Top spots to live 2011
Median single-family home price: $727,500
Median condo price: $389,000
Residential tax rate (and average bill): $9.04 ($9,424)
If money isnt a concern, why not buy a priceless ocean view? In Manchester-by-the-Sea, you can have stunning beauty right out front yet still make it into Boston by commuter rail or car in less than an hour.Singing Beach, the town strand named for the sound the sand makes, often feels surprisingly uncrowded, perhaps because the long walk from the visitor parking area scares away some would-be beachgoers. If youve got the cash, you might as well start your shopping with a look at Sandy Hollow. Listed by Lanse Robb of LandVest (617-357-8996, http:www.lanserobb.com), its a $12.25 million compound on 6.5 acres. Its also the priciest home for sale in this Gold Coast town right now.