Barrington Pointe, A Condominium, was named Community Association of the Year in the Small category. This is the essay submitted with the community’s application.
Barrington Pointe is a 46-unit condominium community located about 20 miles south of Washington D.C. in the historic town of Occoquan, Virginia. Built in 1989, Barrington shares the hilltop overlooking the town with its sister condominium community, Occoquan Pointe. Distinguished by its flagstone chimneys and gray siding, Barrington offers a community that is removed from the hustle and bustle of other suburbs located in the D.C. metro area. It is a quiet reprise with amenities and transportation close by. We are a well-established, all-inclusive community that welcomes new residents as soon as they arrive.
Barrington Pointe has been managed by SFMC, Inc. (Service First Management and Consulting, Inc., until 2014) since 2010. Using CAI best practices, the Board of Directors and the association manager have been able to ensure that Barrington Pointe is a well-managed and fully funded association. Working together, we have been able to overcome our most recent challenge, the $1.2
million in damages caused by the Spring hail storm. We are a small community that takes pride in being able to stay in constant contact with residents. Directors and the Association Manager are able to provide information to residents through the website, quarterly newsletters, open forum/resident time at monthly board meetings, the bulletin board located at the clubhouse, flyers, and continued interaction with the residents.
The gem of the neighborhood is the clubhouse and pool. Members can be found every summer at the pool area enjoying cookouts, ice cream socials, or just lounging around on Friday evenings enjoying the end of the work-week. Social activities are held in the clubhouse year-round. Barrington extends its social activities out into the local community, hosting lunch and learn sessions for other associations in the area, hosting events for the Town Mayor, or Town Council Members. Residents have a great sense of volunteerism that extends outside the association, they serve on boards or committees for the town, participate in the Semi-annual Arts and Craft Show, and are members of local organizations such as the Woodbridge Women’s Club.
Those looking for a new home in the Northern Virginia area are always amazed at what they find on “top of the hill” here in Occoquan. Most say “I never knew this was up here” and then follow up with “are there any units for sale!” Once here, they never want to leave this quiet reprise.
By Nancy Whalen
President, Board of Directors