Julie Sagan GRI - Sagan REALTORS ®, Swampscott, MA Real Estate, Marblehead, MA Real Estate

Suburbs and Cities: Pros & Cons of the Switch

2020 caused a lot of change in the real estate market, causing people to reevaluate their needs and find a home that better suits their lifestyle. While for many that meant leaving the city and entering a quieter suburban area, others decided to get closer to the bustling city and its home-buying opportunities. If you’re thinking about making either switch, it’s a good idea to examine your needs, wants, don’t wants, and some pros and cons of the trades and upgrades you’ll be making. 

Let’s talk location. More opportunities for larger homes and properties are available in the suburbs, but just adding size to your location isn’t enough. If you’re moving from the city, examine the conveniences you might be trading. If you have a car, distance to and from schools, grocery stores, and doctors may not be an issue. But if you’re relying on public or other modes of transportation, you’ll have to be sure you’re within a reasonable distance of common destinations.

If you’re trading a suburban home for one in the city, location is a large factor. The closer you move to the city center, the more you’ll have to think about noise and views. If you need a little nature in your life, you may consider having a view of the water or park from your windows. If you like having the noise of the city’s activities, you may not mind being closer to the city center, making it more convenient to get around.

After you’ve chosen a location, you’ll want to think about space. What kind of lifestyle do you want to live? Looking to move to the suburbs so your kids will have more space to play or to have a larger kitchen for cooking and entertaining?  Do you need an office space inside the home? If you’re simplifying and heading to the city, are you willing to have less space in a better location? If you can walk or take public transportation to work, or the gym, you can live comfortably in a home that doesn’t include an office, home gym, or garage. Will you need space for a pet that had a yard in the suburbs? Proximity to a park, and a pet-friendly building will be a must.

Whether you’re looking for a suburban home or one in the city, it’s all about the lifestyle you want to live. There are endless opportunities for simple convenience, luxury homes, and room to grow in both locations! I can help you find the perfect place for you and your family, helping you to fill all of your needs, and your wants in a new home. I’m here to help you sort through the pros and cons of locations, the movement of the market, and steer you toward the home you’ve been dreaming of. Let’s get started!