6 Reasons a Four-legged Family Member = Suburban Success

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Get to the suburbs, get a dog and GET OUT!

Moving to the suburbs? There’s one thing you shouldn’t leave the city without: a dog.


If your family already includes a four-legged member then get ready—the suburbs are a perfect place for pups. And if you don’t have a dog…yet? Now is the perfect time to adopt a new pup—or, at the very least, dog-sit for a city friend in the not-too-distant future…


While it may sound crazy—moving to the suburbs is a lot to tackle without adding a dog to the mix—there are tons of reasons why bringing on this key addition makes sense right now. Having a dog in the suburbs is the ultimate secret weapon for helping city families make fast friends. Leash up your pup and get out and, no doubt, you’ll strike up conversations, meet fellow pet owners and get a sense for your community fast—all thanks to Fido…


Still need convincing? With a dog in the suburbs, you’ll…


1. Get out—literally

Chances are, your new town has or is close to at least a few dog-friendly parks, green spaces, beaches and, even, dog parks. Grab a leash and get going, and be sure to chat it up with at least a few fellow dog owners—you never know who could be your next—or first—suburban connection.


2. Explore the area

While you could drive around town, it’s hard to really get a sense of things when you’re cruising down Main Street at 40 miles per hour. Instead, pop a leash on your pup and get exploring. Say hi to neighbors, check out dog-friendly restaurants and bars, and get a local lay of the land. And—bonus—people love dogs, so chances are you’ll be stopped at least a few times giving you a chance to meet your neighbors.


3. Meet at daycare drop-offs

Doggie daycares are increasingly popular in the suburbs. If you decide to drop your dog, you’ll no doubt have plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with your new neighbors during pick up and drop off.

Remember, if you’re stuck for conversation starters you can always revert back to the dog—ask fellow daycare parents what dog park they frequent, their go-to groomer and where they board their pups when they’re out of town.


4. Have doggie play dates

Really, there’s nothing better than doggie playdates. New friends and adorable dogs having a blast – what could be better? As you meet new dog owners at daycare or, simply, around town, invite them over for a playdate or, better, make plans to meet up in a nearby dog-friendly park. Your dogs will get a chance to run around and play and you’ll have an opportunity to meet new people—it’s a win/win!


5. Pound the pavement

The whole family will enjoy getting out and about with the dog. Check out some area hiking trails, walking paths or other scenic spots and head out on an evening or weekend. Feeling brave? Knock on your next-door neighbor’s door—the neighbor who’s always out and about with their dog—and get recommendations.

6. Spark tons of effortless convos
Dog people love to talk dogs—so why not use that to your advantage? Grab the leash and get out. If you hit a dog-friendly hotspot—a park, dog run or even a local downtown or dog-friendly restaurant—chances are you’ll spark at least a few convos with fellow dog owners or dog lovers.


Choosing the right town to call “home” is the most important decision you’ll ever make—why go it alone? Get in touch and our expert Suburbs Strategists will help you navigate the ‘burbs and find the right town to call “home.”


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Spring Market is not the ONLY time to take house hunting seriously…

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Fall is the perfect time to explore the suburbs—and snag a deal. The only challenge? Your weekends are numbered…

Despite everyone telling us to wait until spring, we started exploring the suburbs right after Labor Day. To us, it was a perfect time—it wasn’t too hot, wasn’t too cold, and we didn’t feel the sense of urgency many of our spring- and summer-buying friends felt. Our daughter was set in a school for the year and we didn’t have to rush to get her set for September—another perk to searching in the fall and winter.


Within weeks of starting our search, we both confirmed the town we’d been eyeing was “our” suburb and found a house that checked (just about…) all of our boxes. We signed the contract on our suburban home that Halloween and closed the day before Christmas Eve. We were 100% fall buyers—and, looking back, it was the best decision we ever made.


That said, we did learn a few lessons from searching suburbia in the fall. For starters…


#1. You have LIMITED WEEKENDS—use them wisely

While we didn’t have the crush of closing and moving before school started, we were working against another clock—the winter. The year prior we’d started our search in the winter and, while we got a general sense for the suburbs and, even, spotted some homes we liked, it was tricky to really dive in.


