10. BrooklineIn Brookline, says realtor Chobee Hoy of the town's Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, you have a variety of lifestyles. Some parts seem more suburban, and others are quite urban. And that solves the needs of almost everyone. She's got a point.
Brookline offers historic districts and high-rises, mom-and-pop boutiques and chains like Pier 1 and Trader Joe's, temples and churches of all denominations, verdant parkland and an artsy deco-style theater. There are also a few things that will appeal to all: excellent town services, easily accessible public transportation, proximity to downtown Boston, and restaurants for every taste and budget. Plus, the public schools are top-notch.
Brookline has held its value, Hoy says, because of what the citizens here value and how they prioritize what they want. They volunteer for a lot of things; they're usually very intellectual and civic-minded.