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.   ​

In the ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist ERICA TUSCANO!​

Not only did Suburban Jungle Strategist ERICA TUSCANO make a move from the city to the suburbs, she went from New York City to Plano, Texas. And now this mom of three is helping Dallas area families—and families from everywhere—carve out an amazing life in the suburbs, just like she’s done! COLLEGEUniversity of Kansas in Lawrence, KS MOST RECENT JOB BEFORE SUBURBAN JUNGLECOO at Sensible Sitters. Before that, she was a Director of Client Strategy at Viacom. WHAT SHE APPLIES FROM HER PREVIOUS CAREER TO HER WORK WITH SUBURBAN JUNGLE“I love fixing things, planning things, strategizing and creating order from chaos. I love taking a messy situation and throw everything into the mix, be it media objectives,  budgets, small business personnel and reporting needs or mountains of project deliverables. Then, I love to sort through it all and organize the thoughts, needs and wants and create a clear strategy to make it all work. Seeing a plan in action brings me joy!”​ ​

Reasons Why NYC Families are Moving to the Suburbs​

HINT: It’s Not Just “More Space…” Lots of city families move to the suburbs before their kids are “real” school age—in or right before the preschool years or, sometimes, before kindergarten starts. And it makes sense. Many moms and dads want to make sure their kids are settled in their new schools for the long haul, versus pulling them out and away from their friends down the road.But sometimes the circumstances motivating these moves isn’t so cut-and-dry. Sure, mom and dad want their preK’er or soon-to-be kindergartener in their “forever” school before September rolls around—but they’d intended that school to be in the city. Then what?Why It’s All About UPK, Kindergarten Offers & RezoningThanks to NYC’s relatively new Universal PreK (UPK) program with its lotteries and sibling priorities as well as the too-high demand for some of the city’s top public kindergartens—paired with the same lotteries, sibling priorities and preferential admissions—more and more families are finding themselves without a spot in their neighborhood school. And, often, those parents moved to that particular neighborhood because of that school, buying apartments and integrating their families into the community.Pair that with the rezoning and rapid growth and real estate development in many desirable, family-friendly hotspots around the city, and it’s easy to see why so many parents are very disappointed when preK and kindergarten offer letters start to roll in. Sure, their kids got spots—but where? Is it a good school? Is it close enough to their home? And, at the end of the day, is this assigned school what they want for their kids?Moving for the School—Then Not Getting the SchoolIt’s happening all the time in NYC. In Forest Hills, Queens, P.S. 196—the Grand Central Parkway School—draws countless Manhattan families to the neighborhood in the years leading up to preK, so kids can secure a coveted spot in the school. But now that it’s a designated UPK school, it’s all about sibling priority—kids with a sibling in the school have a better shot of getting a preK spot than those who don’t.Last year, though, many incoming preK kids with a sibling in the school didn’t get the offer they’d hoped for—even with the priority, many still found themselves on an endless wait list, and a spot at a school not in their neighborhood. And kids with no sibling in the school but the “right” address? They simply couldn’t snag a spot. It continued this year, according to one of our Forest Hills locals, though she said recently the last few rising kindergartners made their way OFF the waitlist. But that only happened after some families put down private school deposits and enrolled their kids elsewhere. The same has been happening in Long Island City. P.S./I.S. 78Q is a popular choice for many families who plunk down millions to live on the LIC waterfront. But because in recent years there have been too many kids to accommodate in the preK program, many families have been pushed to look for private school options—which, on LIC mama shared, now require tuition be paid before the preK offer letters drop. While this keeps the schools from losing students to the local public schools, it also forces parents to make a very costly decision before they know all of their options. Upper West Side Rezoning Leaves Some Kids OUTThe same thing is happening in Manhattan and Brooklyn—as is rezoning, year after year. This year, P.S. 166, the Richard Rodgers School of Arts & Technology on the Upper West Side, is caught in the middle of a parental firestorm after rezoning left a building on West 89th Street and Amsterdam out of their borders. Many families in the building had moved for this top elementary school and, now, are scrambling to figure out what next for their young kids—kids they expected would start at P.S. 166 in the fall.While rezoning is a reality anywhere, it’s particularly hard-hitting in NYC when you layer in the limited seats and fact that a single block could be segmented for multiple schools. And because it’s NYC, parents don’t have school buses and cars to zip their kids to and from class—if they don’t get into a good elementary school in the neighborhood, the “school commute” could take hours each day. Related Posts...5 Signs it's Time to Move to the Suburbs Is Suburbia in your Future?Why it's Never Too Soon to Start Scouting Suburbia  The end result? For many city families it’s private school—and that means paying up well before they know if their kids have spots in the local public kindergartens and preKs. For others it means rolling the dice and, if it doesn’t work out, literally selling their homes, packing up their families and moving to the ‘burbs. At least here you know exactly where your kid’s going to school from K-12. We’re seeing it every single day as more and more city families get in touch to find the right ‘burb before back-to-school. And when they do, we’re here to help dig in and get them settled in their suburb and their “forever” school. 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 ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist KELLY SEDANO!

