Jack Flats… Where History Meets Home.
Beginning in 1883 and extending well into the 20th century, the Boston Rubber Shoe Company facility in Melrose produced boots, shoes and other footwear suitable for the stormy wet Massachusetts winters. The Melrose factory was transformed into Jack Flats, a gorgeous new community of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartment homes.
Jack Flats is within easy walking distance to the Oak Grove Station on the MBTA Orange subway line, which arrives in downtown Boston in 12 minutes. The community is also less than a mile from the restaurants, cafes, shops, pharmacies and grocery store of downtown Melrose. Nearby Middlesex Fells Reservation’s 2,500 acres of natural and historic resources offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, country skiing and horseback riding.
Live in a part of history. Make the move today.
The story behind the name Jack Flats is one worth mentioning. The historical significance of this landmark paired with the upscale character and details of the building helped to shape the decision to name the community. The Boston Rubber Shoe Co. fabricated the rubber soles for the famous Converse sneaker when the factory was in full swing in our Melrose location. After further research into the Converse brand, it was discovered that the National Badminton Champion, Jack Purcell, designed his own model of the famous sneaker. The Jack Purcell Converse sneaker is a high end, popular style of the beloved shoes. Alas, Meet Jack Flats… A modern, upscale apartment building with a historical kick, a nod to our SOLEful roots.