Barrington is just a few miles south of Providence, but in many respects, it’s a world away. A small town of only about 15,000 residents over eight square miles, Barrington is considered one of the most desirable residential communities in the state – and with good reason.
With Narragansett Bay, the Barrington River, and the Warren River all bordering town, you are never far from the water. Sailors will appreciate the well-sheltered anchorage and the social and competitive opportunities available in Barrington’s tight-knit boating community, and at the Barrington Yacht Club, for those who choose to join. Fishermen, too will appreciate the access to Narragansett bay, as well as near-shore fishing opportunities available in the salt-water rivers, and shellfishing in Hundred Acre Cove. Barrington even has its own town beach – a surf-free sandy beach, perfect for children.
There is no shortage of land-based recreational opportunities in Barrington, either. The town marks the midpoint of the Bristol-to-Providence East Bay Bike Path, and is a magnet not only for bikers, but also walkers and bladers. The town sponsors an array of recreational teams, from youth soccer to adult softball leagues, and there are clean and well-maintained parks and playgrounds in every neighborhood. For golfers, Barrington is home to one of the finest members-only courses in the region, and there are several excellent public courses in the area.
Barrington public schools consistently rank among the best in the state, which makes this town a mecca for young families. Though once distinguished by its unusual status as a “dry” town, licensing laws have been relaxed to allow for a handful of restaurants to open and thrive in town. Most notably, the Tyler Point Grille, Chiazza, and Billy’s provide opportunities for evenings “on the town” while allowing Barrington to retain its quiet charm.
Despite its size, Barrington supports an impressive and thriving commercial center. Independently owned coffee shops and bookstores, boutiques and delis operate alongside a handful of national retailers, ensuring that residents can meet virtually all their needs and still “shop local.”
There are three major neighborhoods in Barrington, each with its own special charms. The Sowams neighborhood, which includes Hampton Meadows, is bordered by the Warren River on one side and the Barrington River on the other. This is classic suburban living, quiet streets of single-family homes old and new, where the kids in the neighborhood play together until the street lights come on in the evening. The Hampton Meadows Greenbelt cuts through the neighborhood, allowing both recreational opportunities and a safe path for children to walk to one of the two neighborhood elementary schools.
Nayatt point, jutting into Narragansett Bay, is at the extreme end of the Nayatt neighborhood, which runs all the way into town and includes all property along and off both Nayatt and Rumstick roads. Many of Barrington’s most desirable properties are in Nayatt, with several large, waterfront estates as well as beachfront cottages and stately Victorians. Living in Nayatt is feeling like you’ve gotten away from it all, while still being a quick 15-minute drive to your Providence office.
The Primrose Hill neighborhood includes the smaller neighborhoods of West Barrington, Bay Spring, and the historic Alfred Drowne area. It’s the most diverse Barrington neighborhood, with home styles ranging from architecturally stunning Victorians to snug bungalows and contemporary-style homes. Haines Point Park and marina are located here, and with easy access to both the bike path and the Wampanoag Trail, commuters of all kinds will appreciate the convenience of living in Primrose Hill.
With solid schools, clean parks and playgrounds, a state-of-the-art public library, and great shopping, if you want to be near the bustle of the city – but not in the thick of it – you can’t beat Barrington.