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ROXBURY

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

Fort Hill Tower

Roxbury is one of twenty-one official neighborhoods of Boston, which asserts that it "serves as the heart of Black culture in Boston." "Rocksberry" is noted for its hilly geography and the many large outcroppings of Roxbury puddingstone, which was quarried for many years and used in the foundations of a large number of houses in the area.

Roxbury is dotted with impressive parks, from the hilltops to hidden coves. Franklin Park sits at Roxbury's southern edge and contains bike and walking trails, a golf course, and the Franklin Park Zoo. The Southwest Corridor Park and South Bay Harbor Trail are two linear parks with bike paths through or along green spaces and connect the heart of Roxbury with Jamaica Plain, the South End, and Boston Harbor..

One of original governor's houses

Dudley Square is a transportation hub, serving as home to Dudley Station, a substantial bus terminal and terminus for the MBTA's Silver Line to provide commuters with easy access to downtown and Logan International Airport. Additional service provided by the Orange Line as well as tons of bus routes make it easy to live without a car.

One of original governor's houses

Boston is a city of neighborhoods by means of annexation. Access the City of Boston's official website, including the neighborhood of Roxbury. If you have school-age children, Roxbury lies in the Boston Public School district. Its transportation policies are outlined here.

It is always wise to check for reported criminal activity wherever you plan on buying/living. The Boston Police have a web page dedicated to Roxbury which you can access for their latest news.

To keep up with daily goings on you can check in online with the Boston Globe, Boston City Paper, and the Boston Herald. The local neighborhood web site is also worthwhile perusing.

If you have a specific property in mind that you think you might like to buy, The City of Boston 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 Roxbury

Single Family:
2012 - 18 sales. List Price - $240,579 Sale Price - $228,041   Market Time - 100 days
2011 - 18 sales. List Price - $235,050 Sale Price - $230,809   Market Time - 68 days
2010 - 22 sales. List Price - $211,382 Sale Price - $206,708   Market Time - 109 days

Roxbury single-family sales have not been numerous over the years. The 11% jump in average sale price in 2011 appears to have been a solid gain as the average sale price in 2012 was only down by 1%.

Condominiums:
2012 - 38 sales. List Price - $202,995 Sale Price - $196,229   Market Time - 108 days
2011 - 32 sales. List Price - $180,979 Sale Price - $171,700   Market Time - 131 days
2010 - 53 sales. List Price - $168,883 Sale Price - $165,117   Market Time - 93 days

Roxbury's condominium sales shows healthy gains in value with each passing year as evidenced by its annual average sale price growth of 4% in 2011 and 14% in 2012.

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 37 sales. List Price - $482,241 Sale Price - $471,770   Market Time - 72 days
2011 - 30 sales. List Price - $270,390 Sale Price - $257,358   Market Time - 74 days
2010 - 35 sales. List Price - $267,438 Sale Price - $248,741   Market Time - 45 days

Multi-family sales in Roxbury slipped a bit in 2011 but lost ground was regained in 2012. It is noteworthy that several 4-plexes sold in 2012 which averaged $1.5 million each themselves!

To view all current MLS real estate listings in Roxbury, you will need an ID which is "2436112" 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.