The 4 Best Beaches in the Chicago Suburbs  ​

Some of the very best Chicago area beaches are in the SUBURBS! Check out these family-favorites, all in the suburbs.  For many families, leaving Chicago for the suburbs boils down to a few key considerations—namely, space, space and more space...plus the plus the A+ schools. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a host of reasons Chitown moms and dads are heading to suburbia, most of which boil down to specific lifestyles—in other words, finding a ‘burb that syncs with their family’s unique wants, needs and passions. Passions that, increasingly, include beachfront living. The Chicago suburbs, maybe surprisingly, are home to some of the best beaches anywhere. Because Lake Michigan feeds right into the greater Chicago area, families have access to endless waterfront fun and a relaxed, beach-inspired lifestyle—especially surrounding some of these top suburban beaches.  #1. Glencoe Beach (Glencoe, Cook County) Hands down the jewel in the crown of the Glencoe Park District, Glencoe Beach is an incredible family hotspot open all summer long. Families can hang out on the sand, splash in the water or grab a paddle board, kayak or hobie catamaran and hit the surf—all are available at the Beach House for day-of rentals. There’s also a beachfront playground and opportunities to picnic and, even, camp out overnight if you’re family’s feeling extra adventurous. Daily admission is just $7 for local residents age 15+ and $14 for non-residents—kids are $5 and $10, respectively. Many area families, though, opt for a season pass—get yours in early May and you’ll pay a discounted early bird rate. For the 2017 season, it was just $76 for the first family member, then $10 for every additional person.  #2. Illinois Beach State Park (Zion, Lake County) This sandy beach stretches nearly seven miles along Lake Michigan and has consistently been voted one of the most beautiful natural settings in the U.S. The only remaining beach ridge shoreline in the state, Illinois Beach has incredible dunes, swales and marshes, plus plenty of oak trees, animals and flowers perfect for families who love life in the great outdoors. For outdoorsy families, be sure to check out Dead River. This stream is blocked by sandbars during peak season but, when it’s not, you’ll spot tons of aquatic plants and fish, perfect for animal-loving kids. And, anytime, be sure to check out the rest of the 4,160-acre park—there are loads of opportunities for swimming, boating, hiking, camping and picnicking.  #3. Rosewood Beach (Highland Park, Lake County) Part of the Park District of Highland Park, Rosewood Beach is an award-winning beach on the Lake Michigan shore. The beach was reopened in June 2015 after a massive renovation. Today, Rosewood Beach is a popular hotspot, completely restored—and, now, better than ever. Rosewood includes everything from a fun family beach open all season long to a full nature cove and public nature programs, a recreation beach, a guarded swimming beach and an expansive boardwalk with food, activities and more. In summer 2017, Rosewood even introduced stand-up paddle boarding—beach-goers can reserve a board and hit the water. Even in the off-season, Rosewood Beach is the place to be. In November, for example, Rosewood is hosting a luau, open to the public. Check the beach’s website for more information and to order season passes.  Related Posts...In the CHICAGO SUBURBS with Suburban Jungle’s WILMETTE LOCAL Amanda Doblin!In the 'burbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist Heather Jagher!The Town vs The House: Which Matters Most?  #4. Gillson Park (Wilmette, Cook County)One of the most popular spots in the Wilmette Park District, Gillson Beach offers 60 acres of lakefront access. Families can swim in designated areas, or can head over to Langdon Park Beach for more in-water options. Got a four-legged friend? Gillson Dog Beach is adjacent—be sure your pup has a beach permit tag so he can go off-leash in the designated area between the pier and the harbor mouth. Gillson also boasts dedicated areas for picnicking and, even, a sailing beach where rentals and lessons are available. Families can rent sailboats day-of, grab racquets and hit the beach’s tennis courts or, in the off-season, skate on Gillson’s lighted ice rink. That’s just the beginning—the Chicago suburbs are filled with great waterfront access and fun, relaxing options for beach-going families. Ask your Strategist for more information, then grab your SPF and get ready for family weekends soaking up the sun and sand.  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 Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Chicago Traveler to get our 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. 

