Roslindale / W. Roxbury Real Estate
ROSLINDALE / WEST ROXBURY FACTS & FIGURES
Area: 3.7 sq. miles / 4.6 sq. miles
Population: 36,129 / 30,446
Median Age: 39 / 42
Average Household Income: $81,883 / $101,581
College Educated: 64% / 75%
Median Home Sale Price: $309,966 / $559,900
Roslindale, is a community 6 miles from downtown Boston, was annexed to the city in 1873. At the time, it was an out of the way part of the expansive town of West Roxbury but later grew residentially as a classic street car suburb. The railway, which currently serves as the Needham line of the MBTA, was built after the Civil War, and spawned a new round of commercial development. By the 1920’s Roslindale Village had assumed the configuration it has today. It is beautifully laid out with well-kept Adams Park as its center. The area is convenient, walkable, and allows easy access to its rail and bus lines. Roslindale continues to grow and offer great opportunity as a commercial and residential district.
West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury and home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by such notable writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. The town was a farming area well into the 19th century, and in addition to the population of farmers and tradespeople, the neighborhood was attractive to city dwellers, who built elaborate summer estates here. The town of West Roxbury was incorporated in 1851 and became part of Boston in 1874.
Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism and youth programming. The tree lined streets and mostly single-family homes give this city neighborhood a suburban feel. Centre Street anchors the neighborhoods, banks, and shops. Residents flock to Millennium Park, a former landfill that has been converted into 100 acres of trails, ball fields, and picnic areas.
Boston Public Schools operates the public schools for both Roslindale and West Roxbury.
Elementary schools: Sacred Heart School, John D Philbrick, George H Conley, Charles Sumner, Mozart, Phineas Bates, Dennis C Haley, Children’s Learning Center, and Brooke Charter School
Middle schools: Sacred Heart School, Edward Brooke Charter School, Washington Irving Middle School, and Brooke Charter School
Elementary schools: Ludwig van Beethoven Elementary School, William Ohrenberger School, Joyce Kilmer K-8 School, and Patrick Lyndon K-8 School are in West Roxbury. Three schools in the West Roxbury Education Complex, Media Communications Technology High School, Parkway Academy of Technology and Health, and the Urban Science Academy are located in West Roxbury.
The Roxbury Latin School, a private school for boys, is located in West Roxbury. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston operates the Holy Name Parish School as well as the St. Theresa of Avila School in West Roxbury.
Middle schools and High school: Catholic Memorial School, which is an all boys middle and high school, is located on Baker Street.
Roslindale is home to a part of the Emerald Necklace, also referred to as the Arnold Arboretum, one of the most well-known and beautiful network of parks, parkways, and ponds in Boston. Residents and visitors alike, enjoy walking, running, biking, or simply relaxing along the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Adams Park is another well-kept and popular park in Roslindale Village on Main Street where fun community events are held, and a fabulous Farmer’s Market can be found.
West Roxbury is home to the largest park in the City of Boston. Millennium Park was created in 2000 on top of the Gardner Street landfill and boasts three large fields, a playground, expansive nature trails, and a boat launch at the Charles River. The park is used year round, by residents and visitors alike, for organized and casual sports and recreation. In addition to Millennium Park, the town also provides its residents with playgrounds for children, as well as fields, such as Billings Field, consisting of sports facilities, for both adults and children to use and enjoy.