So what do the suburbs have to offer? Well, for starters, real estate prices are more reasonable, making it easier for young families, singles, and seniors on fixed incomes to afford a home or condo.
Green space is plentiful, with lots of parks, hiking and walking trails, soccer and baseball fields, and other areas where you can quickly be in touch with nature.
Parking is free and readily available. Something people in the urban core can’t even imagine – shopping without having to pay for parking; visitors parking on the street; grabbing a bite to eat at the local pub or restaurant without having to walk several blocks from the paid parking garage.
Activities, activities, and more activities for children, youth, adults, seniors – the suburbs are geared to families and people of all ages.
Good schools – usually within walking distance, so your children can enjoy some exercise and fresh air on the way to and from school each day.
Quiet. In today’s busy world, it’s nice to be able to sit outside at the end of the day, and enjoy some calm, undisturbed by sirens, buses, cars and other noises found in the city.
As the population in the suburbs has grown, so too has the selection of amenities. From organic markets to home decorating stores, entertainment venues to health and beauty spas. New urbanism is bringing more variety and options to suburban residents.
So, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean leaving the creature comforts you’ve come to love. In fact, you can still enjoy those facilities while embracing a gentler pace and nature on your doorstep.