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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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: https://www.alistmagazine.net/march2018 Alison was also featured in LearnVest with a power statement to inspire you be amazing in your career. See number 5 on the list: https://www.learnvest.com/2018/04/10-power-statements-to-help-you-crush-your-career Related Posts...Suburban Jungle Featured on The New York PostSuburban Jungle Featured on Realtor.comThe 5 Best Bay Area Suburbs for SAHMs  HealthyWay.com even recruited Alison for advice on how to make lasting, meaningful friendships. Find out how to connect through your kids (or your dog): https://www.healthyway.com/content/how-to-make-friends-7-strategies-real-women-used-to-find-their-bffs/ 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: https://sanfrancisco.citymomsblog.com/home/north-south-east-but-not-west-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 www.suburbanjunglerealty.com 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 www.suburbanjunglerealty.com and click GET STARTED. ​

This Family of Four Finds FRISCO​

From the Chicago Suburbs to the Dallas Suburbs, the Brennans Find HOME  Stephanie Brennan and her family had already made the leap from urban to suburban once, leaving Chicago before the birth of their first daughter, now 11. After spending 12 years in Mt. Prospect, the family -- Stephanie, her husband and their four girls -- were ready for an adventure. And they found it in the Dallas suburbs. “It was the hardest thing we’ve ever done, for sure,” Stephanie says of their move from the Chicago suburbs to Frisco, Texas, a popular Dallas suburb. “My husband had an opportunity within his architecture firm, down at their Dallas site. We just kind of went with it!” Fast forward a few months and they were on a quest to simplify and start over. “We were looking in the future and excited about a new beginning,” she adds.  Exploring the Suburban Jungle...in Dallas Though eager to make the move, Stephanie and her husband were lifelong Chicagoans, both raised in the city. After heading to college -- she in Kansas, he in Oklahoma -- the couple relocated to Denver temporarily before coming back to Chicago. The idea of living in Texas was completely out of their realm but, still, they pushed ahead, excited for whatever came next. “Luckily, I hooked up with Erica (Tuscano, Suburban Jungle’s Dallas Strategist) and she helped so much,” Stephanie explains. During their first call, “we told her what we were thinking. We filled out the questionnaire which really helped her understand what we were looking for. And we let her know how much we LOVED Mt. Prospect. We had really deep roots there and we were hoping to find a new little village with a lot of similarities.” Beyond that, the family wanted strong public schools and ample parks and outdoor space. “We love to be outside. We came from a town that had tons of outdoor festivals and things like that, so we were looking for something like that again.” Related Posts...Suburbia: Help Your Kids AdjustIn the Suburbs with SJR Strategist Erica TuscanoSuburban Jungle Roars Into Dallas Finding FriscoIn November 2017, the Brennans packed up and headed to Frisco. “Now that we’re here, a lot of things we thought would be the same are actually different -- but we love it,” she says. “We’re definitely acclimating.” The four Brennan kids -- 11, 9, 7 and 5 -- are at three different schools which, Stephanie adds, is a huge change considering they were all in a small private school together in Mt. Prospect. Even so, “they love it,” Stephanie explains. “They bike to school. They’re doing great -- they jumped right in.” As they continue to explore their new hometown, they’re continuing to learn more about the greater Frisco community and where their family fits. “The density is most surprising,” she says. “The houses are close together. It’s a bit of a culture shock -- there are eight-foot fences around every house. We were used to openness in the neighborhood, so that took a little getting used to.” That said, she recognizes the reason for this structure -- “everyone wants to live in Frisco! It’s a lot of people and a lot of kids, which is great for our family.”  What Comes NextNow that they’re better settled in Frisco, Stephanie adds that “the girls love it.” Every morning her crew bikes to school, alongside hundreds of other kids biking to class. They’re also getting used to the school structure in town. “It’s so dense, but the town likes Frisco to still have a small community or village feel. So the schools aren’t big. They cap them off, so they have a ton of elementary schools.” To families considering a move -- a move to the ‘burbs or a move even further -- Stephanie shares one piece of advice: “Go into it cherishing where you came from,” she says, “but not clinging to it. Accept that you’re going to find new things to cherish, but it’s going to be different.” That’s exactly what the Brennans are doing as they continue to dig into Frisco life. 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 www.suburbanjunglerealty.com and click GET STARTED.

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