Top spots to live 2011
WINNER: Back Bay
Median single-family home price: $3,200,000
Median condo price: $800,000
Residential tax rate: $12.79
The neighborhood includes Copley Square, home to the main branch of the Boston Public Library and popular events like its Author Talk Series; Newbury Street, where art and fashion lovers can shop at dozens of galleries and boutiques; and the Public Garden, a work of art in its own right. Symphony Hall is a short walk or T ride away, while the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are a few blocks beyond that.