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Hi--

Dh just applied for a new job in RI. We now live in Philly and I am totally clueless. Would you all be so kind as to tell me where to find a decent neighborhood in Providence or a good suburb? We can only afford about 300K for a house. I am a SAHM w/ DD who is 2. We're looking for a place with good schools, "blue" neighbors, maybe a UU church, good playgrounds, a Whole Foods within half an hour. Does an area like this exist, or am I asking too much? I've heard the east side of Providence is great but it's SO expensive...yikes! Please give advice. Thanks

Lisa
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You should have no problem finding all those things! SOmeone who knows Providence well can give you a better idea about neighborhoods....look at towns like Cumberland and Smithfield too for a little comparison. they might be more playground-y UU-churchy blue-y.

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i have some friends who live in cranston (just south of the providence line) and they are in really cute neighborhoods....decent yards....can walk to lots of neat places.

the providence uu church is awesome (i go to the one in south county....also a great place to live but more than 40 min to whole foods
-- great local co-op though).

there are some really nice neighborhoods in the north end of providence. my sister just bought a house up that way....she's 10 minutes from everything and has a huge fenced in yard. houses seem to be pretty reasonable around there (her house is old....like way old...100+ years).

check out:

First Unitarian

whole foods - providence

ri city and town profiles

doh...toddler swimming in the dog bowl....

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You want to stay out of Providence if you are looking for good public schools. We live in the Elmhurst section of Providence which is nice, if over-run with college students, but we homeschool. Barrington is REALLY nice, but pricey. With some looking you'd be able to find a home for under or about $300,000. They have the best public schools in the state. East Providence is nice, too. Look in the Rumford section of EP for the best schools there. There are 2 whole foods in Providence. Almost everywhere in the state is under a 1/2 hr drive from Providence.
 

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I agree with Amy, stay away from Providence. As Erin said, Cranston has some nice sections and I know the schools are pretty good. The Eden Park area is okay and the school is excellent I've heard. It also has some pretty bad sections so you have to be careful. If you are anywhere within 15-20 minutes from the city, there are always questionable areas. Smithfield might be a good choice, decent schools but houses there can be high too. Lincoln is really nice, no one mentioned that. Houses are still a bit more, but the schools are good and I can't think of a really bad section of Lincoln. NO Pawtucket either. I hope this was helpful.
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Thank you so much everyone! This is really helpful. Do most of the little town like Smithfield, Cumberland, etc have little town centers or are they suburbs where you have to drive everywhere? Thanks agin

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Cumberland has no center that I know of.... but is very close to Route One - Attleboro/North Attleboro MA (as in about 5-10 minutes) - which has just about everything you need for shopping: Stop and Shop, Target, Walmart, Emerald Square Mall (3 levels), Toys R Us, Babies R Us, etc.

I want to add that Warren, RI is a quiet little town - it has a small downtown, but not a lot in the way of shoppping - most towns in RI you will find you have to drive to central shopping locations.
 

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Hello,
We live in West Greenwich( a more rural area) but we are only 3 miles from rt.95. If you are used to a bigger state it won't relly matter where you live as long as it's safe, good school(we home school), and close to 95. The closer you are to Providence the more traffic you will encounter. Try looking in areas like Coventry, Warwick(some areas do not have easy highway access), & North Kingstown. All three of those areas have good schools and easy access to shopping & whole foods. Some areas of West Greenwich are "out in the sticks" but if you stay close to the highway(95) you are all set. Try looking on www.riliving.com for houses. Good Luck!! I would guess that you will have no problem finding a house for around 300 in the towns/cities I mentioned. My Dad is a realtor if you need help.
 

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I would guess that you will have no problem finding a house for around 300 in the towns/cities I mentioned. My Dad is a realtor if you need help.
DH and I are currently searching for a house under $300K that has more than two bedrooms - it is very challenging. Maybe I should call your dad!
 

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Good Morning Ladies!

Well, I've been looking at real estate in all the areas suggested, thank you again by the way.
: Barrington seems fabulous but a bit out of our reach. Attleboro and North Attleboro also seem nice. They seem very country. Would I be able to have a few chickens in any of these suburbs? I'm desirous of a small hen house as I quickly approach middle age. :LOL All in all the Providence area seems wonderful! We go up for the interview today....fingers crossed. Please tell me more...

Lisa, mommy to Jane the Wonder Toddler

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Hi
I was born in pawtucket, grew up in Cumberland and now own a house in Smithfield. We bought before the big rise in housing and have 2 acres and we have chickens......about chickens, in Smithfield you are suppose to register them, to me this is jus tthe town making money, our chicks are not registered, but our neighbors don't complain either...we don't have a rooster anymore cuz ofa neighbor, but this works for us and we're all happy
You may want to check with the town hall whereever you buy your home(or not :LOL )
There is a small wholefoods-type store here, no fresh produce tho.
We have 3 grammar schools, one middle and one highschool, 2 libraries, a ymca(that isn't that great to me) a nice playground with sport fields, the audobon society, ponds/sm lake.

