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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NYC Eats Headed to Westchester ​

Celebrity Chefs Open Up Shop in Westchester Westchester has long been a foodie haven. Not only have countless city chefs opened up outposts in the Westchester suburbs, but that area is packed with unique local favorites and one-off eateries you’ll only find here. Put it all together, and Westchester is a hotspot for families and for visiting foodies looking for a great meal out. The latest in Westchester restaurant landscape? café Alaia in Scarsdale. Insiders say the restaurant was supposed to open in Brooklyn but, after the lease fell through, the team brought it to the ‘burbs. Brooklyn’s loss is, hands down, Scarsdale’s gain -- café Alaia offers an upscale, authentic Neapolitan menu in a great space. Wee Westchester tested out this new must-try, sampling the beef meatballs with buffalo ricotta, Caesar salad and homemade pastas, all of which the reviewers loved -- and loved the “Park Slope” vibe. Check out the full review HERE. While it’s not confirmed, there’s also been significant speculation that BV Grill is moving into the open space on Chase Road, also in Scarsdale. If Bobby Van opened one of his restaurants in the area, he wouldn’t be alone -- Jean-Georges’ The Inn at Pound Ridge is the Westchester outpost of the famed chef. It joins his restaurants in New York, LA, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai, serving up an incredible and diverse menu -- think salads, pastas, fish, organic chicken and homemade desserts. Another NYC staple, now in the suburbs? Chef Constantine Kalandranis, who runs 273 Kitchen in Harrison as well as restaurants in Nyack and Mount Kisco. He and his team spent years in the city, before taking their neighborhood approach to Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley. And don’t forget BLT Steak in White Plains, sister restaurant to the original BLT on East 57th Street. Besides that, again, there are those amazing Westchester institutions. Blue Hill at Stone Barns was recently ranked #11 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List, and was named the Best Restaurant in America. There’s also X2O Xaviars on the Hudson with Chef Peter Kelly at the helm, and Chef David DiBari’s The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry -- a snout-to-tail restaurant that could easily go head-to-head with any of April Bloomfield’s restaurants. They’re all Westchester classics, and they’re all attracting increased numbers of locals and visitors -- even city visitors -- night after night. 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. 

Discovering Life in DARIEN ​

 This Brooklyn family finds community, right on the water  “We needed more space and housing choices can become limited in the city when you get to that level,” mom-of-two MC Hooper says. The family had lived in the West Village before moving to Brooklyn Heights before their first son was born. “The two of us had grown up in the suburbs,” she explains, “and we wanted that for our kids, too. So we started looking outside of the city.” That’s when a friend recommended Suburban Jungle. “We didn’t really know much about the towns outside of the city, except the town in New Jersey where my husband had grown up,” MC adds. “We reached out to Patti [Natiss, Suburban Jungle NYC Strategist] and she was super helpful in helping to determine what our needs were and helping us find good spots to look outside of the city.” Chief among those needs? A good commute—both MC and her husband work in the city. As they started exploring the suburbs, MC says, they were open to anything and everything. “We looked in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Patti suggested Summit and Chatham in New Jersey, Rye in New York and Darien and New Canaan in Connecticut.” Beyond the commute, they wanted strong schools for their growing family. “We really wanted a good school system for the boys—a competitive and highly-ranked school system was important, so that was a big factor.” They also wanted something family-friendly, with lots of young families and year-round activities, as well as strong sports program—the couple were both college athletes. Ultimately, the family landed on two towns: Darien and New Canaan. After digging into the qualities of both communities, MC and her family chose Darien, citing the commute as a key reason. “We also loved the fact that Darien was on the water. My husband grew up with a lake nearby, and we spent summer vacations on the ocean, so we wanted something by the water,” she says. In late June, they made the move from Brooklyn to Connecticut. Her younger son—now two months old—was born post-move. Related Posts...Our Foray into the Suburban Jungle III: Darien or BustWhy I Picked my Town: Meet Holly Robinson!From BK to CT...   In the six months, the family has lived in Darien, they’ve already quickly adjusted to life in suburbia. “It’s amazing!” MC says. “We absolutely love it. We’re so happy where we are and the location. We can walk to the train station. And one of our really good family friends from Brooklyn is right across the street.” But their connections don’t stop there. “We’re surrounded by young families with kids our kids’ ages. They have a great newcomers group and working moms group, so I’ve very quickly and easily met people around town, and I really appreciate how active these clubs are.” Overall, “it’s been wonderful. Everyone is very open and friendly here.” That said, MC and her family are happy they stayed in the city as long as they did. “We appreciated being in the city when our older son was very young,” she says. “The convenience was great. We had the pediatrician a block away and the grocery store downstairs. The park was a couple of blocks away and the subway was on the corner. It was so easy to navigate things with a very young child.” She advises city families to “stay in the city when your kids are very little,” because “it’s so easy. But now our son loves to be here and be outside, in the yard and playing on the swingset. It’s been so good for him.”The biggest surprise, MC adds, has been an incredible one—the sense of community they feel in Darien. “It’s been incredibly overly above and beyond what the city was in terms of community and in terms of finding families you can connect with and have a support system with,” she says. “The sense of community here is unmatched. If that’s what people are looking for, I’d definitely advise making the move for that reason alone.” 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. ​

