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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The 6 Best NYC Suburbs for Stay-at-Home Moms

SAHM? Check out these top NYC SUBURBS for the stay-at-home set! Being a stay-at-home mama in suburbia is a lot different than the city SAHM life. Why? In a word, cars. Not only will you have your own set of wheels to take you to and from school drop off, SLT, playdates and everywhere in between, but you’ll be able to get yourself and your brood just about anywhere -- without the subway and Uber surge charges. That said, not every suburb is a SAHM hotspot which can be a challenge especially if you’re a newcomer. But never fear! We’ve tapped our locals, Strategists and other go-to resources to round up the six best NYC suburbs for stay-at-home moms. And if you want to dig in even more? Get in touch! We’ve got plenty more local insights and intel where this came from. #1. Scarsdale, New York (Westchester County) With a tough-to-beat public school system and lots of SAHMs packing parking lots at preschool pickup, lacrosse practices, SoulCycle and the local Gourmet Garage, it’s no surprise this tony community tops our list. And with a walkable downtown boasting everything from chic cafes to wine shops to lush green spaces, you’ll never run out of places to hang with your fellow mamas -- with or without the kids in tow. Another check in the Scarsdale SAHM box? Even during school breaks, Scarsdales shines. Quoting one local SAHM, The New York Times writes, “Especially during those weeks off from school, you don’t have to fly to Acapulco or someplace like that to make sure your children are busy.” For city moms, that’s a big win. #2. Rye, New York (Westchester County) If there was an award for “perfectly positioned,” Rye would be pretty hard to beat. Just 26 miles from Manhattan and just south of the Connecticut border, this stunning hamlet has everything and then some, including two beaches spanning 14 miles of coastline. And for families, of course, there’s Rye Playland, and schools that rank among the best in the country. Sure, you’ll pay higher school taxes for that privilege but, for most families who make the move to Rye, it’s well worth it. In Rye, you’ll find lots of SAHMs but, unlike some communities, you’ll also find lots of nannies within both working and SAHM homes. This flexibility gives many of the moms time to pursue their interests, be it entrepreneurial, volunteer or lifestyle. Not surprisingly, fitness is front-and-center in this community, with everything from Bikram yoga to Core Pilates to SoulCycle and SLT all nearby. #3. Roslyn, New York (Nassau County, Long Island)The SAHM mom scene in Roslyn is serious business. Not only is the town teeming with young families, but many of these moms do a lot more than juggle their family’s busy lives. Many are involved in entrepreneurial and community pursuits, from fundraising to nonprofit development to blogging, volunteering and more. That creates a truly unique sense of community that helps make this Long Island hotspot one of the best places to raise a family -- and one of the best places to be a modern SAHM. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Roslyn boasts a quaint downtown, is near world-class shopping (Americana Manhasset and Lester’s, anyone?), amazing restaurants, on-trend fitness studios and, of course, A+ public schools that attracts many from New York City and beyond. Roslyn also has its own LIRR train station and is close to stations in neighboring Greenvale and, even, Manhasset and Port Washington. The town also has a great nightlife scene for moms and dads looking to get out on Friday and Saturday nights. #4. Westport, Connecticut (Fairfield County) Westport has long been an idyllic respite for Manhattan families -- and, for decades, many have opted to pack up and head to Connecticut to live this vacation-esque life every single day. The town is home to endless culture -- the Westport Playhouse, Westport Arts Center and Earthplace, for starters -- plus sought-after public and private school options. There’s also Compo Beach, a 29-acre beach, boardwalk and park and, yes, even a bustling downtown. Another thing we love? From a SAHM perspective, Westport has been getting a lot of love (and, sure, a little heat…) from the hit series American Housewife. In the show, reluctant SAHM -- and reluctant Westporter -- Katie Otto lives in Westport, and spends episodes navigating the mom scene. Is it true? Yes and no. While there are enough brunch options, farmer's markets, yoga classes and green juice to go around, Westport is a friendly community with tons of young families and a vibrant SAHM scene. #5. Armonk, New York (Westchester County) Though just 35 miles from Manhattan, Armonk maintains a small-town feel thanks to a population just over 4,000. Armonk itself is a lush, natural oasis for families, with a very active SAHM scene.  For SAHMs, there’s the A+ school scene complete with a very active PTA and plenty of opportunities to get involved in the community -- the school community and the community at large. The lack of a train station in town and the large acreage typically surrounding most homes here tend to keep full-time working moms away -- and the  SAHM will be very busy driving their brood around from the multitude of activities! Once done dropping off kids, moms can lunch at the newly opened Granola Bar in town after a great exercise class or two (tons to choose from: yoga, barre, the Equinox gym in town, tennis, pilates and MORE). And there is, of course, a great blow dry bar to complete any day. The quaint downtown Armonk is small-town living at its best, where you know all the kids and can watch them grow! #6. Ridgewood, New Jersey (Bergen County) Ridgewood frequently tops the list of best places to live in the U.S. -- and one visit to this quaint New Jersey and you’ll see why. Not only does its charming downtown include TONS of restaurants, boutiques, gourmet markets and cafes, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find everything you’re afraid to give up when you head to suburbia -- think concerts and live events, farmer’s markets, music, art, culture and lots more. For SAHMs, a move to Ridgewood means never having to worry about a dull moment. If you’re a SAHM in Ridgewood, not only will you find plenty of other mamas right in town, but you’ll have plenty to do with and without the kids -- a plus for any mom, SAHM or not. And come summer, you’ll have the option to join Graydon Pool for swimming and tennis, another great way to spend a day (or two, or 20…). Want to get a good sense for day-to-day? A quick Google search for “Stay at Home Moms in Ridgewood, NJ” will turn up lots of mommy meetups, mom and me classes and, even, a dedicated Facebook group just for local mamas. What’s NOT to love? How we compiled our round up: We tapped our Suburban Jungle Strategists and Locals to share their “best of” rankings. From here, we layered in rankings, reviews and reports from City Data, NerdWallet and Niche to get our top six list.  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. ​

