If you love Boston but hate living in the city, Beverly is definitely the best option. I’ve been living in Beverly for the past 10 years and, after living in the city my entire childhood and adolescence, I’m beyond happy to now be in the suburb. It’s nice, though, to be able to travel into the city in less than 90 minutes - or even faster if I take the commuter rail during the weekday.
Property taxes seem to have risen quite a bit in the last 10 years, but the schools are really good, which makes it worth it when you think about the kids getting an education. There are tons of restaurants. Tons of restaurants, which, when you’re a foodie, like me, makes you very happy! I mean, I have no problem traveling into the city for some delicious dining but when you have a late night and you really just want to have a good meal, and, for me, the restaurants are in the best areas of Beverly.