Top Places to Live 2018: The Last Great Deals

This is your ultimate guide to outsmarting the region's impossibly red-hot real estate market.

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For years now, Boston’s insane housing market has been the talk of the town at every cocktail party, corporate soirée, and grocery store line from Sudbury to Scituate. And experts project it’s only going to get hotter. With surging demand for homes and an ever-dwindling inventory, it may seem like the good deals are all but extinct. Look hard enough, though, and you’ll find that value still abounds—from surprisingly low prices per square foot in bucolic Boxford, where there’s land aplenty and not a neighbor in sight, all the way to Charlestown, where row houses sell for a fraction of the price of those in the South End. If you want to find these hidden gems, now may be your last chance. So whether you’re looking for spring’s top spots in Boston, or north, south, and west of the city, this is your ultimate guide to outsmarting the region’s impossibly red-hot real estate market.






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