So You Want to Live in Jamaica Plain
Navigate the market with our trusty neighborhood guide, and spend your weekends moseying down Centre Street or luxuriating in the Arboretum.
Jamaica Plain established itself as one of America’s first streetcar suburbs in the early 19th century. But today, instead of streets filled with trollies ferrying Bostonians to and fro, the roads are traversed by bicycles and Subarus.
JP is home to a diverse group, ranging from young families and professionals to artists and activists. Most folks congregate around Centre Street, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare and hub of activity. It counts an eclectic mix of independently owned shops and restaurants, from the dairy delicacies at J.P. Licks to the thrifted treasures waiting to be discovered at Boomerangs.
If plentiful public parks, hipster haunts, and colorful old Victorians sound up your alley, then JP might be your next move. Try navigating the market with our trusty neighborhood guide.
Prices at a Glance
Median single-family home price: $888,000
Median condo price: $496,000
Average rent price: $2,625
What You Can Buy
One Floor of a Triple-Decker
32 Parkton Road #1, Boston
Size: 1,080 square feet
A Manse Overlooking the Arboretum
364 Arborway, Boston
Size: 2,716 square feet
Public Transit Options
The Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street, and Forest Hills stops on the Orange Line
The Heath Street stop on the Green Line
The Forest Hills Commuter Rail station
What a Real Estate Agent Says
Buyers continue to be incredibly excited about living in Jamaica Plain. The spring market is just getting underway, and at this point many new listings are going under contract after the first open house. It used to be that when a family was ready for something with more space, they would look elsewhere. Now, more and more families feel rooted in this community and are compelled to find more space within JP rather than moving to another neighborhood.
JP is also experiencing a real boom right now as new businesses open and new development gets underway. From Turtle Swamp Brewing to Chilacates to Exodus Bagels, new business are opening all over JP that compliment the already rich and vibrant culture of restaurants and independent shops.
Currently, homes in Jamaica Plain have great appreciation potential as more Bostonians visit and fall in love with Jamaica Plain. Numerous housing and commercial projects have been completed, have broken ground, or are in the permitting process, so new units are on the market or in the works and going fast.
—Josh Muncey, Ellen, Janis, and Josh Team, Re/Max Destiny
Stop and Shop
310 Centre St., Boston
Whole Foods Market
413 Centre St., Boston
City Feed and Supply
672 Centre St., Boston
66 A Boylston St., Boston
Harvest Co-Op Market
3815 Washington St., Boston
Greenery abounds in Jamaica Plain thanks to Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted designed Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and several of its jewels (or parks) are situated in JP. There’s the Arnold Arboretum—the oldest public arboretum in North America—as well as Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, and Olmsted Park.
The neighborhood’s allure of rural beauty within city limits has long been a draw for Bostonians. Beginning in the 1700s, the city’s well-to-do built country estates near Jamaica Pond.
In addition to parks and natural vistas, JP offers abundant biking and walking paths. Those who relish the outdoors but crave city living strike a balance in Jamaica Plain, as it’s only a 15-drive to Back Bay.
Did You Know?
Jamaica Plain boasts an impressive list of notable past residents, including poet Sylvia Plath, former mayor James Michael Curley, and New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre.