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Old 05-16-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Planning to move to the Boston area next month. We have found a house in Dorchester that seems to be almost perfect for us. The commute to law school will be straight on the red line the whole way and only 40 mins give or take (Yay!). Pictures appear to be in a very nice neighborhood. We haven't had a chance to visit yet though. I'm no terribly impressed with the schools (two elementary aged children). Anyone have any input on Murray or Clap elementary schools? Also the Dorchester area in general? The pictures certainly look suburban, which is what we are looking for. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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You'll find that people here can give you a better idea about the area you're looking at if you provide some info on which neighborhood you're talking about, nearby streets, etc. Dorchester is one of the larger sections of Boston, with a lot of variation in the look and feel and safety of its neighborhoods. No one will really be able to tell you about Dorchester as a whole and guarantee that the description would apply to the area you're looking at.

I personally don't know Dot. well enough to give you the lowdown on each neighborhood, but some regulars on this forum could help you there if they knew the approx. location you're considering.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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Completely agree with ogre.

Do a search for Dorchester using the search function on here and you'll see that a lot has been written about it on this forum. I don't know the neighborhoods well enough either, but if you provide a block or cross street area, people can help you more. The thing about Dorchester is that certain areas are great neighborhoods, but other neighborhoods are some of the roughest in Boston (Dot is pretty big). It really depends where you're considering.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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And the other thing about Dorchester is that some (not all) of the "good" areas are very close to not-so-nice neighborhoods. So even if you're in a nice area, your nearest subway station, grocery store, etc. may not be.
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Unsure if the area has an actual "name" but the home we are looking at is on Sawyer Avenue, if that helps at all. i will try searching for dorchester on here. thanks.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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That's Jones Hill, which is a nice little enclave, but pretty close to the not-so-nice Uphams Corner area. It's residential, but I definitely wouldn't call it suburban, if that's what you're looking for.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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That area is not what I consider to be the safest as lz1982 puts it, it is uncomfortably close to Uphams Corner (corner of Columbia Road and Dudley Street) which has long been a hotbed of violence and criminal activity. I would rather move further south and east into the Savin Hill, Neponset, Ashmont, Lower Mills and Shawmut neighborhoods. I am surprised that you found Sawyer Street and the surrounding neighborhood to be suburban looking. It looks quite urban to me. The Ashmont area where I live and the Neponset and Lower Mills sections look more suburban in my opinion.

I don't know about the Murray and Clap elementary schools. The few good public elementary schools in Dorchester are further down in the Ashmont and Neponset sections such as the Murphy K-8 and the Kenney.

Hope this helps
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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Ditto on Lz82's observation, ". . . wouldn't call it suburban." I don't know all the neighborhoods of Dorchester intimately, but from what I know from bouncing around that part of Boston some here and there, I doubt that any part of Dot. would be what I'd consider suburban. I guess it depends on your definition of suburban. Maybe if "suburban" to you means anything less dense than inner city rowhouse neighborhoods. I'd describe much of Dot. more like "urban residential."
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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There are parts of Dorchester that look more suburban, like Pope's Hill, Savin Hill east of the bridge, and Port Norfolk. All east of Dorchester Avenue (the location the OP mentioned is west of it). But they are not huge neighborhoods. For the most part, Dorchester wouldn't be my recommendation for someone wanting a suburban atmosphere.
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