Millennial Homebuyers are Setting Today's Marketplace Trends​

Today, millennials are the most dominant force in real estate. So what does it mean for these first-time buyers and EVERYONE else? Millennials were slow to start in the home buying game. But now that they’ve hit the market in full effect, they’ve quickly become the driving force in the marketplace—in 2016, they made up 34% of home buyers, the largest group for four consecutive years. Their decisions set the trends. Their preferences set the tone. And, beyond that, their approach to every aspect of home buying from down payments to renovations to specific wants, needs and neighborhoods has set the bar for all things real estate.  So, then, what does this new millennial buyer look like—and what trends is she driving in the marketplace? According to the 2017 Zillow Group Report: Less than TWO IN FIVE submit offers with 20% down. A whopping one in five opt for the minimum: just 5% down or less. 43% of millennial buyers aren’t clear on what they can afford—not surprising, considering 71% are buying a home for the very first time. More than three in five search properties to rent AND properties to purchase at the same time—many know finding the right home in the right community at the right price will be a challenge, and looking for a rental gives them some breathing room. Millennial buyers are also keen to get creative in coming up with their down payment—the biggest hurdle for the majority of buyers. Nearly one in three ask friends and family for help, and many pull from a variety of sources to get the cash together. HALF make multiple offers, and close to two in five veer off their financial plan at the end of the day—especially if it means making their dream home a reality! Because rents in major urban markets are at an all-time high, it’s been tougher than ever for new buyers to save for their down payment AND afford sky-high rents in the meantime. This has shifted the way millennial families think about their next steps—and the suburbs in general. Now the big question: what, specifically, are these buyers looking for? According to a recent Realtor.com survey, the suburbs are still number, with 43% of first-time buyers naming the ‘burbs their preferred location. Half of millennial buyers want “near” or “outlying” suburbs, while 11% are looking for small-town living. And those houses? Two in five are in search of a single-family home, while 34% are planning on a townhouse and 10% on condos.  Related Posts...Today's Great Suburban Homebuyers? Millennials.Bidding WarsCommon Homebuying Myths - Debunked! And after these buyers? It’s all about Generation Z, the generation right behind the millennials. These teens and tweens—born in the mid-90s through the late 2000s—seem to be mimicking their millennial parents and siblings in their views of home buying. Zillow predicts, “These tech-savvy yet risk-averse,” students “are bringing their social personalities home, desiring communal amenities geared toward bringing people together.” We’ll have to wait a few years to see—but, for now, it’s all eyes on the millennial buyers and how they’re shaping suburbia. 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. 

In the CHICAGO SUBURBS with Suburban Jungle’s WILMETTE LOCAL Amanda Doblin! ​

Now that they’re settled in suburbia -- and loving life in Wilmette! -- the Doblin family can see why THIS is the perfect community for their lifestyle. See why SUBURBAN JUNGLE LOCAL AMANDA DOBLIN opted to call this amazing town “home,” and why having friendly, approachable neighbors makes all the difference… NAME Amanda Doblin MEET THE DOBLIN FAMILY! “My husband Jeff is a Financial Planner in the Wealth Management Division of Forum Financial -- and he’s an AVID Cubs and Alabama football fan. We have three kids -- Evan is 12 and a big baseball player and sports fan, Avery is 10 and a thespian, singer and pianist, and five-year-old Cady is a dancer...and card shark!” WHERE THEY LIVE NOWThe McKenzie area of Wilmette, a popular Chicago suburb.        WHY THEY CHOSE WILMETTE “With easy city access on the Metra or the El, Wilmette was an easy choice for us. We love the downtown, amazing beach access and the schools for our three kids. And besides all of that, the people of Wilmette are amazing. Everyone is friendly and approachable!” 3 AMAZING THINGS ABOUT WILMETTE  1) “The schools are A+! We’re thrilled with the experience our kids have had in the district.”2) “The people! Since day one everyone has been so friendly and approachable which has made our transition very easy.”3) “The BEACHES. Wilmette is bordered by Lake Michigan, so there’s lots of beachfront parks, including Gillson Park and Langdon Park. There are also beaches in neighboring Winnetka and Glencoe.”4) “The Park District is another huge plus to living here. Not only are there amazing parks, but there are also tons of programs and events for kids of all ages.”         Related Posts...In the Suburbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist Heather JagherUnderstanding the Chicago Suburb's Dual Language Program5 Signs it's Time to Move to the Suburbs ONE THING SHE’D TELL CITY FAMILIES CONSIDERING MAKING A MOVE “When you choose to move to the suburbs, know that it will sting at first. You will miss the food and the hubbub of the city, but the tradeoffs will far outweigh the initial sting!” WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH SUBURBAN JUNGLE FAMILIES “I love listening to the concerns families have about moving to the suburbs and then validating those concerns. Making a move is difficult, no matter what! Suburban Jungle helps to assuage those fears to partner with you to make the right choice for 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.      

