When shopping for a second home to get away from their busy day-to-day lives, some people aren’t looking very far. Eric Straus and his wife Varinda Missett, who live in Midtown Manhattan, simply take a subway ride downtown when they want a change of pace, reports Candace Taylor of The Wall Street Journal. (subscription may be required.)

“What I love is that unlike the Hamptons, it’s a quick subway ride down there, and it totally feels like you’re on vacation,” Mr. Straus, 56, said. In comparison to the hustle and bustle of Midtown, their cobblestoned Tribeca street is “quiet—it feels like a country home.”

According to real estate agents, the trend is being driven by busy professionals, many of whom need to be close to work in case of an emergency, or simply don’t want to spend weekends in traffic. Also, having two homes in one city is particularly attractive to business owners with erratic schedules, said New York City real-estate agent Tina Fallon of Realty Collective.

They say the key to relaxation is a change of scenery, even if it’s just a few miles from where they normally live. “Different neighborhoods have different experiences,” said New York City real-estate agent Shaun Osher of Core, who said he has several clients with more than one home in the city. “If you walk on the street in the West Village, it’s like a different world to the Upper East Side.”

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