Jamaica Plain, or JP as it’s commonly called, was settled by the Puritans as a farming community in the early 1600’s. Originally part of Roxbury and then West Roxbury, it was annexed to Boston in 1874. Like many of the adjoining neighborhoods, Jamaica Plain was an early streetcar suburb and still enjoys excellent rail connections via the Orange, Green, and commuter rail lines. Perhaps Boston’s ‘greenest’ neighborhood, JP is flush with parks, ponds, and walking trails. Much of Fredrick Law Olmstead’s lush Emerald Necklace can be found in JP along with Harvard University’s world-famous Arnold Arboretum.
In the 19th and 20th Centuries, JP’s streams provided water for its many breweries. Today, the Sam Adams Boston Brewery calls the neighborhood home.
Developed over many years, JP is filled with a wide variety of homes, from grand painted lady Victorians to to modest single families to traditional Boston ‘3-deckers’ and everything in-between. Recently the neighborhood has seen several exciting new condominium developments clustered around the Forest Hills T station while a short distance away bustling Center Street, dotted with delightful shops and restaurants, remains the lively heart of this vibrant and diverse neighborhood.
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