East Greenwich


East Greenwich, town (township), Kent county, central Rhode Island, U.S., on Greenwich Bay, south of Providence city. It was settled and incorporated as a town in 1677, following King Philip’s (Indian) War. Called Dedford in 1686–89, it was renamed for Greenwich in London. Farming, fishing, pottery making, and tanning were early industries. During the American Revolution, the home of William Greene, governor of Rhode Island, served as the capitol; built in 1680 by Samuel Gorton, Jr., it was enlarged by Greene and is preserved. 

The Independent Company of Kentish Guards, a volunteer militia that is still active, was formed in 1774 in East Greenwich under General James Mitchell Varnum, whose house (1773) is restored with period furnishings; the Kentish Guards Armory and headquarters, built in 1843 in Greek Revival temple form, is a town landmark. Other notable buildings include the Town Hall (formerly Kent County Courthouse; 1804) and Windmill Cottage (1818), which was bought by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for his friend George Washington Greene and made the subject of a Longfellow poem. Once the textile industry was important; manufactures now include electric and electronic machinery. Area 17 square miles (43 square km)

Reasons to Relocate

When homeowners are relocating to Rhode Island, one of the top choice RI towns is East Relocating to East Greenwich RI due to schools, location and RI real estate.  Relocating to East Greenwich RI is considered a most desirable suburban Providence location which is in high demand for home buyers.  Besides its physical locale in the center of the ‘ocean state’ easy highway access to all points in the state are a plus.

From a vast array of East Greenwich home neighborhoods in a variety of price ranges, top ranking school system, historic Main Street, marinas, and 16.7 square miles of suburban properties and landscape to appreciate.  There is no doubt after visiting this locale, you too will fall in love with it.  Find out more from the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce located at 580 Main Street.


East Greenwich has a number of historic homes throughout the town.   If you like antique homes, the variety of historic homes and spellbinding tales of yesteryear, you will find it here too.  Especially in the Hill and Harbor area of town.  The town itself was founded in 1677 (the neighboring town of North Kingstown in 1674).

This town has luxury homes to waterfront real estate to the small condo to accommodate any buyer. 

What to do here

Being close to Providence, the airport, Narragansett Bay, shopping and its notable schools, is why this town is considered a relocation choice for buyers.  East Greenwich has an awesome downtown area filled with specialty shops and restaurants galore.  Down the hill is the Hill and Harbor historic district of homes as well as the marinas so many enjoy.

As part of Kent County RI , this area is considered a main hub for relocation home buyers.

Walk the downtown on ‘stroll’ night and enjoy the camaraderie in the warmth of local residents in this sweet New England town.  Do you enjoy boating and the dock scene? Marinas and yacht clubs abound here for your use, sailing lessons all around East Greenwich cove.  Cove side eateries and restaurants are a top draw for locals in the summer and fall seasons.  This town is always a buzz in the evening!

Recreation Areas

Recreation and parks abound here.  The town has a wonderful recreation department that is available to all homeowners with a multitude of enrichment and play programs for children and adults.  Many parks are within and around the town’s boundaries with 9 playing fields, 3 locations for tennis courts, 4 locations for basketball courts, 12 playgrounds, a skate park, 6 nature parks and open space areas.

 It is a town of 16.7 square miles of land that includes waterfront on Greenwich and Narragansett Bays as well as scenic private acreage.  It is noted as one of the wealthiest towns in the state of RI.

Wickford Junction MBTA train station is now a destination travel point located off of Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown.  It began service in 2012 to Boston with many stops along the way (Warwick, Providence, etc.).  A wonderful way to commute and leave the car in the garage.  It is a transportation draw for many East Greenwich residents too.

East Greenwich has a state of the art and large free library with books, magazines, audio materials, video and computer access to all residents.  Holding educational forums, book groups, and a multitude of learning experiences presented by noted people in their fields.

It is a top, desirable RI community to consider when moving to Rhode Island. East Greenwich should be considered a center point for home buying in this fabulous ocean state.  It is an amazing area to raise your family, enjoy the serenity and excitement of this town and be so close to the oceanfront and the fantastic Narragansett Bay.

Education System

The public schools in East Greenwich are well accredited with blue ribbon schools.  From 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 1 high school, more information is available at the East Greenwich public school web site.  There are private elementary, middle and high schools also in town.

There are two school zone districts for elementary school. One district east of South County Trail attend Meadowbrook Farms, George Hanaford School.  Living east of South County Trail, the schools are: Meadowbrook, Hanaford and Cole.  Living west of South County Trail, the schools are:  Frenchtown, Eldredge and Cole.  The town’s only high school is East Greenwich High School.  The current state rankings of town schools for 2014 put East Greenwich in the top tier in school systems.

Schools from elementary to high school have always been highly rated and have helped sustain property values too in East Greenwich.  In the 2022 rankings of US News and World Report, East Greenwich was named the 3rd Highest School District in RI and 411th nationally

Buyers are attracted to both the school systems for their children as well as how the good school systems prop up property values.  It is a win-win situation.  Property taxes support the schools and the taxes are higher here than some other southern Rhode Island communities.  However, homeowners do reap the benefit ultimately when they are able to sell their home in a struggling real estate market.

Home Prices & Variety

If you are considering a home move, there are many choices from single family homes to upscale large and small condo complexes to consider in your search.

East Greenwich is a choice community for young families, singles and retirees.  From coastal luxury homes, single family one and two level homes, the variety in home ownership styles and price ranges is here.  The community is considered an affluent town and attracts families looking for an outstanding school system.   

The price points on houses also sets this community apart with a wide range of style and price of homes for busy executives and down sizing family’s.  There are high end homes in the upscale and luxury category which have been built in a variety of prestigious neighborhoods to consider.  As well as mid priced homes in all areas of the town.  Discover the neighborhoods and locations that appeal to your here to sink your home roots into.

Besides single family homes there are many condo complexes to choose from in one level to townhouse condominiums.  All condo complexes are easily accessible to the interstate highway.  Upscale condos at Pine Glen, Harbour Heights, Middleberry, Vistas on the Trail, the Preserve and Frybrook to name a few condo complexes to view.  Reach out to me when you are ready to buy to find the one that suits you.

A community of 13,337 people (3% increase from last census) with a median household income of $88,895 as of the 2010 census with 4960 households within the town. The median home or condo value is $449,291 as of this census.

The Town Hall of East Greenwich is located at 125 Main Street ( office: 401-886-8667).  The town government has a Town Manager and a 5 member elected town council.  More information can be found on the town’s web site.

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