New York Times writer Michelle Higgins takes a look at a host of new real estate services that are designed to make moving to the suburbs an attractive option for New York City-dwellers struggling with the heightened cost of living there.
One program from a local real estate advisory firm, Suburban Jungle, is currently offering a series of "Suburb Stroller Tours". For $35 per person, participants can tour popular towns in Westchester County, Long Island, and New Jersey to learn about the "personality of the town", and find a good match for their family.
The services, which reside somewhere between shrink session and sales pitch, intend to address the concerns of families unsure about leaving the city and guide them to suburbia, step by step.
“I’ve been referring to these people as reluctant urban defectors, because they don’t want to leave,” said Oliver Gold, a salesman at Douglas Elliman who, along with his business partner, Helen Arden, has been creating custom tours of the suburbs for city clients.