West Roxbury & Centre Street
West Roxbury, located in the southwest corner of Boston, is often described as “suburban” with many wide, tree-lined streets and a feeling of a bit more space than Rozzie or JP. Over the past 20 years, its primarily single-family and two-family housing stock has seen the arrival of condominiums and a few larger multi-unit buildings, with more under construction on Weld, Centre and the VFW Parkway. West Roxbury districts include historic 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, such as the Highlands and Bellevue Hill, both with easy access to the Centre Street business district. With its blend of neighborhoods and housing stock, West Roxbury fits the bill for folks who want the convenience of city living with a little less hustle and bustle.
Dining and Shopping
Centre Street in West Roxbury is the place to be when it comes to quality food and retail. From the locally-owned Ace Hardware to Boomerangs thrift store to your choice of two major super markets, you couldn’t ask for more in the way of convenience. Restaurants cover a broad range of cuisines, from Thai and Chinese to New American and traditional Irish fare. West on Centre offers a tempting menu plus outdoor seating and a full bar with local craft brews. Porter Café is a welcoming newer gastropub featuring comfort food, and the Corrib Pub, a relaxed neighborhood mainstay, has been serving quality traditional meals for decades.
West Roxbury along with neighboring Roslindale and Dedham offer a variety of events and activities throughout the year. From Porchfest and weekly free concerts in the summer to a weekly Farmers’ Market and top-notch cultural events at the local branch of the Boston Public Library. Legacy Place is just a few minutes south for an evening of movies, dining and bowling; Chestnut Hill and Downtown Boston are super-convenient as well.
Parks and Recreation
This sought-after neighborhood offers many choices for outdoor enjoyment, from Millennium Park with over 100 acres of trails, ball fields and picnic areas – plus incredible views of Boston – to the world-renowned Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Our YMCA was totally renovated just a couple of years ago and offers an amazing array of programs and activities for all ages. And don’t forget about Billings Field with its newly-constructed playground and ball fields!
The area is serviced by the Needham Line of the commuter rail, known as the “Purple Line”, which will have you at Back Bay or South Station in under 30 minutes from any of the three stops in West Rox. Several bus lines out of Forest Hills service the area as well, and for driving, you’ll be just minutes to routes 1,128 and 95.