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. ​

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 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 and click GET STARTED.

A Suburban Move...Times TWO!​

This City Family Heads to Westchester Then the Boston ‘burbs  Alison Perisic and her family are suburban pros -- after all, they’ve made the move to not one but two unique towns within two years. “We had lived in the city for so long,” she says. “We came in as college graduates, we had our first kid there and we were ready for the suburbs when she got close to school age.” Three years ago, the family made the leap, heading from Manhattan to Larchmont, New York in Westchester County. They lived there for two years -- until the Perisics made a big decision and an even bigger change. “I wanted to be closer to my family,” Alison explains. “I felt like I’d lived the New York City life and no one in my family was moving closer to me. And besides that,” she adds, “I was ready for a big change. I’d planted the seed in my husband’s head for awhile, and when it happened, it happened really quickly.” That seed? The idea that they’d sell their home in Westchester and head to another suburb -- this time, a Boston suburb. They started their search immediately. “I’m not totally unfamiliar with New England or Boston, even,” Alison says. “But when it came to the Boston suburbs, I was lost. We had recommendations from people but nothing seemed like a great fit.” Given their short timeline and desire to find the exact right fit, Alison reached out to Suburban Jungle. “I knew about Suburban Jungle from living in New York,” she explains. “I was familiar with their services from hearing people talk about them, and I knew they had a Boston office. So I reached out -- we needed help and it was a short timeline to make it all happen.” Working with Barbara Hirsch, Suburban Jungle’s Head Strategist in Boston, Alison and her husband dove right in, exploring the unique towns that synced with their wants, needs, and lifestyle. “They bought very quickly,” Barbara explains. “My first call was on July 11 and they made an offer that was accepted on the 24th!” She adds that the family spoke with one of Suburban Jungle’s Medfield Locals the day before their accepted offer, helping answer any final questions and solidifying that this was the suburb for them. “We knew we didn’t want a suburb right outside of Boston,” Alison says. “And we wanted something a little more low key.” Just five weeks later, they moved. Fast forward just over six months and the Perisics are happily settled in suburbia -- this time for good! “I really love it here,” Alison says. “It’s a small town and off the beaten path a little bit.” Even so, “we’re close to Boston for my husband’s job and close to Rhode Island where my family lives. It’s a nice in-between.” Overall, they love the “small, friendly New England” vibe and were able to “fall into the groove really well.” Already, Alison, her husband and their two kids -- now five and 16 months -- are making friends and getting acclimated to the community. Their daughter started kindergarten six days after moving in and, so far, they’re all thrilled with the experience. “Everyone has been so friendly,” she says. “They’ve all been so welcoming -- people really want to help you out.” The schools have also exceeded her expectations. “I’m really happy with the school system here,” Alison adds. “I was a little nervous because, again, Medfield is a little off the beaten path. But it’s easy to get to everything we need for our day to day lives.” Related Posts...Ready for the Suburbs? 5 Signs it's Time to Move to the SuburbsIs Suburbia in your Future? After tackling this second suburban move, Alison says, she’s become a bit of a pro -- and has learned a lot about what matters and what doesn’t when choosing a place to call home. “I feel like I had two very different experiences,” she says. “There was the move to Larchmont which was a learning experience for this move. We didn’t have a ton of help -- I kind of went into it blindly.” She explains that, while she did research and looked at the school reviews online, she wished they’d shopped around a bit more. That wasn’t the case, though, in Boston. “With the Boston move, I wanted to do our research and make sure we got all of the things that mattered. I wanted a community feel and the right schools. Suburban Jungle put me in touch with someone who lives here and really understood. I felt like I knew what Medfield was about and what I was getting into, which wasn’t what happened when we moved to Larchmont.” 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. 

