Houses of Week: Least Expensive

Here the 5 least expensive single-family homes listed for sale in Barrington right now, all under $200,000.

Barrington has approximately 105 single-family homes for sale right now. And believe it or not, 5 of those homes are listed at under $200,000.

Take a look for yourself. Click on the links. Here are the 5 least expensive homes in Barrington from the lowest to the highest priced:

65 Orchard Avenue

Listed at $139,900, with one bedroom, one bathroom and 564 square feet of living space. Described as a “fixer upper just a few lots away from the Palmer River.”

81 Martin Avenue

Listed at $155,000 with three bedrooms and one bathroom with 1,250 square feet of living space. A Cape built in 1949.

378 Maple Avenue

Listed at $169,900 with two bedrooms and one bathroom and 1,075 square feet of living space. A cottage built in 1929 on a 4,356 square foot lot.

144 Roffee Street

Listed at $179,00 with two bedrooms and two baths in 940 square feet of living space. Described as a “cozy cottage” built in 1941.

207 Foote Street

Listed at $199,000 with four bedrooms and one bath and 1,242 square feet of living space. Described as a “classic Cape” built in 1951.

Gary Morse January 12, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Thank you Mr Rupp for pointing out that there are many affordable homes in Barrington. There is little wonder why the remaining homes at Walker Farm can't be sold when there is this kind of affordable inventory. And little wonder why the developer of Walker Farm has asked the Barrington Housing Board of Trustees if the town would subsidize mortgages by dipping into Barrington's Spencer Trust, a trust fund that was NOT to be used for this purpose.
Manifold Witness January 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Amey's daddy, Wilton H. Spencer, set up the Amey Tucker Spencer Trust Fund. The trust now has millions of dollars in it - “the income of which shall be used annually to help the poor and unfortunate people of said Town of Barrington". Mr. Spencer didn’t intend the money to be used to benefit corporations that are primarily dedicated (per their 2010 form 990) to development in the “West End” of Providence, especially if they have millions in equity, pay big salaries, and loan their money to “interested parties”. What did Mr. Spencer intend? : “the income of which shall be used annually to help the poor and unfortunate people of said Town of Barrington". What does this mean? 1. “the income” - not the corpus of the trust, but the income generated, 2. “of which” - generated from the corpus, 3. “shall be” – not “may be”, but “shall be”, 4. “ used annually” - not saved up but “used annually”, 5. “to help” – it doesn’t say “to benefit” as the newly-implemented BYLAWS state, 6. “the poor and unfortunate” – NOT rich development corporations, 7. “people” – not “persons” (not corporations) as the newly implemented BYLAWS state, but “people”. 8. "of said Town of Barrington"- poor & unfortunate people ALREADY "of Barrington". How have the 6 Trustees (Town Council & Treasurer) used the money? (Note: Barrington "Housing Board of Trustees" are not the Trustees of this trust.)
Lorraine F January 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I had to look up "corpus" to make sure it wasn't a human body. To save others the time, it's the the principal in the trust that's used to generate the cash that the trust can spend. So Barrington has a chunk of change that can be used to help the town's residents. I didn't know that. And the town council believes that benevolent old Mr. Spencer wanted non residents included in the count? When was this trust set up?
Beverly Romano January 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
I believe this "Spencer" trust needs to be explained very public to the taxpayers/ residents in the TOWN OFBarrngton.....perhaps spell it out online at Barrington's website and where the trust stands today .....and there are probably lots of things we Barrington taxpayers/residents need to be brought up to speed on....put it all on the website....not wait for a meeting that goes on and on for hours and half the time it's way to late in the evening and many leave......Please all public information just that....PUBLIC.....for us to read online, at the library, in a newsletter, or put in the Barrington Times.....why is this NOT being done ?
Joel Hellmann January 13, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I asked at a town council meeting if it was intended to be used for individuals in Barrington of need. The council said it was only for organizations. i know this is incorrect but it was what was said. You could look up the tape
