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boston loft

While rowhouses, triple-deckers, townhouses and even traditional houses may be more common in Boston, there’s another option out there if you know where to look. If you’re open to loft-style living, you’re sure to find some fantastic properties in the city.

One good place to begin your search is the Leather District. The small neighborhood takes its name from the days when leather manufacturing was a major industry. When that shut down, it left behind several large brick buildings, some of which now house lofts.

Another place to search for lofts in Boston is Fort Point. This waterside area is home to some large warehouses, which were primarily used in the old days for storing goods taken off ships.

The story is similar in the North End. It

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hull moon risePhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

For affordability by the ocean, consider searching for your next home in Hull. This coastal town may have started as a summer getaway, but it’s since grown into a relatively affordable community of single-family homes and condos.

Now home to around 10,000 residents, Hull sits on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the ocean. This means practically every property in Hull is either right by the water or within a couple of blocks of it.

Some of the homes are historic too, designed in typical Colonial Revival, Green Revival, Italianate and Georgian styles. While homes like these with ocean views would likely command extremely high prices in some neighboring towns, in Hull it’s possible to purchase a

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top lgbqt towns in america 2020Graphic: Realtor.com

As one of the Cape’s top vacation spots for generations, Provincetown continues to draw in visitors with its friendly, artistic vibe. While P-Town has long been considered a top LGBTQ destination, it’s also getting prominent national recognition.

Realtor.com is just one online publication that recently put Provincetown near the top of the list when it comes to the nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly towns and cities. The website looked at US Census Bureau data to find cities with the highest percentage of same-sex couples.

Analysts then considered the locations with Price celebrations, and those with LGBTQ centers. While some big cities are known for their LGBTQ friendliness, for this particular study analysts looked for places with

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chatham labyrinth - chatham maPhoto: Chatham Labyrinth

Whether you’re simply looking for a place to take a quiet walk or a place to promote spiritual growth, the Chatham Labyrinth aids visitors and locals alike in personal reflection. A labyrinth is a single winding path that leads people to its center and back out again.

Unlike a maze, you won’t find any dead ends with a labyrinth. Instead, they are often created as a place for people to take a quiet and meditative walk. These sacred places are generally used for personal reflection, to refresh the spirit and relax the body.

The Chatham Labyrinth, in particular, was first thought up as a way to bring peace and well-being to those who find their way to Chatham. Clergy members from a number of different local churches came

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 chatham pier fish market

While this summer may be a bit different than summers past, the iconic Chatham Fish Pier remains a long-standing tribute to the beginning of the summer season. The Town of Chatham is, no doubt, the Cape’s largest tourist destination, and most tourists in Chatham are drawn at least once to experience the excitement of the Fish Pier Observation Deck.

It just so happens that the peak tourism season on Cape Cod coincides with the peak commercial fishing season. The site is home to not only an observation deck but also a fish packing building and some other waterfront structures.

For visitors, it’s a chance to watch as fishing boats return back to port with their haul. The fresh catch of the day is then taken to refrigerated trucks and transported

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duxbury tea house - duxbury ma

Mostly residential today, picturesque Duxbury is noted as a desirable coastal town with plenty of history. Located about 35 miles south of Boston, the history of Duxbury can be traced back for centuries.

Inhabited by Native Americans thousands of years ago, Duxbury was once called Mattakessett. That translates to “place of many fish”.

By the 1600s, English Colonists discovered Plymouth, and some began farming in what we now call Duxbury. It didn’t take long before they began building homes, setting up their own community and officially incorporated as Duxbury.

The town remained mostly a farming community during the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the Revolutionary War, Duxbury entered the era of shipbuilding.

The town prospered as

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brewster pond homes

There are hundreds of ponds to choose from on Cape Cod, offering up space for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Because a majority of the freshwater ponds in the region are kettle ponds, they are relatively clear, as well.

The ponds are also often less crowded than other parts of Cape Cod. If you’re interested in some property overlooking one of these ponds, there are several enticing options for buyers to choose from.

Hundreds of homes line the shoreline of Long Pond. As the Cape’s largest and deepest pond, Long Pond sits at the border of Harwich and Brewster. Some of the homes on this crystal-clear pond have decks overlooking the water and easy access to a sandy beach. Swimming is popular on this freshwater pond too, as is kayaking and

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woodmans - essex maPhoto: Gail Frederick

For fresh seafood, antiques and more, make time to discover the quaint Town of Essex. This tiny North Shore town may not be large in size, but it’s filled with antique shops, specialty stores and plenty of history.

In fact, the picture-worthy, coastal town is said to boast more antique shops per square mile than anywhere else in the nation. Whether you’re in search of handcrafted items from New England artisans, Victorian, Mid-century modern or American antiques, you’ll likely find it all on display at one of the many antique shops in Essex.

While the small town doesn’t have much to show in terms of traditional chain stores, it does have some other charming additions. Tourists are often drawn to the town for its for its

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