West Roxbury

This area of Boston is known for its quality homes and neighborhoods.  It abuts both Brookline/Newton.  The areas of Brookline and Newton that border West Roxbury shares the same zip code, Chestnut Hill’s 02467.  The rest of West Roxbury has the zip code 02132. 

The Chestnut Hill section of West Roxbury has similar housing stock of single family homes and even has the same streets since the city line crosses a number of them in the South Brookline neighborhood. This West Roxbury neighborhood lies along the VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) Parkway, a multi-lane tree-lined roadway that is also known as Route 1. The western border of this neighborhood is the West Roxbury Parkway that originates in South Brookline and continues into West Roxbury and crosses over the VFW Parkway.

South of the VFW Parkway, the neighborhood that runs along the West Roxbury Parkway is also known as Peak’s Hill area. This part of West Roxbury Parkway is a beautifully green scenic road with a lush median strip separating two sides of this tree-lined thoroughfare.   Classic center entrance Colonials and stately Tudor homes line West Roxbury Parkway and are the predominant housing stock on the tree-lined side streets. There are also smaller Colonial and Cape style homes. This area of West Roxbury is abutting Roslindale. 

One of the best features of West Roxbury is the 3 commuter train stops.  The Bellevue train stop is in an area known as Bellevue Hill. Some of the largest and most beautiful turn of the century homes in all of West Roxbury is located here. The sales prices for the houses in this neighborhood are usually the highest in West Roxbury. Bellevue Hill’s reputation is not just for the beautiful homes, but also their larger well-landscaped lots and charming tree lined streets.  It southern section is in close proximity to the Stony Brook Reservation land and its northern area borders the commercial district on Centre Street which includes a second train stop, the Highland stop.

The main commercial district of West Roxbury lines Centre Street and is serviced by both the Highland train stop and the West Roxbury Train stop.  Between the 2 train stops and close to Centre Street is Billings Field, one of the largest green spaces in West Roxbury and home of many local little league baseball teams.

Many thriving local small businesses along with larger chain stores, including a super market, ad variety to the area.  Family-style restaurants and coffee shops line Center Street plus local pubs and bars offer a full menu. The local residents are very fortunate to be able to walk from home and buy all of their necessities!

North of the Highland’s Neighborhood on the other side of the VFW Parkway is the Newton Line/Brook Farm Area of West Roxbury.  This is a small section consisting of less than twenty small side streets where the majority of the homes were built since WWII. The Brook Farm area is both the residential neighborhood. The combination of the cemetery land along with the undeveloped land creates a rural atmosphere and is very unusual for a Boston address.

Washington Street, a large, mostly commercial city street is bounded by the Dedham Line and continues northeast through West Roxbury into Roslindale.  At varying distances to Washington Street is the Stoney Brook Reservation, one of Boston’s finest open green spaces.  The neighborhoods surrounding Washington Street have many shopping conveniences along with easy access to this wonderful reservation land.  There is a wide range of housing stock including some of Boston’s finest collection of triple-deckers.  This area has a higher percentage of tenant population due to the large number of rental units. This neighborhood is well connected with bus lines connecting to the commuter rail and into downtown Boston.

 

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