Spotlight on Rye Brook in Westchester County!

There are hundreds of suburbs just outside of your city, each with a unique personality, population and reason thousands of people call it home. To help shine a light on some of the unique aspects of some of our favorite ‘burbs, we’ve called in the pros—our Suburban Jungle Locals who live, work and raise their families in these amazing towns. Their task? Tell us why their community is so special, and help YOU start to suss out suburbs like a true insider. THIS WEEK: Rye Brook, a hot suburb in Westchester County, just 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan. POPULATION: 9,553AVERAGE COMMUTE TIME TO NYC: 40-50 minutes via Metro-North WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE TO RYE BROOK?We loved the easy NYC access and small town feel Rye Brook provided. With family on Long Island and in the city, it was important to be close to both. WHAT ARE THE 3 BEST THINGS ABOUT RYE BROOK?It’s a close-knit community with top-rated schools and a very easy commute to the city—and that’s just the beginning!  

3 Ways to Suss Out a Suburb | MOMMYBITES

(WAYS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF…) Everyone considering the ‘burbs checks out towns in the same few ways -- they drive through, they stop by open houses, they head to the park on nice days. But if you’re really considering taking the leap, it’s important to go beyond those basics and really suss out suburbia like a local. We shared some of our tips with Mommybites:  “[B]efore you take the plunge, make sure you’re really getting below the surface and discovering who’s who and what’s what in a particular town. And that means going a little further than most city dwellers go when they’re exploring suburbia.”READ THE FULL ARTICLE, 3 Ways to Suss Out a Suburb (that you probably HAVEN’T thought of…) ON MOMMYBITES Some suggestions for really digging in? Head to schools, soccer fields and diners -- for starters. “Who shows up at school pick ups and drop offs tells you a lot about a community. Is the scene completely dominated by SAHMs en route to SLT? Working moms sprinting to the train? Nannies hustling kids into the building while trying to keep unruly toddlers in check? Nineteen-year-old German au pairs making plans for post-drop off? Someone else, even?”READ THE FULL ARTICLE, 3 Ways to Suss Out a Suburb (that you probably HAVEN’T thought of…) ON MOMMYBITES That’s just the beginning -- check out the full post on Mommybites for more tips, tricks and must-tries! 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, connect with a Suburbs Strategist, and find the place your family truly fits visit www.suburbanjunglerealty.com and click GET STARTED.       ​

In the ‘burbs with Suburban Jungle Strategist HEATHER JAGHER!

This Chicagoland Mom does it all, including helping families make the move from urban to suburban.MEET HEATHER JAGHER, Chicago Strategist for Suburban Jungle!​ COLLEGEWashington University in St. Louis FIRST REAL JOBLifeguard at the JCC MOST RECENT JOB BEFORE SUBURBAN JUNGLEHR Business Partner at Lululemon Athletica WHAT SHE APPLIES FROM HER PREVIOUS CAREER TO HER WORK WITH SUBURBAN JUNGLE“When I do my work, I think about culture and clients I'm working with as I'm delivering the greatest quality product and service.”                WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING AT SUBURBAN JUNGLE“Discovering hidden gems in Chicagoland and then visiting those great neighborhoods with my own family. I really try to teach families about places they wouldn't have considered in their home search.”                WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH SUBURBAN JUNGLE FAMILIESMeeting people who are in the exact same boat as I was 5 years ago...I love looking back and helping to make their experiences better than mine was and offering them information that will help ease their mind and move with absolutely no regrets.” ABOUT HER FAMILY“Eric, my husband, works for a telecommunication company. He loves to frequent our local golf club and coaches our son's baseball and hockey teams. He is an avid New England sports fan, as he grew up in Boston. Zoe is 11. She loves all things theater and summer camp. She also walks to Glencoe's yoga studio once a week for tween yoga and volunteers at the public library helping young kids learn to readLevi is 8. He loves sports -- hockey, dodgeball, baseball, basketball and you can find him playing street hockey on our driveway most afternoons. Levi is heading to his first summer of overnight camp this year.Mae is 4. She loves Disney Princesses, baby dolls and playdates. She is a social butterfly and would hang with friends every day after school if she could. She also loves to swim and takes ballet.” WHERE SHE MOVED FROM Roscoe Village WHERE SHE CALLS HOME Glencoe WHEN IT ALL HAPPENED Heather and her family moved five years ago.     

