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MoneyWatch: Top 10 Places to Live in 2011

2. Milton, Massachusetts

Population: 27,000
Unemployment: 6.6 percent

Milton boasts the most privately and publicly conserved land within 20 miles of Boston, giving the town a country feel that belies its proximity to the greater metropolitan area. It was settled by Puritans in 1640 and retains its history in the architecture.

Though the cabins from the 1600s are long gone, several 18th and 19th century homes still remain to remind residents and visitors of the past. Milton history is also evident in the over 27 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the Milton Cemetery – which dates to 1672 – and the Captain Robert Bennett Forbes House from 1833.

(A good friend of mine used to live in a converted barn where George Washington once stabled his horse, and supposedly spent the weekend - hopefully at the main house up the road.)

In addition to the tree lined streets, historic architecture and country charm, Milton also offers an outstanding school system and fairly stable housing market. Median sales prices hovered at $475,000 from May to July 2011, over $45,000 less than nearby Boston. Residents of Milton get access to all of Boston’s culture and jobs – it’s only a 25 minute drive – without the big city hassles.

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