Due to its affordable real estate and accessible location, West Warwick is quickly becoming a popular choice for younger people and families. This small city is known for its “tight-knit” feel and quiet atmosphere. It also has a surprising amount of parks, recreation and restaurants within its eight-mile radius.
According to Realtor.com In January 2023, the median listing home price in Cranston, RI was $379K, trending up 11.5% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $266. The median home sold price was $365K.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
West Warwick isn’t known for small business retail, but there are places in the downtown area where you’ll find local purveyors. That said, covering the “essentials” is easy for residents because of the close proximity to Route 2 / Bald Hill Road. This area of Warwick is known as the “retail capital” with more than four miles of shopping plazas, plus the Rhode Island and Warwick Malls.
You’ll find quite a few foodie “staples” in West Warwick. For example, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place for chicken wings in Rhode Island than Boneheads Wing Bar. If you’re looking for fine dining and a classy atmosphere, Millworks Tavern or Aquilante’s Bistro & Tavern are two places to make a reservation. And if you want a low-key place where locals love to eat and catch up, AJ’s Restaurant and Little Rhody Ice Cream always delivers that “hometown” charm.
For a small town, West Warwick has a surprising amount of local parks and recreation areas for its residents. The Washington Secondary Bike Path, a 19-mile stretch that travels directly through the northern section of the city, can bring you to the edges of Coventry or all the way up to Lower Providence. Matteson Pond and Riverpoint Park are two areas perfect for day hiking, outings and nature walks. And if you’re looking to play a quick game of golf or become a member, West Warwick Country Club and Midville Golf Club are both nine-hole, regulation length courses.
The West Warwick Public Schools (WWPS) system is made up of five schools covering K-12 — three elementary, one middle and one high school. Being that West Warwick is one of the smallest towns in Rhode Island, and its schools are not regionalized with neighboring towns or cities, the public school choices are limited.
However, if you were interested in sending your child to a private school, there are many choices within a 20 – 25 mile radius from West Warwick. For example, St. Joseph’s School or Apponaug Christian Academy.
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Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 7.2 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 14.8 miles
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