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boston harbor - boston maPhoto: Robert Laliberte

If commute time is a consideration, you may want to take a look at alternatives in the Boston area. In certain communities you don’t have depend on subway, commuter rail or traditional highway travel.

Instead, these communities offer the option or commuting to Boston via water shuttle. In particular, this is possible in such communities as Hingham, Hull and Cohasset.

With ferry service you don’t usually have to worry about traffic tie-ups. While it may be a more expensive way for commuters to travel from Hull, some say it’s definitely worth the added cost. Even though Hull is a more affordable place to live than some other parts of the region, many are willing to pay premium prices for the ferry experience.


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barnstable ma

A popular summer vacation spot for generations, Cape Cod routinely draws in high earners eager to spend the warmer months of the year near the sand and water. It should come as no surprise then that many people who claim year-round residency on the Cape are also millionaires.

Research just five years ago estimated well more than 300 taxpayers in the region have million-dollar-plus incomes. That’s a huge jump from past years.

The likelihood goes up for those living in Barnstable. As the Cape’s largest community, by population and by land size, Barnstable reportedly has close to 100 millionaires.

According to the most recent data gained from Massachusetts Department of Revenue tax filings, Barnstable has 95 millionaires. That’s nearly identical

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singing beach - manchester by the seaPhoto: James

It’s certainly enjoyed being one of the most unique beaches in the Boston area, but now it seems the secret is out when it comes to Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Singing Beach. Jetsetter magazine recently named Singing Beach one of the best beaches in the country.

While Hollywood may have portrayed the town as kind of dark and gloomy, Jetsetter details Manchester-by-the-Sea is a quaint town with a charming main street and a sleepy harbor. With everything taken into consideration, its beach came in at number ten on Jetsetter’s list of the “11 Best Beaches in the U.S. from Coast to Coast”.

Located only about an hour from Boston, Singing Beach gains its namesake not because it’s a particularly great place for singing, but rather because the

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race  point - provincetown ma

Ranked one of the top beaches in the nation, Race Point offers a wide stretch of sand in Provincetown. Officially part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you’ll also find dunes, bike trails and room for surfing.

The honors come courtesy of the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best awards from Tripadvisor. The website came up with its list based on ratings and reviews shared by fellow travelers.

For 2020, the website puts Race Point Beach on its list of the nation’s top 25 beaches. Race Point comes in at an admirable number 21 on the list, which also features several Florida and Hawaiian beaches.

Visitors describe Race Point as a fun beach to spot seals during the summer season, and a fun place for birding during the winter months. It’s also

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delucas beacon hill - boston maPhoto: Jasperdo

It’s relatively easy to get where you want to go in Boston without a car. In fact, the city is filled with walkable neighborhoods.

Beacon Hill

As one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, there’s plenty to see and explore in Beacon Hill. This affluent neighborhood offers a number of beautiful old brownstones, antique shops and cobblestone streets. It’s an easy walk for many to get to work or take a stroll to the T line, plus walking through Beacon Hill is like take a step through time.

South End

A walk through South End is definitely worth it, as well. Unlike Beacon Hill though, the South End is home to several new and modern buildings. The summer season is a particularly good time to hit up the open market, and food trucks

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willowbend country club - mashpee ma

The prestigious Willowbend Country Club brings a new luxury neighborhood to Cape Cod. Its newest neighborhood consists of 22 residences situated next door to the club’s third nine-hole golf course.

The nine-acre, gated neighborhood in Mashpee is made up of eleven duplex-style buildings, each consisting of two family units. The homes all surround a swimming pool and provide for the added convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle.

The new townhomes offer two levels of living space, including three-bedrooms and 3.5-baths. The townhomes also offer a deck, a one-car garage and a golf cart garage, priced starting in the high $900,000s.

The new neighborhood provides its own swimming pool, outdoor grills and entertainment space. It sits within

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rosebud - somerville maPhoto: David Salafia

It’s certainly one of the hippest neighborhoods in Boston, but some might argue it’s actually one of the hippest places in America. At least that’s how at least one local website describes the neighborhood of Davis Square.

That’s illustrated by some of the unique offerings of this northwest Somerville neighborhood. Vibrant Davis Square is made up of plenty of trendy bars and hip restaurants.

Instead of chain stores, the neighborhood attracts a mix of mom-and-pop stores, public arts and one of the oldest movie theaters in the area. Somerville Theatre first opened its doors in the early 1900s.

When you’re ready to head outdoors, it’s easy to access the Somerville Community Path, which leads on to the Minuteman Bikeway. But

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savin hill - boston ma

Photo: Bill llott

While mostly known for its beaches, historic Savin Hill has plenty to offer locals and visitors, alike. As a sub-neighborhood of Boston’s largest neighborhood of Dorchester, Savin Hill is fairly small in terms of land alone.

It measures merely one square mile in size. Despite this, about 15,000 people live in the neighborhood of Savin Hill.

Named for its most prominent geographic feature, the area consists of a hill overlooking the protected harbor of Dorchester Bay. First settled by Puritans in the 1600s, the location gained its current namesake in the early 1800s due to the hill and the popularity of Savin Juniper trees growing in the area.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places today, Savin Hill offers the

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piping plover Photo: kathy1006

Birding on Cape Cod does not have to be left to the busy tourist season. Void of the big crowds, winter can be a great time to do just that.

There’s very little traffic during the winter months. While you won’t find yourself fighting the crowds, you will likely spot some birdlife you may not necessarily see in other places.

Provincetown, in particular, has several good birding locations during the winter months. If you have the time, consider heading to Herring Cove, Beech Forest or Race Point.

If time is a consideration, try one of the easier spots to get to like Provincetown Harbor. You can drive onto MacMillan Wharf and even stay in your car if you want. It’s a good place to spot gulls, seabirds, loons and ducks.


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humarock - scituate maPhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Located on the south end of Scituate, Humarock is known for its sand beaches, its restaurants, its shops and its marina facilities. This seaside village sits on a peninsula, but there’s plenty more to know and understand about Humarock.

Origins of its name

To begin with, there are all kinds of theories and ideas about how Humarock got its name. One version suggests a group of Tories slept on the beach one night and were kept awake by the sound of “humming rocks” from the surf. A more plausible theory suggests the name may have originated from the word hummock, or rather a hill near a marsh.

History of the land

Once connected to the remainder of Scituate by land, that’s no longer the case

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