That’s important to keep in mind if you’re searching in the fall. Start looking early and commit to searching—first the suburbs then with your agent—every weekend. Again, your weekends will be limited in the fall and winter, even if it doesn’t feel that way now. From Halloween until the New Year, it’s tough to find time to get out and search. If it wasn’t freezing, it was snowing. If it wasn’t snowing, it was a holiday. If it wasn’t a holiday, it was a holiday party, holiday prep or some other holiday-related activity that kept us from looking. Do yourself a favor and start pounding the pavement now.


#2. You’ll get a “real” sense of the suburbs

I personally find Fall to be one of the “realest” times to search the suburbs. Maybe it was the fact that our soon-to-be suburb had a serious soccer culture and everyone hit the community center on Saturdays. Or maybe it was because everyone was back from summer vacations, camps and trips out east — people were just home and back in the swing of school, sports and family life. That, from our perspective, was important and helped us really pulse-check the communities we explored.


#3. You will have less inventory to work with…

By the time we’d narrowed our search to a single suburb, we had a good sense of the types of houses in the town as well as what we needed—and wanted. We’d seen a number of houses and could quickly suss out what worked and what didn’t just by walking through.


While a lot of people think that’s an important quality when there’s tons of inventory—you have to move fast, see tons of homes and make a decision on the fly—it’s actually a great quality in the fall and winter, too. Because we had a solid sense of what we wanted and weren’t under the gun to find it, we knew when we’d found something spot-on.


We also didn’t feel the need to have dozens of options presented to us. When we found a house we loved, below our budget, that had all of our essentials, we felt confident making an offer. Again, we knew what was out there—fall and spring—and knew what we wanted. There was no reason not to find “the one”—and, in this case, the only one—and go for it.  


#4. …but you’ll also have less competition

I’d heard endless stories about spring bidding wars—presenting your best and final within a few hours which, ideally, would be overask. That wasn’t the case in the fall. We made a low-ball offer and, while the seller initially balked, we knew they didn’t have any other potential buyers on tap, which gave us time to go back and regroup with our agent. It took over a week of back-and-forth to finalize the price—time we wouldn’t have had if competition had been fierce.


#5. You’ll have a great chance at getting a great deal

Though the seller rejected our initial offer, we landed about 15% below ask. At the time we thought it was a fair price but, in the spring, two almost identical homes on our seven-house cul-de-sac went on the market, and both sold at or above ask. Both went into contract less than five months after we’d closed, and went for considerably more.


I do think our ability to get a great deal was a direct result of buying in the “off-season”—less interest, no other offers and a long time to wait until spring market made our seller particularly motivated.


#6. You’ll be able to move quickly—in every sense of the word

And once we signed on the line? Things moved fast. No one wanted to drag our close into the New Year and, because there weren’t as many deals on the table, everyone from our attorneys to our mortgage broker to the title agent was able to work through the final details very quickly. We closed less than eight weeks after we’d signed the purchase agreement—eight weeks that spanned slow-downs around Thanksgiving and the holiday lead-up.


From there we were able to literally move quickly. Our contractor started our “refresh” the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and, because it was a mild winter, our landscaper was even able to get the bulk of his work done—and, because he wasn’t booked until spring, he had plenty of time to work on our property. Even booking our movers was easy—they had, literally, every weekend open until March.


Ultimately, the choice is yours. Spring market has its perks, as does fall and even winter. However, if you are going to search in the fall, make sure you know what you want, know what your non-negotiables are and be prepared to not see houses every weekend—again, inventory is limited and some patience may be required.


Beyond that, though, my advice is simple: GET OUT. Get out and start exploring suburbia, whether you’re ready to look at houses or not. Even if you’re just checking out towns, do it now. This will help you get an authentic view of communities you may want to call “home” while ensuring you’re ready to hit the ground running come spring.