Why These A-List Celebs are Heading to the NYC Suburbs 

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel & Adam Levine are Heading to the Suburbs!  For many city families, the should we stay or should we go debate is a big, ongoing conversation. Should we give up the city for suburbia? The quick Uber ride for an hour on Metro-North? Central Park for backyards? Apartment living for, well, space? But, increasingly, it seems like we’re not alone. More and more A-listers are ditching city life for the suburban experience. Last year, we got wind that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were considering a move to the Norwalk, Connecticut area. They were ready to “slow things down a bit and get away from the crazy, hectic life in L.A.,” reported WLEB 21. The family had visited the Norwalk area a few times and said residents were “genuine and pretty friendly, too, and I think those are the things that are most important in deciding where to live.” We couldn’t agree more. But, since that post, we haven’t heard much on the JT/JB front -- until now. Just days ago, residents in and around Rye, New York started reporting sightings of the famous couple, at a local ice cream shop and at the Whole Foods in nearby Port Chester. Reports several local news outlets, the family is renting a summer house in Rye on the Sound Shore -- a $10.9 million property that, from the looks of Jessica’s Instagram, has an incredible backyard. Checking out suburbs in the summer is a great way to get to know the personality of a town first-hand -- something we shared earlier this summer. Based on their seasonal rental, we wouldn’t be surprised if they become a permanent fixture in Westchester… The Biel-Timberlake family isn’t the only A-list crew heading the the NYC suburbs. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are reportedly making a big move from L.A. to the Roxbury, New Jersey area. Why the big move? With a new baby in tow, city dad Adam is ready for a change -- just like countless families in NYC, L.A. and any other city on the map. “I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle,” he says, “and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. I’ve been to Roxbury, New Jersey a couple of times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine...there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live.” 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 Source: E! Online​

In the ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle Business Development Director MICHELE WOLFBERG!

This mom-of-two made the move from Battery Park toChappaqua, and never looked back! Always ready to roll up her sleeves and dig in, Suburban Jungle Business Development Director MICHELE WOLFBERG helps get the word out about the business -- and, as a result, helps more and more city families connect with Suburban Jungle. See how this busy mom of two found the right ‘burb for her young family, and how she’s now instrumental in connecting the dots so countless clients can make the leap from urban to suburban.   ​

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