Ian Barnacle: hiker, preservationist, 2013 "30 under 30" honoree


Ian Barnacle, Broker-Manager of Barrington's Residential Properties office, is clearly doing what he loves. He may have been born into the industry (his mother, father, and grandmother have all been in real estate at one time or another) but his personal interests in architecture, historic preservation, land use and urban planning dovetail so nicely with his profession, it's clear that this was means to be.

What's also clear is his success, which speaks for itself. Named to the prestigious 2013 list of "30 under 30" by the National Association of Realtors' trade magazine at the age of 28, he is clearly at the beginning of a career destined to be one to watch.

Growing up in Providence and attending the Gordon School and the Wheeler School before graduating with a degree in English from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Ian was prepared to go on to graduate school when his mother suggested giving real estate a try. "So I did," Ian said. "And it stuck."

When he's not working, Ian is puttering around his garden, or in the kitchen of the home he just recently reoccupied after a kitchen and bath renovation. The Fox Point property dates to the 1820's, and he's been restoring it for about five years. "It's a new old house now," he says. "I've done so much to it." His commitment to preservation doesn't end at his front door. He's on the board of the Providence Preservation Society, and is serving as chairman of this year's Festival of Historic Houses, on June 8th. He also just stepped down as the president of his Fox Point neighborhood association, and has a collection of historic maps dating from 1862-1936 and detailing the development of the neighborhood over the years.

Ian also likes exploring Rhode Island, typically with his dog in tow. "I like to discover new parts of Rhode Island, hop in the car and every weekend and find a spot to hike from Arcadia Management Area to Chepachet to the East Bay. There is so much to discover close to home, natural wonders and pleasant surprises."

Back in the Residential Properties office, Ian appreciates his colleagues for making it such a stimulating place to work, and the recognition by his trade's flagship publication is certainly another point of satisfaction for Ian. "There were more than 400 applicants, so I am very proud to be one of the 30," he said. "And it's because I worked hard through my 20's, with a great group of Realtors."


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