I would still highly recommend staying out of providence if you are sending your kids to public school, it's a great city, I have a great image of it, but I don't see anyone raising chickens there


I would try for Coventry, north smithfield, smithfield
lincoln(has a dog track, small coin casino thing, and Lincol Woods, a large park with a pond for swimming, fishing, picnicing etc)or anywhere in south county (closer to the beach and the towns, homes and property are quaint and more spead out) Scituate is nice. Cranston to me is too city-ish, has lots of nice neighborhoods, but they seem to closed. Johnston has our landfill and it stinks, don't go there, tho there are some nice places there. Warwick has the airport, but it's a big city/town so the other side of warwick doesn't get the sky traffic


lol, one way to see how busy a town is to see how many stop&shops and homedepots each town has! really, some towns have more than one! It's very sad...ri'ers are well known for not traveling more than 5 or10 minutes to get whatever they need, especially restaurants!

When you find some places, let us know
 

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I grew up in Attleboro. Yes you can have chickens - you have to check with city hall to see if you live in an area where they are allowed. I'm not sure about N. Attleboro.
 

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Thanks everyone again for all your help. Dh, DD and I went up to Conn. for the interview. We think it went very well so we'll see what happens...
:

While we were checking into our hotel the Hummer parked in front of us backed up and "sat" on our car (Toyota Corolla). The whole hood is crushed!
Then the idiot driving the offensivemobile left the scene w/out leaving a note or anything! I hate Hummers, I think they should be illegal. I hope that wasn't a messege or something.

Anyway, www.riliving.com is a great site. RI is more affordbale than we thought. It's really pretty too. I hope something happens soon. What is the difference between Coventry, Smithfield and say town clser to the water? As far as quality of life, schools, etc.?


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There isn't a huge difference between any nice neighborhood in RI. And if you spend around $300,000 for a house not in Providence then you're likely to be in a nice neighborhood. But near the water is way more expensive, for example Newport or E. Greenwich or Little Compton- great places, pretty good public schools, but you'd be hard pressed to find a 3 bdrm under $350 in any of those towns- and the taxes tend to be high near the water. Barrington has water but half the time you can't swim in it due to pollution.
www.realtor.com
I've had some luck with that site.
www.century21.com
provides crime statistics for the neighborhood of each house.

If I were you I'd look into Rumford. It's an area of East Providence (separate town than Providence) that has gorgeous houses, within 20 minutes of Whole Foods, decent public schools, etc. I grew up there and it was very idyllic despite being within a fairly urban area. Having lived in RI my whole life, if I had $300,000 to spend on a house, I'd choose either Rumford, Lincoln, Bristol, and I'd look into Seekonk and Rehoboth MA (both border RI). Stay away from Central Falls and Pawtucket (I live in Pawtucket now unfortunately).
 

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Well, I've been looking at all the town you have suggested and Coventry seems like the most house for your money. Is that true? DH would be driving around a lot because his territory would be the entire state. Coventry also looks centrally located. Have any other suggestions? Smithfield also seems nice but it's so far north. How long would it take to drive to Newport for a meeting?

Oh also noticed a lot of crucifixes on walls in homes for sale. Is the entire state Catholic? Where do Jewish people live? I grew up Catholic but recovered and married a non-practicing Jew. Although we married Unitarian Universalist and are raising DD UU, our name is very Jewish. I don't want my daughter to experience anti-semitism in school. Any words of wisdom or advice on this?

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I wouldn't worry about your name, I have NEVER seen any type of anti-semitism here. There are a lot of catholics (I'm recovering as well) As far as Coventry is concerned, it is difficult to get places from coventry. Smithfield has more shopping, it is quicker to get to Providence to go to the Whole Foods Markets. In Coventry, it is rural, but you aren't near anything, not even the water! No shopping other than markets that I know of. I live is South Kingstown, it is rural, all neighbors have chickens, the schools are pretty good, and we're near the beach. Newport is very easily accessible. The only thing is that we have almost 40 minutes to the whole foods in Prov. We go every monday like clockwork and don't think about the ride much, just always tow a cooler for the raw meats.

Good luck!!!!
 

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If I were you I'd look into Rumford. It's an area of East Providence (separate town than Providence) that has gorgeous houses, within 20 minutes of Whole Foods, decent public schools, etc. I grew up there and it was very idyllic despite being within a fairly urban area.

bri276, I also grew up in Rumford, in the 60's and early 70's. What a nice, wonderful time to live in that area.


janesmommy, there are many, many Jewish families here in the area. As a matter of fact, the Touro Synagogue in Newport was the first synagogue in the USA, built in 1763!

Coventry is very nice!
 
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