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Old 07-15-2012, 10:57 PM
 
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Considering a job related move to RI and would love a real/honest review of both Barrington and East Greenwich. Grew up in NY, family all over New England and the East coast. Would simply like to live in a town where people are at least open to meeting new people who move in and where there is a mix of "natives" as well as transplants from other states/parts of the country.
Thanks so much for any insight into these two towns
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:49 AM
 
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We just moved here and ended up renting a house in Barrington first to see how we liked it, but bought a house in East Greenwich. East Greenwich has more transplants in part, perhaps, because it has new houses and new neighborhoods. There isn't a lot of building going on right now anywhere in Rhode Island, but between the two towns, there's more in EG because it has more available land.
Barrington is more of a suburb of Providence and we felt East Greenwich is more of its own town. EG has a new neighbors club which is a really nice feature.
I guess a big question is where the job is and what kind of commute you might be facing. Drive to each town during rush hour a few times and get the big picture.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Also, I find the East Bay more pretentious in many areas, so if you are looking for a more town and country feel East Greenwich is probably a safer bet.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:08 PM
 
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Thank you
We are coming from a town in the Midwest that is wonderful on the surface, but extremely difficult to become part of. 90% of the population grew up there, left to attend one of 2 colleges (in state), married and moved back to raise their families. Super for them, but not for a family moving in from out of state without family ties to the community. There was really no way for us to have figured this out until it was too late. We really are a very "normal", easy going family but have had such a difficult 3years. I have a son who will be a 10th grader this fall and a daughter going into 8th grade so finding the right school district is very important.

I'm just afraid to move into another pretty, "perfect" seeming town and not be able to find other "transplants".
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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Barrington is East Bay
East Greenwich is West Bay
they are different in many ways.
Honestly you're best served coming up here and seeing what that means.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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That's definitely the plan.
Broke my left leg and ankle and had emergency surgery on 7/7 while on vacation at the Jersey Shore so as soon as I have clearance to travel we will be heading to RI to check things out first hand.
Was just looking for a bit of insight into both towns prior to our visit
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Barrington is East Bay
East Greenwich is West Bay
they are different in many ways.
Honestly you're best served coming up here and seeing what that means.
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That's definitely the plan.
Broke my left leg and ankle and had emergency surgery on 7/7 while on vacation at the Jersey Shore so as soon as I have clearance to travel we will be heading to RI to check things out first hand.
Was just looking for a bit of insight into both towns prior to our visit
What you really don't want to do, is to move to one side of the bay, and have to commute to the other side on a regular basis.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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Both are very nice communities with good schools. More modern construction available in East Greenwich.
Both have easy access to the interstates.

For mass transportation links East Greenwich is easier.

You'll just have to see both communities to get a feel for yourself. They both have town "feels" - but different town feels.

It really is difficult comparing two very like communities.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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Barrington is pretty much older homes, (many need updating) and they are on small lots due to zoning regulations at the time they were built. Water table in Barrington in several areas is high; thus, sump pumps and some musty basements. Prices are in a wide range in Barrington with new homes upwards of $700K depending on square footage, location and amenities (and there are several multi million dollar homes on the waterfront). Average is probably around $450K in Barrington for a 3 or 4 BR relatively updated.

East Greenwich has a few older historical areas, older subdivisions etc. For the most part, however, 75% of East Greenwich subdivisions are on large wooded lots outside the town, on rural land or farmland sold for development. Average price 4 BR colonial etc., in East Greenwich will be between $400K to $600K depending on square footage and amenities.

Cumberland and Lincoln in northern RI are pretty much on a par with home settings in parts of East Greenwich, but has better interstate access for commuting to Massachusetts. Home prices in either town for a 4 BR colonial etc. in nice condition in the areas relocated buyers are attracted to will be from about $350K to $650K depending on square footage and amenities.

In all these areas, however, home prices are down by at least 15% over the past few years. The very high property taxes, high yearly motor vehicle taxes, and high auto insurance rates make a big difference for buying property in Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts. Something to ponder.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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Default Eg or Barrington

We like East Greenwich, because it's closer to the best shopping, dining, great schools, Newport and the beaches of the south coast----- and the airport!

AND YOU DONT HAVE TO CROSS THE BRIDGE!!!!!!
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