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Moving out to the suburbs?

Posted by Rona Fischman July 14, 2011 02:05 PM

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The ‘burbs, revisited
Doug Most shared his musings on the adjustment of moving from JP to Needham.

Many of my clients spend time musing over the same thing. Young adults often see themselves as urban people. They have come to enjoy the restaurants, shops, and urban lifestyle. Living in the city, especially one as studenty as Boston, is a fairly easy transition from a suburban adolescence. Many young adults come here for college and stay. They fill apartments in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. A few venture into Arlington and Watertown.

Yet, when they start to have children, many migrate toward the ‘burbs. Is it a notion based on their childhood, or maybe too many reruns of The Brady Bunch? Is it safety? Is it schools? Is it snob appeal?

Why are the suburbs still considered the ideal place to raise kids? Is it really about shooting basketballs in the driveway, throwing balls in the back yard, washing the car, and going to a great school? Mr. Most thought his suburban childhood a good thing and he wants it for his children. Do you agree? Did you make that choice?

Millions of children grow up to be successful adults in cities. They go to urban schools, ride buses, use the urban amenities like museums and libraries. They spend less time in cars as teenagers. Is that worth putting up with problem neighbors and the need to teach your children to be quiet in the morning?

The suburbs are not just for adults raising children. There are single people who choose a house in the suburbs over a house or condo in the city. Those are the people who want more space, more quiet and more yard.

Did you make the transition from the city to the suburbs? Was the transition graceful? Painful? What advice do you have for Mr. Most and his family?

I hope that Mr. Most is happy in Needham. It is a nice town. My clients there are happy.

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