And if you are getting out and exploring, do it sooner rather than later. While it’s still flip-flop weather in most of the country, the chilly weather is coming. And, when that happens, you’ll likely be less inclined—or less able—to search suburbia.


Fall is the perfect time to explore the suburbs. Contact us now for a free strategy session with a Suburban Jungle Suburbs Strategist.


No Down Payment? No Problem!

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Millennials are buying their first homes with these alternative down payment options

The biggest hurdle to home ownership? The down payment. Coming up with tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to put down is tough for most but, especially, for the next generation hoping to hit the market.


That generation—suburban-minded millennials, often with a baby in town or en route, are trying to pull together the cash needed to head to the suburbs and find a place to call “home.” But, given the increased costs tied to city living plus record-high student loans means many don’t have the 10% to 20% many lenders require.


The solution, then? For many, it’s something decidedly millennial: an alternative down payment approach anchored in crowdfunding. CMG Financial’s HomeFundMe program, for example, helps would-be homeowners set up a custom crowdfunding page so they can quickly and easily solicit down payment support from family and friends.


Another option is newcomer—and another very millennial-inspired alternative down payment option—Loftium which gives buyers up to $50,000 for a new home. The only catch? They need to commit to renting at least one room via Airbnb, and split the revenues with Loftium.


Also on the rise is the concept of “shared equity” contracts. Unison Agreement Corp. and Landed Inc. offers prospective buyers a down payment, with an agreement that part of that property’s future net worth will be contributed to pension funds and other investor groups.


These alternative down payment options represent a major shift in a landscape dominated by traditional banks and lenders—and traditional paths to purchase that don’t necessarily work for today’s prospective buyers. Given these new entrants, there’s no telling how many millennials and otherwise shut-out buyers will be able to dive into homeownership and, with it, be better positioned to find the right suburb to call “home.”


Ready to ditch your high-cost city digs for life in the ‘burbs? Get in touch and our expert Strategist will work with you and your family to find the right town for your unique lifestyle.



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Creating Her “Gotique” in Greenwich

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Entrepreneur Penny Goffman finds her “where” and “what” in this suburban hotspot

“My husband says I still have an accent,” says Canadian-born entrepreneur Penny Goffman. After college Penny left her native Montreal—“a very fashion-forward and foodie city,” she notes—and headed for Manhattan “to eat up all that it had to offer.”


While Penny loved life in NYC, after starting a family and a business she and her husband decided to make the leap. “When we were looking to move to the suburbs,” she explains, “it was a priority we find a town that had ‘life’ to it.” That town? Greenwich.


“Greenwich fits the mold,” Penny says, seven years after moving from the city. “There are so many restaurants, activities, public facilities, events, and shopping. You will NEVER get bored here. Those were my selfish reasons for wanting to move here!” Beyond that, though, the family was drawn in by the top-ranked public schools (perfect for her “two spunky kids,” she says) as well as low property taxes and proximity to the city.


The proximity, she notes, is essential considering her lifestyle business—Jolie Gotique—is thriving. “Two and a half years ago I launched a fashion and lifestyle business named after my daughter Jolie. My passions in life are very focused—family, fashion and fitness. I’m constantly balancing these priorities and there’s no better town to do it in than Greenwich.”


In the time Penny and her family have spent in Greenwich, she adds, the area has evolved considerably. “More families are transplanting from NYC to Greenwich as an alternative to raising kids in the city.” Much of the appeal, she explains, is the incredible balance between a very New England and a very urban vibe.


This balance, Penny adds, has also been a major influence in Jolie Gotique. “My business was founded and launched as a result of this evolution,” she explains. “Moving to Greenwich opened my eyes to the power of suburban women. There are so many intelligent, powerful and thoughtful women in this town that have influenced me personally and professionally.”


To cater to these inspiring suburban women, Jolie Gotique carries a curated collection of contemporary styles for women and girls, sourced mainly from NYC- and LA-based designers. “At our core, we’re a boutique on wheels that pops up at private events by booking—birthday parties, fundraisers, sip & shops, things like that. We also have a very active online boutique and by-appointment private style-and-shops.”


