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Top education towns 2011: Median home prices $600,000-$799,999

Location, location, location: Homes in these cities aren't cheap, but they offer a wonderful lifestyle and top-flight schools.

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Hinsdale, IL

Educational quality index: 92.25
Median home value: $651,220
Population: 16,723

Beautiful buildings abound here: Queen Annes, Italianates, Georgians, Craftsmen, Prairies. Everywhere you look there's architectural eye candy –- from the train station and the library, to the town hall, police station, post office and movie theater. Even the gas station is a Renaissance Revival. This suburb of Chicago (just 20 minutes away by train) also offers plenty of natural entertainment including parks, sledding hills and untouched woodlands.

Scholastics here are as breath-taking as the architecture and the environment. Math testing in grades 3 and 4 revealed that 98 percent of the children exceeded state standards. Hinsdale Middle School is a Blue Ribbon winner, with healthy eating served in its cafeteria: whole grains, organic milk, and 100 percent fruit juices. Hinsdale Central High School has 100 clubs and was ranked 5th by the Chicago Sun-Times in its list of "Top 100 High Schools in Illiniois," but its real forte is athletics. Girls lacrosse, boys gymnastics, plus tennis and swimming for both genders have garnered dozens of state titles.

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