Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

Best place to retire: Back Bay
Pros: Within walking distance to almost everything
Cons: Expensive, many buildings lack elevators.
Real estate: The median price for a condo is about $500,000. A decent-sized one-bedroom rental will set you back about $2,400 a month.
The Back Bay is close to just about everything you could need: Malls, theatres, playing fields, hospitals and even Fenway Park are all within walking distance. Hop public transportation for a handful of stops, and you're at the Museum of Fine Arts.

"Everything is right there for you," says Maggie Raskin, a local real-estate agent. "The empty-nesters flock to it because they like its easy way of life."

The Back Bay may occupy the city's center, but it still offers many scenic strolls. There's the Esplanade, a park along the banks of the Charles River (with a band-shell that hosts the Boston Pops, among other musicians), and the Boston Public Garden, where the pond is the home of the pedal-powered Swan Boats, a long-standing tourist attraction.

Newbury Street houses the city's upscale boutiques, galleries and cafes.

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop


Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square


Arts District




Mass Ave


Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon


Back Bay


East Town


East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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