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DORCHESTER

This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing Dorchester real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

Dorchester, during the early 20th century, became home to the first racially integrated neighborhood on Jones Hill and the precursor of the NAACP. To accommodate the influx of immigrants, the Dorchester's trademark, triple-decker apartment buildings of light-framed, wood construction, popped up everywhere. Today, most have been converted to condos.

When you are looking at listings, unit 1 is on the ground floor and unit 3 is the "penthouse" - on the third floor.

Although Dorchester has been completely annexed over time by Quincy, Milton, and Boston, it is known for the most part as Boston's largest and most populous neighborhood; in fact, Dorchester, itself, consists of neighborhoods (see map) too. North Dorchester is predominantly urban with apartments and industrial parks; whereas, South Dorchester is primarily residential. Although commercialization is expanding in the south, you can still find residential housing in the areas of Savin Hill, Jones Hill, Four Corners, Franklin Field, Franklin Hill, Ashmont, Meeting House Hill, Neponset, Popes Hill and Port Norfolk.

Dorchester Neighborhoods

Dorchester's historical diversity is displayed in decadent architecture. Gracious, grand Victorian homes of wealthy Bostonians from days long gone and the multi-family dwellings of groups of immigrants who came to join them provide an historical feast for the eyes. Today, Dorchester retains this diverse mixture as it experiences a grand revitalization.

Franklin Park features 527 acres of green space and walking paths, a zoo, and an 18-hole municipal golf course. Learn more about community services in a specific neighborhood or area in which you might be interested in living simply by entering your street address.

The ethnic make up of Dorchester and its neighborhoods has constantly been evolving. To get an idea of its social fabric, you can check out its demographics online. Since we do not live in a perfect world, we need to be aware of criminal activity that might be around us when contemplating buying in or near a big city.

Dorchester is served well by public transit - including street buses and subway Red line; otherwise, major throughfares include: I-93, Hwy 28, Hwy 203, and the Dorchester Turnpike (said with tongue in cheek as it is by no means a highway).

If you have school-age children, Dorchester lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the Dorchester Reporter, Boston City Paper or, of course, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, The City of Boston also maintains a database for the City Assessor which you can access to see what value the City gives the property and what the annual taxes are. Boston does offer a residential tax break for primary residences for which you might need to apply after your purchase.

Sold Statistics for Dorchester

Single Family:
2012 - 108 sales. List Price - $326,802 Sale Price - $311,435   Market Time - 92 days
2011 - 88 sales. List Price - $314,468 Sale Price - $298,591   Market Time - 98 days
2010 - 103 sales. List Price - $291,482 Sale Price - $281,545   Market Time - 93 days

Dorchester sales dropped off in 2011, but unlike other areas of Boston, values rose. Compare that to 2012 where Dorchester regained all that it lost in volume of sales plus had the added bonus of enjoying a 4% increase in average sale price!

Condominiums:
2012 - 237 sales. List Price - $254,284 Sale Price - $246,718   Market Time - 102 days
2011 - 215 sales. List Price - $473,448 Sale Price - $206,106   Market Time - 90 days
2010 - 339 sales. List Price - $194,280 Sale Price - $186,920   Market Time - 85 days

In 2011, condominium sales in Dorchester fell off sharply; and yet, values rose significantly by 9.5%; whereas in 2012, volume increased slightly with the average sale price soaring 20%. Sellers in Dorchester are probably happier with the fewer number of sales and the higher values compared to 2010!

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 227 sales. List Price - $374,769 Sale Price - $361,864   Market Time - 102 days
2011 - 201 sales. List Price - $344,107 Sale Price - $331,665   Market Time - 67 days
2010 - 258 sales. List Price - $313,042 Sale Price - $302,079   Market Time - 70 days

Dorchester consists of a lot of investment properties and so multi-family sales are quite common and robust. Although sales of multi-family properties dropped off in 2011 and improved marginally in 2012, average sale price values have steadily increased a nice 9% in 2011 and 2012.

To view all current MLS real estate listings in Dorchester, you will need an ID which is " 2365267" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing.