Explore the Victorian Charm of Jamaica Plain’s Historic Sumner Hill

Jamaica Plain’s Sumner Hill neighborhood is one of 3 local historic districts and includes dozens of well-preserved wood frame homes constructed in the late 1800s by some of Boston’s most accomplished architects. Bordered by the Southwest Corridor Park, and Centre Street's business district, the area includes outstanding examples of Victorian, Colonial, Stick, Shingle, Italianate, and Queen Anne style architecture.
Known for its charming tree-lined residential streets, Sumner Hill has retained much of its architectural character. Originally part of the Greenough estate, the property was subdivided and sold to speculators to satisfy the increased demand for housing. Today all that remains of the original estate is the historic Loring Greenough House, a fine example of Colonial architecture with spacious lawns and historic gardens. A focal point of the JP community, you'll find neighbors enjoying tours, movies, concerts and summer fun.

Notable Sumner Hill Homes

  • The Loring-Greenough house was owned by the Greenough family from 1783 until 1924 and is the last surviving 18th century residence on Sumner Hill. 
  • The shingle style homes along Greenough Place were designed by noted Boston architect, William Ralph Emerson, cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
  • Eugene Foss industrialist and the 45th Governor of Massachusetts lived at 7 Revere Street.
  • James Durmmond Dole, lived at 14 Roanoke Street before he became “The Pineapple King '' who pioneered the growing, canning and marketing of Hawaiian pineapples.

Our Sumner Hill Sales History

Our team has marketed and sold many well-appointed homes in Jamaica Plain including these beautiful Sumner Hill condos, multi-family and single family homes.

​​​​​​​40 Greenough Avenue

This extraordinary 14 room Victorian was meticulously renovated and offers exquisite details and sophisticated elegance. Ideally situated at the crest of Sumner Hill, you’ll find a European style chef’s kitchen, mahogany library, sweeping cherry staircase with stained glass windows, and elegant living and dining rooms are perfect for modern living. Beautifully designed and maintained gardens surround a private lap pool.

​​​​​​​40 Alveston Street, Unit 2

This sophisticated 3 bedroom condo in an elegant Victorian seamlessly blends grand period details with modern amenities. The gracious open floor plan, gallery-style entrance foyer and spacious living areas were designed for entertaining. A fireplace, original woodwork and a private deck overlooking the lush gardens complete the picture.

​​​​​​​83 Elm Street

The second home to be built on Sumner Hill this gorgeous Italianate is set back from the street and sits on almost a half an acre of land. Notable architectural features and bountiful period details include carved columns, marble fireplace mantels, crown moldings, ceiling medallions, original built-ins, paired arched windows and floors in varied woods. A unique high-end restoration and renovation updated the property with the finest quality finishes.

​​​​​​​14 Seaverns Avenue

This Greek Revival 4 bedroom has a generous open floor plan and gleaming oak floors. Many original details remain including a spacious, columned front porch with gingerbread trim. Enjoy the convenience of a large fenced yard with planting beds, rear deck and driveway with parking for 5 cars. This lovely home is located at the foot of Sumner Hill with easy access to transportation, dining and shopping.

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Neighborhood Highlights 

Located steps from Centre Street’s business district, Sumner Hill residents have easy access to all that Jamaica Plain has to offer.
  • Walk to the shops, restaurants and cafes along Centre and South Streets. 
  • Attend a public reading at the newly renovated JP Library and explore the children's room decorated with silhouetted characters from Boston based stories and authors. 
  • Socialize with neighbors at Thursdays on the Lawn at the Loring Greenough House featuring music, food trucks, kids’ activities and a beer garden. 
  • Admire your neighbor’s green thumb during the annual JP Garden Tour. 
  • Enjoy an easy commute to Longwood Medical Area, Back Bay, South End and downtown Boston on the Orange Line, 39 bus or Bluebikes.

To learn more about historic Sumner Hill, join one of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society’s free walking tours or sign up for our monthly newsletter featuring local highlights, new listings and off-market properties coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We’d love to help you find the perfect home or sell your existing home!


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