Moving Families from

Urban to… Suburban​

The Suburban Jungle is an award winning innovative concept in the world of real estate, specializing in moving families from urban to suburban… The firm created the first of its kind “town first” truly objective approach which helps buyers before they make one of the largest investments of their lives, allowing them to ask the right questions and objectively look in the right places.​

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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From BK to CT  

Why This Red Hook Family Made the Leap to Weston​  Psychologist Shari Goldstein and her tech entrepreneur husband Teddy explored lots of Westchester and Connecticut suburbs before settling on the right town for them and their boys, Levi age 6 and Zachary age 5. “The move was a few years in the making,” explains Shari. “We spent a lot of time researching and, with busy schedules and small kids, we could only visit towns every so often making the process a little slow.” At the same time, “we were not quite ready when we first started looking,” Shari now realizes. “By the time we made this move we were totally ready and it felt right.” So what was it about Weston that made the Goldsteins pack up and leave Red Hook? Working with Suburban Jungle Strategist Patti Natiss, who recommended Weston based on the family’s wants, needs and lifestyle. “Suburban Jungle was invaluable for us in finding out town. Patti was incredibly patient and available, even when we told her we are going to wait another year,” she adds. “Having an informed source to bounce ideas around with was crucial for me. There are so many towns and I can't imagine trying to navigate all of them on our own. Patti streamlined the process, pointed us in the direction of towns that were most suitable, and listened to our likes and dislikes so we could make the best choice.”         Ultimately, the family found themselves more and more drawn to Weston. “Finding Weston helped us feel we were doing the right thing,” Shari says. “Many other towns did not seem quite right for us.” But Weston clicked. “It’s quite rural and very beautiful with great parks, a public pond and a land trust. It’s very family-oriented and very friendly.” Now, less than a month into their suburban move, the Goldsteins can already tell they made the right decision. “Life is easier here!” Shari says. “Space is calming for us and the first day here felt like a huge relief.” And, hands down, Weston is the right fit for the family. “It is a smaller community, almost totally residential, with a great school system,” Shari says. “We love that K-12 school buildings are all on the same campus. There is a small town center which has the essentials -- a great market, gas, bank, hardware, a restaurant. We’re happy to be here!” 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 www.suburbanjunglerealty.com and click GET STARTED.   

Today's Great Suburban Home Buyer? Millennials.​

What is driving millennials to buy homes in the suburbs? Kids! For years we’ve heard the same news and insights from the marketplace. Millennials are different—plain and simple. They thrive on a sharing economy and might never take a traditional vacation or, even, own a car. They love cities and lean towards the “tiny” trend—smaller homes, smaller apartments and anything and everything that combats consumption. They’re getting married later. They’re having kids later—if at all. They’re changing careers more—and those careers are increasingly remote and freelance-based. And the suburbs? Forget it. These 18-34s among us are not having it. Until they were—until their own “baby boom” hit and millennial moms and dads started flooding the suburbs. Writes Bloomberg, “ are finally starting their own baby boom and heading for the suburbs in big sport utility vehicles, much like their parents did.” Though it seems like a minute ago millennials were bucking traditions, today this critical demographic represents the largest slice of the American homebuyer pie—and, already, more than half live in the ‘burbs. Kids = Suburbs—It’s as Simple as That The reason behind this seemingly seismic shift? The older millennials get, the more likely they are to have kids—today, about half have at least one child. Interestingly, though, the kinds of suburbs they favor looks a bit different than their parents’ generation. Millennial families are more likely to focus on urban-inspired access and amenities, like walkable communities and an increased prevalence of local businesses. Many also like community living, especially right out of the gatehouse. So whether that’s a cul-de-sac, gated community or townhouse, millennials are leaning in—way in. The High Cost of City Living Simply, the city isn’t syncing with their lifestyle and their needs anymore. Two years ago, more than one in five millennial homebuyers bought in the city. Last year that number dropped by 19%. This year? It’s down 12% more—the ‘burbs are more affordable and, clearly, that makes them even more attractive to 20- and 30something buyers. This paired with the additional $9,000 per year the average city family spends versus suburban families and it’s clear that, for young buyers, the ‘burbs make sense. Related Posts...Is Suburbia in your Future?The City vs Suburbia: Side by Side5 Signs it's Time to Move to Suburbia  What’s Next for the Suburbs? So what’s next for the suburbs, and for the millennial buyers flooding these commutable communities? For many towns, appealing to these young families will mean revisiting everything from school-based activities and offerings—think language immersions, AP and IB and diverse after-school programs—to creating a sense of community, especially among new buyers. And, as we’re seeing more and more, with millennial families heading from the city to the suburbs, an increased number of urban transplants will come with. Whether that’s SoulCycle and Flywheel setting down suburban roots, celebrity chefs opening outposts outside the city, or sought-after boutiques, studios and speciality grocers popping up in suburban hotspots, with these families comes their unique must-haves—and that makes the ‘burbs even more appealing to the next round of buyers. 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. 

