Barrington is a suburban community within the East Bay area of Rhode Island. It’s well-known for its wealthy and affluent neighborhoods, top-ranked public school department, and accessible location southeast (about seven miles) from Providence. The town government puts a noticeable focus on community planning and youth sports and supports local businesses who want to open stores along the shopping plazas on County Road and Maple Avenue. Crime rates here are very low and the housing market is competitive every year.
According to Realtor.com in January 2023, the median listing home price in Barrington, RI was $720K, trending up 20% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $340. The median home sold price was $847.5K.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
A homes value is determined by much more than online data. Online evaluations like Zillows ‘zestimates’ simply can’t tell you the full story. Factors such as hyper-local market criteria, seasonal buyer demand, and interior condition will also determine how much a buyer will offer for your home.
Barrington strikes a rare balance for shoppers — you can get big retail stores and small businesses in the same spot. For example, the Barrington Shopping Center houses Shaw’s, CVS, Ace Hardware, and Starbucks. But you’ll also find several locally-owned businesses in the same plaza, such as Barrington Books, LOFT, and Encore. All up and down Route 114 you’ll find smaller shopping plazas with local craft stores, gift shops, and restaurants.
Barrington has a beautiful hilltop location for their Town Hall and public library, where both overlook Town Center and Route 114. The Town Hall building was built in 1888 and features a “medieval” architecture look, with several gables and intricate stonework throughout. The public library was originally built in 1807 and used as a school until it was repurposed in the 1970s.
Barrington is not exactly a nightlife “destination” among the East Bay. In fact, up until 2011, Barrington was the only “dry town” in Rhode Island (alcohol sales were prohibited outside of restaurants). That said, Barrington does have great places to eat. And there are plenty of bars in surrounding towns, including Warren, Bristol, Seekonk, and East Providence.
The Barrington Public Schools Department consists of six schools (four elementary, two secondary). The department serves approximately 3,300 students per year, with a teaching staff of 293. Barrington High School is consistently ranked by US New & World Report as a top high school in Rhode Island and among the top 500 high schools in America.
Barrington is also home to Saint Andrews School and Barrington Christian Academy, both private schools. BCA is Rhode Island’s only K-12 Christian college preparatory school.
These are some of the top-rated public schools in Barrington based on a variety of measures, including academic performance and equity. Find out more about GreatSchools ratings.
Route 114 (Wampanoag Trail) This main road passes through Town Center and Barrington High School. It connects Barrington to Warren, East Providence, and Seekonk, MA
Sowams Road & New Meadow Road Barrington is separated by the Palmer River with a series of bridges that connect to East Barrington. On this side of town, the two main roads are Sowams and New Meadow, both connecting to Route 114.
Middle Highway runs through the center of Barrington’s residential west side, connecting Nyatt Road in Rumstick Point to Willet Ave on northern side of town.
RIPTA Bus number 60 passes through the East Bay townships from Providence to Newport with several stops along Route 114 in Barrington. Great way to save on travel costs and spend a day in Newport or travel into the city.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 17.2 Miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 9.3 miles
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