In 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Barrington sixth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live. With its high median income, top-rated school system and low crime rate, it’s easy to understand why this historic seaside village enjoys such a high ranking. The quality of life here is superb—a shining example of residential bliss. This family-friendly town is home to several historic districts and well-preserved examples of architectural styles ranging from Elizabethan Revival and Queen Anne to Gothic and Medieval inspired styles.
Barrington’s history as an English settlement extends all the way back to the Mayflower, and is closely tied to storied native and colonial personages. In this era, Barrington was known as the “garden of the colony,” and the epithet is still accurate today in its invocation of the town’s fertile soils and scenic views of Narragansett Bay and the Warren River. Surrounded by water on three sides, nearly half of Barrington’s 15 square mile area is actually water. Here you will find a variety of beautiful historical and contemporary waterfront properties to choose from.
Barrington has been known as a summer resort since the late 1800s. Its historical seaside charm and plethora of leisure activities set the bar for coastal New England living, but Barrington is so much more than a resort town. With its proximity to Providence (10.9 mi) and Boston (60.2 mi), many residents take advantage of the metropolitan job opportunities and cultural activities within easy reach from their peaceful seaside abode. And with organizations like the Barrington Land Conservation Trust keeping a watchful eye over the area’s valuable resources, you can rest assured that this peace and prosperity will persist for many generations to come.