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From Urb to Burb

Theatergoers will be culturally sated in ...
Madison, New Jersey

The city equivalent:
535 Throop Ave., Stuyvesant Heights; two bedrooms; $649,000  

240 Kings Road
Located on a third of an acre, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath center-hall Colonial has a back deck.
Price: $650,000
Agent: Donna Mattina, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

With three local colleges nearby—and an active arts alliance, which meets Algonquin style for a Wednesday roundtable at the Nautilus Diner—Madisonites are bombarded with Shakespeare plays, musicals, operas, exhibits, and lectures all year long. (Ezra Klein faced a sold-out audience at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts last week; Walter Isaacson and Barbara Walters are next.) The much-respected Shanghai Jazz club books world-renowned acts like Bucky Pizzarelli and the Russell Malone Quartet. (It also serves gourmet Chinese food.) The massive town library has free showings of indie films like Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, while the Playwrights Theatre sponsors readings of plays by established writers and gives aspiring ones a place to hash out their third acts. House-hunters can pick from starter Capes and sweet Colonials on small parcels for under a million, and, if you can spend double that, mansions on a half-acre or more.

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