Run the Boston marathon for your own little tour of suburban Newton and its posh and historic housing stock—wealthy residents pay top dollar for homes in one of 13 villages, each with its own cluster of shops, and connected by a network of tree-lined scenic roads and golf courses.
Newton is also home to four of the marathon's hills, including the race's infamous "Heartbreak Hill." You'll lope past Boston College, one of three colleges within Newton's borders and the city's largest employer. Other amenities you might not notice from the race route: one of the largest libraries in the state, as well as one of the best school districts.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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