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I have lived in Barrington, NH since I was 5 years old. Like most young adults, I do love to spend time in the city, however, I can't imagine ever living too far from my hometown. There are good lakes to swim or go boating at during the summer months, or skate at during the winter. My personal favorite is Swain's Lake, with Ayers Lake being a close second. There is also a small country store not far from my home that was established in 1869 called "Calef's Country Store." It's always busy there, especially after Memorial Day, when tourists start flooding the New England area. There are also a few small locally owned restaurants, and when things begin to feel "same-old, same-old" it is only a short drive to nearby cities such as Portsmouth or even Boston.
It is incredibly expensive to live in Barrington, with little to no justification for the cost. There is no trash or recycle pick up, no salting of the roads, with mediocre snow plowing at best. Our road has not been paved in years, and recently our road name was changed, resulting in our having to change our address with family, employers, and bills. However, Barrington is a small, quaint town. You are paying for your privacy and for the wonderful school system. It is a really cozy location to raise a family, and seems to have become a more "up and coming" town in New Hampshire.
A good town, except the school district is going downhill. Friendly and mostly safe neighborhoods, great place for a family.