From Brooklyn to Briarcliff: Rachel Caravella Takes the “Town First” Approach to Exploring the NYC Suburbs

Aug 28, 2019

Focusing on the “intangibles” and finding HOME.

“Patti was instrumental in our home search,” says Rachel Caravella of Suburban Jungle’s Patti Natiss. “We absolutely loved Suburban Jungle’s ‘find your town first’ approach.”

It’s an approach, Rachel said, that helped her family discover Briarcliff Manor.

“We were living in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn with our 18-month-old,” she says, “It was time for more space! But we also wanted strong schools and a strong sense of community.”

More than a year ago the family connected with Suburban Jungle, and they immediately dove into the suburban search process. Understanding the family’s desire for top-rated schools, a strong sense of community and more space, Patti got to work developing a list of could-be communities for the family. From there, Rachel started exploring and really getting a feel for what life could be like in these suburbs.

In addition to schools, space and community, we really dug in,” Patti says. “I wanted them to understand some of the ‘intangibles’ that would make towns a good fit. That included a town with working moms like Rachel and a real ‘neighborly’ feel — they didn’t want a pressure cooker town.”

As they explored suburbs, the family continued to refine their list.

“We chose Briarcliff Manor, but the towns Suburban Jungle identified were ALL excellent possible fits,” Rachel says.

Now that Rachel and her family have begun transitioning into suburban life, they’re excited for everything that comes next — and for getting acclimated to Briarcliff Manor life.

“My advice,” she says, “is call Suburban Jungle immediately to make sure you’re exploring the right towns.”

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