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Dorchester Single Family Homes for Sale & Rent

From being the birthplace of the elementary school to bringing the pleasure of chocolate to the mainstream, Dorchester is by all accounts a fascinating community in the Boston metropolitan area. Dorchester was settled in 1630, shortly before Boston was founded. The community is located just south of the downtown area along the coast and north of areas like Hyde Park, Milton and Quincy. From lush green park lands to historical district and modern shopping centers, Dorchester is a community that has it all. This may be the ideal place to search for your next home in the Boston area.

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The History of Dorchester

When Dorchester was originally settled, it was a Puritan colonial settlement. However, during the Victorian period, the area attracted wealthy, elite residents who wished to take advantage of the streetcar service between Dorchester and Boston. Notably, the Kennedy family lived in the Ashmont Hill area of Dorchester. The area continued to grow due to the establishment of the University of Massachusetts in Dorchester as well as because the MTBA established a station in Dorchester for both subway and railway service. The most significant growth in population, however, took place after Boston annexed Dorchester in 1870. Because of this, the majority of the older buildings in the area were built after 1870.

Life in Dorchester

Dorchester may officially be part of Boston today, but its residents continue to celebrate its heritage and history through the Dorchester Day festival, held the first Sunday in June. In addition to this community event, many local residents love to spend time at local parks and natural areas like Dorchester Park, Pope John Paul II Park and the Neponset River Reservation. Today's residents also enjoy convenient access to healthcare services, shopping and more. Dorchester is also home to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, the historic James Blake House, the Bayside Expo Center and other points of interest.

Housing Options in Dorchester

Dorchester is unquestionably the largest community in the Boston metropolitan area, spanning across six square miles. It is home to almost 100,000 residents, and there are numerous smaller communities and neighborhoods throughout Dorchester. These include single family homes as well as condo communities and apartment units available for rent. The average listing price in Dorchester is $362,00, and this is considerably below the average list price in Boston of $1.1 million. There are approximately 100 listings. Rental rates are also considered to be affordable for the market.

With Dorchester's fascinating history, great transportation system and unbeatable location along the coast and close to major thoroughfares, this is a community that you may want to consider when you are searching for your next home to purchase or to lease. Because of the unique personality of each of the smaller communities in the area and because of the demand for single family homes, those who are looking for a home to rent or to buy in Dorchester may benefit from using the services of a real estate agent to assist with their search.