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Best Old House Neighborhoods 2010: Easy Commute

For our third annual Best Places to Buy an Old House contest, what we looked for was simple: oft-overlooked neighborhoods populated by people who share an appreciation of finely crafted homes that have plenty of past and lots of future. And what we found—with the aid of our friends at, who helped us contact thousands of neighborhood groups, real estate agents, residents, and preservationists for nominations—was mighty impressive.

Here are 17 places close enough to a city or major business center that your drive (or bike or train ride) to work will still leave you plenty of time to enjoy a rich old-home life.
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