How Kindergarten Cut-offs Can Inform the Suburban Search ​

Your child's birthday could impact when they start kindergarten—and THAT could impact your suburbs search When considering the suburbs, most city families focus in on one thing FIRST: finding A+ schools for their kids. While every parent’s definition of “great schools” is different, at the end of the day, the K-12 experience is often what draws parents to one suburb over another—or drives them away from a town that, otherwise, checks all the boxes. But there’s another school-centric consideration many families may have forgotten about: cut off dates. School- or district-wide cut off dates dictate when kids start kindergarten and, ultimately, their entire academic path. While there may be some wiggle room district to district, it’s important to understand the deadlines and requirements early on in your suburban search. If you think your child could benefit from another preK year, a district with an earlier cut off—September 1, for example—may be a good fit. Likewise, if you’ve got a preschooler who seems ready to hop on the big yellow school bus, a school with a December 31 cut off—or some flexibility when it comes to kindergarten enrollment—could be the way to go. The truth? There’s no right or wrong here—pushing a younger child into “big kid school” early on has its benefits, as does “redshirting” kids with late birthdays. Today, about 20% of six-year-olds are in kindergarten versus less than 12% two decades ago. The advantage? “New research into the age of children as they start found that students who are older than most of their classmates had an academic edge over their younger peers,” explains Today, quoting the National Bureau of Economic Research. “Data showed that the September-born children were 2.1% more likely to attend college compared to their August-born classmates. They also were 3.3% more likely to graduate from college, and 15.4% less likely to be get into trouble with the law while underage.” The flip side? Potential loss of income down the road. Delaying school for a year means graduating high school and college a year later—and that means one less year in the workforce. And, because “today's children have far more chances to advance academically thanks to auxiliary programs offered in reading, math or other subjects,” explains USC professor Gary Painter—programs that weren’t offered in previous generations.” Related Posts...Preschool in the Suburbs? A+! Helping your Kids Adjust to a New School: KindergartenThe Best 4 Things about Suburban Back to School  Ultimately, again, it comes down to your child and his or her unique needs. But if it is a factor is either direction, your choice could inform the suburbs you search. While before that meant countless calls to schools, school districts and other local resources, cut-offs have become more and more central to the Suburban Jungle process—and are key pieces of intel our Strategists can integrate in your suburban search. 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. ​

From San Francisco to San Rafael  

Why This Family Loves the Bay Area Suburbs...and Their GARAGE ​ When Kristen Jentzen and her family decided to leave San Francisco for the suburbs, she knew they needed to find a town that synced with their active lifestyle. Her family -- husband Austin and their two-year-old and seven month old plus Wilson, the lab/border collie -- “like to go for walks, go to the beach, eat out when we can and have friends over,” she says. Working with Pamela Goldman, Suburban Jungle’s San Francisco Strategist, the Jentzens were able to understand “personalities for the towns we were interested in.” The end result? Kristen and her crew not call family-friendly San Rafael home.  “We wanted to be closer to San Francisco and liked that San Rafael offered proximity and diversity for the Marin area,” Kristen explains. Now, settled in San Rafael, “We're excited to meet the other families and neighbors, we also hear that Halloween is huge here!”             During their exploration period, the Jentzens met up with Suburban Jungle’s San Rafael Local who, specifically, lived in their target area -- the Peacock Gap/Glenwood area. “She was able to give the family the pros and cons of the area,” explains Pamela. “The preschools and other important factors. She was even able to serve as a resource to them post-close, which was great!” “The Peacock Gap/Glenwood area of San Rafael is a good fit for the Jentzens because it’s far enough removed from the hustle and bustle, but still with good access to stores and restaurants -- and, of course, the city,” Pamela adds. While the Jentzens miss being able to walk everywhere -- and the endless restaurants, cafes and take-out spots in San Francisco -- they’re loving life in San Rafael. And being out of the city offers a host of unparalleled perks. Chief among them? “Our garage!” says says. “Being able to park by the house is just the best!” Related Posts...5 Best Bay Area Suburbs for Stay At Home MomsNeed a 'Burb Close to All The Action? Maybe or Maybe Not!Is a Fixer Upper the Perfect Path to Bay Area?  Overall, Suburban Jungle was central to the Jentzens’ experience -- and in their truly getting to know the Bay Area ‘burbs. “Pam helped us explore towns, which was invaluable,” Kristen says. “And she provided great support when we would lose out on houses,” a common challenge for Bay Area families. 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. Images: City of San Rafael and Apartments.com  

