Best Places to Live: Why I Love My Town

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Why I Love My Town: Milton
By: Taniya Nayak
Moving to Milton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Less than seven miles from the city, it has a view of Boston that makes me smile every time I look out the window.

And I’ve come to love my neighborhood. I spend lots of time at the Milton Yacht Club. My gym, Milton Hill Sport and Spa, is right across the street. (That means no excuses!) I make my morning stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner, my mani-pedis are quick and pleasant at Daisy’s Nail, and my favorite takeout — which I get at least once a week — is Taste of Thailand. (Get the chicken krapow.) And for those nights that I just don’t feel like going out or cooking, I can take the elevator down to 88 Wharf for a bite, and never leave my building. Nice setup, right?

Living on the Neponset River has brought out the outdoorsy person in me that I never knew existed; I’m now the proud owner of a bike, a kayak, and running shoes, and put them all to regular use. Having the bike path and the river right outside my door makes me feel like I’m on vacation every day. Nayak is a home design expert and TV personality.

Why I Love My Town: Brookline
By: Larry Lucchino
As I enter my 10th year with the Red Sox, I’ve come to love Boston and New England, and I proudly consider both my adopted home. We live in Brookline, where we get all the charm of Boston and its environs: natural beauty, a sense of history, civic pride, ethnic diversity, good food, lively politics, quality recreation — and, of course, recognition of the importance of sports and the centrality of baseball.

Brookline is bucolic and rural, yet just minutes away from the best features of a world-class city. I walk with my dogs on quiet streets like Yarmouth and Heath, but I can be at Fenway Park in 15 minutes. My three black Labs would insist I mention and praise Brookline’s many dog-friendly features, including the popular dog park off Brookline Avenue; the beautiful Larz Anderson Park; and the Reservoir at Route 9 and Lee Street — where the four of us (Stacey, Nagal, Vernell, and I) often go for exercise, fresh air, and a sense of tranquility.

Meanwhile, I’m just blocks away from excellent restaurants. Our favorite meal cycle: breakfast and banter at my local coffee shop, a healthy lunch at La Rotisserie, and later, fantastic Chinese at Bernard’s.

If you ask me, the essential beauty of Brookline is in its trees — all varieties, sizes, colors, and ages. The 135-year-old beech tree that dominates our backyard provides a sanctuary that’s critical to me when I need to repair from frustrating late-inning losses, and when I need the privacy and peace so essential to enjoying our short and precious life. Without question, Brookline is a worthy place to plant one’s roots. Lucchino is the president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

Why I Love My Town: Sharon
By: Chuck and Charlotte Hogan
It’s no secret that most people move to Sharon for the ice cream. Sure, having one of the best school systems in the state is a nice bonus, but to live just down the road from Crescent Ridge Dairy and its 44 flavors of what National Geographic named one of the 10 best ice creams in the world? Take that, Wellesley!

In fact, with its mix of the past (a family-owned dairy farm; home-delivered milk in glass bottles) and the present (hormone-free products; online ordering), Crescent Ridge serves as an apt symbol for Sharon itself. The town maintains deep roots in the previous century, with more than 5,000 acres of protected open space — including a wildlife sanctuary and most of a state park — and a few stubbornly unpaved roads. Sharon is also home to people of diverse religious backgrounds (it has thriving Jewish and Islamic communities), and, via either the commuter rail station — made famous in the film The Friends of Eddie Coyle — or I-95, Boston is only 30 minutes away.

Sharon was originally developed as a summer resort, and this vacation feel returns to town each July, as Memorial Beach fills with swimmers and boaters splashing around vast Lake Massapoag. Sharon has both a first-run movie theater and a used bookstore, two things we believe no self-respecting town should be without. A good old-fashioned delicatessen, such as Charlie’s Deli on South Main, doesn’t hurt either. Chuck Hogan is author of the novel The Town.  

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