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.
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?”
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.”
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.”
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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