Top spots to live 2011
Median single-family home price: $514,000
Median condo price: $375,000
Residential tax rate (and average bill): $12.41 ($5,949)
Arlington offers a blend of urban and suburban living within its borders. The area in and around Arlington center, with theaters, shops, and restaurants, is attractive and happening, though not after about 9:30 at night, says Dave Ledwig, a realtor with Coldwell Banker there. The Alewife Brook Reservation and Minuteman Bikeway lie partly in town. Somervilles Davis Square is a short distance to the southeast, while bucolic settings like Concord are a quick drive up Route 2.