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This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing Jamaica Plain real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

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Jamaica Plain, fondly known to many as JP, has always been one of the more socially tolerant communities in the city and is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city of Boston and boasting 1,000+ acres of green space. The community contains or is bordered by a number of "jewels" of the Emerald Necklace park system: Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, the Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park, which themselves, are connected by parkways: the Arborway, the Jamaicaway, and the Riverway. You can find JP's active residents enjoying these parks, playgrounds, bike paths, and gardens year-round... including Jim, his wife, and their dog!!

Jamaica Plain is made up of 15 neighborhoods: Brookside, Central JP, Egleston Sq, Hyde Sq, Jackson Sq, Jamaica Hills/Moss Hill, JP South, Parkside, Pondside, S. Huntington, Stonybrook, Sumner Hill, Woodbourne, and Union Ave. A map delineating these neighborhoods is here. A number of distinct, historical subdistricts which are now archaic are still in use by scholars and real estate agents!! - South St, Sunnyside, O' Carolina, and The Monument.

Moss Hill is easily the most affluent area of JP, and the one with the least turnover of houses for sale (and probably zero rentals) with Bournedale coming in second. Pondside and the ones closest to the Arboretum follow. Forest Hills, Hyde Square, etc. are next, and the neighborhood near Jackson Square comes in last where the vast Bromley-Heath "housing development" is located. JP is generally a safe place to live. Outside of the public-housing areas there isn't much street crime, although east/south of Centre St or close to Forest Hills are less desirable sections than the rest of the community. JP used to be "affordable" but is now getting pricey. Roslindale, to the south, has more moderately priced housing.

Jamaica Plain is a great location for commuters! Although on-street parking is free, many streets near the MBTA Orange Line stations are posted "resident permit only", intended to discourage commuters from using residential streets as parking lots during the day. But, the convenience of public transportation means you can survive quite nicely without a car here! The Green Line streetcar service terminates at Heath Street and South Huntington Avenue. Bus service continues along South Huntington Avenue, Centre Street, and South Street to its terminus at the Forest Hills Station. The Orange Line rapid transit train line runs below street level through the middle of Jamaica Plain, with stops at Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street, and Forest Hills. Buses connect Jamaica Plain with West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and suburban Dedham and Walpole to the south, and the rest of Boston by street routes. Forest Hills Station is a major transportation hub and is within walking distance of the Arnold Arboretum and Forest Hills Cemetery.

Two major bicycle paths serve Jamaica Plain. Along the Southwest Corridor Park is the Pierre Lallement Bicycle Path, which runs from Forest Hills to Back Bay; and, to the west are bicycle paths, which run through the parks of the Emerald Necklace, along the Jamaicaway and Riverway.

You will find some of the city's most elegant and historic mansions in JP! Triple-deckers and large Victorians are found throughout JP, and more recently, some of Jamaica Plain’s former brewery buildings have been converted into luxury loft condominiums. These wonderful turn-of-the century spaces were renovated for today’s needs while preserving their beautiful details and historic character.

Jamaica Plain offers both fresh local foods and unique restaurants — you can pick up organic meat and vegetables at the co-op or Whole Foods, then hop over for a meal of rice and beans with platanos or treat yourself to more upscale fare at Ten Tables. In fact, diversity is JP’s hallmark and a label that it wears with pride. If you’re sitting in an internet cafe sipping iced coffee while watching a group of Somali girls play soccer, you must be in JP.

Boston's neighborhoods are known to demand loyalty from their residents; but Jamaica Plain should win a prize for the love affair its residents have with their home! In JP, your neighbors will greet you (especially if you have a dog) and they will probably watch your front door when you go out of town. Access the City of Boston's official website, including the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. If you have school-age children, Jamaica Plain lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the JP Gazette, The Patch, Boston City Paper or, of course, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, The City of Boston maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you might need to apply after your purchase.

Jim enjoys dancing with his JP friends at the 1st church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian-Universalist every other Saturday. Come join them!

Remember, if you need to work hard, and yet come home to a place where you can be biking, boating, or hiking within minutes, Jamaica Plain has you covered.

Sold Statistics for Jamaica Plain

Single Family:
2012 - 69 sales. List Price - $605,252 Sale Price - $598,604   Market Time - 49 days
2011 - 49 sales. List Price - $657,841 Sale Price - $630,112   Market Time - 90 days
2010 - 60 sales. List Price - $623,243 Sale Price - $601,210   Market Time - 73 days

JP values grew by about 5% in 2011 even though sales toppled. In 2012, we saw the reverse with sales booming again but this time, the average sale price was back down below even that of 2010.

2012 - 378 sales. List Price - $375,126 Sale Price - $369,611   Market Time - 62 days
2011 - 299 sales. List Price - $364,687 Sale Price - $351,687   Market Time - 87 days
2010 - 325 sales. List Price - $229,224 Sale Price - $354,894   Market Time - 80 days

JP leads the way in volume of condominium sales. Although sales were robust in 2011, they were nonetheless less than 2010; whereas, in 2012, sales soared above 2010 by 16%. Unlike 2011, where values were off slightly by about 1% 2012 saw a solid 5% improvement.

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 49 sales. List Price - $670,326 Sale Price - $658,517   Market Time - 51 days
2011 - 32 sales. List Price - $638,002 Sale Price - $616,106   Market Time - 44 days
2010 - 30 sales. List Price - $576,416 Sale Price - $556,167   Market Time - 51 days

Multi-family sales were JP's bright spot. Not only was there a 5% increase in volume, but values rose a terrific 6%, too... on top of 2011's 10% increase in value!

To view all current MLS real estate listings in Jamaica Plain, you will need an ID which is " 2350621" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing.

You cannot go wrong in Boston’s most charming and unique neighborhood. Come, spend an afternoon by the Pond, take a stroll around it, and see why the people who live here never want to leave.