From the Hills to the Port ​

 This NYC Family Heads to Long Island! Carolyn her husband James and their now-two-and-a-half year old daughter loved life in Forest Hills until, as she explains, she had her “moment.” “There’s a moment when you’re no longer on the fence about the city or the suburbs,” Carolyn explains. “It’s the moment when you break.” Hers happened on June 21st -- the longest day of the year. “I remember ours very clearly. We were sitting on the couch the June before we moved. We both came home from work and our daughter went to bed...and we were stuck inside. There was nowhere for us to go. We couldn’t go outside. We didn’t have a balcony. We felt totally trapped by our apartment.” It was then the family decided they had to go -- but they didn’t know where. “We just opened our computer and started looking. We called Suburban Jungle relatively early in the process to get as much information as possible, and we started seeing homes more seriously in August.”  The Suburban Jungle Experience Working with NYC Strategist Erika Ades, Carolyn and James explored their options, talking through New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island. “For us, we had a really limited search that we knew would make us happy...we knew we wanted to be in a destination that would attract our city friends and my family in Boston to come visit,” she explains. “We wanted to make sure people were interested in seeing us -- if there was any way for our home to feel like a vacation, we wanted it!” Early on, Carolyn and James ruled out New Jersey, feeling it was too far from both sides of the family. After briefly exploring Westchester, they immediately turned their attention to Port Washington where, she admits, she’d been focused on from the very beginning. “We wanted to hear about everything,” Carolyn adds. “We had an idea we’d choose Port Washington but we didn’t want to make that choice without all of the information.” The notion of finding a vacation-esque suburb also played a role. “That was one of the Port Washington draws,” she explains. “We have some friends who made a similar decision, buying a gorgeous home in the Hudson Valley, but for us, easy access to the beach was the thing,” and Port had it.  Keeping Their City VibeThe town also checked another key box: walkability. “We’re still city folk,” Carolyn says. “We still like convenience, we still like to walk to things. So a huge requirement was easy access to and a quick trip on Long Island Railroad,” which Port Washington delivered -- their home is a 15-minute walk to the train which, she adds, is “huge” considering they’re a one-car family. Port Washington also has highly-ranked public schools, which was important to the family -- both James and Carolyn wanted to send their kids to public school straight through, and needed a district where they felt “very comfortable” doing that.  Finding the Right Place to Call “Home”Once the family had settled 100% on Port Washington, the final step was finding the right home. “Our price point was lower than the average price point for Port Washington,” Carolyn explains. “But we were OK with that. We’d renovated our co-op and found having a house that’s to our tastes is great. So, as we started looking at houses, we didn’t mind having a lower budget because we knew wherever we landed we’d put money into it and make it our own.” While this approach scares some city-dwellers, Carolyn and James were full speed ahead. “We’re artists, so this doesn’t scare us. Part of envision space.” After a few offers fell through, they found their home. “The curb appeal wasn’t great,” Carolyn says, “but one of the reasons we chose this house was that the foundation was solid -- we didn’t have to do anything major. Our stuff was almost entirely cosmetic.” Going in they realized they could overcome any challenge with this particular home, “but you can’t change where you’re located,” she adds. “This house continued to come back to us,” and made sense from a cost, location and feasibility perspective.  Transitioning to the Suburbs Carolyn and James closed in February 2017 and moved in that June. “I think what we envisioned scared a lot of people,” she says of their renovations, “but our contractor did it and we’re so thrilled. We worked together.” After moving in, the summer was spent on the kitchen and, now, they’re focused on finishing up the basement and, eventually, adding a front porch. Overall, they’re thrilled with the end result -- and with life in Port Washington. “We didn’t compromise on anything,” Carolyn says, “except maybe the of the home. But that’s stuff we decided wasn’t important. And besides that, we knew we could make anything pretty with the right vision and the right amount of time.” Related Posts...In the 'Burbs with SJR Strategist Erika AdesThe Decisions After the Decision to Move to SuburbiaReady for the Suburbs?  Since moving, the family has truly discovered the benefit to life in the suburbs and, specifically, to life in Port Washington. “The transition was been great!” Carolyn says. “It’s not that much more of a commute than Forest Hills -- maybe 15 minutes more. The community has been great. And, coming from a co-op, we love that we have ownership over what we can and cannot do in and to our home.” The only challenge? "It's sometimes hard to get our city friends out here because we're on the LIRR and not the subway,” she says. “But usually after making the trip once and realizing how easy it is, we are having repeat visitors with no problem. They're coming out more and more." Their daughter is, now, two-and-a-half and enrolled in a local nursery school. Baby #2 is due in June. “Now we’re able to put her toys in a room and close the door -- it’s a good feeling!” And, beyond that, many of their hopes and expectations for Port Washington have become realities. “It’s a great place to live and my daughter gets to go to amazing schools,” she says. ”We live in a great neighborhood where we can walk to the train and walk back -- it’s really lovely.” Now, looking ahead, they’re eager to expand their family and to spend another summer in Port. “It’s awesome here,” she says. “Our last summer was great. I went to the beach almost everyday with our daughter. It was easy and fun -- it was so much better. We can’t wait for this summer.” 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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