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The best things to do in the Boston area right now

Here’s a seasonal rundown of the 26 essential places that everyone should seek out should they want to understand what makes the Boston area tick.

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15 perfect spots for people-watching in Boston

These include famed locations such as Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway as well as lesser-known vantages.

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10 Boston strolls perfect for fall, mapped

No major U.S. city does fall quite like Boston. These routes through the likes of Franklin Park, the Arnold Arboretum, and Boston Common prove it.

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Mapping the Boston area’s role in 19th-century abolitionism

These 10 spots include notable houses and stops on the Underground Railroad.

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Mapping the Seaport District’s biggest new developments

This map charts those major projects either recently underway or approved, including plans for what will be one of the largest hotels in New England and the Seaport’s largest single amount of for-sale housing.

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25 Boston-area military memorials and monuments, mapped

These works commemorate events, battles, and wars stretching back to the earliest days of the Revolution and encompassing recent conflicts such as the Second Gulf War. Most are easily accessible and free to the public.

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8 Cambridge tourist sites not M.I.T.- and Harvard-related

While there are plenty of sites to take in at and around those two schools, the surrounding city holds a fair amount of wonderment on its own. Check out these options during your visit.

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10 Boston starter homes for sale around the city

Boston’s median listing price is around $699,000 right now. Here’s what that sum buys in different neighborhoods, including Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Fenway, and Charlestown.

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13 hidden gems in the Public Garden and Boston Common

Everyone knows about Make Way for Ducklings. And the Frog Pond. And the 54th Massachusetts memorial. Here are some features of the 74 acres that tourists and even locals might need help finding.

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12 Boston-area lighthouses to tour this summer

Massachusetts has dozens of lighthouses, but only a relative handful are officially open to the public. Many of these, too, are open only during the warmer months.

Boston’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, mapped

A brand new, interactive map has been created by ESRI that is sure to get data geeks and Boston lovers excited.

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12 quaint Boston-area towns to visit right now

These locales are not only beautiful to look at and perfect to enjoy in warmer weather, they also include some hidden cultural and gastronomic gems.

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Where to rent in the Boston area right now, mapped

The busiest rental season of the year is almost upon us as tenants throughout the region receive renewal notices from their landlords and gazillions of local collegians prepare to graduate in the spring.

New housing going up everywhere in Greater Boston

This map proves it. All totaled, we’re talking 30,000-plus condos and apartments in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. Pity it’s not enough to bring down rents and prices.

How search sites define Jamaica Plain's borders

Two of the most popular sites for searching real estate listings, Redfin and Trulia, have vastly different definitions of Boston’s Jamaica Plain. In particular, they can't seem to agree on its southern and eastern boundaries.

How search sites define the South End's borders

Two of the most popular sites for searching real estate listings, Redfin and Trulia, have vastly different definitions of Boston’s South End. In particular, they can't seem to agree on its southern boundary.

Massachusetts is bigger than dozens of countries

At 10,554 square miles, Massachusetts is the 44th smallest state in the union in area. Globally, though, it’s a different matter. A neat tool allows you to find out just how big our commonwealth is relative to some of the world’s smallest nations.

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Weekend open house tour: Sound End for under $1.5M

This week's open house tour focuses on renovated brownstones and funky artist live/work spaces in the perennially popular, and fast-changing, Boston neighborhood. Remember, it's free to look.

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What $650,000 buys around Boston right now

Our latest Curbed Comparisons map looks at just what that sum buys around the city, including in Charlestown, the North End, Jamaica Plain, and Mission Hill. These properties range from brand-new condos to single-families in need of some serious TLC.

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Weekend open house tour: Dot for under $800,000

Options, options, options! Will you go for the classic Victorian-style home or a classically Dorchester triple-decker condo? The choices are myriad in the ever-diverse and distinct neighborhood. Remember, it's free to look.

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What under $1M buys in Cambridge right now

Just about anywhere else, it would seem absurd to use under $1,000,000 as a starting point for finding a more affordable spot in a particular municipality. Not in Cambridge. There simply are not that many properties for sale for under that amount.

