Roxbury is a neighborhood with significant cultural and demographic diversity that makes it an exciting area to work and live. Bordered by the South End and Dorchester neighborhoods, Roxbury forms part of the heartland of Boston that has contributed a number of artists, musicians, and athletes to American life.
With a long held tradition for independence within Massachusetts, and later a semi-disconnect from the rest of Boston culture, Roxbury today has a unique identity based on its history. It is an identity built upon individual confidence and self-reliance.This outlook is balanced with a strong emphasis on strong community links that makes Roxbury a vibrant place to live and socialize.
Over time the establishment of many new migrant families in the Roxbury area, the renewed development of the neighborhood, and continual growth of the inner city has all served to make Roxbury a melting pot of Bostonian life. As a result, it is today one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan districts to live in.
Roxbury holds a history with Boston that is rich and unique. Originally settled as a separate and independent town in 1630, Roxbury was later incorporated into the City of Boston in 1846. Despite its lengthy history since establishment, more recent decades has seen Roxbury cited as a locale overdue for redevelopment and capital works. Promisingly, recent years have seen a significant growth in funding and plans to undertake such improvements, giving Roxbury a new sense of energy and vibrancy.
With a median house price of around $380,000, Roxbury has proved an attractive neighborhood to many Bostonians seeking a first home buy, as well as investors looking to a rental opportunity. Accordingly, newcomers seeking to rent in the neighborhood can find good value in the district’s west.
Cyclists will also find Roxbury an attractive locale, with numerous bike lanes and easy access to dedicated bike paths allowing for a safe and easy commute on two wheels around town. For people that don't require passage to the city, a number of buses make getting around the surrounding neighborhoods easily.
Getting to and from the city is easily done in Roxbury thanks to the Orange Line. Situated along the border of the neighborhood to the west, there are multiple stations in close reach. From Roxbury Crossing in the north to Forest Hill station in the south, making the train a popular option for the daily commute to work.
- Harvard University
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Boston University
- Northeastern University
Those who live in Roxbury are spoilt for choice when it comes to fun activities to do in evenings and on weekends. With the city to the north, ocean to the east, farmland to the south, and the historic Brookline neighborhood to the west, there’s something interesting in all directions.
If staying local there is the landmark Franklin Park Zoo. With its Tropical Forest, Outback Trail, and Giraffe Savannah, residents have the opportunity to experience the abundance and variety of nature from all across the world. The Bird’s World and Nature's Neighborhood attractions also provide a very friendly opportunity for younger visitors to see animals up close.
Alongside this, the public spaces are also epicenters of fitness with the MAC pool and Malcolm X park popular among swimmers and runners. The MLK Blvd also proves a popular draw with local cyclists, as the half-mile length of the street and dedicated bike lanes are perfect for new riders seeking to learn the ropes of road cycling.
For those who venture outside the neighborhood, there is easy access to a number of Boston landmarks and attractions in all directions. With Dorchester Bay Beach and Old Harbor to the Northeast, the Museum of Fine Arts and Fenway Park to the Northwest, and Jamaica Pond to the west are Roxburian seeking arts, sports, or outdoors shall find a perfect spot for an afternoon nearby.