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Historic Boston is a gem of New England. Marked by beautiful brownstone apartments, cobblestone streets and harbor views, this city is arguably one of the most beautiful in the Northeast.

But living here doesn’t come cheap: The median sales price of homes in Boston is $575,000 and median rent is $2,900. Being a college town (home to schools like Harvard, Northeastern and Berklee), it’s no surprise that Boston is a very young city with a median age of just 32. And thus, you’ll find a lot of very young neighborhoods inhabited by college kids and recent grads. Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, Sommerville and South Boston (Southie) are good neighborhoods for renters in this age group. They’re also good spots for anyone looking for a fun bar crowd (think Irish pubs, sports bars — and more Irish pubs); Faneuil Hall is a main hub for bars and restaurants in Boston and a great spot to bring out-of-town guests.

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated bar and restaurant scene, check out Seaport, South End, Back Bay and Charlestown. These are also popular spots for home buyers searching for condos, brownstones and apartments. To get a little more bang for your buck, head out to East Boston and Dorchester, a couple of Boston’s up-and-coming neighborhoods; until recently, these areas were a bit rough around the edges but are becoming hotspots for young renters and home buyers alike.

No matter the neighborhood, Boston is full of things to do and sights to see — from museums (check out the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) to historical sites (Old State House and Paul Revere House). And, of course, diehard Boston sports fans will have Fenway Park and Gillette in their backyard.