Monthly Archives: September 2012

T police warn of bike thefts

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA Transit Police is urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity after a rash of bicycle thefts at MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain. “We can’t do it alone,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury. “We depend on the public. They are our partners.” Transit Police have been...

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Real Estate Today: JP is hot seller’s market

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The least expensive property on sale in JP is a $159,900 condo in this building at 406 Centre St.

The Jamaica Plain real estate market can be described in one word: “hot.” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sales Manager Paul Melanson told the Gazette that JP is a seller’s market right now, with every listing receiving multiple offers and usually being sold at a higher price than the asking price. “We’ve seen a complete...

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Real Estate Today: MBTA parcel for sale again

September 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—An MBTA parcel across the street from Forest Hills Station is up for bid again after several developers “expressed strong interest” in it, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. Bidding opened earlier this month and will be open through Oct. 24. Parcel U, encompassing about 2.8 acres, is one of a handful of...

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Real Estate Today: Real estate office donates to kids’ group

September 28, 2012
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The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Jamaica Plain this month kicked off “6 for 60,” a new program and partnership with Boston College that will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual holiday gift drive. Coldwell Banker, whose local office is at 713 Centre St., will donate a $60 gift card for every...

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Real Estate Today: Unusual JP properties for sale

September 28, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The former women’s nursing home at 72 Robinwood Ave. was built in 1880. One of the condo units is currently on sale for $439,000.

While the Jamaica Plain real estate market is mostly known for apartments in multiple-family houses and more luxurious single-family homes, some local real estate agents told the Gazette about some more unique properties around the neighborhood. “JP has fewer cookie-cutter properties than other nearby markets” like Southie, Somerville, Cambridge or Roslindale, independent agent B.J....

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Real Estate Today: What JP prices could buy elsewhere

September 28, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy AV Real Estate Inc.) A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home currently listed in Miami, Fla. selling for the same price as a JP condo.

Ever wonder what the cost of your Jamaica Plain property could buy you around the country? According to real estate agents from Montana, Arizona, Florida and Ohio, quite a bit, including beach-front condos and lake-view penthouses. With the average sale price of a single-family home in JP this year hitting well over $500,000, according...

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Real Estate Today: Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

September 28, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will go a long way...

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Real Estate Today: Agent: Goddard House worth $12.5-15 million

September 28, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Goddard House on S. Huntington Avenue.

A local real estate agent says that the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center property could fetch between $12.5 million and $15 million on the residential market. The Goddard House, which is located at 201 S. Huntington Ave., ceased operations on Sept. 8. The enormous brick building was constructed in 1927 and housed...

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First Thursday draws art crowd in 8th year

September 28, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Late Greats play on the Loring-Greenough House lawn as part of last month’s First Thursday Sept. 6.

It’s hard to imagine Jamaica Plain without its signature First Thursday event, with the whole community engaging with art, music and each other. But seven years ago, there was no such thing. Thursdays were just another day. Then Arva Clark and Frank Burns, then-heads of the JP Centre/South Main Street (CSMS), married the concepts...

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‘Safety net’ is under threat, local groups say

September 28, 2012
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By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette The “safety net” of social services is under threat by federal budget cuts, representatives from a dozen Boston-area organizations warned at a Sept. 15 forum in Jamaica Plain. “You can’t walk down JP’s main streets without seeing someone in crisis,” said Sky Rose of Survivors, Inc., the...

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