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A reasonable cost of living and wonderful pond area attract many to the neighborhood affectionately known as JP. Everyone here walks jogs or bikes.Jamaica Pond rents sailboats and rowboats.
Fishing is allowed with a permit and summer brings free concerts and festivals.
Most areas do not require permits for parking.
The diversity of culture and people and the easy commute to downtown via subway or bus make JP even more attractive.
Harvard University owns the Arnold Arboretum,275 acres of exotic trees from around the world.JP is an easy commute to Longwood Medical and Academic area,as well as to many schools including Northeastern, Emmanuel,Wentworth,Wheelock,New England Conservatory,New England Art Institute,The Art Institute of Brookline,Berklee School of Music,The Museum School,Mass College of Art,Simmons,Brigham and Womens Hospital,Deaconess Hospital,Veterans Administration Hospital,Beth Israel Hospital,Dana Farber,Joslin Diabetes Clinic,Childrens Hospital,New England Baptist,MSPCA Angel Memorial and the Faulkner Hospital.
There are food coops,supermarket,flower shops,gift shops,book stores, tatoo parlors,music studios,yoga studios,gym,bowling, ice cream parlors,sub shops. A few Irish Pubs with great pubgrub , TV for sports,one with fireplace for winter and beer garden for summer ,JAMES GATE. The World Famous DOYLES , with its famous Sunday Brunch .The GALWAY HOUSE an old time place with great food and walls of TV,s to watch the game,The DOGWOOD CAFE @ Forest Hills T Station for great Pizza and CANARY SQUARE, where you get downtown Boston meals at neighborhood prices,BRENDON BEHAN PUB in Hyde Square for a the real feel of Ireland ,JEANNIE JOHNSON PUB overlooking South St for Karaoke.
Also there are BOOMERANGS the AIDS ACTION thrift shop ,Post Office,library,cafes,bakeries,restaurants,banks,hardware stores,liquor stores.The SAM ADAMS BREWERY has free tours and tastings on Saturday.
There are historic homes and grand Victorian Painted Ladies with stained glass windows, cupulas,widow walks, fireplaces.
Bostons famous Triple Deckers with entire floor thru flats with front and rear porches,bay windows,hardwood floors,gumwood dining room hutches, french doors, and one hi-rise luxury building with pool, tennis,concierge.
Jamaica Plain is a laid back diverse neighborhood with the most green space in Boston. Jamaica Pond, The Arnold Arboretum,Franklin Park,The Golf Course,The Franklin Park Zoo,and the Emerald Necklace with bike paths leading to The Boston Common ,the oldest park in the United States ,are all here.
Jamaica Plain is a great place to live.