Cranston RI Real Estate
You keep hearing “location, location, location” when it comes to buying a home, and that’s exactly what makes Cranston such a desirable place to live. Settled right below the state’s capital and a short drive to RI’s best beaches, Cranston is an “all-in-one” community for Rhode Islanders. Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking for a “starter home” or a seasoned buyer looking for luxury or waterfront living, Cranston offers a range of price points and properties to choose from. As the third largest city in Rhode Island, Cranston’s real estate market is diverse and accommodates all types of lifestyles and budgets – suburban neighborhoods, historic villages, and waterfront living. Plus, it’s only a short drive to the state’s international airport, T.F. Green. With everything so close by, Cranston is easily one of the most accessible places to live in Little Rhody.
- Established 1754
- Zip codes: 02831, 02888, 02905, 02907, 02910, 02920, 02921
- County: Providence
- Size: 29.9 sq. miles
- Latitude: 41.7732’N, Longitude: 71.4533’W
- Population of 81,212
- Median resident age: 41
- Median household income: $78,125
- Median house value: $213,800
- Homes available from $80,000 – $1 million
- Tax rates $22.84 (residential) and $33.68 (commercial per $1K)
What's it like to live in Cranston?
Shopping & Things To Do
The main shopping attraction in Cranston is Garden City Center and Chapel View, where you can find everything from apparel to upscale groceries to top-notch restaurants all in one place. But that’s not all! Cranston is also home to many small business shopping districts, such as Rolfe Square and Pawtuxet Village. Take a quick trip over to the city line to Warwick to visit the Rhode Island Mall or Warwick Mall.
Garden City Center: Garden City is a commercial shopping outlet located in Cranston. Between the several connected buildings, you have access to more than 40 retail shops, including upscale & boutique shops like Talbots, The Children’s Store, Anthropologie, Sephora, Pottery Barn, Whole Foods, Ann Taylor, and Clarks. Did we mention there are 19 different food & drink spots here as well? You can have everything from craft burgers to high-end seafood plates.
Chapel View: opened in 2008 directly across the street from Garden City, this upscale “lifestyle center” houses a mix of high-end retail, office space, condominiums, and restaurants in a charming village setting. You’ll find Alex & Ani, Cold Stone Creamery, Omaha Steaks, Panera Bread, T.J. Maxx, L.L. Bean, and much more. The setting itself is beautiful and you can spend the whole day shopping here!
Pawtuxet Village: a small seaside village on the easternmost section of Cranston, right next to Edgewood and Roger Williams Park & Zoo. It’s a walkable neighborhood with popular restaurants and bars, boutique shopping, and seasonal outdoor events and festivals. Check out Lanes on Broad, Noon Design Shop, Twice Told Tales, Sweet Indulgence, Revolution, Basta, and PTX while you’re exploring!
Rolfe Square: circling the area where Pontiac Avenue crosses Park Avenue, Rolfe Square is a popular neighborhood for walkability, shopping, and dining out. If you have a love for small business shopping, this is the place for you. Unlike Chapel View or Garden City Center, here you’ll find all local people running local businesses with hand-crafted and/specialty products. Rolfe Square had several ethnic marketplaces, cool “neighborhood” spots like Bettola Pizza Parlor, and Dave’s Market (a popular locally-owned food mart).
Restaurants & Nightlife
As the third largest city in Rhode Island, Cranston has one of the hottest dining scenes in the state. Numerous restaurants open here every year and there are hundreds— literally! — of local staples that attract crowds of regulars and travelers. You’ll find fine dining options like Twin Oaks and Cucina Rustica, to casual yet refined places like Fresco, 39 West, and Avvio.
- Twin Oaks
- Brewed Awakenings
- Bistro 22
- 39 West
- Avvio Ristorante
- Cucina Rustica
- Cafe Itri
Tavern on the Square
Recreation & Activities
Like to get out on-the-town? Take a long stroll down the Washington Secondary Bike Path (the longest in the state at 19 miles) or explore the museums in Roger Williams Park Zoo. Cranston also has community attractions like Confreda Greenhouses and Farms, where you can visit the local farmer’s market. Or bring the family to Mulligan’s Island for mini golf, driving ranges, batting cages and more!
Roger Williams Park & Zoo: 435 acres of public access land offering a variety of recreational and educational activities for visitors. You have more than five miles of walking paths throughout the wooded grounds, each wrapping around the three ponds inside the park. The park includes public gardens, tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds, public art installations. Inside you’ll find the Museum of Natural History, the Botanical Center, the Temple to Music, and the Casino.
