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:
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!
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!
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 Featured in Realtor.com!
What to Consider if You’re Considering a Gated Community Depending on what market you call “home,” you may find yourself with the option to move into a gated community. “While it certainly sounds fancy,” says Realtor.com, “gated living comes with both perks and a few headaches.” Read the full post, “What is a Gated Community? The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home Inside,” on Realtor.com So what to know and what to consider if the gated life sounds appealing? For starters, think about your long-term wants and needs, and how that may -- or may not -- sync with a gated community. “If you want to make a particular aesthetic enhancement to your home,” says Suburban Jungle Founder & President Alison Bernstein, “perhaps a funky door or a solar-paneled roof—you might not receive the approval.” She cites homeowners associations in these communities with, often, trying to keep the peace by keeping properties and expectations in check. “If you're more of a rebel, you may need to rethink your home search,” the site explains. Related Posts...3 Things that are Very Different about the 'BurbsMoving from an Apartment to a HouseBuying your First Home? Be Ready for a few Surprises! Read the full post, “What is a Gated Community? The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home Inside,” on Realtor.com Now the big question: is a gated community right for you and your family? While there’s no right or wrong here, there is a lot to consider. Realtor.com’s article walks families through the pros and cons, so start here. From there, lean on your Suburbs Strategist to help understand the specific considerations from community to community and suburb to suburb. With this intel and insights, you’ll be able to make the right decision based on what works for you and your family. 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.
The Push Off the Cliff
Why This Family Left Manhattan for Stamford Rene Rivas-Berdecia and his partner spent nearly a decade on West 54th Street -- and, before that, another 10 years in Chelsea. “My partner is from Brooklyn, so he’s been here even longer,” Rene says. “But he’d been working in Stamford for a long time. He did a reverse commute for 12 years. It was time to leave the city.” It wasn’t just the commute, though. After 20-plus years together in the city, the hustle and bustle weren’t quite as appealing as they’d once been. “We were right in the middle of everything,” Rene explains. “It was extremely convenient and really exciting for the first three years of living on 54th Street. After that, though, We were sick of it. It became too much.” Ultimately, “that was the push off the cliff for us.” Though they knew it was time to make the urban-to-suburban leap, the couple didn’t know exactly where or how to begin. “We didn’t know anything about the suburbs,” Rene explains, “except that my partner’s family lives in Farmingdale on Long Island.” They immediately ruled the area out, though. “The commute to Stamford would have been rough,” he says. From there, Rene and his partner contacted Suburban Jungle and immediately began working with New York Strategist Maya Konig. After exploring Wilton, Norwalk and Stamford, Rene and his partner knew exactly where they belonged: North Stamford. “It was convenient. And besides that, it’s quiet and it’s really beautiful. We’re also, now, right on the New York border. We spend a lot of time in Pound Ridge, so that’s perfect.” The couple closed on May 31 and “we moved in the next day.” Related Posts...5 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Moved To The SuburbsIs Suburbia In Your Future?Ready For The Suburbs? Since then, Rene and his partner have been focused on getting their new home in order. “I’ve been setting up the house and painting and fixing up things here and there,” he says. “And we love it here. We get the environment and feel of Westchester, but we don’t have the same taxes.” He admits, though, that were initially afraid of making the leap. “We were a little scared to leave the city,” Rene says. “It felt like we were falling off the earth when we left Manhattan. But we’re having a great time. And the dogs have never been happier!” To city families considering making the leap, Rene offers a simple piece of advice: do your homework. “For us, it was key to study the differences between the suburbs,” he says. “We thought it was pretty much all the same in ‘the suburbs.’ But they’re all different. They have their own vibe. You have to do your homework. Once you do that, though, and the more you visit, the more the fear disappears. Now, we love it. We didn’t give up anything -- the restaurants, things to do. It’s great here. We’re so happy.” 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 Alison Bernstein Featured in CEO Blog Nation!
Founder & President on Why SHE Started the Business Something unique inspires every entrepreneur and business leader—and the includes Suburban Jungle’s Founder & President Alison Bernstein. Inspired by her own experience moving her family from the city to the suburbs, Alison started Suburban Jungle. Her goal was simple—after not landing in the right town for her family of six, Alison wanted to ensure future city-dwellers had the insights, intel, and access they needed to decide where to call “home.” And, backed by that unparalleled information, they’d make the right decision every single time. READ THE FULL ARTICLE, 21 ENTREPRENEURS EXPLAIN WHY THEY STARTED THEIR BUSINESS, ON CEO BLOG NATION! Related Posts...Suburban Jungle Featured in The New York Post Suburban Jungle Featured in Realtor.comGetting Started in the Suburban Jungle “The Suburban Jungle creation stemmed from both an industry void as well as personal experience,” Alison explains. “Prior to the business launching, the real estate industry was underserving buyers and was focused solely on listings and sellers. The buyers represent 50% of all transactions, yet they have historically received no love from the industry whatsoever.” The company launched first in the New York City suburbs and, now, is in San Francisco, LA, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, DC, with plans to expand even more in the near future. “[W]e lived this exact experience,” Alison continues. “We were trying to figure out where to go—whether or not to stay in NYC or leave… and if we were to leave—which of the over 500 potential towns would be the right one for our family? Without any direction, or ability to get answers … it was a painful and stressful process. The industry was ripe for a service to solve this problem that affects almost everyone at this particular stage in life.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE, 21 ENTREPRENEURS EXPLAIN WHY THEY STARTED THEIR BUSINESS, ON CEO BLOG NATION! 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. Image Credit: CEO Blog Nation
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