East Providence is a city with a mix of quiet and waterfront neighborhoods, as well as several major shopping areas. The Seekonk and Providence Rivers are to the west, Narragansett Bay is to the south, and the Running and Ten Mile Rivers (including the Reservoir and Central Pond) are along most of its eastern border.
There are a lot of apartments in East Providence along with a mix of single family homes and condominiums along its flowing waterways. As one of the true suburbs of Providence, residents are able to enjoy the amenities of city life and suburban life equally.
East Providence has 11 villages: Boyden Heights, Bullocks Point Crescent Park, Fort Hill, Kent Heights, Narragansett Terrace, Omega, Phillipsdale, Riverside, Rumford, Silver Spring, Squantum and Watchemoket.
Rumford to the north is a serene, easily accessible community with a nice mix of old and new homes bordering the reservoir. Playgrounds, recreational fields, and award winning country clubs contribute to the rejuvenating, placid aura of this area, but at the same time allows you to be perfectly close to Providence for business or pleasure.
Riverside to the south, once a summer resort area, is now a largely residential area with picturesque waterfront views that overlook Narragansett Bay. It is home to the beloved, National Historic Landmark the Looff Carousel, designed by Charles I.D. Looff and built in 1895. The carousel and charming Crescent Park are just blocks from the well-maintained bike paths of Rhode Island, which are ideal for exercise and old-fashioned exploring.