, Barring Brew Fest, Great Taste Fest of Barrington, Art in the Barn, Duck Race and so many more.
When ready to search for a home in Barrington, IL, or anywhere else in the Chicago area, Harty Realty Group is here to help make it happen. Summer is a great season for house hunting, and as Exclusive Buyers Agents, we have only your best interests in mind!
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