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Best Places to Live 2015: How to Beat the Boom

Boston real estate may be a solid-gold bet, but buying and selling requires know-how. Here’s who’s in the game, where things are hot, and how to navigate the market to find your next home.

Best Places to Live 2015: The Boom in Four Case Studies

How hot is it? An inside look at home sales in four hot markets.

Best Places to Live 2015: Who's Buying What?

Five couples share their buying stories and why they ended up where they did.

Best Places to Live in Boston 2015: By the Numbers

Statistics about Boston's real estate market.

Best Places to Live 2015: Ultra-Luxe in the 'Burbs

Developers are luring amenity seeking buyers out to the suburbs with elaborate campuslike complexes.

Best Places to Live 2015: Condo-Crazed

Don’t believe we’re in a boom? Let real estate agent David Bates, who chronicles trends on his website, the Bates Real Estate Report, convince you.

Best Places to Live 2015: Don't Buy. Rent.

In a hot urban market, renting is becoming an increasingly attractive option for Bostonians.

Superlative Settings

The city’s top planners share their favorite wedding-worthy venues in the area.

Public vs. Private

Seven town vs. town comparisons to help you decide where to put down roots.

Bucolic Bliss

Fall is New England’s time to shine. Capitalize on the autumnal splendor at one of the region’s prettiest venues.