The TOWN vs. the House: which matters MOST?

The Dream House is a lot like the Dream Wedding. Chances are, you were thinking about The House long before you decided to make a move—long before you had The Family to slot into The House, even. But then the rubber meets the road—you’re finally ready to make the leap from the city to the suburbs and settle into that house you’ve been dreaming about for weeks, months or even years. Before you settle on paint colors and roll out the welcome mat, though, here’s one thing to consider…  Is The House REALLY the most important piece of the puzzle? Before you answer, really give it some thought. While, of course, the house you live in is very important—it’s where you’ll raise your family, celebrate holidays and make endless memories for years or even decades—where that house is situated informs a lot of that. And, in many ways, that where will drive your success in the ‘burb you decide to call home. Think about it…  You Can CHANGE a House. But a Town…?Want a fourth bedroom? Call the contractor. Need an extension? Tap an architect. Ready for a refresh? Grab an interior designer. Time for a new kitchen, a new coat of paint or a new exterior? There’s someone at the ready to leap into action and get you the home of your dreams now or in the future. And that’s a good thing—and, chances are, that’s something you’ll take advantage of at some point in your homeowner journey, especially if you plan to stay in your house for the long haul.  But reverse that for a minute—what if the town doesn’t check all of your boxes? It’s not so easy to shift the vibe or the pervasive personality of an entire community, is it? And while your house could be amazing, not loving life outside could put a major damper on your suburban experience.  The better approach? Find that “right fit” town then focus on The House—chances are, you future town has plenty of dream home prospects, even if it takes a little patience to find yours.  You Want to GET OUT (In a Good Way…)Finding the right town first will help you and your family makes friends, feel connected and, overall, more easily transition to suburban life. The happier you all are, the more invested you’ll feel in the community. And the more invested you are in the community, the more memories you’ll make within that community—think summer BBQs, block parties, parades, school concerts and more.  The easiest way to get there? Find a town that syncs with your family’s lifestyle and personality. Think about your crew. Are they creative and fun-loving? Will your days be spent on the soccer field or the baseball diamond? Are you planning to stay home? Work in the city? Plan on having a nanny or au pair? While these may sound like minor details, they all feed into how well you sync with a community. If you’re the artsy crew in a town of financial professionals, the only SAHM in a sea of au pairs or the sports family with no field in sight, things might not gel as well as you’d like. And there’s no way you’ll be able to connect those dots by just looking at a house. To get to this level, you’ll need to dig into the town itself and the people who live there. Related Posts...What I wish I knew before I started the house hunt...How we made the move...Getting started in the suburban jungle...  Your Family Has Unique Wants & Needs Face it: in the city families are a little spoiled—not necessarily a bad thing, though. You’re steps from world-renowned activities, amenities, arts, culture and much, much more. And, while the ‘burbs certainly have their share of must-sees, must-dos and must-tries, you likely won’t have every single thing as at-your-fingertips as you do in the city. By drilling down on what you, your spouse and your kids want and need—the Mandarin classes, the soccer camps, the horseback riding, the surfing lessons—you’ll be able to find a community that has what you need when you need it.  Again, the house matters—and matters a lot—but it’s essential your family have it all. And that includes lots of experiences outside The House. By starting with the town first, you’ll ensure you have both pieces—the amazing suburban life with the dream house at the center of it all. 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. ​

