Founded by Puritans who emigrated from Dorchester, England in 1630, the Boston community of Dorchester is one of the area’s largest and most diverse. Bounded by the Neponset River and the Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents are fortunate enough to enjoy numerous riverfront amenities, including Pope John Paul II Park and a number of harbor beaches and boating opportunities.

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The Dorchester Real Estate Market

Known locally as simply “Dot”, the Dorchester real estate market is undoubtedly one of the largest and most diverse in the city. It goes with the territory, the Dorchester community is without a doubt Boston’s largest and most diverse period, with a population size that rivals several of the nearby cities. In fact, the Dorchester neighborhood is split up into a number of smaller sub-areas, each with a cultural identity and a style all their own.

Mirroring the diversity of its residents, the architectural styles run the gamut from the community’s long, storied history. Interested home buyers will find plenty of historic properties with plenty of character, from the iconic triple-deckers, that have come to epitomize the area, to sprawling Victorian style homes.

Dorchester residents are fiercely loyal and proud and this attitude is reflected in their properties. Although there are numerous older homes constructed around the turn of the century, home owner’s authentic pride of ownership mean that many have been lovingly maintained and restored. A rustic character has been maintained outside while newer contemporary finishes and appliances are found on the inside.

Dorchester real estate is much sought after due to a good supply generally and the amount of choice the neighborhood offers. It’s often under appreciated when compared to some of Boston’s other central neighborhoods, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Dorchester Community Highlights

As we’ve mentioned above, the Dorchester neighborhood is easily Boston’s largest neighborhood and arguably its most diverse. A literal melting pot of cultural influences has resulted from the neighborhood attracting residents from all over the world. At different points in its history, Dorchester's wide range of sub-areas has been home to growing communities of immigrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

This diverse range of ethnic influence from its history also has also made the culinary scene one of the best in the city, where else can find you authentic pho or bubble tea and just around the corner find great Jamaican food?

Dot has also been the setting of much history; it’s been home to a literal who's who of notable names. Martin Luther King lived here when he attended Boston University and there’s even a chance you’ll run into a Wahlburg or two.

Dorchester’s position on the coast at the mouth of Neponset River means there are many beautiful waterfront views to be had. Several popular walkways and parks are positioned along the waterfront and the river, providing a welcome escape. The Neponset River Reservation along Dorchester’s southern border is a great choice, while Pope John Paul II Park is another popular choice.

With so many great amenities, it’s easy to see why homebuyers choose to make this lovely neighborhood their home. To start your real estate search in the Dorchester neighborhood, contact Terrier Real Estate today! Their Boston REALTORS® are here to help.