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March 14, 2010
Greater Boston's 12 top spots to live (Erik Jacobs for The Boston Globe)

Greater Boston's 12 top spots to live

Many factors go into deciding where to live – schools, proximity to public transportation, green space – but the recession has moved one component to the top of the list for many people: stability of real estate values. That’s why this year’s Globe Magazine’s Top Spots to Live are all places that didn’t fare too badly or even gained value during the economic downturn.
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    What you get for...
    From $199,000 to $1.3 million, a glimpse of 12 homes for sale in Greater Boston.
  • Should you buy or rent?
    The soft real estate market and soon-to-expire tax credit may tempt you to commit to a home purchase. But does it make practical and financial sense? Here’s what to weigh.
  • The price chopper
    In certain communities, shrewd buyers are using the home inspection as a way to slash thousands off their final offer. But the tactic doesn’t always work.

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

Let yourself go

Being married with children led me to pile on the pounds. Could I undo the damage -- and would my wife notice?
dinner with cupid

Tech setup

Will shoptalk spoil -- or enhance -- their chance for romance?
miss conduct's ettiquette column

Figures of speech

Is it wrong to tell a woman she’s plump?
pierced column

Sorry, Pat

Our beloved saint deserves better than this.
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Tarts from the pantry

Tarts from the pantry

Sweet finishes that don’t need to wait for fruits’ high season.

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Tales from the City
Picture of kindness
A stranger's offer makes Valentine's Day complete, and a funny, "chilly" coincidence.
On the Block
Marsh madness
These homes offer magnificent views of nature.
Fashion Snapshot
Eye color
These frames are not for the shy.
Hard-hat heroine
Home-improvement television’s newest star wants it her way -- and gets it.
Parenting Traps
Party politics
Saying “no gifts” for a young child’s celebration can teach a lasting lesson.
Letters to the Magazine editor
Readers sound off on a recent Coupling column, as well as the Your Home Issue.

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This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

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The professionals share space-saving tips for every room in your home.