Looking back on her journey from urban to suburban, Penny is quick to offer some important advice to city families considering making a move. “Location,” she says. “I fell in love with a beautiful home in a different location. It was new construction and gorgeous and my eyes were set on it. Thank goodness my husband thought beyond the house and focused on the town! The location wasn’t good and he saw it—I didn’t at first.”


Greenwich, she adds, is the perfect location for her lifestyle, her family and her business. “Seven years later I’m grateful I listened!” she says. “I now see WHERE you are is more important than WHAT you’re in. For us in Greenwich, the ‘where’ and the ‘what’ aligned perfectly!”


To explore Greenwich or any of the NYC suburbs, get in touch with a Suburban Jungle Strategist!.



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Why Wealthy Suburbanites are Flocking to…South Florida?

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The latest tax reforms make Florida a haven for homeowners in high-cost states

If there’s one thing the Suburban Jungle markets tend to have in common it’s higher than average property taxes. In the NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Chicago suburbs, it’s not uncommon for state income taxes to be well into the double-digits—upwards of 13% or more.


While, in the past, state income or sales tax could be itemized and written off, the latest tax reforms cap state and local taxes at $10,000. That number includes property taxes which, in these markets, can easily top $20,000, $30,000, $50,000 or, in some cases, be well into the six-figures.


The end result? In some markets, home prices are cooling, making properties more affordable—however, homebuyers still have to contend with the hefty taxes and sub-par write-off opportunities. While many are making it work using discounted purchase prices to offset property taxes, others are taking another step—they’re heading to South Florida and establishing residency here.


Florida has no state income tax, immediately driving its affordability up versus more costly states. For higher-income buyers this can mean savings of tens of thousands or even more come April 15—and that, for these buyers, is enough to make the big move.


The Florida market—especially in southern Florida—is already seeing the impact. Between January and June sales of seven-figure homes was up 25% year-over-year, even though luxury property values shot up double-digits.


While some of this movement is being driven by Boomers making their retirement moves earlier, there are lots of city and suburban families heading south as well. By establishing Florida residency—which requires spending at least 183 days per year in the state—people can reduce their tax burden immediately. For starters, that Florida resident would pay Florida taxes on their income, regardless of where it’s earned. On a $750,000 annual income, that Florida resident would likely net at least 11% more per year over a New Yorker’s take-home pay and upwards of 20% more than a California resident.


As we inch closer to Tax Day 2019, many experts predict this trend will only continue—and it will continue even more into the new year and beyond if tax reforms remain as-is in high-tax markets.


Whether South Florida or ANY of the suburbs are in your future, Suburban Jungle can help. Get in touch and our expert Strategist will help find the right suburb with the right taxes for your family.



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The Suburban Sports Scene

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Making (FAMILY) Friends on the Field & Off

We’re in the thick of sign-ups for fall sports. Whether you’re new to a suburb or considering making the leap, our message is the same: DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. Even if you haven’t moved yet, getting your kids involved in suburban sports is a great way to get them in the mix in their new community. Bonus, though: done right, these teams and leagues are a great way for your entire family to meet new people and make family friends, on the field and off. Here’s how to maximize every weekend on the sidelines…


#1. GO…

It’s simple: pack up the family and go. While suburban sports can (and DO) take up a ton of time especially on the weekends, in the beginning, it’s great to bring the entire family with you. Why? Because not only will you be able to fan out and meet families, but siblings will likely spot older and younger kids from their school, teams and, even, from around the neighborhood. In short, you’re using everyone you’ve got under your roof to make connections—and that can easily lead to introductions, playdates and other plans.


#2. Don’t forget about PRACTICE

While there’s no need to plunk yourself or your crew down for every suburban sports practice, consider getting there a few minutes early to scout the scene, chat with the coaches and mingle with other pick-up parents. Again, it’s all about making those connections, and the more you spot familiar faces the more opportunity to have to engage and make plans.


#3. Be the “snack mom” (or dad!)

