West Roxbury, located in the southwest corner of Boston, is often described as suburban for the feel of many of the neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets are predominantly filled with single family homes. A fair mix has occurred over the last 20 years and several smaller and larger condominium developments have been added into the mix.
Much like any area of Boston, it is further broken out into sub-neighborhoods like Brook Farm, the Highlands, Bellevue Hill and the Grove to name a few. Each has unique characteristics and some may even parallel each other in feel, like the Highlands and Bellevue Hill. The neighborhoods are both joined and separated by the main business district that runs the length of Centre Street. Shops and restaurants line the street, as do many banks (local and national).
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West Roxbury falls under the Boston Public School system and offers several elementary schools in the area. There are also several private schools and charter school options in the neighborhood as well. For more information visit sites like www.greatschools.org or www.education.com
Dining and Shopping
Centre Street in West Roxbury is the place to be when it comes to local dining and shopping in the area. From the mom and pop style hardware store to clothing options to multiple supermarket options you couldn’t ask for more in the way of convenience. Local restaurants range from all styles of cuisine and some popular options are West on Centre, a stylish New American restaurant featuring outdoor seating and a full bar with local craft brews. Porter Café is another option, a welcoming gastropub featuring American comfort food. And of course, you can’t forget the Corrib Pub, a relaxed neighborhood mainstay offering traditional Irish fare.
West Roxbury offers a plethora of things to do with a constantly revolving calendar of events from music options, Open Studios, Porchfest and Farmer’s Markets making it a wonderful place to hang out and call home. Interested in taking in a movie or going bowling? Legacy Place, Kings, Chestnut Hill and downtown are just a short distance by car, train or bus
Parks and Recreation
This wonderful neighborhood offers many choices for outdoor enjoyment perfect for a stroll, bike ride or dog walk. Millennium Park, a former landfill, includes the most incredible views from 100 acres of trails, ball fields and picnic areas. There is a newly constructed YMCA, a community focused non-profit established in 1844 with recreational programs and activities for all ages. Don’t forget about Billings Field with a newly constructed playground and ball fields.
The area is serviced by the commuter rail, also known as the “purple line”, servicing the Needham line and running to South Station in downtown Boston. You will also discover multiple bus lines including several routes to Forest Hills station. Car travel will bring you conveniently to major routes like 128, 95 and 93 as well as easy access to Route 1.
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