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Can a “city” person ever really be happy in the suburbs, and vice versa?

by Chicago Agent

Jennifer Vande Lune – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Hinsdale

Living in the city for 12 years, I was terrified to make the trek out to the western suburbs. After having my first child, we purchased a home with a beautiful wooded lot on a cul-de-sac street, down the road from a park. To my amazement, I have never felt so safe and peaceful. The public schools are top ranked, the commuter train and town are walking distance to our home, and we love the sense of community that we feel from our neighborhood.

Nyan Tucker – Camelot Realty of America Inc., Rogers Park, Chicago

Yes, most people fluctuate happily between living in the city and in the suburbs depending on their age and where they are in life. Many young people buy their first condo in the city after growing up in their parents’ home in the suburbs. These same people will move back to the suburbs when they have kids and then move from the suburbs back into the city as empty nesters. Happy in the city, happy in the suburbs.

Tim Binning – RE/MAX All Pro, Bloomingdale and Sugar Grove

I think the buyers and sellers I’ve worked with know the differences between city and suburban living before they make that decision to move. Most don’t have trouble with the transition. They are moving for a reason and are prepared. It’s their decision. In some instances, suburban living might not be their first choice, but it is their choice, and they know what they want.

Tripti Kasal – Real Living Infinity, Lincoln Park, Chicago

There are some people who can be happy in either the city or the suburbs, but there is a segment of the population that can only truly be happy in one or the other. Some have lived in both places and know that only one is right from them, while there are others who have only lived in one and would never consider the other. I happen to be like many of our city clients — I grew up in the suburbs, moved to the city 20 years ago, and would never move back!

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