The neighborhood of Roslindale, located in southwest Boston, was a primarily agricultural area until the mid-nineteenth century.  Construction of the Providence Railroad, and later the streetcar, opened the area for residential development and lead to the annexation of the town by the City of Boston as part of West Roxbury in 1873.

Roslindale could be the real-life inspiration for “Cheers,” the barroom-based television show where everybody knows your name. Celebrated for its homegrown businesses, local organizations, and community wide block parties, Roslindale cultivates neighborhood ties. It appears that Roslindale has it all, unless you’re looking for fast-paced or late-night entertainment. When bright lights and big buildings are what you seek, catch a ride into the city on the bus or commuter rail.


Current Population: 32,487

Today, Roslindale is a demographically diverse and primarily residential community. The area features a mix of single family homes, Boston's traditional triple-deckers, and small apartment buildings, a neighborhood with plenty of natural beauty and charm.

Residents once called Roslindale the “garden suburb” of Boston. Today, they still enjoy the neighborhood’s natural beauty. Here you’ll find the Arnold Arboretum. It's a 265-acre park that’s part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Many of the area’s colonial homes are now condos that house the City’s growing population.

Roslindale Village is the original Main Street district. There's a vibrant shopping and dining area with unique shops and bistros. Downtown is just a quick ride away on the MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail.

Roslindale Village serves as a local shopping district centered around Adams Park, while Washington Street is the main thoroughfare of the community. The first Main Streets organization in the City of Boston, Roslindale Village Main Street, supports local business owners and organizes a number of annual events to showcase the neighborhood. Since 1987, Roslindale has been served by the Needham line of the MBTA Commuter Rail, linking the area directly to Downtown.






Roslindale is served by numerous MBTA bus lines and a commuter rail line. Most busses serving Roslindale originate at Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain (Orange Line Subway), or Mattapan Station (Connecting the Red Line Subway at Ashmont Station via the high-speed trolley/streetcar shuttle).


15 Minutes from downtown Boston

Roslindale offers the best of both worlds, especially to young families. Single-family homes make up a quarter of 97 listings currently on the market, yet you still get that city vibe, making Roslindale the perfect blend of urban and suburban. “It’s the best of both worlds,’’ says Eric Madsen, an agent with Vogt Realty Group.


214.7 Acres of green space

That includes 65.6 acres of the Arnold Arboretum, the oldest public tree garden in the country, established in 1872 by the trustees of the will of New Bedford whaling merchant James Arnold and maintained by Harvard University.



Roslindale's Favorite Farmers' Market

A community event where residents, local businesses, and farm fresh food come together in Adams Park on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall. Every season is full of new vendors, performers, and engaging children’s activities. The market is open from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm every Saturday, rain or shine, from June through November in Adams Park.



  • At the location of the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway, at the corner of Cummins and Washington Street, once stood a car barn and then the Roslindale Police Station.

  • The first church in Roslindale was built at the corner of Florence and Hawthorne Streets. Prior to that the one-room schoolhouse on Poplar Street was used as a church, and was large enough for services, meetings and socials. It was later rehabilitated as a house. Mr. Lovejoy, janitor of the Charles Sumner School was the new occupant.

  • In 1863, the first school building in the neighborhood was opened. It was simply named the Poplar Street School and was situated at 138 Poplar Street according to an old map. There were less than 20 children in attendance that year. The first teacher was Miss Alma Richards.

  • Walter Street was named after the Reverend Nathaniel Walter, who founded the first church at Peter's Hill.

  • Roslindale, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury existed as one community and the Town was named "Rocksbury."



Roxbury Preparatory Charter School

Address: 361 Belgrade Avenue

Land Sq. Feet: 43,014 sq ft

Building Size: 109,700 sq ft

Roxbury Prep Belgrade Avenue, LLC has proposed the demolition of a former automobile dealership and the construction of a new, three-story academic facility including a three-story classroom wing, cafeteria, gymnasium, administrative and storage space, second-level outdoor pedestrian courtyard, and approximately 66 on-site parking spaces, with 20 surface spaces and 46 spaces in a below-grade parking garage.      

780 American Legion Highway

Address: 780 American Legion Highway

Land Sq. Feet: 92,430 sq ft

Building Size: 229,859 sq ft

The proposed mixed-use development consists of constructing a behavioral and clinical health facility and twenty-two (22) units of supported housing for youth who are aging out of the Commonwealth’s foster care system. The 32,308 square foot building will be demolished and ninety-eight (98) units of market rate and workforce rental units and owner occupied town house condominium units will be constructed. The project will also provide replacement offices for the Home for Little Wanderers, provide new clinical facilities for the Dimock Street Neighborhood Health Center and add one hundred twenty (120) units of family and affordable housing. The total project will include 229,859 square feet of gross floor area on 2.58 acres with an FAR of 1.785. Parking will be provided for 154 vehicles.

44 Lochdale Road

Address: 34-44 Lochdale Road

Land Sq. Feet: 58,500 sq ft

Building Size: 49,822 sq ft

Roslindale Storage Holdings, LLC, is proposing to renovate and expand and existing commercial building located at 34-44 Lochdale Road, Roslindale, MA (the "Property".) The Property is 1.27 acres and contains an existing building that is two (2) stories with approximately 44,383 square feet of commercial space plus 17,280 square feet of basement parking area for approximately 15 parking spaces (the "Existing Building"). Currently the Building contains one commercial use and one storgae use. There is an additional building on site of 10,585 square feet with one commercials use. This Building remains as is. The proposed project (the "Project") includes the partial demolition of the Building, construction of a ramp off Lochdale Road to better access the Property, the closing of the Existing curb cut off Mahler Road and construction of 49,822 square feet of new gross floor area containing three (3) stories. The four existing loading docks remain and the parking area is reworked to create 32 parking spaces.

317 Belgrade Avenue

Address: 317 Belgrade Avenue

Land Sq. Feet: 9,633 sq ft

Building Size: 34,224 sq ft

The Proposed development calls for the razing of the current one story commercial structure, and the development of a four (4) story residential/retail building consisting of twenty one (21) dwelling units, retail on the ground floor and twenty four (24) below grade parking spaces.


289 Walk Hill Street

Address: 289 Walk Hill Street

Land Sq. Feet: 87,631 sq ft

Building Size: 119,000 sq ft

The Residences at Walk Hill LLC plan to construct approximately 119,000 gross square foot 3-4 story residential building consisting of 106 rental units including off-street parking for 126 vehicles.



The community of Roslindale, names for its lovely hills and dales, has felt the squeeze of urban living. Open space is disappearing as the population becomes more crowded. However, Roslindale is a mature community with an awakening consciousness of its identity. Recognizing the problems and challenge of urbanization, Roslindale maintains the friendliness and spirit of a “garden suburb.” The people of Roslindale live their community. There is a feeling of kinship for one another in the air, and they show a great deal of concern for their town. It is these attitudes, this spirit that has made Roslindale what it is.