July 2009 sales: 9
July 2010 sales: 16
Increase: 78 percent
This town northwest of Boston saw median sales prices in July jump from $440,000 in 2009 to $518,750 this year. The town has also had a healthy year-to-date increase in sales, from 41 last year to 68 this year, a 66 percent hike.
Pictured: Bedford firefighters decorate the firehouse for before this year's Fourth of July weekend.
Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Photo