Moving Families from

Urban to… Suburban​

Your “Where do I go for more space... backyard... great schools?” suburb advisors. An innovative no-cost strategic advisory firm dedicated to helping families find the best suburb based on lifestyle, not just real estate​

The firm specializes in

providing clients the true inside scoop and the hard to see “intangibles” of every town. The fact that the suburban jungle is a completely free service, is just a bonus. Each client works with a personalized deal team, free of charge comprised of the following:​

The Strategist

is a truly objective advisor helping you and your family evaluate all possible options within commuting distance to the city…They work with you personally throughout your home search to not only come up with a home search strategy for you, but to also ensure that you are asking the right questions and looking in the right places.

The Client Concierge

will be working with you from start to finish —to help you set up your town tours, to help you make reservations for brunch. They will help organize strategy sessions with your Strategist, as well as get feedback from you after each town tour! They will also help you with setting any and all things up…from brunch reservations to movers!

The “Local”

This is someone who will be able to help you truly understand the inside scoop of the town. They are not agents, nor are they incentivized to “sell” you anything…they are just folks that live in the town or towns you are considering to help you understand all of the intangibles! A truly objective perspective on life in town and answers to all of the questions you have and more! They also not only educate you from the beginning, but help you get settled in once you have decided on the town!

The Agent

We partner with local agents that have been trained in the suburban jungle way of real estate….they have been handpicked to work as part of our deal team. You will be set up with one agent per town you tour to be able to understand and benefit from the truly local nuances of each area.

Alison Bernstein: Founder/President


Alison Bernstein is the founder of the The Suburban Jungle Realty, a real estate firm exclusively focused on buyers leaving the city for the suburbs. Recognizing how different neighboring towns can be from one another and how little families learn about a community during the home search, Alison launched Suburban Jungle, helping buyers navigate suburbia, and understand the ins and outs of towns before making their decision. She had personally experienced these challenges while undertaking her own suburban search, and strived to bring that unique expertise to Suburban Jungle families. Prior to this launch, Alison worked in the industry for more than 15 years, including senior-level roles in sales, leasing, investment banking and corporate strategic work spanning three of the nation’s leading real estate organizations. She has revolutionized the real estate industry by creating this new advisory pre-search component to the home buying process. When she’s not helping families in their suburban explorations, Alison enjoys traveling, skiing and tennis as well as spending time at home with her husband and four young children… and huge dog.

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These ‘Burbs Were Made for Walking: NYC​

  We hear you, everyone LOVES walkable town, so look no further than these top 5 walkable ‘burbs of NYC! 1. Montclair, NJMontclair is the where the suburbs meet the city. This town has a blossoming art community with plenty of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and nightlife—all within walking distance of its pleasant, small-town neighborhoods. If you’re really hesitant to leave the city, you’ll love Montclair for its bustling, urban vibe! 2. Maplewood, NJThis sought-after town has an old-fashioned Norman Rockwell-style downtown "village" with mom-and-pop-shops and friendly neighbors. No chain stores are allowed in the town’s commercial center, Maplewood Avenue, which means it’s populated with cute, innovative shops and tasty restaurants. You can live within walking distance to the 35-minute train ride to Manhattan, or hop on a for year-round NYC trips. 3. Port Washington, NYPort Washington is perfect for the family that wants easy strolls to eateries, shops, schools, parks and train stations. In the center of town are several independent grocers with plenty of organic produce, a great library, and a nice Main Street with lovely local restaurants. Missing the city? You can buy a gorgeous home just blocks away from the Long Island Rail Road station for weekend trips! Related Posts...Moving to MontclairFrom London to Manhattan to MaplewoodFrom UWS to Irvington 4. Glenridge, NJWith its own turn of the century train station that many residents can walk to, the peaceful town of Glen Ridge offers a mere 32-minute commute to Penn Station. It’s known for its charming streets lit by historic gas lamps for beautiful night strolls. You’ll fall in love with the small, neighborhood-like feel of Glenridge, thanks to fabulous houses built in the beginning of the 20th century, and a quaint town center right out of a storybook. 5. Irvington, NYIrvington is a quaint village of 6,420 people just 20 miles north of the city. There have been successful efforts in the last decade to encourage new non-industrial business development along the waterfront, like the beautiful the 12-acre Scenic Hudson Park. Downtown Irvington was recently designated a historic area with plenty of shops and dining that are all an easy walk from your new home. The train system also provides a direct link to Grand Central, making Irvington convenient for commuters.  Sources: Niche.comStreet AdvisorThe New York TimesBrick Underground 

