Finding Apartments for Rent in West Warwick, RI
Sitting on the western bank of the Pawtuxet River, West Warwick was formerly the industrial ground zero of its former parent, Warwick, RI, and is now the second largest city in the state. West Warwick was originally a group of small mill villages, the remnants of which still exist today.
Within its rather modest 8.1 square miles. West Warwick offers numerous apartment options. With its multiple small villages, you typically can choose the atmosphere you prefer. You will have a choice of architecture, history and general ambiance. For a small town, West Warwick offers popular choices for affordable living.
Neighborhoods in West Warwick, RI
Unlike many newer cities and towns, West Warwick is delineated not by neighborhoods, but by its small, distinct villages. With at least nine identifiable villages, the town has a diverse mix of flavors. Most neighborhoods feature older homes and apartments, constructed during West Warwick’s heyday as an industrial center. The municipal and business district village, Arctic, is a rather quaint, older classic town center from another era.
The River Point village is an example of the town’s industrial history. Each village has its own individual character, with all but the newer neighborhoods reflecting the remnants of its former preeminence of mill operations.
The newer neighborhoods are favorites of homeowners, who love golf and have school age children. The character of these neighborhoods is quite different from the core villages. These newer areas feature a more “country living feel,” with large lots and a more planned design.
Shopping in West Warwick, RI
While shopping in West Warwick is fairly limited, the nearby shopping developments on Bald Hill Road, which spans both Warwick and West Warwick, has every retail outlet a dedicated shopper could imagine.
From Wal-Mart to upscale stores (and all those in-between), shoppers will find every genre from consumer electronics (Best Buy) to DIY big box outlets (Home Depot). You never need to leave the area, even if you need food for Fido, as you’ll find a large Petco store next to a busy Staples location and you can get your sports gear at Modell’s, Dick’s or Sports Authority, all of which are within walking or short driving distance.
Need to stock up the pantry? You’ll also find a modern Stop and Shop, Shaw’s and Rhode Island’s iconic Dave’s state-of-the-art super markets, along the same road. Bald Hill Road, formerly a rather “sleepy” mini-highway paralleling interstate Route 95 and local Route 4, which runs south along the coast toward the beaches, is now a bustling Mecca for shoppers around the state.
Dining in West Warwick, RI
If you are a fan of casual dining, without the pomp and circumstance of pricey city restaurants, you will enjoy the local dining options in West Warwick. Particularly for those that enjoy quality Italian food, there are multiple family-owned locations that deliver excellent food at affordable cost with comfortable, but not intimidating, atmospheres.
Among the best examples are Pinelli’s, which began as a wildly popular deli (which still exists) along with dine in menus of equally high quality, and Millonzi’s Bar and Grille in the heart of downtown West Warwick. These local favorites draw diners from around the state.
When you cannot make up your mind if you want Italian or seafood, the Cowesett Inn, long a West Warwick dining venue, serves both options. Although it could use an interior update, this restaurant remains a favorite of repeat diners. Prefer a more cozy, intimate atmosphere, accompanied by fabulous Italian food? You will like Aquilante’s Bistro, which garners consistently high diner ratings.
Sports in West Warwick, RI
West Warwick is legendary for its youth and high school sports programs, which historically enjoy success. Whether players favor baseball, softball, football, basketball or wrestling, West Warwick offers excellent programs for all youth, many of whom transition into high performing high school players.
Golfers are not forgotten either. Avid golfers love Valley Country Club (although technically in Warwick, RI), which is a private 18-hole, par 72, course with exciting views and challenging holes. Always meticulously maintained, Valley CC has been a popular choice since 1925. Its new clubhouse is a favorite location for 19th hole relaxation and banquets.
For those preferring shorter tracks, West Warwick Country Club is a 3,000 yard, 9-hole layout that members love. Another well maintained course, West Warwick CC has many fans and supporters. Public course golfers spend many afternoons and weekends at Midville Golf Club, a consistent favorite for many years. Midville has developed the reputation as one of the area’s outstanding 9-hole public courses, as it is maintained to be the equal of area private clubs.View Apartments in West Warwick, Rhode Island
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