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Setting: A tiny peninsula off the coast of Massachusetts.The roughly 1½-square-mile town lies 14 miles north of Bostonand connects to Lynn, Massachusetts, by a causeway. The monthlyaverage high temperature reaches 82 degrees in July and 37 inJanuary.

Attractions: The coastline offers numerous beaches,including Long Beach, Short Beach, and Tudor Beach. Walking trailswith breathtaking views make East Point popular with residents andvisitors. The public library, built in 1895, has an invitingreading room with coffered ceiling, fireplace, and wood-panelwalls. Boston's Logan Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Drawbacks: You won't find a pharmacy or a gas station inNahant. On-street parking isn't allowed during winter storms. Thepublic school system only accommodates children through sixthgrade. Older students attend class four miles away, in Swampscott,Massachusetts.

Housing: Recent homes on the market ranged from about$300,000 to $5 million. Median house price in 2006 was $472,500.Nahant has about 1,200 existing houses, and most stand on lots10,000 square feet or smaller, according to real estate agent GailGuiney. The average price for a one- or two-bedroom condo is around$250,000.

Your next-door neighbors: Professionals who commute toBoston, airline employees, attorneys, university professors,lobstermen.

How you'd spend your free time: Picnicking on Short Beach attwilight, racing 16-foot Town Class ("Townie") sailboats off TudorWharf, curled up by the fire during winter storms, or strolling thepine-covered outcroppings on Bailey's Hill to take in the Bostonskyline and ocean views.

(published November 2007)

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