Washington Secondary Bike Path: also called the “Trestle Trail”, Washington Secondary Bike Path is a 19-mile path extending from Cranston to the edges of Coventry and Connecticut. It’s picturesque, easily accessed at multiple points, and provides residents a great way for casual exercise throughout the year.
Mulligan’s Island: a very popular sports & recreation spot for locals. The facility is tropical themed and offers fun activities like mini golf, batting cages, pitch & putt, volleyball, and driving ranges. Your kids can join the golf academy or summer camps as well, where they can get professional instruction.
Confreda Greenhouses & Farm: great place to visit for fresh produce, meat, and prepared gourmet foods. Confreda is especially known for its seasonal sweet corn and homemade pies. You can buy different plants, soil, and compost here as well. It’s a family-owned farm and business and the people here are always friendly!
Meshanticut Lake: a small, 12-acre lake within Meshanticut State Park. It’s a pleasant little lake and a good place to take children for a short paddle on very protected and easy waters. There is a public boat launch for hand-carried boats, canoes, and kayaks. Or you can take a leisurely stroll around their three-quarter-mile shaded walking path.
Budlong Pool & Recreation Facility: a seasonal in-ground public pool with lifeguards on-duty. It’s a very popular spot for kids, always kept clean, and affordable for Cranston residents ($3.00 for a day pass). The pool is enormous and accommodates hundreds of people during the busy season, and there are basketball courts and ball fields for public use.
Park Theater: a multi-purpose performance & arts center built in 1924. Its grand re-opening in 2009 came with more than 10 million dollars in renovations. Since then, the Park Theater has re-established itself as the premier venue for concerts, comedy shows, theater, speakers, opera, dance, and more. There are more than 1,000 seats in the auditorium, plus a full-service restaurant and banquet hall.
Schools & Education
The Cranston Public School District consists of 23 schools serving the Pre-K — 12 grades. As a whole, the district serves more than 10,000 students per year, with 1022 teachers and administrators on staff. There are four middle schools and two high schools (Cranston East and Cranston West). Where you live largely dictates where your child will attend school, though requests can be made to attend schools outside the assigned district.
According to Rhode Island Education Data and Reporting, the Cranston High Schools reported graduation rates above state averages for 2015 — 2016. Drop-out rates were also lower than states averages at 3.5 percent. For a more in-depth look at the Cranston School District schools and registration, please visit their official website at http://www.cpsed.net
Transportation & Getting Around
It’s very easy to navigate in and around Cranston. Two major highways run through the center of Cranston (I-95 & I-295) which lead into Providence or the northern suburbs of the city. Most areas of Cranston are within a 10 – 15 minute drive to T.F. Green Airport. Travelling through the center of Cranston, you have Route 2 and Route 5 — both of which are lined with shopping, restaurants, and recreation spots. Both streets lead into Lower South Providence and connect to I-95 and I-295 via the Route 37 connecter.
Cranston is unique because it has all three types of housing situations — urban, suburban, and rural. Transportation methods vary depending on what neighborhood you live in. For instance, Western Cranston — which is everything west of I-295 — is more rural than the rest of the city. Route 51 and Route 12 are the main roads connecting this portion of the city to Scituate and West Warwick. RIPTA bus access is limited here compared to areas closer to Garden City or Pawtuxet Village. And it’s a little more “out of the way” if you’re riding a bike or walking.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 4 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 4.9 miles
View homes for sale in Cranston
Williams & Stuart list homes for sale in all of Cranston's neighborhoods
- Apple Hill
- Castleton Estates
- Country Meadows
- Dean Estates
- Eden Park
- Forest Hills
- Fox Ridge
- Friendly Community
- Furnace Brook
- Garden City
- Garden Hills
- Hillside Farms
- Hope Highland
- Imperial Estates
- Laurel Hill
- Locust Glen
- Mayflower Estates
- Meadow Brook
- Meadow Estates
- Mystery Farms
- Oakhill Terrace
- Oaklawn (Village)
- Orchard Valley Estates
- Pawtuxet Village
- Quail Ridge
- Ridgewood Estates
- Scituate Farms
- Stony Acre
- The Woods
- Walden Woods
- Western Cranston
- Western Hills
- Wildflower Estates