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Best known for its beautiful beaches and its history, the city of Newburyport offers a charming option for prospective new residents and visitors, alike. Found right alongside the bank of the Merrimack River, the city began as a small, yet popular port.

Once a center of fishing and trade, the city grew in relation to its maritime pursuits. A number of large red brick buildings went up in the 1800s, followed by Colonial-style homes, federal mansions and Victorian homes, some of which still stand today.

Noted as the birthplace of the US Coast Guard and the former home of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Newburyport is rich with history and appeal. Oftentimes simply called the “Port”,

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Home prices in the Boston area are up, but the experts say there are still some great places to buy a house right now.


The diverse neighborhood of Dorchester is one of Boston’s original streetcar suburbs, and its size and diversity means a large housing inventory and somewhat more reasonable prices compared to other Boston neighborhoods. These days, the southern part of the neighborhood is where you’ll find new bars, cafes and restaurants, while Upham’s Corner is being developed quickly.

In particular, Dorchester is a good place to look for a condo. Compared to a year ago, prices are down slightly for Dorchester condos. While units often go fast and buyers often pay in cash in northern Dorchester, you can

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If you’re searching for a place to enjoy your Golden Years in the Greater Boston area, Newburyport is certainly considered tops. Noted as a hot spot for Boomers, about 20-percent of the town’s population is age 65 or older.

Websites like Boston Magazine detail just a few of the top reasons why. In particular, older residents, it says, are drawn to the town’s waterfront concert series during the summer months and the annual harvest festival each fall.

Newburyport is also the place to enjoy boutique-style shopping any time of the year. Some local realtors say empty nesters in Newburyport are especially drawn to the luxury of living within walking distance of the downtown area.

Along with all of its downtown retailers and dining

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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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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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sailboats in marblehead harborPhoto: Leslie Stormes

Dating all the way back to the 1600s, Marblehead is known for its narrow streets and centuries-old buildings. It’s seafaring history, however, is what put the town on track to being named the “Yachting Capital of Massachusetts”.

If you ask some, though, it may really be the “Yachting Capital of the World”. For generations Marblehead Harbor has served as the starting and ending port for international races.

To this day, the once prosperous fishing port remains a renowned location for sailing. While only about 20,000 people live in Marblehead, the town boasts around a half-dozen different yacht clubs, catering to grownups and kids alike.

The oldest yacht club in Marblehead dates back to the late 1800s. The town,

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