Top spots to live 2011
Median single-family home price: $315,000
Median condo price: $226,500
Residential tax rate (and average bill): $13.42 ($4,372)
Single-family home prices here have dropped nearly 17 percent since 2005, but insiders say that things look ready to turn around. Planning is underway for the New Quincy Center (pictured), a 10-year, $1.3 billion project that will bring 1,200 rental and condominium apartments, 625,000 square feet of retail, two hotels, and an assortment of office space to the city. The revitalization of the downtown area, says John Flavin, a Quincy broker for 39 years and co-owner of Flavin & Flavin Realty, will bring people back into Quincy center. All the neighborhoods around the downtown are going to benefit from that.