Are you thinking of leaving the big city behind? If so, you're not alone. More and more young professionals are moving out of NYC and into the suburbs than ever before.
With remote working set to become a lasting trend, living outside of NYC doesn't have to mean a tedious commute every morning. But beyond that, living in the suburbs has a lot of advantages in its own right, many of which might not be so obvious at first glance.
Want to know more about the unexpected perks of suburban living? Keep reading to find out why the NYC suburbs could be the perfect place to set up your new home!
1. More Space
Whether through choice or not, we're spending a lot more time at home than ever before. This has given us the time and space (or lack of it) to consider what we want from our homes beyond a hip city zip code and our favorite sushi place within walking distance.
As a rule, the closer you get to the heart of a city, the smaller your living space. And while tiny apartments can be manageable for single professionals or even couples, not having enough room to work from home or park a car can be a big problem if you're looking to expand your family.
Additionally, most suburban apartments are bigger than city-center apartments, while the average house size for New York state and Connecticut is approximately 1,800 square feet. Not to mention, suburb housing often includes some kind of outdoor space, such as a garden or backyard, as well as extras such as a garage or parking space.
City-living comes with a high premium that many are willing to pay. In contrast, while suburban living isn't necessarily cheap everywhere in the US, even the best NYC suburbs have more affordable housing options than you can find in the city.
Whether you're considering renting or buying in the NYC suburbs, you're sure to get a lot more bang for your buck, in terms of both square footage and features. This makes the suburbs very appealing for many people.
3. Less Crowding
One of the negatives of suburban living can be a long commute into the city. But, while NYC life means constant crowding wherever you go, those living outside of NYC can escape the crowds once they leave work.
Even if you've gotten used to the city's constant throng of people, lines, and traffic jams, battling the crowds is a whole different story if you're thinking of raising a family.
Not only will doctor's appointments and shopping trips be smoother and faster with fewer crowds to contend with, but the suburban schools tend to have better teacher-to-student ratios and are less overcrowded.
4. Sense of Community
Read how our S2S Ambassador, Jean, found her community when moving from the city to the suburbs.
Although suburban living means less crowding, the NYC suburbs are hardly rural. You can still have a social life in the NYC suburbs.
Whatever your motives are for moving out of NYC, you're sure to find plenty of like-minded people in the area who have made the same choice for similar reasons. And once you start to put down roots and get to know your neighbors, there'll be no shortage of events and gatherings to attend.
For those of you with children or plans to start a family in the future, this close-knit sense of community can be a very convincing reason to move to the NYC suburbs. Not only will your children have plenty of playmates in the neighborhood, but you'll also have a steady supply of babysitters should you feel like a kid-free night out now and again!
5. Healthier Lifestyle
From air pollution to traffic noise, the city can take its toll on our health, sleep quality, and stress levels. In contrast, suburban living often means a slower, quieter pace of life, with cleaner air and closer access to nature. The community spirit of many suburban areas also ensures an excellent social support system, providing a mental health boost.
Although you might be thinking of moving out of NYC, we get that the Big Apple still holds a special place in your heart.
But the beauty of setting up home in the NYC suburbs is that the buzz of the city is never far away. Some of the best NYC suburbs, including Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Rye, and Yonkers are all less than an hour away from the bright lights of NYC by train.
This is obviously a huge plus if you commute into NYC and don't want to give up your coveted city job. But it also means you don't have to miss out on the city's social scene if you want to catch a show or check out an exhibit.
Advantages of Living in the Suburbs
With all of these advantages in mind, it's clear to see that living in the suburbs gives you the best of both worlds.
With better housing options, a healthier way of life, and more space, the NYC suburbs provide a sense of freedom that city living can't match. And you're still close enough to the action to benefit from the employment and social opportunities that NYC has to offer.
For more advice and insights on relocating to the NYC suburbs, contact us today!
We're not your typical real estate agents.As former city dwellers, we appreciate the qualities that make city lifestyle so unique, from the convenience of walking to your favorite restaurant or corner store to the vast and diverse cultural and entertainment activities. But we’ve also experienced the challenges and frustrations that are motivating you to seek change. During our transition from the city to the suburbs, we had the same thoughts, concerns and questions, prompting us to create a better way to navigate the suburban home search process for others.
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