You probably don't need us to tell you that real estate in Jamaica Plain is becoming increasingly expensive. A couple of articles from the past week bring that point into focus. The Metro calls the JP housing market "fierce," with scarce inventory and quickly rising prices. According to the piece:
There are currently only 47 properties on the market in JP, and less than 25 percent of those that are single-family homes, says Doug McClure, an agent with LAER Realty Partners. Over the last six months, the average sale price of a single family home in JP was $830,000, while the average sale price of a condo was $560,000.
The sixth annual Jamaica Plain State of our Neighborhood community gathering will be held Thursday night, April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Elementary School 7 Bolster St. The community conversation will address three separate topics important to the community: affordable housing, food justice, and arts and culture. Already, three meetings were held this winter to discuss these areas leading up to the State of the Neighborhood, organized by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Council, Egleston Square Main Street and the Hyde Square Task Force, respectively. The meeting is free and open to the public. A number of elected officials are expected to be in attendance.
If you want evidence why the city has finally launched a long-awaited planning effort for JP, look no further than this eye-popping prediction: Planners expect the Washington Street corridor to see population growth of as much as 2.5 times current levels. That possibility was among the top topics of discussion last Monday as the first neighborhood review of the proposed development guidelines at the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Chaired by Alvin Shiggs and Carolyn Royce; the discussion was led by Sue Pranger. Marie Mercurio, senior planner for Jamaica Plain and coordinator of Plan JP/Rox, was joined by her colleague Tim Davis, senior housing advisor for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, to answer questions and clarify concerns about the draft development guidelines. The planning push is a once-in-a-generation effort to shape the neighborhood's future.
Curbed Boston recently ran a Jamaca Plain condo market analysis from the real estate site NeighborhoodX, which examined a series of JP condos currently on the spring market. Their findings? The average price per square foot for JP condos is currently $451. On the low end of the spectrum, the analysis identified 222 Allandale Road #A at $303 per square foot (although, it should be noted, the property is 5,358 square feet and listed at $1,625,000). On the high end, the going price is $620 per square foot for a condo at 156 Green St.
At a brief formal meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Yale Terrace residents made a plea that Bicon Dental Implants document exactly what it does in its brick building at 501 Arborway. The property does not appear to have permits allowing the dental clinic or professional school activities it advertises as taking place there. ZBA chair Christine Araujo referred the matter to the city law department. Speaking to the JP News the next day, Yale Terrace resident and plaintiff's spokesperson Gerry O'Connor, who is also an attorney, said that the long effort to simply require Bicon to file an accurate occupancy permit is not over. He said the hearing was brief; Vincent Morgan, DMD, president of Bicon [which has a staff of 15 dentists, technicians and hygienists] was there but didn't speak, and about 20 Yale Terrace residents attended.