An Innovative Approach for a Modern Mom Workforce

Suburban Jungle delivers a better balance for its fast-growing team. The end result? SUCCESS. Recently, IBM announced a desire to bring its employees more “shoulder to shoulder” by unifying them under one roof—or, more specifically, under six offices scattered across the country. The only challenge? Much of their marketing team has been working remotely or in more local offices for years, and this recent development isn’t sitting well with most team members. Some, now, have to figure out a new balance, while others need to literally uproot their lives and move closer to their soon-to-be designated departmental headquarters.  Either way, this realignment is causing an uproar, not just with impacted employees and their families but, also, with the tech and innovation community as a whole. How could a company like IBM fail to see the innovation that surrounds—innovation that makes remote teams possible and, if managed properly, successful?  And IBM isn’t the only company working through the face time vs. remote debate. As more and more working parents—and working people—try to strike a balance between all of the demands chipping away at their increasingly limited time, many wind up searching for alternatives. Thanks to the internet and all that comes with, remote work often pops to the top of those deep dives.   A Modern Mom-Driven Approach It’s something that, since day one, has been at the core of the Suburban Jungle experience. With a constant eye on innovation, Suburban Jungle has always been in-tune with the needs of both the marketplace and the internal stakeholders—the employees, freelancers and industry experts who have helped catapult the brand ahead. The team, explains founder and president Alison Bernstein, that’s entirely mom-driven. The Suburban Jungle team includes hundreds of employees who are, for the most part, moms. As she explained to The Huffington Post, “I am passionate about giving moms jobs,” because, for Alison, it isn’t about the office or the face time. It’s about getting the job done—and being able to strike that critical balance as a result. As she explained, “I’m not about office or face time, so if you have a ballet recital—go and enjoy your children! I don’t care if your report is done at 2 pm or 2 am—as long as it get done.”  It’s a powerful approach that goes a long way in both hiring and retaining a strong, high performing staff. “Working for an innovative entrepreneurial firm like Suburban Jungle is incredible,” says Robin Hoberman, New York City Strategist with Suburban Jungle. “We have the ‘work all the time’ mentality, but on your terms—it’s truly incredible.” Adds San Francisco Strategist Pamela Goldman, “Having control over my time yet being able to get what I need done at any point in time within the 24/7 cycle is truly something amazing for not just myself but for my family. Having my kids see me work so hard, yet being there for them when they get off the bus can never be replaced. Working at Suburban Jungle is, hands down, the best of both worlds.”   Creating Culture & ConsistencyDespite lacking consistent face time and in-office interactions, the Suburban Jungle team works closely with one another, in departments and divisions spanning client services, strategy, business development, marketing, social media and more. Through regularly-scheduled conference, impromptu check-ins, weekly status reporting and occasional office get-togethers, Suburban Jungle staffers manage both the day-to-day and big picture needs of the organization, pooling their collective talents and professional experiences to drive the company forward. It’s a system that works for the entire team, and a system that’s proven to be Suburban Jungle’s “secret sauce” since its launch. “I come from a corporate background with a culture of face time,” explains Director of Chicago strategy Heather Jagher. “The founder of Suburban Jungle has four young children and came from a similar background—investment banking. It’s clear that she seeks out individuals who push themselves—people who don’t need to be pushed to get the job done. Her philosophy on pushing yourself and the entrepreneurial team spirit she creates at Suburban Jungle is something that makes me want to work hard, and makes me very passionate about what I do and where I work.”   Committed to Success on All FrontsAs Suburban Jungle continues to staff up, Alison and her team will continue to look for moms (and dads!) who fit the bill and are looking for a better work/life balance—something Suburban Jungle delivers. Jokes Alison, “I don’t need to babysit my workers—I have enough kids!” Instead, she’s in search of “people who are driven. That’s not something you can teach. I believe in family first and respect employees time. I understand that everyone needs to be there for their kids and feel fulfilled both professionally and personally. At different times in the day and life cycle, the balance can shift.”   Suburban Jungle continues to grow and, today, has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, LA and Dallas. But, despite the company’s ongoing evolution and increasing scale, Alison remains committed to this modern work approach. “I built Suburban Jungle on this foundation,” says Alison. “No guilt. No true balancing act. Just do.” And looking at the company’s success, it’s clear her team is truly DOING every single day.   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. ​

WHEN IS THE "RIGHT" TIME TO MOVE? | DIVA MOMS

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 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 Divalysscious 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! “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 Divalysscious 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.   ​

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