Millennials Hit the Suburbs in a BIG Way  ​

 The millennials are heading to the suburbs, and changing the landscape forever.  If one thing’s clear about this year’s home-buying trends, it’s this: the generation that was never going to leave the city left. In a big way. For years, economists, marketers and real estate insiders have touted millennials as the urban generation—a generation content to stick it out in the city and eschew everything from home ownership to car purchases to traditional means of travel, cooking, grocery shopping and, overall, living.  But then the millennials moved—and they didn’t stop. Today millennials are the biggest piece of the home buying universe, making up about two-thirds of all first-time buyers and nearly two in five total buyers—and they aren’t slowing down. Close to one in 10 millennials expects to buy a home in the next 12 months, and one in four in the next one to two years. Understanding the Millennial Flight A major driving force behind this shift is the fact that the biggest millennial cohort—those born in 1990—represent a unique demographic shift: age 27 or so is when the “millennial flight” seems to start, with more and more of this sub-35 set heading the suburbia. It’s a challenge for many major cities who saw this generation as central to neighborhood revivals—but it’s a huge win for the suburbs, who are getting an influx of young homeowners, young families and, overall, young people ready to roll up their sleeves and dig into their new communities. Related Posts...Millennial Homebuyers are Setting Today's Marketplace Trends​Today's Great Suburban Home Buyer? Millennials.​Buying your First Home? Be Ready for a Few Surprises!   Millennial Peaks and Dips Another reason for the shift? Increased housing prices in major cities. In Boston, for example, there was a “millennial peak” in 2014 and 2015. As the median rental and purchase prices rose to $2,700 and $561,000, respectively, 20- and 30somethings needed to find an alternative—and they found it in the suburbs. The same is true in Chicago, where the peak happened around the same time, with an all-time high of 814,000 millennials in the city. The number dipped by a few hundred the following year, and continued to decline into 2017. LA also lost millennials—about 2,500 millennials, to be exact—between 2015 and 2016. Many attributed this exodus to the increased cost of living and cost of housing, which prevents younger residents from living the lifestyle they’re looking for. So the big question: where are they heading? New York City, LA, Dallas and Washington, DC suburbs all made the top-25 “suburbs where millennials are moving” list, with suburban growth among millennials hovering around 5% to 6%. As they continue to be priced out of the city and, beyond that, to get older, get married, have kids and make the shift just like previous generations, more and more millennials are going to head to suburbia. This “suburban renaissance” will no doubt, then, continue to grow and evolve, as these young couples and families migrate out, and make their mark on suburbs from coast to coast. 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. ​

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