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Reading, a Middlesex County town with a population of more than 24,000 people, lies about 10 miles north of Boston's center.

Reading got its start as a tract of land that served as the site of a so-called "inland plantation" that was established after residents of Lynn petitioned the colony government for such a region in 1639. At that time the area was called Lynn Village, and in 1644 Reading was incorporated as a separate town.

Residents of Reading played a critical role during the Revolutionary War, with many having participated in the pursuit of the fleeing British soldiers following the fighting at Lexington and Concord. Prior to becoming governor of Massachusetts, John Brooks served as an officer in the Reading Militia.

Heading into the 1900s, Reading grew into a largely residential area. More businesses moved to Reading after World War I, including the Goodall-Sanford Co., which was eventually known as GenCorp, as well as Ace Art, Addison-Wesley Publishing and Roger Reed Waxes. Later on, the National Guard facility of Camp Curtis Guild opened in town, along with a host of commercial businesses.

Reading continues to be a draw today, evidenced in part by a recent public debate over a $57 million proposed renovation at the high school and the construction of a new elementary school to accommodate the large number of new residents that had moved to town in recent years. Voters eventually approved both projects in the summer of 2007. The town is near the cross section of I-93 and I-95, and offers public transportation via the Reading Station along the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail line.

Those looking for a nice rental that bills itself as both healthy and energy efficient may find what they need at a place like 30 Haven. This new community has 53 one and two-bedroom units that are filled with natural light, and offers extras like in-home dishwashers, washers and dryers, garage access and additional storage space. Tenants here also get the use of a resident lounge, clubhouse, and a fitness center that is complete with a collection of free weights. Many of these rental spaces include a private balcony or terrace for the occasional breath of fresh air. Assigned parking spaces are available in the community's parking garage, taking the hassle out of finding a place to park the vehicle, and on-site maintenance and management staff make for a more worry-free living experience. Small dogs and cats are permitted on the premises.

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