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Cost of moving: Areas in and around Boston

The Boston area has a wide variety of places to live.

The Boston area has a wide variety of places to live.

America's Walking City. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. Whatever name you give it, Boston is known the world over for its history, its culture and its fierce Irish pride. You may have thought from time to time of moving to the Unofficial Capital of New England, grabbing a hot dog at Fenway Park and following the Liberty Trail, but before you call the moving company, you'll first have to decide which area of the Olde Towne to call home.

Recently, editors at Boston Magazine sat down and picked out some of the best places to live inside the I-495 loop. For city living with a small-town feel, nothing beats Boston's Leather District. At just nine square blocks, the area is home to a variety of businesses, ranging from old office buildings and factories to social media startups and ad agencies. Neighborhood block parties are not uncommon, and a weekly farmer's market is a sure place to find a familiar face, according to BM. Home prices are a bit on the expensive side, however, with the median cost of a condo in the 02111 ZIP code roughly $605,000.

For waterfront living, Bay Stater wannabes could consider suburban Lakeville or Scituate. The up-and-coming ocean town of Scituate features new businesses and a bustling harbor community, while inland Lakeville - aptly named due to its location along the shores of Assawompset and Long ponds - offers beachside property without the beachside price. Homes overlooking its lakes range from $200,000 to $2 million, while the median home price in Scituate is $437,000.

Education can be an important draw for parents packing up their kids and moving to a new area. Not only is the Boston metropolitan area home to Harvard University, Boston College, the Berklee School of Music and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, suburban Plymouth is set to open a new high school it says will feature advanced technological education. And with Boston Magazine placing the median home price at just $264,500, it could be the smart place to raise a family of geniuses.

More than 84,000 Bostonians reported being of Irish heritage during a 2007 survey from the City of Boston, making it the single largest ancestry in the area. But that's not the reason so many Massachusites are deciding to go green. Sustainable living options in the area have cropped up in recent years, and the southwest suburb of Medway is one of the best examples, according to Boston Magazine. The official "green community" encourages its residents to engage in water conservation efforts, and a nearby organic farm - that operates on town-owned land - supplies locals with fresh food. Median home prices are $335,000.