Large sweeping lots housing grand estates and equestrian facilities
Just east of Barrington and South Barrington lies the sophisticated yet pastoral village of Barrington Hills, where country living is elevated to an elegance hard to achieve elsewhere. Lavish, refined estates are nested on massive lots with an abundance of acreage, where horses graze and the sun sets vibrantly over meticulously maintained lawns and towering mature trees.
While Barrington Hills wasn’t officially incorporated until 1957, it has a long history of drawing the area’s affluent to its bucolic pastures. In the early 20th century, business executives and industry titans purchased much of the farmland in the Barrington Hills area to establish regal summer homes, and by 1921 the Barrington Hills Country Club was established.
Housing in Barrington Hills spans across the 20th and 21st centuries, meaning that buyers have their pick of architectural styles and histories, all complete with the unbelievable regality the area is renowned for. Magnificent French chateau-inspired estates, stately brick mansions with a more contemporary traditional flair, and imposing Georgian properties all invite owners to a world of luxury and tranquility.
A small population with large estates means that Barrington Hills is the place to be when you want a little room to breathe and bright sunrises from a quiet front porch. Residents enjoy the luxury of long private drives that are often gated, leafy alcoves, and a gently sloping landscape, all of which gives locals the inclination to stay inside the perimeters of their own little paradise.
When residents want to get in a little retail therapy or grab dinner out on the town, they typically head to The Arboretum of South Barrington, a mere 10-minute drive away. An open-air retail destination named after its abundant trees, lush gardens, and manicured landscape, The Arboretum houses a plethora of upscale shops like White House Black Market and L.L. Bean.
The Arboretum is also brimming with dining options, such as delicious traditional Mexican at MAGO Grill & Cantina. Not only is the menu crafted by award-winning Chef Juan Luis Gonzalez, but the guacamole is also made right at your table, and the restaurant boasts a massive selection of over 200 premier tequilas.
Grab a bite of incredible sushi and Pan Asian cuisine at Wok N Fire, whose signature maki rolls are bursting with flavor. Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge offers a sweet treat to those visiting the Arboretum—their European-style artisan chocolates are expertly crafted to satisfy your candy cravings.
Barrington Hills’ dedication to preserving the beauty of their hometown isn’t the only altruistic facet of the community. Many of the year’s activities are centered around charity events and spectacular galas whose proceeds go to incredibly worthy foundations. For instance, the Sanfilippo Foundation resides in a one-of-a-kind building that houses absolutely magical events throughout the year, including tours of special antiques and collections and remarkable music performances.
The village hosts frequent galas to benefit JourneyCare’s Hospice and Palliative Care, a much-loved community foundation. The Barrington Area Conservation Trust, or BACT for short, hosts an annual concert for residents and supports the village’s commitment to the environment.
Barrington Hills is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities can be found within the Barrington 220 School District. Nationally recognized for its excellence, this school district has obtained 11 National Blue Ribbon Awards. Notable schools include:
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