This busy preschool mom has made A LOT of moves since she tied the knot six years ago, bouncing from Florida to Connecticut to California. But now SUBURBAN JUNGLE STRATEGIST KELLY SEDANO is settled in suburbia—the L.A. suburbs, specifically. And not only is she not looking back, but she’s helping city families find their perfect ‘burb! ​


They say everything’s bigger in Texas -- and we couldn’t agree more! That’s why we’re so excited to share our BIG NEWS: SUBURBAN JUNGLE IS NOW IN DALLAS!  And we’re already seeing the love! Candy’s Dirt recently announced our Dallas launch, and introduced our superstar Dallas Strategist Erica Tuscano to the city families everywhere. Writes Candy’s Dirt: “Objectivity is key for Suburban Jungle’s Dallas head strategist Erica Tuscano. Throughout the process, her opinion of local neighborhoods remains irrelevant. Her job is simply to know every last thing about the area and impart that to her clients. Commute times, school districts, neighborhood vibe – she’s a walking fact sheet. But if it’s opinions you want, Tuscano can connect you with a cohort of local voices to share theirs. It’s a very well organized approach. Dare I say, holistic. READ THE FULL CANDY’S DIRT ARTICLE, Suburban Jungle Realty Roars Into Dallas With Dynamo Head Strategist Erica Tuscano HERE! With hundreds of millions of families in the Dallas city limits, there’s lots to do now that we’ve set up shop. From helping Dallas families explore suburbia to demystifying life in the ‘burbs to connecting our eager new clients with locals and strategies who will help them dig into all things suburban living, we’re already rolling up our sleeves and diving in -- and there couldn’t be a better time. From Candy’s Dirt:  “Dallas is seeing a record number of relocations from other major U.S. cities. Tuscano hopes to help as many of those new residents as possible find home. ‘I really feel strongly about helping people find their groove in North Texas,’ Tuscano said. ‘And I know there’s some big grooves people can fall into, so I want to help them find specifically where life is going to look the best for them.’”    ​


When should your move to the suburbs? Divalysscious Moms discuss why one of the best times to move to the suburbs is during the preschool years.  One of the most common questions we get at Suburban Jungle? When’s the BEST time to move to the suburbs. We get it—deciding whether to stay or go is one of the toughest and most important decisions. And while there’s no right or wrong answer, there are some times that are better than others. From Diva Moms: “The answer? There really isn’t one. Every family is different—different needs, wants, goals and interests...But, that said, there are some times that naturally lend themselves to making a move. One of those times? The preschool years. By heading to the ‘burbs in or right ahead of the preschool years, you’ll ease the transition from urban to suburban for your kids and your entire family.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE, WHY PRESCHOOL IN SUBURBIA GETS AN A+ The preschool years are a great time for city families to begin their transition to suburbia. Not only are the 3s and 4s the perfect for your child, but they give your entire crew ample opportunities to mix, mingle and get acclimated to a new community. A perfect example? Birthday parties! Related Posts...The Benefits of Moving During the Preschool Year The Benefits of Moving During the School YearPreparing Kids for the Big Move “Around kindergarten or first grade, many birthday parties shift to drop off. But in preschool? You’re going to bring your kid, hunker down and have some cake! These parties are great ways to meet other parents—by preschool, kids are old enough to enjoy the festivities without too much involvement from mom and dad, giving you ample time to make introductions and, even, make plans with your new neighbors.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE, WHY PRESCHOOL IN SUBURBIA GETS AN A+ There are tons more reasons why the preschool years get an A+ from us. Read more about it on Diva Moms! 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 ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle StrategistMAYA KONIG!

  This city-centric mama spent years in Boston, Washington DC and Manhattan before heading to Westchester and, ultimately, settling in suburbia -- Westport, Connecticut, to be exact. And now this New England mom of three is helping NYC families find their perfect place to call HOME. Meet Maya Konig, NYC Strategist for Suburban Jungle!     ​

In the ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist ERIKA ADES!  

As an NYC Strategist for Suburban Jungle, this mom of four helps city families navigate 500-plus ‘burbs—no small feat! But ERIKA ADES IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE! COLLEGE Cornell University in Ithaca, New York FIRST REAL JOB Private investigator for Investigative Group (IGI) in NYC MOST RECENT JOB BEFORE SUBURBAN JUNGLE Private investigation consultant...


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