The farmhouse aesthetic has flourished in the last several years, with rehabbers and homeowners trading aging finishes for reclaimed wood, undermount sinks, and flat white walls and cabinets. But why pay for imitation when you can get the real thing just a train ride away from Chicago?

In the suburban village of Barrington Hills, you can find a home that feels reminiscent of a rural retreat. The area is known for its five-acre minimum zoning mandate for residential properties, making it friendly to homeowners who want to keep horses and other types of domesticated animals (like alpacas, for instance). 

So, how much will a small farmhouse and barn in Barrington Hills cost you? There are actually a number of options well under $1 million. Here’s a look at what’s on the market.

21473 Buckley Road, $499,900

Photo: Realty Executives Cornerstone

This classic colonial-style farmhouse sits on a property that spans just over five acres and includes a detached three-car garage and four-stable barn. The house itself features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms with simple finishes, but the highlight here is the sprawling landscape, which provides easy access to horse riding trails. With a price tag just under half-a-million dollars, this listing is an entry point for a proper farmhouse and barn on a sizable parcel of land.

7 Marmon Lane, $650,000

7 Marmon Lane
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Once you step out the back door of this four-bedroom home, you’ll be greeted with a picturesque view of a classic white barn on the edge of a pond. The house, constructed in the 1960s, sits on precisely 5.01 acres. Despite its rural characteristics, this residence is just minutes away from downtown Barrington and Metra transit into the city.

65 Windrush Lane, $809,900

65 Windrush Lane
Photo: Baird & Warner

Seeking a turnkey equestrian operation? The listing photos for this lovely property show a true working horse farm complete with a five-stall barn. Highlights of the house include a finished attic with a proper bar, billiards, and foosball table, as well as sliding barn doors in the master bedroom. Originally listed in April at $874,999, the price on this suburban retreat has since been reduced to $809,900.

330 Ridge Road, $899,000

330 Ridge Road
Photo: Keller Williams Success Realty

Country living doesn’t mean that homeowners have to sacrifice the comforts of a luxury lifestyle. This dramatic, 6,000-square-foot manor on Ridge Road riffs on classic farmhouse looks, but it's fully loaded with unique details. Originally constructed in 1937, the vintage estate boasts cathedral ceilings, garage parking for up to seven vehicles, and a swank master suite filled with maple built-ins. And of course, it also features a horse barn with room for six steeds.

17 Oakdene East, $997,000

17 Oakdene East
Photo: VHT Studios

What does a million dollars buy in Barrington Hills? Well, plenty. You can get a lot of house, a lot of land, and a lot of amenities, as this property shows. In addition to a spacious four-bedroom, four-bathroom main residence, the estate includes a 830-square-foot guest house, a pond, outdoor swimming pool, and a three-stall horse barn. The center of town is just a mile away, making this a suburban escape that isn’t entirely remote.