Each residence has lovely crown molding, detailed wainscoting and a wide open floor plan encompassing 1,336 square feet. The rooms have tall ceilings, recessed lighting and an in-ceiling audio system.
New construction in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, an area gaining in popularity, may be getting harder to find, but three condominiums, each with three bedrooms and two bathrooms at 41 Wenham St., listed at $799,000, are ready for their first owners.
LoPilato Construction, well known for their fine work, built the homes.
“They are excellent builders,” Janis Lippman of the Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate Team said. “Their quality and craftsmanship is bar none,” evident from the moment one steps through the front door of any unit.
Each residence has lovely crown molding, detailed wainscoting, and a wide-open floor plan encompassing 1,336 square feet. The rooms have tall ceilings, recessed lighting and an in-ceiling audio system. Gorgeous 3 ¼-inch dark-stained hardwood oak floors accent the white cabinets, closet doors and moldings while large windows flood the rooms with natural lighting.
The large chef’s kitchen includes high end Bosch and Samsung appliances, Wolf cabinets, quartz counters and under cabinet lighting. The refrigerator has a flex zone control that allows one to choose whether a drawer should be used as a freezer or refrigerator while a large pantry beside the refrigerator holds one’s non-perishables. Two beautiful pendant lights stylishly hang over the breakfast bar with seating for three or four people accessible on two sides.
“Often times when they do these open floor plans, it’s a kitchen and living room,” Lippman said. “I like the fact that there’s a separate dining area.”
A dining space opens into the large living room with a gas fireplace and ceiling fan, adding ambiance and temperature control.
The master bedroom has a generous walk-in closet. With Grohe fixtures, designer bath tile, stone/ceramic countertops and frameless glass shower, the master en suite bathroom has a mini-spa feel.
Two good-sized bedrooms with large closets, a full bathroom with a tub/shower and laundry hookup for a stackable washer and dryer fill out the home.
While parking anywhere in the city can be a challenge, owners of each condo have one garage parking space with a garage door opener.
There are also large individual storage spaces in the basement, with interior and exterior doors. With a full size walkout egress, bicycles, golf clubs or other outdoor items are easily accessible.
The home heating bills will be much lower than homes built years ago, Lippman said, due in part to having insulated doors, windows and walls along with all brand new systems including wiring, HVAC, heat and air conditioning,
Designed as Smart Homes, these units have cameras to view the outside of the units, speakers to talk to visitors at the door, as well as Nest programmable thermostats to conserve energy when away from home.
Unit 1 on the first floor has a covered front porch and back patio while Unit 2 has a back porch and Unit 3 has a back porch with Boston views.
Outdoor space is plentiful. With private decks and a shared backyard along with community parks, gardens, playgrounds and other open space nearby, residents can enjoy the out-of-doors. There are great restaurants and quaint cafes and the Harvest Market offering a variety of cuisine. Taking advantage of all that the city has to offer fulfills most homeowners’ dreams.
According to legend, the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness of the residents for Jamaica rum and that they preferred it “plain.” More likely, the neighborhood got its Anglicized name from Kutchamaiken, chief of the Chickatawbut Indian tribe at Jamaica Pond more than two centuries ago. Perhaps the name comes from a mix of both folktales – Jamaica was adapted from “Xaymaca” which means “Land of wood and water.”
Jamaica Plain was originally part the town of Roxbury until 1848; the community seceded and became part of West Roxbury. In 1874, West Roxbury was annexed to the City of Boston, thus making Jamaica Plain a neighborhood of Boston. Jamaica Plain, affectionately referred to by locals as JP, is made up of a number of distinct historical sub-districts, one of which is Forest Hills.
The first European known settler of Forest Hills was Captain Joseph Weld (ancestor of former Gov. William Weld). His descendant, Col. Eleazer Weld, along with fellow patriot Benjamim Bussey, willed their parcels of land to Harvard University, the basis for the Arnold Arboretum.
Other famous and influential JP names and historical sites include Minot (Nobel Prize winner), Perkins (School for the Blind), and Joshua Loring/David Greenough (Loring-Greenough House).
The Eliot name is ubiquitous: Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts and Eliot Hall, also known as “The Footlight Club,” America’s oldest community theatre (1877) revitalized and added to the National Register of Historic Places (1988).
More recently, Ellen Swallow Richards, the first female graduate of and first female teacher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became a pioneer in environmental engineering. Her home, located at 32 Eliot St., was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
Forest Hills especially south of Walk Hill Street, features curving, tree-lined streets laid out in irregular patterns indicative of how the area was thoughtfully transformed from country estates into one of the first streetcar suburbs in 19th century America.
Forest Hills, where these three modern condominiums are located, has moved into the 21st century offering many amenities city dwellers and those new to the city are looking for in terms of walkability and commerce.
JP is a perfect location for anyone working in the city because one gets so much more for their money here, Lippman said. It’s close to Forest Hills T station, bus depot and Zipcars for easy commuting.
Jamaica Plain, often referred to as “the Eden of America,” was founded by Boston Puritans seeking farm land south of the city. Although the vast farmlands of yesteryear have gone by the wayside, JP is one of the greenest neighborhoods in Boston.
Jamaica Plain encompasses part of the Emerald Necklace, a connected series of parks and ponds designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Many hours can be spent walking or biking along numerous trails, bird-watching with the Emerald Necklace Bird Club, sitting a spell at the renowned Arnold Arboretum for a picnic lunch while enjoying the colorful and aromatic blossoms of the seasons or practicing yoga in the legendary Forest Hills Cemetery – also known as the “garden cemetery.” An assortment of fun can be found at Franklin Park, which holds the zoo, stadium and a golf course.
“We love Jamaica Plain,” Lippman said. “It’s our little village so to speak. It’s just an awesome place.”
She counts the Forrest Hill neighborhood as her favorite, having lived in other areas, and said neighbors are always outside with their kids or with their dogs.
“Everybody is really friendly,” said Lippman. “It’s a nice eclectic mix of people,” ranging from young families and professionals to artists and activists. “There’s a real sense of community in this neighborhood.”
For additional historical information please visit the Jamaica Plain Historical Society at www.jphs.org and Wikipedia.
For further real estate information, contact Josh Muncey of the Ellen, Janis and Josh Real Estate Team at 617-905-6445 or email@example.com.