Top spots to live 2011
WINNER: South End
Median single-family home price: $1,610,000
Median condo price: $554,888
Residential tax rate: $12.79
Its not just the number, variety, and quality of restaurants that make Bostons South End a mecca for food lovers; its also the array of specialty purveyors, such as the Five Seventy Market and South End Formaggio. Restaurants are plentiful and mostly, but not entirely, pricey. Diners can opt for anything from $44 salmon at Mistral to an $11 traditional Ethiopian beef dish at Addis Red Sea.