Tom and Gisele are finally putting down roots in Massachusetts, with the purchase of a 5-plus-acre swath of Brookline land from Pine Manor College last spring. So how does the under-construction Patriots manor stack up against the area’s other major-league monstrosities?
Didn’t snap up a home during the recession, when mortgage rates were in the threes? Don’t despair: They’re still historically low, at less than 5 percent. If you’re tired of brokering fridge space with a persnickety roommate, it’s time to get in the game.
Ever the intriguing paradox, you crave a swanky refuge close to the action, yet also long for a respite from the social whirl. These areas offer regal, entertaining-friendly abodes with proximity to shopping and dining—while still managing to feel a world away.