Community Spotlight: Lake Barrington Shores in Barrington, IL

Lake Barrington Shores has plenty of exciting amenities for active adults looking to retire in Illinois.

With 1,317 attached homes, Lake Barrington Shores is one of the largest gated active lifestyle communities in Northern Illinois. This well-established community offers amenities, lifestyle activities, and resale homes for sale across a variety of floor plans. With so many features to explore, it’s worth taking a closer look at Lake Barrington Shores.

As an active lifestyle community, Lake Barrington Shores provides many of the sought-after features that retirees seek in their next neighborhood while maintaining a diverse community. The convenient location also connects residents to some of the Chicagoland area’s best attractions, entertainment, and outdoor recreation. Keep reading to take a closer look at Lake Barrington Shores in Barrington, Illinois.

Home Models

Built from 1974 to 1997, Lake Barrington Shores consists of 1,317 attached homes across an extensive variety of home models. The homes range from approximately 933 to 4,600 square feet with one to four bedrooms, one to four bathrooms, and attached or detached one- or two-car garages.

Updated with modern appliances, layouts, and finishes, many of the attached homes feature spacious open floor plans, living rooms with gas fireplaces, formal dining rooms, guest suites, and master suites with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets. With one- and two-story models available, interested homebuyers can find the residence that best suits their needs and lifestyle, including snowbirds and those who want to downsize.

Features in some homes include fully finished basements, walk-out basements with wet bars, wrap-around decks, lofted guest bedrooms, private courtyards, offices, and gourmet kitchens with islands and breakfast nooks. Many homes also offer scenic views of the golf course, lakes, or mature trees.


The amenities at Lake Barrington Shores allow residents to enjoy recreation, fitness, and activities throughout the year. The community clubhouse, called The Lodge at The Shores, features a fitness center, indoor pool, billiards area, and multipurpose gathering spaces.

The outdoor amenities continue with a pool and patio, walking and biking trails, parks and natural spaces, and athletic courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, and bocce. The adjacent Lake Barrington Shores Country Club provides a well-maintained 18-hole golf course, and its facilities include a pro shop, driving range, putting green, and restaurant.

One of the most desirable amenities at this active lifestyle community is the 100-acre Lake Barrington. With a private marina, residents can easily enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and watersports on the lake.

Lifestyle and Location

Residents of Lake Barrington Shores can pursue new pastimes, enjoy their hobbies, and meet like-minded neighbors through a variety of lifestyle activities and clubs. Some of the popular options include water aerobics, tai chi, billiards, Mahjong, and bridge. The community also hosts holiday parties and social events.

Located in the northwest suburbs about 40 miles from the heart of Chicago, residents can also conveniently access some of the city’s best entertainment options, cultural attractions, and sporting events. With Interstates 90 and 94, residents can travel to downtown Chicago in just over an hour and O’Hare International Airport in less than 40 minutes. Within 15 minutes, residents can also reach several Metra stations to catch a train into the city and the surrounding area.

Living in Northern Illinois

With desirable amenities, social activities, and recreation opportunities, life at Lake Barrington Shores provides active adults with diverse lifestyle options. When residents want to explore the surrounding area, they can find an abundance of things to do as well. A Northern Illinois retirement provides an array of entertainment options, outdoor recreation, and new activities.

Residents of Lake Barrington Shores can explore the many things to do throughout the surrounding area, which includes visiting small towns such as Crystal Lake, Algonquin, and Huntley. Nearby, residents can find Regal Lake Zurich, Barrington Hills Country Club, Hawthorn Mall, Bowlero Deer Park, and The Marriott Theatre. Local attractions include Raue Center for the Arts, Village Vintner Winery & Brewery, Barefoot Bay, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, and Topgolf.

Some of the best outdoor recreation in Northern Illinois can be found near Lake Barrington Shores. In addition to Lake Barrington, residents can visit the nearby Fox River, Three Oaks Recreation Area, and Chain O’Lakes for boating, fishing, and watersports. Within 45 minutes, residents can reach several marinas and beaches along Lake Michigan, including Foss Park and Illinois State Beach Park.

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