Jamaica Plain Real Estate
JAMAICA PLAIN FACTS & FIGURES
Area: 4.4 square miles
Population: 37,468 (2012 census)
Home Owners: 74%
Median Age: 33
Median Household Income: $80,147
College Educated: 75%
Median Home Sale Price: $529,000
Average Price Per Sq. ft.: $496
Jamaica Plain, simply known as “JP” by locals is a classic streetcar suburb that has become one of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Surrounded by the Emerald Necklace, Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond, it is the perfect place to visit, shop, dine, and live all year round!
The area is home to a diverse community culture including:
- a strong Latino population
- young families, seniors, and pets
- nonprofit groups
- community associations
- crime watches, and
- a growing LGBTQ community.
From the Latin Quarter in Hyde and Jackson Squares, to Centre and South area, to Forest Hills, to Sumner Hill, to Stonybrook area, to Egleston Square, to Jamaica Hills and every corner between — there are hidden gems to be found.
You’ll see a mix of cultures in local businesses, shops and restaurants along all of the Main Street business districts that could easily fill up a weekend afternoon, or night out with friends and family.
Primary and secondary schools
Students in Jamaica Plain are served by Boston Public Schools (BPS). BPS assigns students based on preferences of the applicants and priorities of students in various zones. The English High School located in Jamaica Plain is one of the first public high schools in America.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston operates Roman Catholic schools. In spring 2009 the archdiocese announced that Our Lady of Lourdes School, a K–8 school and the last Catholic school in Jamaica Plain, will close unless parents raise $500,000 for one additional year of instruction. In spring 2009 the school had 187 students, which was 30 fewer students than its 2005 count.
Private schools in the area include the British School of Boston and SHOWA.
Jamaica Plain, often referred to in the 19th century as “the Eden of America,” is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city of Boston. The community contains or is bordered by a number of jewels of the Emerald Necklace park system designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted:
- Olmsted Park: from Route 9 at the Riverway south to Perkins Street, including Leverett Pond, Willow Pond, and Ward’s Pond
- Jamaica Pond: has 60 acres (240,000 m2) of surface area and is the largest and deepest body of fresh water in Boston
- Arnold Arboretum: is a 265-acre (1.1 km2) world-renowned plant collection maintained by Harvard University, and contains Peters’ Hill, named for Boston Mayor Andrew J. Peters, the highest elevation in Jamaica Plain at 235 feet (72 m).
- Franklin Park: is a 527-acre (2.1 km2) park (the largest in the city) and holds the Franklin Park Zoo (the largest zoo in New England), White Stadium and the William J. Devine Memorial Golf Course.
These parks are connected by parkways, each of which is also part of the Emerald Necklace. From south to north these are the Arborway, the Jamaicaway, and the Riverway.
Forest Hills Cemetery, a 275-acre (1.1 km2) “garden cemetery”, and hundreds more acres of cemetery that stretch along Walk Hill Street offer more green space to the area.
Jamaica Plain is served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s bus and rail services which include:
- Green Line “E” Branch (streetcar service)
- Orange Line (rapid transit train)
- The Needham Line of the Commuter Rail (stops at Forest Hills Station)
Buses connect Jamaica Plain with Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and suburban Dedham, Westwood and Walpole to the south, and the rest of Boston by street routes.
Major roads are Centre Street, the Jamaicaway (formerly US 1), the Arborway (MA 203), Washington Street, South Street, and South Huntington Avenue.
JP Seafood Cafe
The Blue Nile
Wonder Spice Cafe
El Oriental de Cuba
Centre Street Cafe