Gary Morse January 13, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Beverly, I knew nothing of this trust fund either until I noticed on the December 18, 2012 Housing Board of Trustees meeting an agenda item: "Funding request from West Elmwood Housing (Walkers Farm)". Out of curiosity, I attended the meeting, and sure enough, the West Elmwood Corporation was asking the Barrington Housing Board of Trustees to subsidize the additional money needed to sell the remaining Walker Farm homes at their full asking price via add on mortgages, terms not specified. This was exactly what caused the mortgage meltdown of 2008 when naive buyers were given low interest loans on inflated mortgages they could not afford. It also begs the question: If there are many affordable homes already in Barrington as pointed out in this very timely article, why would Mr. Spencer want to be subsidizing the price on the remaining Walker Farm homes? I believe there is a tentative meeting of the Spencer Trustees on Jan 28th. I hope that concerned residents will attend.
Gary Morse January 13, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Joel, Do you have an approximate date of that meeting? Thanks
Joel Hellmann January 13, 2013 at 05:18 PM
i believe between Jan and may of the last year (2012)
Gary Morse January 14, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Thanks Joel! It was Feb 6, 2012 11. "Discuss and Act on Request to Appropriate Funds from the Spencer Trust to East Bay Community Action Program"
Beverly Romano January 14, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Funds were not intended to help Elmwood for Walker! What's the connection with East Bay Community Action program?
Gary Morse January 14, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Beverly, The Spencer Trust Fund proceeds to East Bay Community Action appear to fit the purpose of the trust fund being to help "the poor and unfortunate people of said Town of Barrington" ("people" who are existing residents, not corporations whose address is in Providence). The issue in this story is that we already have many low priced affordable homes in town, and thus the question of why our trust fund money is being used to promote a political program being the state's absurd version of affordable housing. The record shows that West Elmwood is hardly a starving corporation. Quite the contrary, they, and their employees, appear to be doing quite well according to their IRS Form 990 (required for non profits with annual receipts of more than $100,000 or total assets more than $250,000). The above story points out that Barrington already has affordable homes. Using trust fund money to fatten the price of non competitive homes at Walker Farm appears to be a misuse of the Spencer Trust. You may want to watch the council meeting on Feb 6, 2012 where East Bay Community Action state that any proceeds from the Spencer Trust would be used to help only Barrington residents, and that they are keeping records to assure this requirement. http://www.ci.barrington.ri.us/towncouncil.php
Beverly Romano January 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Gary Thanks for the website of council meetings. I watched Feb 6, 2012 meeting where another $10K was voted on to help low or moderate-income Barrington families with help "up to max $ 500 per year for utilities or back taxes". Not sure exactly what criteria people need to meet to apply for help and I think that should be made public also. Otherwise, East Bay Community Action will just offer same amounts to same people over and over. Maybe not but without public notice ...really....it's anyones guess. I'm assuming that was what the Spencer trust was intended for. However, I could not believe no report was given for the last $ 10K... to the Town of Barrington (for the Spencer Trust) whereby spelling out how much was given out and over what length of time it took to exhaust those funds for the last $ 10K almost five years ago ...the speaker Mr. Roy when asked how long it took to use the funds just stated "about 7-8 months to spend the money". He had no amounts, dates or documentaion. SO now this past Feb 6th, 2012 another $ 10K has been voted on (interest not principal) to do the same. So that's $ 20K in interest....over estimated 5 years....not a ton..but I'm thinking something ---- so are they funded as well to help pay for their space, heat etc. or do they do it all on a volunteer basis? Is that who Mr. Spencer intended to distribute funds rather than the Town of Barrington? Does this mean Elmwood West will get help ?
Beverly Romano January 14, 2013 at 01:37 PM
remember....Elmwood West ARE not town of Barrington people/residents. Public notice should be posted ASAP as to how Spencer funds/ interest is disributed. Private, no names and no numbers but just names of streets and number of people in household Mr. Roy stated at Feb 6, 2012 meeting. However, if Elmwood was a recipient of any funds, that should be stated now. Walker is a real mess may I add with water in basements etc. Houses on top of each other and almost on Rt 114 and half of them still not sold. They are NOT low income homes. Other homes in Barrington meet or are even lower in price.


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