You’re getting closer and closer to the stages of having a family and substituting rent with a mortgage.
You may ride the waves with starting a family but you don’t want to make the wrong decision on where to live. It effects your quality of life and the future of your children. If you have a family or plan on starting one soon then the suburbs are a great place to start.
Here are 8 reasons why:
1. The most obvious, and probably the most important reason — the public school options can’t be beat. The saying goes, you can’t put a price on a good education, but that doesn’t mean a good education has to be pricey. You can easily look at all the highly rated school by searching on greatschools.org.
2. Yards. We all know that keeping children cooped up indoors can create mayhem, and there are only so many games you can play inside before bickering begins, or your decorative pillows get thrown everywhere, or creative time expands from painting on paper to making masterpieces on walls. And think about your older kids who are beginning to play sports and want to come home after school and practice. When it comes to yards for families, bigger is better. And where can you find larger lot sizes? That’s right, outside the loop!
3. First floor living and private driveways are hard to come by inside the loop — you can even say they are a luxury. But in the suburbs, they are as common as it gets. If you’re a mom with kids, I’m sure that first floor living for when your parents or the in-laws come in town sounds pretty nice. Or what about carrying in groceries? Having that private driveway makes everyday tasks less of an ordeal.
4. Suburbs are known for having a built in community. There’s no need to join a bunch of clubs/groups to meet people like you do in town — your neighbors become friends, and your kids all go to the same school so it makes it easy to schedule play dates. It also makes it easier to build that community of super-moms, because everyone needs a support group now and then!
5. Most areas have master planned communities now (Townlake, Bridgeland, Cane Island to name a few). I know these communities have a negative connotation, but they have really stepped up their game! There are always lots of planned activities and festivals geared towards families, and the convenience of it all can’t be beat.
6. Deed restrictions. Suburbs are planned neighborhoods, so they have rules on developments. This is not the case in the inner loop — you can have a bar, or a tear-down abandoned home next to a beautiful new construction. This may be enticing for a younger generation that likes living around houses with “character” (aka, it’s been abandoned for years and you have no idea what is inside of those boarded-shut windows), but for a family, it’s comforting to know a bar that’s open 7 days a week until 2 amwon’t randomly pop up next door.
7. It’s the little things in life that mean the most, and in this case, the little things are usually in suburbs. Sidewalks, public green spaces, pools, parks come in as the 7th reason the suburbs are ideal for families. Just picture a family bike ride with smooth sidewalks, or a trip to the pool that has children the same age as yours to play with instead of a bunch of 20-somethings blaring music. Neighborhoods outside the loop are built with families in mind, and these simple amenities that are all built conveniently within the neighborhoods are a big reason most families decide to move.
8. Last but not least, you get more “bang for your buck” outside the loop. Who doesn’t want a larger, nicer, newer home for less cost?! It’s a wise decision financially, and you can feel good about your purchase because you are gaining so much — better schools, a yard, private driveway, a community of people in the same stage of life as you, and convenient amenities that provide life-long memories for your kids.