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Originally a farming community, Barrington grew after the arrival of the railroad station in the 1850s. The community is now known for its grand homes on large properties, historic buildings, a quaint downtown, and well-maintained parks. Notable architecture in Barrington includes the Octagon House, a unique eight-sided residential home built in 1860, and the Catlow Theater, one of the only single-screen historic theaters left in the area. The town prides itself on maintaining its natural beauty and original architecture.
Cost of Living
The median home cost in Barrington is well over both the state and national average, with home prices accounting for the most significant factor in cost of living differences. While Barrington is known for higher price points, home prices here do vary and can become more affordable as you get farther away from downtown. While the cost of living may be higher, Barrington offers residents many retail, shopping, and recreational options, along with excellent schools and attractive scenery.
Barrington’s Metra train station is located on Spring Street and serves as a direct connection to downtown Chicago, offering daily and long-term parking. Route 14 travels in the direction of the rail line and provides access to Highway 53, and Route 59 runs through the center of town and connects with the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90). O’Hare International Airport is located about 25 miles away.
Barrington Community Unit School District 220 serves the students in Barrington, offering eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Parents hold the school district in high regard for its dual language programs, willingness to innovate, and strong test scores. Barrington High School consistently ranks high in national reviews and is one of the best high schools in the state.
Barrington is a social community that hosts events throughout the warmer months, including outdoor music, beer gardens, and farmers markets. Barrington’s Sanfilippo “Place de la Musique” is a private museum known worldwide for its collection of restored automatic musical instruments, offering concerts, tours, and events. The Barrington Park District maintains numerous parks and preserves in the community and offers miles of walking and biking paths, including the notable Citizen Park, popular for its trails and relaxing green space. The bustling city center offers walking tours through historic downtown, along with specialty restaurants and shops, entertainment, festivals, and events.
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