Finding Apartments for Rent in East Providence, RI
The fifth largest city in Rhode Island, East Providence offers a range of single family homes, multifamily homes, apartments and condos for rent. While many of the homes have yards, which can be nice for families, East Providence also offers parks, gardens and walkways along the water. The Riverside and Rumford neighborhoods are popular for families and young people looking for a nice place to live that is less expensive than Providence and has a community feel.
Neighborhoods in East Providence, RI
Established in 1812, East Providence has 13.4 square miles of land and encompasses the villages of Boyden Heights, Bullocks Point, Crescent Park, Fort Hill, Kent Heights, Narragansett Terrace, Omega, Phillipsdale, Riverside, Rumford, Silver Spring, Squantum, and Watchemoket. While East Providence is next to Providence, it is not part of the capital city. Formerly part of Massachusetts, the historic district of Rumford was home to Rumford Baking Powder. Rumford still has many historic homes. The Riverside area is close to the water and offers recreational parks and golf courses. A former farming community, Watchemoket hosts a big Portuguese population. The East Side of Providence, RI is just 10 minutes from East Providence. Many East Providence residents commute to Providence to work.
Shopping in East Providence, RI
East Providence has many smaller shopping plazas, and the local villages have mom and pop stores to meet your daily needs. Your best bet for retail shopping is the Providence Place Mall, which offers over 170 stores and restaurants in a central mall complex right off Route 95. In East Providence, Pawtucket Avenue and Warren Avenue offer big box stores, grocery stores, and other chain retailers. Smaller boutiques are clustered around Waterman Avenue, Newport Avenue, and Taunton Avenue.
Dining in East Providence, RI
East Providence offers a wide range of ethnic dining options. Top choices include the sushi bar Ichigo Ichie; Sun and Moon Korean Restaurant; Madeira, Phillips Street, and O Dinis Portuguese restaurants; La Camelia, a Middle Eastern restaurant; casual restaurants Oxford Tavern and Red Bridge Tavern; and Sons of Italy Italian restaurant. There are many more restaurants in nearby Providence. East Providence offers many bakeries, including the Seven Stars, which offers bread and sandwiches; The Illuminated Oven, a cupcakes and sweets shop; and the Portuguese Taunton Ave Bakery.
Weather in East Providence, RI
Like the rest of Rhode Island, East Providence has four distinct seasons. Spring typically begins damp and warms up as the days become longer. When the trees leaf out and the flowers bloom, pollen can cause seasonal allergies. The spring temperatures become more pleasant, and summer brings seasonal highs in the 90s and humidity. Many of the older homes in East Providence lack central air conditioning, so window units are common to provide relief from the heat. Fall in East Providence brings a welcome cool down from the humidity and high temperatures of summer. The weather cools in fall, which is often quite pleasant, before turning chilly in winter. The average winter brings freezing temperatures, snow and ice that can make walking and driving more hazardous.
Cultural Activities in East Providence, RI
During the summer, the East Providence Recreation Department puts on a series of free Summer Concerts that overlook Narragansett Bay. The concerts are weather permitting on Thursday nights from 6 to 7:30. The East Providence Historical Society operates the Hunt House Museum and also puts on special events, including lectures and tours. The East Providence Community Theater showcases local talent with several plays per year. East Providence also celebrates several local holidays and special events, including the Annual Tree Lighting around the Christmas Holiday, 4th of July Fireworks, Heritage Days and the Day of Portugal. The City publishes information about these events on their webpage.
Sports in East Providence, RI
While East Providence, RI does not have any professional sports teams, residents can find professional sports teams in Boston, Foxboro, Pawtucket, and Providence. Additionally, Providence College, Brown University, and other local colleges and universities have many more public sporting events. East Providence Youth Sports include soccer, football, baseball and softball. The Blackstone Valley Bikeway offers cycling, walking and jogging trails that run from East Providence to Pawtucket. In the future, the Blackstone Valley Bikeway will run all the way to Worcester, MA.
Transportation Options in East Providence, RI
East Providence offers a mix of public transit, highway access and pedestrian traffic. RIPTA, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, operates a bus and trolley system that connects East Providence with Providence, RI and provides transportation around town. RIPTA riders can access bus transportation to other towns in Rhode Island at Providence's Kennedy Plaza hub. RIPTA riders can pay per ride, or purchase a 24-hour pass, a 7-day pass, a monthly pass, or a 10-pack of individual rides. In Providence, the train station offers connection to Amtrak and MBTA trains to New York, Boston and elsewhere.View Apartments in East Providence, Rhode Island
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