I remember declaring that I would raise my kids in the city and couldn’t imagine a move to the ‘burbs. We had our school, our friends, our church, our routine. But our excellent private school kept raising tuition, the kids got bigger, the house seemed smaller and without a yard, spontaneous play was a challenge. My husband pushed for it and in 2008 we moved our 3rd, 1st and Pre-schooler to Wilmette, Illinois (I, begrudgingly). Once on the North Shore, I was amazed at how much easier and cheaper our life became. An attached garage, free and plentiful parking spaces, top notch FREE public schools – all while still having access to the Lake, shopping and excellent restaurants (albeit not quite so many). Life is great in Wilmette and I am thankful we made the move when we did. This excellent article from the Chicago Tribune runs through some of the considerations and emotions of such a move. As a local Realtor, I especially love working with people relocating from the city. I feel a connection with what they are going through and, as a highly involved suburban resident and parent, I feel well qualified to walk buyers through all of the little details of finding that perfect home and creating a new life in the ‘burbs! Check out my website for lots of information on Wilmette and other North Shore communities.