July 2009 sales: 17
July 2010 sales: 20
Increase: 18 percent
This North Shore town fared well in July, as median home prices rose by 7 percent to $563,750. Year-to-date median home prices are up 12 percent over a year ago, while the number of sales is up 34 percent over the same period.
Pictured: A view of the harbor in Marblehead.