The 5 Best Bay Area Suburbs for Stay-at-Home Moms ​

Check out these top SAN FRANCISCO SUBURBS for stay-at-home moms! Leaving San Francisco for the amazing Bay Area ‘burbs? We don’t blame you. Between the incredible amenities and activities paired with the easy urban-to-suburban access and plenty of A+ schools, there’s not much missing from the San Francisco suburbs. But, for many families, there’s another critical piece of the suburban puzzle. Not only do you want a town that’s commutable, family-friendly and syncs with your brood’s lifestyle but you, stay-at-home mama, want a community that’s got the right support, the right access and the right vibe -- right for the SAHM set. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top picks for San Francisco’s best SAHM suburbs. Want to learn more? Get in touch.  In the EAST BAY: #1. DANVILLE What’s NOT to love in Danville, especially if you’re a SAHM. The area is packed with parks and loads of young families from San Francisco drawn to the laid-back and highly walkable community. And, because you aren’t commuting into the city daily, you’ll have ample opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get involved in local school happenings. Danville boasts rock solid public and private school options, many of which thrive on parental involvement. When your crew isn’t in school? Danville offers diverse after-school options including club and school-based sports, many of which are top-tier and can get highly competitive as kids age -- think soccer and lacrosse, for starters. If sports aren’t your child’s “thing,” don’t worry -- Danville has robust music and arts programs as well. And it’s not just kids getting in on the Danville action. As a parent, you’ll love everything from the local farmers market to the downtown lined with specialty shops to the clubs, spas, wineries and workout studios that call Danville “home.” #2. PIEDMONT This charming East Bay community draws countless city families every single year -- including plenty of SAHMs. Despite being minutes from both Oakland and the Bay Bridge, Piedmont feels like it’s a world apart -- it’s, in many ways, a suburban oasis with stunning views, tree-lined streets and very easy access to both Oakland and San Francisco. And beyond that, close to half of households have kids under 18, so  you won’t be alone in your pursuit of things to do and playdates to schedule. For the SAHM set, Piedmont offers lots, from highly ranked public schools (100% of graduates go on to college) to a popular community pool and Mulberry’s Market. What you WON’T find here? A dedicated downtown -- but, for many moms, that’s another plus. Without the hustle and bustle, Piedmont can stay calm, quiet and off the radar of tourists and daytrippers, while still ensuring access to anything and everything a family could possibly need or want. Instead, Piedmont embraces its “Mayberry” qualities, with loads of small town activities -- think school fundraisers, a big July 4 parade, tree lightings and a Turkey Trot that draws tons of local families. Overall, expect an affluent, well-educated community that’s committed to its diverse families. #3. ALAMEDA Spanning 23-square miles, this beach-side town has a down-to-earth vibe many families fall in love with instantly. Known as a small town hotspot, in Alameda SAHMs will find lots to keep them occupied and in-the-know, from quaint local shops to “alarmingly friendly” neighbors and fellow mamas. The community itself is highly walkable (and bikeable) and extremely pet-friendly -- so if you’ve got a four-legged family member, you’ll get plenty of exercise walking around town. Other perks? Crown State Memorial Beach with sweeping views of San Francisco, diverse restaurants lining Park Street and an A+ public school system that draws families from all over the area. And for commuting spouses -- or day trips into the city? You won’t have to sit in endless traffic. Instead, Alameda offers a ferry right to San Francisco. If you have little kids, that’s an activity in and of itself…  In the SOUTH BAY:  #1. PALO ALTO Great schools, a vibrant tech scene, a robust downtown and LOTS to do for families and for moms flying solo during the day, Palo Alto has long been a go-to for San Francisco broods looking to stay in the mix in the ‘burbs. Because Stanford University calls Palo Alto “home” -- and because it’s in the heart of Silicon Valley -- there’s never a shortage of things to do, places to eat or activities to dive into. Part college town, part tech mecca, part stunning and epically family-friendly Bay Area suburb, Palo Alto families can be as busy or relaxed as they want -- and with the constant Mediterranean climate, the weather supports year-round outdoor living, whether you’re shuttling the kids to soccer or grabbing a glass of rose at an outdoor cafe downtown. Stroll through the farmer’s market on California Avenue (bonus: free parking) and load up on avocados, kale and beets, bike around downtown and grab a world-famous cup of coffee (or two...or three). It’s all here, and it’s all part of the reason so many SAHMs love the community. Related Posts...Considering the Bay Area Suburbs?Is a Fixer-Upper the Perfect Path to Bay Area?The City vs Suburbia: Side by Side  #2. BURLINGAME SAHMs love the small town vibe in Burlingame. With less than 30,000 residents and two great downtowns -- California Avenue and Burlingame Avenue -- complete with cafes, shopping and more, there’s lots to do in this bustling ‘burb. And if you want to head into the city? Hop on Caltrain and be in downtown San Francisco in 30 minutes. In Burlingame, families are happy to find top-tier schools -- both private and public -- as well as plenty of extracurricular options for kids of all ages, from music and art to sports and yoga to coding, acting, dance and more. There’s also a very active mom’s group -- Burlingame Mothers Club -- which caters to mamas with kids six months to six years. With loads of social functions, speaker series, playgroups and volunteer opportunities, this is a great way to meet, mix and mingle with moms in the area, whether you’re new or have been in Burlingame for years.Looking in the NYC SUBURBS? Check out our roundup 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. 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 town list.​

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.” Related Blog Posts...I Loved Brooklyn, But It Was Time To Move to the Suburbs…Reasons why NYC Families are Moving to the SuburbsThe Town vs The House: Which Matters Most? 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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