Whether it’s orange slices on the soccer sidelines, bottled water for everyone or a fun post-game snack, be sure to raise your hand when the coach needs a volunteer. Putting your kid in the snack spotlight is a great way to start conversations—who can resist your cute clementine carton, colorful popsicles or allergy-free ants-on-a-log? Literally, no one. Use this to your advantage and be the snack parent a few times during the season and see what conversations spark.


#4. Host a post-season party

Especially in warmer weather, consider hosting a post-game or post-season BBQ, potluck or picnic in your backyard. It doesn’t have to be a fancy affair—ask players’ families to bring chips, drinks, and sides, then throw some burgers on the grill or order up a few pizzas. By getting everyone off of the field and into your space, you’ll naturally make some post-season friends for you and your kids.


#5. Look for “the” league

Many towns have multiple leagues for the same suburban sports—i.e. travel baseball and intramural baseball. While each league no doubt has its merits, one may better sync with your child’s interest- and skill-level—and that one may or may not be the one that’s the go-to in town.


“My daughter loves soccer and was asked to join the local travel team,” one Long Island mom explained of her first suburban sports experience. “She’s young so we didn’t feel like it was a must. But beyond that, our entire town descends on the soccer fields on Saturdays for hours—for the rec league.” The rec league is the more popular league in her suburb, with an hour devoted to each grade—kindergarteners from 9 am to 10 am, first graders from 10 am to 11 am and so on.


“It is THE BEST way to meet people in town,” she added. “Everyone shows up for their games, hangs out on the sidelines with parents from the other teams then, after, hit the diner, snack bar or ice cream truck. We met everyone through rec soccer and aren’t ready to give up this built-in social hour.”


Ready to talk suburbia? Get in touch to connect with a local Suburbs Strategist. 


4 Tips for Making Friends FAST.

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New to the Neighborhood? Start Here.

It’s hard to leave the city and, with it, your inner circle of friends and neighbors. From the mamas in your playgroup to your building BFFs to the outer borough friends you’ve had since college, your family has set down some serious roots in the city. Now, you’re trying to plant new ones in the ‘burbs, which includes making mom friends. And—we get it—that can be tough.


As we talk to more and more urban-turned-suburban families, though, we hear all sorts of fun, creative ways for making mom friends in the suburbs. Our advice? If you’re new to the ‘burbs or, even, about to make a move, test drive these easy approaches to meet your new neighbors—AKA your future suburban BFFs.


#1. Raise your hand…

Every school, youth sports organization, charity or social group needs volunteers—so raise your hand! Even if you can only give a few hours each month, your contributions will be welcome and appreciated. And, because you’ll be volunteering among like-minded locals—fellow moms and dads, soccer parents, passionate do-gooders—you’ll have lots to chat about from day one. That’s a big pro, especially if making mom friends tops your to-do list. 


#2. Join a fitness studio

Loved getting your sweat on in the city? Why not translate that passion for fitness into a new suburban workout routine. Plenty of city-inspired fitness studios now call the suburbs “home,” so the transition should be no issue. And, by investing in a studio with smaller classes, you’ll be more likely to engage with your fellow workout-goers.


Once you’re “in,” See where people head post-class or ask a fellow yogi where she snags her green juice, then see if she’s up for grabbing a glass. Soon enough, you’ll have a network of fitness enthusiasts, perfect for hanging out and—bonus!—for keeping you on track towards your health goals.  


#3. Start something SOCIAL

Facebook is a great way to (virtually) mix and mingle in the suburbs. Chances are, your future/current town have at least one locals message board and, likely, one board dedicated to moms or parents. Do yourself a favor and join. Even if you “aren’t a Facebook person,” make an exception. Not only will you get a sense of where your fellow parents go, what they do and where they hang, but there’s a good chance you’ll spot some activities or invites geared towards new residents.


One Local did just that and shared recent posts on her town’s mom board. In her town, it’s not uncommon for mamas to, simply, announced they’d be heading to an area wine bar/coffee shop/cafe in a few hours and invite everyone to come along—friends, neighbors, newcomers, anyone. Making friends couldn’t be easier.


