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Move to Newton to meet someone rich and famous. Matt Damon and Louis C.K. grew up there. Amy Poehler was born there. Media magnate Sumner Redstone still calls it home, and even though he’s pushing 90, he still is on the market.
For a little nightlife, head next door to Boston or catch some local culture from one of Newton’s two symphony orchestras. Go incognito with your future celebrity sweetheart at a secluded spot along Crystal Lake. Or go public and shout your love to the world beneath Hemlock Gorge’s Echo Bridge.
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It’s been called the city with the most bars in one square mile, but you don’t need beer goggles to get lucky in Hoboken. Also known as New York’s “Sixth Borough,” it’s a haven for well-heeled professionals who want to escape the grind of Gotham.
Share a laugh at the Hoboken Comedy Festival. Or share a blanket at Movies Under the Stars. Or share a plate of clams in a city that has not forgotten its Italian heritage — or its favorite son. Enter Hoboken’s annual Frank Sinatra Idol contest and do it your way.
Looking for a lot of green? You’ll find both kinds in Brookline. One of Boston’s wealthiest suburbs, it’s also a key link in the Emerald Necklace, a 1,000-acre network of parkland that stretches through the area. It’s a short stroll from historic Olmsted Park to Coolidge Corner, the town’s hub of boutiques, cafés and culture.
If walking’s not your bag, head to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum to see how the other half drives. In lawn events that run through October, high-end gearheads gather to show off their Porsches, Beemers and Caddys. Maybe someone will take you for a spin.
Live. Wonk. Play. That’s the life for D.C.’s up and comers in Arlington. By day, its residents shape policy at local federal agencies like the Pentagon, DEA and FDIC.
But when the sun goes down, it’s time to turn the BlackBerry off and move and shake to a different groove. With its namesake Ballroom, the Clarendon neighborhood is the area’s hub for singles-spotting. Still, Arlington’s other “urban villages” are catching up. Head to Restaurant Row in Crystal City or Shirlington’s burgeoning nightlife scene to engage in a little bipartisan congress.
Dubbed the Hollywood Riviera, Redondo Beach was once the playground for Tinseltown’s elite. Surf and sand still rule in a city that maintains the feel of a seaside resort. Catch a few rays on the beach, then head to the King Harbor Marina and Pier to price out a yacht or fish for millionaires.
For a quieter scene, move inland to Riviera Village, a tree-lined quarter of exclusive boutiques, restaurants, spas and salons. Stroll along The Strand for a spectacular sunset and head back to the pier for live music just about any night of the week.