Suburban Jungle In the News!​

 Suburban Jungle’s innovative and award winning concept has been featured in tons of press the last few weeks! Suburban Jungle founder Alison Bernstein was featured in Nation A-list Magazine’s “Women Owned Businesses” piece, talking about how she started her business. Read the exclusive interview here: Alison was also featured in LearnVest with a power statement to inspire you be amazing in your career. See number 5 on the list: Related Posts...Suburban Jungle Featured on The New York PostSuburban Jungle Featured on Realtor.comThe 5 Best Bay Area Suburbs for SAHMs even recruited Alison for advice on how to make lasting, meaningful friendships. Find out how to connect through your kids (or your dog): San Francisco Moms Blog gave us a lovely shoutout in their article to help you figure out which Bay Area suburb is right for you: Suburban Jungle is an award-winning firm that specializes in moving families from urban to suburban. The company’s innovative “town first” approach helps buyers find the right suburb for their family based on personality and lifestyle, not just the house. Services are FREE and fully customized to each family and their unique journey. To learn more and to connect with a Suburbs Strategist, and find the place your family truly fits in visit and click GET STARTED.

Suburban Jungle’s Head Strategist Patti Helps Yet Another Amazing FamilyFind A Place To Call Home!​

Mandy and Her Family Finally Found the Perfect Home in Westchester Suburban Jungle was thrilled to have helped Mandy and her family find the perfect town! Suburban Jungle's New York Director of Strategy Patti Natiss worked with this family to find the town of their dreams in a very short timespan. Thanks for the kind words and welcome to the suburbs, Mandy! “Words cannot adequately describe how grateful we are for Patti at Suburban Jungle. For two years, my family and I planned to move to Fairfield, CT based on many wonderful family vacations there, great schools, beautiful neighborhoods, and affordable home prices. We had one week during our children’s Spring Break where we were going to dedicate 100% of our time to finding our new home. Our time frame was tight because we were planning on moving early summer and wanted to have our children attend camp in the new town and meet friends before school started in the Fall. One week was all we had. After a 2-day house search in CT with a local agent, we just felt like something wasn’t right. We knew that we would be making the wrong decision, but we just couldn’t articulate what it was that made the town the “wrong fit.” After returning home on the 3rd day, we both remembered reading about a company that works with people in situations similar to our own, a company called Suburban Jungle. From the car, we sent an email requesting a fast turnaround on a consultation, and Patti got right back to us and moved her schedule around to accommodate our short timeframe. In our initial phone consultation with her, we expressed that we wanted a town close to Manhattan, a house near a train station, amazing schools, parks and recreation, and above all, a sense of community. Patti’s knowledge of the local landscape is incredible, and she asked a series of questions, the right questions, to get to know both my husband and I in a more personal way. She also spoke to us about why Fairfield wasn’t a great fit for what we were ultimately looking for with this move. Related Posts...Why Picking The Right Town Matters MostHow To Scout The NYC Suburbs Like A Pro From Urban To Suburban... in Westchester  After getting a sense of who we are, our personalities and priorities, Patti honed in on The Rivertowns in Westchester, NY (and even within those, highlighted some that might work better than others). That day, Patti connected us with the top real estate agent for that area, and by the next day, day 5 in our journey, we found our dream home! I’m happy to say that by day 6, we made an offer and by that afternoon it was accepted. In one month, we close and will begin our new life, all because Patti took the time to understand and help us prioritize what we needed for this next chapter of our lives. I sometimes think where we would be without Patti’s guidance, and I absolutely think we would have landed in the wrong town, perhaps in the wrong State, and in the wrong community. There would have been a deep guttural feeling that “something isn’t right” that for a while might have been pacified by good schools and an affordable home, but over time would be replaced by regret and a deep sense that we made the wrong choice. I don’t know how Patti does what she does, but she knew us and our needs, in a sense, better than we did. The minute we drove in, we knew it was our town. The minute we met some of the local residents, we knew this was our community. The minute we saw our house, which is an easy walk to the train station and local schools, we knew it was our home. We will forever be grateful to Patti and Suburban Jungle for helping us course correct and put us on the right path for our family. You are amazing!!!” Suburban Jungle is an award-winning firm that specializes in moving families from urban to suburban. The company’s innovative “town first” approach helps buyers find the right suburb for their family based on personality and lifestyle, not just the house. Services are FREE and fully customized to each family and their unique journey. To learn more and to connect with a Suburbs Strategist, and find the place your family truly fits in visit and click GET STARTED. ​


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