Looking for a new place to plant your roots? If you have your eyes set on greater Boston, you may want to consider Brookline or Newton - which have both made this year's 50 Best Places to Live in America publication by Time Money.
Millennials, who have been long chided as eternal renters, are finally beginning to buy houses on their own. While many continue to rent in urban centers, those who want to own a home are packing their bags and moving to the suburbs.
The publication isn't simply a list of the richest towns in the country, but rather those with good schools, flourishing economies, vibrant communities and low crime. As it turns out, the best places to find a job, buy a house and settle down are large suburbs or small cities where the cost of living is proportional to income.
About Newton, MA
Newton, which ranked the 12th best place to live in the country, is well-known for its exceptional public school system, low crime risk and leafy green streets.
Located less than 10 miles west of Boston and encompassing 13 villages, many with their own parks or shipping centers, Newton is an affluent commuter town with thriving local energy. The town has low unemployment, and employers of its own include Boston College and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
The nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir Park, originally designed by Central Park planner Frederick Law Olmstead, offers breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and is very popular with residents. Another local feature that puts Newton on the map each spring is Heartbreak Hill, one of the most challenging legs of the Boston Marathon course.
About Brookline, MA
Brookline ranked number 42 in the list, with Money praising its accessibility to Boston and its wealth of dog parks. Despite its close proximity to Boston's downtown area, Brookline has managed to maintain its own distinctive identity. The town offers a unique blend of urban and suburban residences, large apartment complexes, charming brownstones and sprawling estates.
Much of Brookline can be accessed by the Green Line T. Some of the most popular retail areas of Brookline include Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Brookline Village, Cleveland Circle, and the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. These retail hubs are home to delicious restaurants, movie theaters, boutiques and large department stores.
The picturesque Coolidge Corner neighborhood hosts an annual arts festival that brings out the community for live music and handiwork that every age group can enjoy. Baseball fans will enjoy a short train ride to Fenway Park. Football superstar Tom Brady calls the suburb home, but it's hardly a succession of gated communities - lush green parks, boutique shops and restaurants dot the lively town.
Brookline is well known for its stellar public school system. The town has eight public, K-8 elementary schools and one high school.
Median sales price comes in at just under $1 million, but median family income tops $143,000 putting the town amongst he most affluent places on Money's list.
Brookline currently has 109 homes for sale - including a remarkable Shingle Style home with an attached Carriage House, and this 2018 newly-constructed 4 bedroom house by one of Brookline's Award winning developers.