#4. Lean on the kids

Kids are the BEST way to meet parent friends. Whether it’s at school pickups, on the soccer field sidelines or at birthday parties on the weekends, be sure you GO. It’s easy to try and dodge these commitments, especially if you have younger kids or spend your weekdays commuting/working. But, in the beginning, do yourself a favor and participate. You’ll start seeing the same faces over and over and, soon enough, they’ll become part of your inner circle, not just your kids’. It’s a win/win for everyone.


Ready to start exploring suburbia? Get in touch with a Suburban Jungle Strategist to learn more, including the friend-making hotspots in your new town.


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These Urban Entrepreneurs are Changing the Suburban Activities Scene

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Amanda Cole and Olivia Leon from Yummy Mummy & Pretzl Talk Building a Business in the ‘burbs

In and around NYC, entrepreneur and mom-fluencer Amanda Cole is known for her groundbreaking business, Yummy Mummy. With a focus on breastfeeding and support for moms during their journey, Yummy Mummy is a well-known and well-respected fixture on the Upper East Side. But, now, Amanda and partner, Olivia Leon, are taking it to the Westchester suburbs, launching a new venture that’s redefining another major parenting landscape: kids activities.


“It’s OpenTable for kids activities,” Amanda says of Pretzl, her latest launch which hit the Westchester suburbs in May. Once signed up, parents can search hundreds of activities, classes, events and more, all filtered to match their unique needs–think precise location, days of the week, kids’ ages and desired activities. To date, more than 300 kids activities providers, vendors, and programs have joined Pretzl, and that number continues to grow by the week.


“We wanted to be a one-stop shop,” Olivia explains, highlighting the meteoric growth of Pretzl in the Westchester suburbs. “We needed a comprehensive list of what’s out there. If a parent searches for ‘swim classes’ and one school pops up, that’s not helpful. Or if you search your zip code and there’s nothing listed, that’s also not helpful.”


With hundreds of providers, though, that’s never an issue. Even a quick search of the site and it’s clear the options are limitless. Families can enroll in long-term, short-term or even one-off events and activities, all happening locally in the Westchester suburbs. “Maybe my daughter loves taekwondo and I want to see where next-level classes are offered–that’s easy to search on Pretzl. Or, maybe, she takes hip-hop on Thursdays at 5:00 and I want to find something my son can do nearby. That’s easy to search, too.” And once you’ve signed your kids up for a class or activity, a simple click syncs their new schedule to your calendar.


The next step? “We’re looking to grow and expand regionally,” Olivia adds. “We just wanted to get it right in the Westchester suburbs first. Westchester seemed like the perfect market–it’s big, there are tons of families, tons of kids activities and tons of stand-out class providers.” Amanda calls Westchester “home,” and lives locally with her ten-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son. Olivia holds down the fort in Manhattan and, with a five-year-old, knows the challenges of scheduling all too well.



“That’s how Pretzl was born,” she explains. “Amanda and I were commiserating one day. We’re busy working moms and she was in the process of planning her son’s birthday party–at the same place she’s hosted it for the last three years.” It’s a common problem, she explains, for families in the city and suburbia. “She wanted to do something different, but she didn’t know where to look, how to compare venues or, even, where to start. She knew she wanted food, cake and favors provided–somewhere she could just show up and write a check.” But, at the end of a busy workday after dinner time, homework and bed, it was always too late to dig in and start searching. We kept saying, ‘why is it so difficult?’”


“At the same time,” Olivia adds, “I was looking for a class for my son–something after school. Again, I didn’t know where to start. He’d aged out of another program and I was lost. I had no clue what was good, what was worth the money, anything. Really, there’s NO app for this?” That, she explains, was the first step towards the Pretzl launch.


“We want to help parents untangle themselves from this often-confusing, always-time consuming chore,” Amanda says. “Something that really shouldn’t be a chore at all. It should be fun–what does my child want to do and how can I help them enjoy it? It shouldn’t be a painful or painstaking task. Now, with Pretzl, it’s not.”


