Five Questions to Ask if Considering a Move to the Suburbs

Five Questions to Ask if Considering a Move to the Suburbs

What do Prosper, Celina, McKinney and Allen have in common? These towns are actually suburbs of big cities. There are, of course, those who would much rather live in these larger cities rather than these smaller communities, but if you’re trying to decide if you should leave the big city lights for a comfortable home in the ’burbs, answering the following questions will help you make a more informed decision.

How much do I like to drive?

The biggest deal-breaker for many urban dwellers considering a move to the suburbs is their willingness to drive. A car is nearly a necessity if you want to live away from the conveniences of public transportation. If you don’t telework, then you’ll have a longer commute and gas prices aren’t going down. However, living in the suburbs means you’ll most likely have less traffic, more and cheaper parking options and a garage in which to park your car.

But will it be too boring?

Remember that car you now have? You can easily drive to the nearest city for shopping, culture and concerts, but many suburban neighborhoods have their own venues for interesting activities, too. You can find entertainment by participating in or browsing through neighborhood garage sales, picking your own locally-grown fruits and vegetables and enjoying shorter travel time to reach outdoor activities.

What about the people?

Of course, the suburbs have less hustle and bustle and a slower pace of life, but there’s a greater sense of community than most city dwellers experience. There are many more families who live in suburbs. Neighbors seem to be the same everywhere, though. So if you’re hoping to escape the busybody in the apartment across the hall, keep in mind that the suburban neighbor across the street might be just as curious about your comings and goings.

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Can I handle that much space?

If you suffer from claustrophobia, you’ll definitely fare better moving to the suburbs. There’s so much more room to spread out. And the stores can be enormous compared to the cramped urban markets. That wonderful, peaceful area is also cleaner and less polluted, with lots of grass to walk your dog. However, that grass needs to be mowed and all your other beautiful landscaping features need to be maintained, which takes time or money if you hire a yard service.

Will I be safe?

Leave the high crime rates in the city and enjoy a less suspicious, friendly way of life in the suburbs. Appreciate the peace of mind that comes with living in a more tightly knit community that watches out for each other. Because suburbs are family-friendly communities, it’s safer to engage in outdoor activities like allowing kids to play unsupervised in the park, jogging alone and walking the dog after dark.

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If you love the idea of living in the suburbs but just can’t leave the big city, there are some cities that have neighborhoods consisting of single-family homes with yards where you still live in the city but within a suburban-feeling community.

This is why Prosper and Celina are such popular suburbs of Fort Worth and the Dallas area. They are away from the big city but still offer a wealth of activities and amenities in one of the most sought-after communities. 

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