Homegrown businesses and lively farmers' markets a commuter rail ride away from the big city.

Roslindale could be the real-life inspiration for “Cheers,” the barroom-based television show where everybody knows your name. Celebrated for its homegrown businesses, local organizations, and community wide block parties, Roslindale cultivates neighborhood ties. It appears that Roslindale has it all, unless you’re looking for fast-paced or late-night entertainment. When bright lights and big buildings are what you seek, catch a ride into the city on the bus or commuter rail.

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On the Map

Roslindale is bordered by Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, and Chestnut Hill

Downtown Boston: 26 minutes by public transportation
Logan International Airport: 28 minutes by public transportation
Boston Common: 26 minutes by public transportation
Harvard Square: 26 minutes on public transportation

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

A Village Atmosphere In Boston's Suburbs

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American flags and front porches line Roslindale's residential streets.

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Locals support their neighborhood's small businesses.

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Locals support their neighborhood's beautification, too. Roslindale commissions resident artists to create murals along its buildings' facades.

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Getting out in Roslindale is a family affair.

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Whether leaf peeping at Arnold Arboretum or choosing the freshest tomatoes from their farmers' market, Roslindale's residents take advantage of their great outdoors.

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Roslindale Village gathers the area's independent boutiques, bookstores, bakeries, and restaurants into an inviting pedestrian-friendly destination.

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They're easy to get to.

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Buses and Boston's commuter rail stop in Roslindale.

Made With Love In Roslindale

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Fornax Bread company bakes fresh loaves each morning in Roslindale Village.

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Known for its friendly owners and local-favorite lunch menu, Fornax Bread Company upholds the affable reputation Roslindale's residents love their neighborhood for.

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Specialty shops and savory restaurants also call Roslindale home.

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Drop by the Boston Cheese Cellar and sample new arrivals.

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Share an appetizer and an entree at Sophia's Grotto.

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Locals consider it a hidden gem.

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You'll find that Roslindale is full of them.

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Roslindale's Favorite Farmers' Market

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Residents spend their Saturdays in the village green at Roslindale's Farmers' Market.

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More than 25 stalls fill the green's sidewalks with fresh produce, sweet treats, handcrafted novelties, and live music.

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The Farmers' Market hosts kids' events, too.

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In Roslindale, Saturdays are the sweetest.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brian Samuels

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Brian Samuels is a Boston-based lifestyle photographer and writer. He is also the creator of A Thought For Food, a blog of recipes and personal anecdotes pertaining to cooking. His work has been featured in Edible Boston, the Improper Bostonian, the Boston Globe, Saveur and the Huffington Post. This Airbnb project has allowed him to explore and discover more of Boston.