Looking into fall, Pretzl–aptly named because “pretzels are always present when kids are having fun,” Olivia explains–is gearing up for tons of great fall classes, clubs, teams, activities and events. Additionally, they’re still offering several end-of-summer day camps and drop-in classes. “Some parents book way in advance and some wait until the last minutes,” she says. “Mine, admittedly, falls into that ‘last minute’ category. Either way, though, we can help parents figure out what they want to do.”


Ready to discover the Westchester suburbs (and beyond)? Get in touch now!



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Fitness Trends Hitting the ‘burbs

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We get it—moving to the suburbs means finding a new place or, even, places to get your sweat on. As diehard studio aficionados, when we made the leap from the city, we were relieved to find our city faves had also become suburban fitness trends. Some other urban workout trends that are popping up in the ‘burbs?



Strengthen lengthen and tone in Greenwich and Roslyn and, now, in New Jersey studios in hotspots Short Hills and Tenafly. In the next few weeks, the SLT is adding another Long Island location in Plainview, joining recent openings in Scarsdale and Rye Brook. We’re hoping this one takes off even more and becomes the latest and greatest suburban fitness trend to migrate from the city in a BIG way.



What started as an urban essential has long been a staple in the suburbs. Now, suburbanites can hop on a bike in Long Island (Roslyn, Woodbury), or in sister studios in Bronxville, Rye Brook, and Scarsdale, in Westchester. Heading to Connecticut? Head to Greenwich or Westport for some Soul or, in New Jersey, to Short Hills—clearly, a workout mecca—or Hoboken.



We assumed Orangetheory was a city experience. The reality? We’re wrong—very wrong. There are tons of Orangetheory locations, dozens spanning the NYC suburbs. We counted close to 50 just outside of city limits—yes, 50. So if this is your sweat-session of choice, you’re in luck. Anywhere you go, there’s likely an Orangetheory nearby.



Like Orangetheory, Flywheel is everywhere—to date, they’ve launched more than 40 successful studios and have clearly become a massive suburban fitness trend. In the NYC suburbs, though, they’ve only popped up in Millburn, New Jersey, and Scarsdale. Our guess? That Flywheel is just scratching the surface in our suburbs and that more will show up soon enough.



Before these boutique studios made a run at the NYC suburbs, Equinox was already expanding up and out. Now, if you’re heading to the ‘burbs, plan to transfer your membership.


In Connecticut, you’ll be able to get your sweat on in Darien, Greenwich or Southport—the latest addition to the trio. New Jersey has locations in Paramus and Summit. And in New York, you’ve got six spots outside of the boroughs—Great Neck, Woodbury and Roslyn on Long Island and Armonk, Mamaroneck and Scarsdale in Westchester. The best part? Your favorite classes from Studio Cycling to Barre Bootcamp to Ab Lab made the leap to the ‘burbs, too, so you won’t miss a beat.


Pure Barre

Pure Barre is HOT, and after one class it’s easy to see why this has become a major suburban fitness trend. There are 11 studios in New Jersey including popular clubs in Denville, Montclair, Short Hills and more. In Westchester, head to the Bronxville or Mount Kisco locations and, on Long Island, opt for one of three—Garden City, Huntington or Manhasset. Connecticut’s also a Pure Barre hotspot with six locations—Darien, Greenwich, Westport, and Fairfield, for starters—plus three more are opening soon.


Barry’s Bootcamp

While Barry’s doesn’t have the same reach as some of the other studios, it’s getting there. Not only is this celebrity boot camp all over the city plus other urban epicenters—LA, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Boston, and D.C., among others—a location is open in Scarsdale. Fingers crossed for more in the not-too-distant future…


The Bar Method

Darien, Fairfield, and Westport in Connecticut, Roslyn Heights and Huntington Village on Long Island, Scarsdale in Westchester and a jaw-dropping 17 locations in New Jersey, if you’re all about the BAR, you’re in luck. This one is a bonafide suburban fitness trend. When you land in the suburbs, you should have no trouble finding your new studio.



