With a very different style that distinguishes itself from more traditional Boston neighborhoods (which you'll see from its organic restaurants and avant-garde character) it's hard to categorize Jamaica Plain (or JP as locals call it) as it is so unique.
Home to many of the jewels in the “Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Plain has loads of green space for the outdoor enthusiast. This, combined with its artsy flair, easy access to downtown, and community feel makes Jamaica Plain the next hottest destination for Boston area residents.
Once called the “Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is bursting with natural beauty.The Arnold Arboretum, which is maintained by Harvard University, encompasses over 281 acres of unique horticulture. In addition to the Arboretum, Franklin Park, home of the Franklin Park Zoo, is known as Boston's largest public park. While not in JP, it does border almost the entire east side of the neighborhood and allots JP residents easy access to walking trails, golfing, playgrounds, sports areas, and more. Other outdoor attractions include Olmsted Park and Jamaica Pond, which are also a part of the “Emerald Necklace”.
Close to Northeastern University , Longwood Medical Area, and Wheelock College, JP attracts a diverse population including students, young professionals, and families who call it home. Together with JP's established community, they have formed an energetic and open-minded community. According to the Boston Globe the median price for a single-family home is $820,000; this is a 59% increase in value since 2010, making it attractive for investors.
As one of the first “streetcar suburbs” in America, JP offers access to multiple transportation options, via the MBTA, including commuter rail connections, bus routes, and both the Green and Orange Line trains. JP is an ideal commuter location.
Looking to bike to work? JP also hosts numerous bicycle paths such as the Pierre Lallement Bicycle Path which runs from Forest Hills to Back Bay where you can then link up to the Melnea Cass Bike Pass to take you into the South End and out to South Boston. There are several other pathways that wind along the Jamaicaway and Riverway for a scenic ride into Brookline, Fenway/Kenmore, or Longwood Medical Center.
Dining and Entertainment
Foodies rejoice - Jamaica Plain's restaurant scene is unbeatable, catering to every palate and budget while retaining top-notch charm. Local favorites include JP Seafood Café, Tres Gatos, Noodle Barn, and City Feed for their spectacular meals and atmospheres. After enjoying lunch or dinner wander into a bakery or café for fantastic dessert options, like the cupcakes from Monumental Cupcakes and the celebrated ice cream flavors at JP Licks.
Even with its level of trendy restaurants and modern taste, Jamaica Plain still holds on to its historical roots via notable attractions and events throughout the year. Visit the Loring-Greenough House exhibits and concerts, catch a performance produced by the Footlight Club, or browse the art in the Hallway Gallery.