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Old 01-09-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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There are some absolutely ENORMOUS estates in Barrington Hills but overall I believe the average cost/sq ft is higher in South Barrington. The difficulty with using with housing values as a yardstick for "affluence" is that there are some folks (especially among the elderly or just "once wealthy that retired too young and re-married too often"...) that are pretty darned cash strapped, of course just how cash strapped can one be when you have a $63,000+ annual property tax bill...

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Old 01-09-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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I think the biggest difference between the Hills & South Barrington is the amount of acreage. I think that both areas have gigantic homes, but Barrington Hills is a little more isolated (country feel) and you get a minimum of 5 acres per home I believe. South Barrington has huge houses but on smaller lots & is closer to the more commercial suburbs of Hoffman Estates & Schaumburg along with its shopping options. South Barrington is entirely within Cook County, whereas Barrington Hills has split up between Cook, Lake, McHenry & Kane Counties & covers much more land compared to South Barrington.

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There are some absolutely ENORMOUS estates in Barrington Hills but overall I believe the average cost/sq ft is higher in South Barrington. The difficulty with using with housing values as a yardstick for "affluence" is that there are some folks (especially among the elderly or just "once wealthy that retired too young and re-married too often"...) that are pretty darned cash strapped, of course just how cash strapped can one be when you have a $63,000+ annual property tax bill...

344 Old Sutton Rd, BARRINGTON HILLS, IL 60010 | MLS# 07986306 | Redfin
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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Hills is by far the nicer area IMO
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think the biggest difference between the Hills & South Barrington is the amount of acreage. I think that both areas have gigantic homes, but Barrington Hills is a little more isolated (country feel) and you get a minimum of 5 acres per home I believe. South Barrington has huge houses but on smaller lots & is closer to the more commercial suburbs of Hoffman Estates & Schaumburg along with its shopping options. South Barrington is entirely within Cook County, whereas Barrington Hills has split up between Cook, Lake, McHenry & Kane Counties & covers much more land compared to South Barrington.
Yes, above is all correct..

Based on the people/parents I know, I think there may be a higher concentration of established, affluential people (company CEO's/founders, etc.) living in Barrington Hills, regardless of home values. Many have 2nd homes anyway, but they like the tucked away country feel of the Hills for raising a family...
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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While most of the hills is minimum 5 acre zoning, there are exceptions.

There are areas with .5-1 acres and one sub division with zero lot lines amongst substantial common grounds.

I tend not to judge a book by its cover. Warren Buffet continues to live in the same rather modest house he bought in 1958.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:24 AM
 
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True, but Buffet is an outlier or an exception really. Most folks with this type of wealth either live in exclusive estate type enclaves (such as what we have in the North Shore) or in highly affluent urban ZIP codes such as those in Manhattan. Or maybe you'll find them on some huge ranch in Wyoming.

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While most of the hills is minimum 5 acre zoning, there are exceptions.

There are areas with .5-1 acres and one sub division with zero lot lines amongst substantial common grounds.

I tend not to judge a book by its cover. Warren Buffet continues to live in the same rather modest house he bought in 1958.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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Pretty sure it is the Hills. Of course if you've got millions to spend you can always build a big mansion in S. Barrington. Keep in mind if you have kids, by the time they are teenagers they will call it "Borington."
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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This is very true. Once you reach a certain age, the appeal of this area goes downhill unless you are again in the situation of raising a family. I could see the Hills having the edge if you need a horse stable. Would be more difficult to do that in South Barrington.

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Pretty sure it is the Hills. Of course if you've got millions to spend you can always build a big mansion in S. Barrington. Keep in mind if you have kids, by the time they are teenagers they will call it "Borington."
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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Default Barrington Hills

Having lived here, and raised kids here for the past 25 years, I will add the programs offered by the school and park districts as well as the surrounding YMCA facilities are wonderful.
Every sport , activity and scholastic interest is offered. When the kids are older, a train ride to the city and all that offers is available.
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