Nine years ago this week I decided to start 365Barrington.com to highlight the reasons why Barrington is a great place to live. It was April Fools Day, 2010. Our daughter Grace was one, our son Billy was 2-months-old and our son Tommy wasn’t born yet. I loved our historic farmhouse on Cook Street which we just listed for sale today. There’s no place quite like this home and the well-loved white swing overlooking its roomy, wrap-around front porch.
When storms were coming we’d sit with the kids on this swing, keeping dry while listening to the thunder roll in ahead of the rain.
It’s the same front porch where we welcomed thousands of trick-or-treaters in the 10 years we lived here. Annual Halloween costume portraits on the porch now mark the passage of time.
When we moved in we weren’t parents yet, but I was expecting. I remember dreaming of the kids we’d have one day and stroller rides to nearby parks, shops, festivals and parades.
Blocks away from everything, we loved living in this home built in 1892. Lovingly restored yet historic, this property had all we wanted with today’s conveniences and yesterday’s charm.
With its oversized farmhouse sink, ample cabinets and counter space, the kitchen checked all of our boxes.
The laundry room is on the first floor, adjacent to the kitchen, so I could watch the kids play in the fenced back yard while cooking dinner between loads of laundry.
But it was at a little desk in the master bedroom where 365Barrington.com began. I’d be awake until the wee hours writing away about all the the upcoming events and stories I could dig up in Barrington. The cool thing is that, with this house, you can choose to have your master bedroom on the first floor, where there’s a sliding glass door to the back yard…
… or upstairs in a large light-filled bedroom with vaulted ceilings overlooking the patio.
For the kids, we set up a homework desk and reading nook in the front sunroom overlooking Cook Street where we’d always cheer on the runners during neighborhood 5K races.
From her bedroom above, our daughter had a birds-eye view.
When we finished the basement, the kids enjoyed a playroom plus half-bath with more space for storage, a workroom, office and exercise area.
Whether we gathered in the living room, lower level, front porch or fenced-in back yard, we had plenty of space to enjoy our young family and will always cherish memories of life at 540 South Cook Street.
If you or anyone you know is considering a move and would like to see this property in person, give me a call or text at 847-691-3150 or email Liz@365Barrington.com. My name is Liz Luby Chepell, I’m a Realtor with @properties and I have now been publishing 365Barrington.com for 9+ years and counting.