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SMSM --- 6 years ago -

Hi All,

We are interested in moving with a young family from Fall Creek (Humble) to Kingwood and are considering Barrington because of the new homes and proximity to US-59. I have searched this website and found posts on Barrington that are a couple of years old, commenting on:

- Potential flooding

- Developer-controlled HOA

- Some residents feeling that the neighborhood wasn't family-friendly

- Apartments being built close by

I would appreciate if you could provide any updates on the above, as well as any other insights on the neighborhood.


Nightshade --- 6 years ago -

The lots are raised out of the floodplain by digging a retention pond and using the soil from the pond. It is my opinion that this has the potential to possibly cause foundation issues down the road. I base this on logic not proven fact though. Probably if the soil is compacted properly and enough they'll say it's safe.

Developer's always control the HOA's until they are built out to a certain percentage. % may vary according to their documents.

The HOA had gone bankrupt but I believe they're out of bankruptcy now.

It was initially to be more of an over 55 community but after sales slumped they changed that rule along with the builders....a number of times.

Apts being built close by was a rumor. Most of the subdivisions to the west of West Lake Houston Pkwy have apts in them btw. 

Butterbean --- 6 years ago -

It's a decent area. You're local, so take a drive through and have a look. Talk to the residents. I ride my scooter through there periodically and it seems to have a fair cross section of age groups.

The fill was done a lot of years ago; so it's probably settled pretty well by now. It's rapidly building out.

For a very high level flood, I think the access road may be under water, but not the houses.

Seems a quiet neighborhood. 

8080 --- 4 years ago -


TinktheSprite --- 4 years ago -

For a very high level flood, I think the access road may be under water, but not the houses.


8080 --- 4 years ago -

I don't live in Barrington but know two families that do. Where Barrington was developed is in a flood plain even without a hurricane. This land flooded in 1994. Developers build here but I don't understand why people would want to live in an area that is so low lying. Any property in Kingwood that is near a river and/or golf course is low land and especially prone to flooding. Potential buyers need to view county floodplain maps prior to purchase. 

TinktheSprite --- 4 years ago -

It's not just Barrington, all the homes at the river and lake level are at risk of flooding. Those condos off Hamblen rd. are notorious for flooding. HOWEVER, the river flow from heavy rains aren't enough to make them flood. Even when rain water flows from as far as Dallas, the river rises but didn't flood those homes. The release of water from Lake Conroe makes the San Jacinto River rise to beyond flood levels. JMHO 

Prolix Raconteur --- 4 years ago -

Have you seen those condos off Hamblen since the flood? They're toast, at least what's left of them. No way they can be rebuilt. Saying they're structurally compromised is an understatement. 

TinktheSprite --- 4 years ago -

I saw film footage and photos of the Hamblen condos, and the ones on the end that were ripped away by the current. I HOPE they would not rebuild. I wish the best for those who have lived there for so many years. But they should have been moved out/bought out a loooooong time ago! 

Rubicon --- 4 years ago -

Wow! This post gives me shivers! Wonder if the OP moved there... 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

Fyi, they're called The Forest Cove Townhomes.

The Barrington was built 6 in above the hundred year flood plain. 100% of them flooded. Caveat emptor but greedy developer nontheless. 

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