Swanky Town Smackdown

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Boston Suburb House Smackdown

Photos by iStockphoto (flower, beach, cardinal, outdoors, blue bowls, books, frozen yogurt, sushi, salad); AP Images (minuteman, Kraft, Pierce, gymnast, Romney); Dreamstime (shoes); Anthony Tieuli (Orinoco, Blue Ginger)

Reporting  by  Hannah  Lott-Schwartz, Renata  Brito, Diane  DeSantis, Madeleine  Coleman, and  Jon  Cheng.