4. Weston, MA
Weston, MA
Population: 11,787
Median family income: $248,871
Median home price: $1,004,000

This former farm town maintains a feel that's more rural than suburban. Its lots are huge, 60 miles of hiking and horse trails run through the area, and there's little retail development to be found. Locals are working hard to keep it that way. To preserve Weston's country charm, citizens formed a land trust ten years ago to preserve the town's limited open space.

Home to Boston executives and pro athletes alike, the community takes pride in its quiet, well-kept neighborhoods, but despite the obvious opulence of eight-figure homes, Weston prides itself on a low-key vibe.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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