What Happens if You Pick the WRONG Suburb?​

Why it’s best to know the good — and the bad — before moving to a new suburb Suburban Jungle was founded on one simple concept: when deciding where to call “home,” families should focus on the town FIRST. Why? Because a house can change — a suburb, for all intents and purposes, won’t (at least not in the short-term). By focusing on finding the ‘burb that aligns with a family’s unique lifestyle, needs and goals, city-dwellers can make the leap -- and the transition to suburban living — that much easier and more positive. When Ali Bernstein, Suburban Jungle Founder & President, launched the company, it was from her own first-hand experience. As she tells The New York Times:  “Ms. Bernstein founded her company, in part, because she struggled with finding the right suburb herself. She and her husband left the city for Westport, Conn., which they loved for its beautiful architecture, beaches and vibrant cultural scene. But after they moved in, the town seemed sprawling and they longed for a small town with mom-and-pop shops. READ THE FULL ARTICLE “WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’VE PICKED THE WRONG SUBURB” HERE  And Ali isn’t alone — many city families find themselves in a ‘burb that doesn’t “feel” right. It can be a particularly troubling realization, especially after all that goes into leaving the city for suburbia. Writes the Times, “For many city dwellers, leaving for the suburbs is a difficult decision, reached after a lengthy weighing of pros and cons.” But, they write, “Imagine making the leap only to discover that you’ve picked the wrong suburb. Do you stay?”  READ THE FULL ARTICLE “WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’VE PICKED THE WRONG SUBURB” HERE  While many families opt to stick it out, it’s often not an ideal scenario — and one Suburban Jungle helps newly-minted suburbanites avoid with its town-first approach. But for other families who find themselves in the wrong town post-move? “The gnawing sensation that something is not quite right pushes them to keep searching for another suburb, a better suburb, a place where they might actually feel at home. Maybe it’s the commute. Maybe the schools are too big or too small, or the town is too quiet or not quiet enough. Maybe what they thought was important — the big yard and the birds singing out the windows — was not so important after all.” Related Posts...The Town vs The House: Which Matters Most?Why Picking the Right Town Matters Most...Why I Picked my Town: Meet Catherine Siroka  These all are considerations Suburban Jungle takes into account when working with families. “[I]t’s best to know the good — and the bad — before moving,” explains Ali. “We’ll tell you, ‘It may seem like a 28-minute train ride, but there’s no parking at the station and you’ll drive around to find a spot…’” By the time families choose a town, they’re “going to move there knowing as much as possible.” It’s the antidote to suburban buyer's remorse, and the simplest way to ensure your family can make the urban-to-suburban transition as successfully as possible. Because, ultimately, says Ali, “It’s life-changing when you live in a town where you’re raising kids with people you want to be raising kids with.”  READ THE FULL ARTICLE “WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’VE PICKED THE WRONG SUBURB” HERE  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. Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times 

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