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West Bridgewater named one of the best places to live in Greater Boston by The Boston Globe Magazine:

Median single-family home price in 2013 $282,000

Change since 2012 20%

Population 6,916

Residential tax rate $16.49

WEST BRIDGEWATER IS A BUCOLIC bedroom community with easy access to both Boston, only 30 miles away, and Providence, 32 miles, so it can be a good choice for two-commuter couples. Just 3 miles from the shopping centers and restaurants of Bridgewater, it has remained a quiet town with typical New England appeal: a gazebo in War Memorial Park, a steepled white church, a tiny center with an imposing Town Hall, a post office, and three Dunkin’ Donuts. Farmland, a rail trail, the Town River, and several protected areas, including a state forest, help it keep its pastoral character. Susan Souza, a sales manager and broker in Bridgewater’s Jack Conway office, notes that 82 single-family homes sold in 2013, almost double what moved in 2012. “If houses go on the market,” she says, “they sell quickly.” It’s no wonder, when less than $200,000 can buy a fixer-upper.