Thinking of ditching the South Florida city life to enjoy a more laid-back life in the suburbs? You aren’t alone. During the second quarter of 2020, Realtor.com’s quarterly Cross Market Demand Report found that 51 percent of property searches on the site from city residents in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas were for homes in the suburbs of those metro areas, a record high since the website began tracking that data in 2017. Americans everywhere are trading in their tiny urban apartments for roomy suburban homes.
The current low mortgage rates and the ability of many people to work remotely, combined with the desire for more space in our socially distanced world are the most prominent factors that are driving even the most loyal city dwellers to relocate to the ‘burbs.
Still not sure if a move to the suburbs is the right choice for you? We’ve amassed a comprehensive list of the best parts of suburban living.
You’ll have so much room for activities!
Living in the suburbs gives people a chance to spread out. You’ll have way more indoor and outdoor space. If you have kids or a dog, you’ll all relish in the extra space.
You’ll no longer have to suffer through hearing your neighbor whom you share a wall with, who’s been (badly) playing the harmonica since the start of the pandemic.
In the ‘burbs, you’ll have your very own walls. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to listen to Bob Dylan’s harmonica again after all.
Your neighbors in the suburbs will be on the other side of your lawn. That’s right, your lawn. Your neighbor’s lack of musical talent will be their business and their business alone. And if you lowkey want to pick up your own loud hobby post-move, that is your right.
You’ll get more for your money.
In terms of square footage, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck in the suburbs. The high prices of living in America’s cities were driving people out long before the pandemic struck.
Green spaces galore.
As a resident of a South Florida suburb, you won’t have to sit in Miami’s infamously horrid traffic just to get to a stellar hiking trail. Most suburbs offer convenience to nature walks and some communities even have their own hiking and biking trails for residents.
You’ll be able to hear yourself think.
Cities are undeniably loud most of the time. Though you’ve probably gotten used to the constant bustle of life right outside your door, it’s not exactly the most relaxing thing to listen to at all hours.
In the suburbs, you’ll be able to swap late-night sirens and blaring horns with the peaceful hums of crickets chirping outside your window.
Constantly dealing with crowds can be a seriously draining part of city life, especially right now. In the suburbs, you’ll likely only have to deal with congestion while commuting.
Suburbs generally have better schools.
As a whole, suburbs tend to have higher rated schools than the bustling centers of cities. A lesser crowded suburb will also lend itself to a better student-to-teacher ratio.
You don’t have to compromise on convenience.
The suburbs, while not quite urban and not quite rural, offer much of the convenience of a city with lots more space and privacy. The suburbs is like a taste of both worlds.
You’ll be close enough to enjoy the excitement of the city and you’ll also get to enjoy the amenities that your suburban community offers, like shopping and dining.
The city will still be nearby.
Everything you love about the city will be just a short distance away. And we promise you won’t be shunned just because you decided to move to the ‘burbs. We should also probably tell you that it’s a myth that everyone who moves to the suburbs gets an inexplicable urge to get a mom van (unless that’s your thing, of course).
In the suburbs, you’ll be able to visit the city as you please and then when you yearn for some peace and quiet, you can retreat to your peaceful home in your friendly neighborhood.
If you’re still perusing South Florida’s many suburban neighborhoods to see which is the right fit for your family, check out our guide on the best neighborhoods to raise kids in South Florida.
And when you’ve decided that you’re comfortable with officially becoming a suburbanite, get a free quote from us. There are never any hidden fees, and we guarantee that we’ll take the utmost care of your belongings. You don’t have to take it from us; you can check out our reviews.