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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Suburban Jungle Partners with Celebrity Broker Ryan Serhant

NYC's #1 broker and Million Dollar Listing star Ryan Serhant to work with Suburban Jungle city families  Suburban Jungle is excited to announce a new partnership with top NYC real estate broker Ryan Serhant and the The Serhant Team. The strategic relocation firm focused on abetting young families leaving urban for suburban has found the complete corporate complement to bring its 360-degree service full circle.  For those Suburban Jungle clients who decide to delay their urban exodus, expire the idea entirely, or otherwise need to unload their city digs before making moves to the suburban jungle, Ryan Serhant & Team are on the case. Buying and selling is a series of moving parts, and it is of the utmost importance to understand the value of existing real estate before plotting the path forward. It’s easy to teeter between the exhilaration of metropolitan life and the quieter comforts of suburban nesting, so in line with the Suburban Jungle “town first” approach, we are looking to educate our clients as to the options available in either scenario.  In collaboration with Ryan Serhant’s talented team, ranked top five of its kind nationwide for the past three years, we have engendered a unique, fully curated service spanning numerous neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our innovative alliance affords clients advice and assistance in the below areas: Market valuation and comps for their city real estate; enabling clients to make educated, financially savvy next stepsExclusive buy-side hand-holding; allowing clients to evaluate the trade-offs of City versus Suburbs lifeStar power listing exposure for clients’ homes should they opt to sell Related Posts...Getting started in the Suburban Jungle...Is Suburbia in YOUR future?What to do BEFORE you start your search... We have worked over the years with the Ryan Serhant team to create various citywide events exploring the tough question “should I stay or should I go”. Recognizing the market demand of a more personalized service to help individual families examine this more thoroughly, we have launched a prolific partnership to tackle the topic head-on! To connect with someone regarding this service, please click here or email  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 GETTING STARTED. Photo credit: Business Insider  ​

Far from Flatiron, with “No Regrets”​

A Manhattan Family of 4 Discovers Irvington, New York! If you’d told Jessica Schutzman she and her young family were going to end up in Irvington, New York, she would have had one question for you: “what’s that?” After starting to explore the suburbs last year, the family had never heard of their future home. “It’s kind of a funny story,” Jessica says. “I didn’t even know what Irvington was. Patti [our NYC Suburbs Strategist] said, ‘maybe you’d like Irvington,’ and I had no idea what she was talking about. I had never heard of Irvington or the River Towns.”

Finding a Suburb That Checked all FIVE Boxes

This NYC Couple Finds an Affordable, Commutable and Diverse Suburb with THEIR Energy Omar Lopez and his wife Grace O’Shaughnessy were loving life in Harlem. But, he explains, every year or two the couple needed to gut-check and determine if they were going to re-up their one-bedroom lease or make a move to a two-bedroom—or, even, somewhere else. “In New York no matter where you live, every year or two you need to reexamine where you’re going to live,” Omar explains. “We lived in a lovely one-bedroom apartment in a brownstone in Harlem, and we loved it. We loved the community and the owner of the building was great. It was all good.”


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