Neighborhoods We Serve
JP, Roslindale, all of Greater Boston... and Beyond
We take great pride in what we do, and as Jamaica Plain and Roslindale residents for a combined 38 years we know Boston like the back of our hands—and we can assure a smooth real estate transaction wherever your real estate journey takes you!
"There’s nothing plain about Jamaica Plain," the saying goes about this Boston neighborhood, and it’s true. In addition to having Jamaica Pond for boating or viewing while running or walking around it, JP (as it is called by the locals) is bordered by beautiful large green spaces—all open to the public. A strip of parkland once cleared to build a highway runs right down the center. The Southwest Corridor offers neighbors gardens, play areas, walking and bicycling paths between four MBTA Orange Line stations.
JP has been very diverse for several decades, with a mix of races, ethnic groups and incomes living together, and it is a sought-after place to live by active people. The city’s Latin Quarter is in JP, as are 15 smaller neighborhoods people know by name.
Residents are of all ages, but, as in all Boston, about one third are between 20 and 35. Single-family Victorian and colonial houses abound, but there are Capes and ranch houses, too. Colorful triple-decker homes line many streets, and there are bigger multi-family houses, too.
Inside the Emerald Necklace of green space, there is another necklace—this one of neighborhood businesses along Centre, South and Washington Streets. JP is famous for having supported local business ownership for decades, and many of them—like Salmagundi for fashion accessories and Boing! JP’s Toy Store—are individually owned.
In addition to retail and service businesses of all kinds, wonderful restaurants, pubs and coffee shops flourish. In keeping with the diverse flavor of the neighborhood, eateries provide reasonably priced food from a range of countries and for a variety of palates.
JP is very active. There are many events during the year, including an annual Lantern Festival, Wake Up the Earth Festival and an outdoor JP Music Festival. Activities are often sponsored by the dozens of non-profit organizations in the neighborhood.
Jamaica Plain is home to lots of artists, musicians and writers. The First Thursday of each month, Centre South Main Streets sponsors businesses holding art openings and other entertainment.
This eclectic neighborhood in the southern part of Boston was once considered a garden or streetcar suburb of the city. You’ll find Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum that draws residents of local colonial, two-family and three-family homes to stroll its paths throughout the year.
At the heart of Rozzie, as it is fondly called by residents, is Roslindale Village, where charming, tree-lined Adams Park is surrounded by a variety of restaurants and shops with tastes and flavors from around the world: Shanti, Shaking Seafood, Delfino, and so many more. Roslindale Village was the city’s first Main Street district and is now considered by many to be one of the city’s most vibrant.
The green space, the vibrant business district and active community make real estate in the area an attractive option for many seeking city living with a suburban feel. Access to public transportation—including commuter rail—makes Roslindale an even more desirable place to live.
Roslindale was named in 1860 for Roslin, a town in Scotland, with “dale” added because the center of town is located in between hills where houses offer beautiful views of the Boston skyline and the bay in the distance.
You’ll find so many single-family homes with grassy lawns in this neighborhood, it is sometimes mistaken for a suburb even though it’s part of the city of Boston. It is often mistakenly (though logically) thought to be next to the neighborhood of Roxbury, but Roslindale and Jamaica Plain sit between them. It was once the western part of a huge town of Roxbury until it was divided into many smaller neighborhoods and then joined to Boston.
While it’s the furthest neighborhood from the city proper, distance from the bustling city is no problem because West Roxbury has two commuter rail stations on the Needham Line and several bus routes to Forest Hills and its Orange Line subway station.
In addition to its tree-lined residential streets and abundant wood frame and brick homes, West Roxbury is known for its large open spaces of unusual origin. Take, for instance, Millennium Park: It was ingeniously created on top of landfill by the city and now has 100 acres of trails, ball fields and picnic areas. Brook Farm was once a 188-acre utopian community established and operated by Transcendentalists in the 1840s. Ravaged by hard times and fires for many years, it is now managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Centre Street is the main shopping and activities area of the 4.6-square-mile neighborhood including delicious restaurants like Phuket Thai, Himalayan Bistro, The Corrib, West on Center, The Squealing Pig, and Porter Café.
Just a 10-minute drive south of downtown Boston, Dorchester, is a prime example of a Massachusetts melting pot. With six square miles of territory, Dorchester’s residents represent all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities across the spectrum.
You might see a lively Irish pub on one corner, but a hundred feet down the road there’s a Pho Restaurant with delicious noodles, or a trendy modern Americana bistro. Dorchester is rich in intellectual and historical detail, too—you'll find the John F. Kennedy Library here and Martin Luther King lived in "Dot" while earning his PhD at Boston University.
The MBTA's Red Line runs through the neighborhood where you'll find glorious single-family Victorians and a fair share of multi-family homes (many now converted to condos). Dorchester offers city living for those who want a little more space with their "city living" and who thrive on a sense of community and diversity.
The southernmost neighborhood in good ol’ Beantown prides itself on being a “small town in a city” because it has that quaint suburban feel with an urban edge depending upon where you stroll. There’s green space aplenty with hiking and biking paths along Neponset Valley Parkway or Turtle Pond Parkway, and there’s always George Wright Golf Course where you’ll find plentiful activity in the warmer spring and summer months.
Or if sidewalks are more your thing, you can grab a bite to eat in one of the local squares (Logan or Cleary) or shop the mom-and-pops for your everyday wares. Residents hop on the T and travel the length of Hyde Park Avenue—the town’s main thoroughfare—to Forest Hills station because you can be just minutes from the city but far enough away when a little respite is in order. There are also two commuter rail stops in Hyde Park (Fairmont and Readville), so getting into the city is a cinch!
But, wherever you go, Hyde Park always feels like home.