Irvington in Westchester is home to the only area YogaWorks. The franchise has, though, expanded into Northern California, Orange County, and the D.C. Metro area so we’re hopeful this one will find a few more suburbs to set up shop.


One that isn’t a suburban fitness trend in the making—at least we hope not? Performix House, an uber-exclusive $900 per month club near Union Square that, to date, has only accepted about one in four applicants. The world on the street is that Performix House is dominated by celebrities, models, and well-known entrepreneurs, with classes taught by sought-after instructors including SoulCycle’s Akin Akman and Charlee Atkins. While we get it—we also want to be surrounded by people with serious sweat-intentions—this gym seems a little extreme and we’re happy to leave trends like this in the city…


Find a great spot suburb to get your sweat on. Get in touch to learn about these suburban sweat sessions and to find the right town to call “home.”



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CASE STUDY: Why working with our agents yields a better outcome time and time again…

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We get a lot of questions from agents and clients about why we work with the agents we do. To us, the answer is very simple: we choose the right agents for Suburban Jungle and the families we work with, ensuring we’re creating the ultimate one-two punch—and, with it, a truly winning deal team.


Recently, a client came to us and needed a ton of advice. They didn’t know the NYC suburbs and were desperate for insights on everything from where to search to when to move to the unique differences from town to town. Like many city families, they’d heard about some “name brand” communities but didn’t know how to gauge if those popular suburbs were the right fit.


Like all of our clients we dug in, lead by Head of National Strategy and Emerging Markets Patti Natiss. After conducting a comprehensive strategy session and helping the family work through their questions and concerns, we had a rock-solid approach in place. From there, we started pounding the pavement to help them get a first-hand taste of life in suburbia.


Finding an All-star Local Agent

Soon enough, our clients were excited to take that next step. Not only had they locked in on the right NYC suburb for their family but they now felt totally confident and comfortable in their decision to make a move. The next step? Team up with one of our expert local agents—and this client knew they wanted the very best in the market.


Confident in our agent, we attempted to connect the dots, but this client pushed back. They felt they’d locked in on the “best” agent in the market—someone who came highly recommended by some friends. The issue? While some agents can come highly recommended and, truly, be outstanding, it’s critical they be the best in that TOWN. Each town has its own ecosystem of agents. Each local agent knows and understands and has a level of certain respect for the other. If an agent comes from another town, there is often pushback.


Beyond that, though, the agent might not know the inner workings of that community and the minor—but important—details that come with. In short, this otherwise-great agent may not be getting an A+ in the art of the deal when dipping into another town’s top agent to do a different deal.


Waving the Red Flag…

This, we quickly discovered, WAS the case here—the agent the client wanted to work with didn’t even work in their suburb of choice. It was a HUGE red flag for our team.


Ultimately, we wished the family luck as they opted to pursue the purchase process with their chosen agent. Months of bidding and losing followed and they watched as dream home after dream home came and went. Eventually, the family reached back out and asked for our help. They couldn’t understand why their agent couldn’t get a deal done, despite having multiple opportunities with multiple homes over multiple months.



The challenge, as they discovered? Again, their agent wasn’t a true “local.” Their agent was strong but didn’t know or work in that town. Our focus has always been teaming with agents who are hyper-local—people in the community who know the community and every property out there.


During this initial conversation, the family expressed interest in a home on the market—a home that, of course, our local agent knew well. She reached to the sellers—people she knew personally—and, within a few hours, the deal was done, thanks to her local expertise and lifelong connections.


To us, the message is clear: LOCAL MATTERS. Suburban Jungle strives to provide truly behind-the-scenes local insights and intel every step of the way—information you simply can’t and won’t get online or by driving through Main Street. Our Locals, Strategists, and agents know their communities in-depth because they call them “home,” too. The end result? The best insights, the best advice, the best recommendation and the best final outcomes—in other words, the best possible experience for our clients from coast-to-coast, no matter what they’re looking for next.


Ready to start your suburban search? Start here and we’ll tap into hyper-local resources to find the right town for your family.



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