Why Visit: Food, food, food, food, food. Arguably the best collection of restaurants in the city. Check out the vibrant SOWA market, walk around enjoying the beautiful architecture, and stop into the Beehive for jazz brunch.
Why Live There: Considered downtown proper, but in some parts a bit less expensive than Back Bay or Beacon Hill. Serviced in part by the Silver Line but walking distance to Back Bay. Rowhouses and brick everywhere and parks throughout make it a beautiful place to live. Did I mention you are in foodie heaven?