The $300,000 Question: Wakefield or the East Side?

These two new-to-market properties are in highly desirable areas. Which one would you choose?


Both are within walking distance to restaurants, shops and activities. Both are in the low $300,000s. Both are ten minutes from major attractions — think: the beach or Downcity. But that’s where the similarities end between these new-to-market properties in Wakefield and the East Side of Providence. Here’s the breakdown:

WAKEFIELD
20 Uncle Sams Ln., South Kingstown
Price: $319,9000
Year built: 1880
Square feet: 1,425
Beds: 3, plus office
Baths: 2
Best feature: The wrap-around porch and kitchen deck
Work level: Move-in ready but could use updating; popcorn ceilings and beige carpets scream flip job
Closest amenity: The Flatts, a new barbecue spot in Peace Dale
Town dress code: Patagonia
School situation: South Kingstown has one of the highest-rated districts in the state, per GreatSchools.
EAST SIDE OF PROVIDENCE
296 Rochambeau Ave., Providence
Price: $329,000
Year built: 1961
Square feet:
1,052
Beds: 2, plus office
Baths: 1 bath
Best feature: The carport. (Seriously.) Mid-century modern is all the rage, but the humble carport never gets any love
Work level: Move-in ready
Closest amenity: Rochambeau Library
Town dress code: Frog and Toad T-shirts with black jeans
School situation: Providence has one of the lowest-rated districts in the state, per GreatSchools. Classical High School, charters and private schools are strong.

This story has been updated.