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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 should find important. Instructions for viewing Charlestown real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

Old Ironsides

Six miles south-southwest of downtown Boston, Roslindale, once considered a garden suburb of Boston, now boasts a diverse community that many cultures call home - both for its natural beauty of valley-like and hilly surroundings, and its affordability. A thriving Hispanic community is evident from the local shops and commercial businesses that line Roslindale's main thruway, Washington Street, which extends from Dedham, Hyde Park, through Roslindale and to Jamaica Plain.

Many of the neighborhood's large, colonial homes have been converted into condos to accommodate the influx of young professionals and families seeking less expensive housing than afforded in JP or  Newton. The western part of Roslindale blends seamlessly with West Roxbury's one and two family residences and tree-lined streets, while Roslindale's northern area consists of dense two and three-family residences amidst light industrial buildings akin to that of JP.

"Rozzie", as it is known to local residents, is best noted for its close proximity to the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis that is part of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace. Roslindale Square, the heart of the neighborhood, is the subject of a National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street award – showing that residents here know how to take care of their neighborhood.

Charlestown's City Square

Roslindale has its own informal neighborhoods: Boston Parkway, a shared neighborhood with West Roxbury, Metropolitan Hill, a shared neighborhood with Hyde Park; West Village; Longfellow Area; Forest Hills/Woodbourne, a shared neighborhood with Jamaica Plain; Lower Washington; Healy to Murray Hill; Prospect Hill; Mount Hope/Mount Canterbury - a shared neighborhood with Hyde Park; and Wellington Hill, a shared neighborhood with Jamaica Plain.

The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown as well as local bus service.

Boston is a city of neighborhoods by means of annexation. Access the City of Boston's official website, including the neighborhood of Roslindale. If you have school-age children, Roslindale lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here.

It is always wise to check for reported criminal activity wherever you plan on buying/living. The Boston Police have a web page dedicated to Roslindale which you can access for their latest news. You might wish to visit the neighborhood's own web site, which has helpful information and links for Roslindale.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the Roslindale Transcript, Boston City Paper, The Patch, 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.

Sold Statistics for Roslindale

Single Family:
2012 - 122 sales. List Price - $345,544 Sale Price - $334,011   Market Time - 76 days
2011 - 87 sales. List Price - $341,621 Sale Price - $331,938   Market Time - 99 days
2010 - 105 sales. List Price - $347,772 Sale Price - $338,335   Market Time - 83 days

Roslindale sales were down by almost 20% and values by about 2% in 2011. But in 2012, sales skyrocketed almost 50% over 2011 and 9% over 2010. Sadly, the average sale price for 2012 was only up 1% over 2011 and still 1% below that of 2010.

2012 - 91 sales. List Price - $254,338 Sale Price - $246,687   Market Time - 93 days
2011 - 95 sales. List Price - $263,433 Sale Price - $255,803   Market Time - 120 days
2010 - 105 sales. List Price - $262,963 Sale Price - $255,151   Market Time - 91 days

Condominium sales in Roslindale fell in 2011 and again, even further, in 2012. Although the average sale price of 2010 and 2011 were relatively unchanged, sellers saw the average sale price drop 3% in 2012.

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 50 sales. List Price - $414,708 Sale Price - $404,442   Market Time - 79 days
2011 - 44 sales. List Price - $381,083 Sale Price - $370,092   Market Time - 64 days
2010 - 41 sales. List Price - $372,549 Sale Price - $360,217   Market Time - 55 days

Multi-family sales in Roslindale increased about 1% in 2011 and another 1.5% in 2012. Unlike its single-family and condo sales, multi families rose in value as well as in volume - almost 10%!

To view all current MLS real estate listings in Roslindale, you will need an ID which is "2435710" 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.

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