3. CambridgeIt's so accessible to everything, says Lisa J. Drapkin, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Cambridge. I can walk to everything I need and still be able to jump on the Pike if I need to go farther out. Timothy Warren of the Warren Group also cites Cambridge's walkability when extolling his hometown, adding that the city's diversity is another draw. A lot of people appreciate that their kids are not growing up in a homogeneous suburban neighborhood, he says.
The diversity extends to the restaurants, which run from frugal falafel stands to more elegant - and pricey - options like Harvest and UpStairs on the Square. And with Harvard at one end of Mass. Ave. and MIT at the other, Cambridge's intellectual cred is not open to question. I love the cultural stuff that's available to us, says Drapkin, and the political climate. People in Cambridge are very engaged, and everyone's got an opinion about something.