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10 key Revolutionary War sites in the Boston area

No other region in the nation has quite the connection to the Revolution as does Boston and its environs. Not surprisingly, then, the areas also has some of the country's most notable monuments commemorating the conflict.

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Where to watch Boston's fireworks for free

On Monday, July 4, Boston's annual Independence Day fireworks spectacular blasts off above the Charles River. Getting a good view of the whizz-bangery is not always easy. These spots make it easy, though. Just get there early, that's all.

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What $1M buys around Boston right now

The magic sum still buys quite a lot of Boston real estate, even as the city's luxury prices scale ever upward. Our latest Curbed Comparisons reveals that $1M nabs a shiny, new condo just as well as it nabs a grand, old house dating from decades ago.

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Open house tour: Charlestown for under $650K

Boston is a city full of history, but relatively few people get to live right in the thick of it all. This week’s open house tour will take you back in time in oh-so-quaint Charlestown. Remember, it’s free to look.

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What $4,000 a month rents in Boston right now

The sum pretty much falls in the middle of what the city has to offer in terms of choicer spreads with sweeteners such as parking. Our latest Curbed Comparisons looks at apartment options for $4K, including in Brighton, Dorchester, and the South End.

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What $800,000 buys in Boston right now

The sum buys a range of different property types, from standalone houses to attached townhouses to older condos to condos in brand-new developments helping to disrupt the South End's future. Take a gander at our latest Curbed Comparisons.

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These nine projects are set to transform Boston

'Tis no secret that Boston is experiencing a major building boom. Dorms, hotels, apartments—you name it, the city's got 'em coming. Some will surely prove more transformative than others, however. This map runs down those projects.

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Here's what $900,000 buys in Boston right now

Our latest Curbed Comparisons maps out what $900K commands in neighborhoods such as Southie, Jamaica Plain, Brighton, and the South End. There are some real beauts here and tons of parking.

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What $600,000 Buys Around Boston Right Now

Boston is one of the few cities in America where $600,000 buys merely entry to the housing market. So be it. The latest Curbed Comparisons tackles that magic number and comes away pleasantly surprised.

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North End Condos For Sale Right Now, Mapped

The average asking price for market-rate condos in the oh-so-quaint neighborhood as of May 31 is $852 a square foot, according to a new analysis. As for aggregate prices, they range all the way from under $500,000 to nearly $1.5M right now.

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Boston Condos for Under $200K, Mapped

It's no secret that Boston is one of the most expensive housing markets in North America. But! There are decent places to be had for reasonable prices. In fact, there are at least 11 condos for sale right now in the city for under $200,000.

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10 Boston Homes for Sale With Private Decks

With warmer weather finally upon the region, thoughts turn to relaxing. And what better spot to relax than a primely placed private deck? In Boston, such a space can be difficult to come by, but we found several choice ones currently up for grabs.

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Where to Find Boston's New Rainy-Day Poetry

Boston and nonprofit Mass Poetry have partnered on what they call "Raining Poetry"—sidewalk verse by local poets visible only when the pavement's wet. Here's a map of where to find it around town.

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Fab Cambridge Spots Not M.I.T.- or Harvard-Related

While there are plenty of sights to see in and around the two schools, the surrounding City of Cambridge holds its own places of wonderment. Here are several spots, mapped, to pull you out of the academic orbit and into the municipal stream.

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Recently Redone Cultural Institutions in Boston

The Boston area has seen several notable museums undergo transformative renovations of late, never mind major work on the world's oldest commissioned battleship and New England's biggest aquarium.

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Back Bay: the two-hour tour

Back Bay contains not only some of Boston's most expensive real estate, but some of its most notable, including temples both civic and religious. Here's how to see the essential spots in 120 minutes, tops.

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Charlestown: the Two-Hour Tour

The neighborhood, one of Boston's oldest, teems with Revolutionary history and period architecture. Supposin' you don't have most of a day to spend exploring, though. What are the must-see sites? These! Start with the U.S.S. Constitution.

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Mapping Downtown Crossing's Giant New Towers

Millennium Tower is almost done and One Bromfield is probably not too far behind. Both will be among Boston's 10 tallest buildings when they're finished as will whatever goes up nearby in Winthrop Square. And these are just for starters.