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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.
There aren't a lot of stores in the general area but downtown Rochester is about a 15 minute drive away and there are a lot of stores there - convenience, a lot of mom and pop shops/smaller businesses and restaurants. There is also a gym and a few coffee shops - both small and big business. The closest gas station that's a bit closer - about 10 minutes away and there is a medium sized plaza ring near it that has a Kohls, PetSmart, Joann Fabrics, Lowe's, a few other shops and they are building an iHop. While everything may not be right around the corner, you can definitely get everything you need with a 15 minute drive and there are lots of larger towns around with a bigger selection of stores. It's a small price to pay for the peace, quiet, and serenity that exists in this area.