Want a house with a white picket fence, a big backyard for the kids to play in and a nice park for Fido to meet his doggie playmates? Yep, life in the suburbs sure can be grand, and if you'd rather have backyard barbecues on a quiet street than bar brawls in the big city, then these are the places you should be looking to live.
As part of its "Best Places to Live" series, Coldwell Banker, along with Onboard Informatics, scoured data to come up with the best suburbs in the country. (They've already determined the best places for social seekers.) The results were based on each community's access to suburban amenities (such as grocery stores and banks), proximity to good schools, commuting time and safety.
Cherry Hills Village, Colo., scored the highest because of its near-100 percent homeownership rate and average commute time of less than 20 minutes. Wanna see the whole list? Click through the gallery before. (Coldwell Banker wrote the write-ups in each slide.)
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Cherry Hills Village, the No. 1 place for suburbanites, is a residential oasis of mostly single-family homes. The Cherry Hills Land Preserve secures the area’s natural beauty by maintaining community land, trails and parks, creating a relaxing escape from nearby downtown Denver. From sipping hot cocoa at the annual tree lighting, to hiking trails in the summer, to taking in spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, residents have much to love about their neighborhood.
This quaint suburb of Seattle took the No. 2 spot for suburbanites thanks to the high percentage of single-family homes, options for nearby public and private schools and its close proximity to downtown. Clyde Hill also offers gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. Enjoying a walk along green, tree-lined streets with a view of the Cascades and having the ability to commute to downtown Seattle in minutes, makes Clyde Hill the perfect place for those who crave the best of suburban living.
Started as a farming community in pre-revolutionary times, this New Jersey suburb is within commuting distance from New York City. Alongside the Oradell Reservoir, Haworth has several golf courses and seasonal farmers markets. Several celebrities have called Haworth home, including actress Brooke Shields and Carl Hubbell, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Giants.
Just one mile north of the George Washington Bridge and 9 miles from downtown New York City, Englewood has the comforts of suburbia with access to the best restaurants and world class shopping of the Big Apple. In addition to its many residents, several large companies, including CNBC and Unilever, call Englewood home.
A suburb of Fairfax County, Wolf Trap is less than 20 miles from Washington, D.C. Families and friends can enjoy nature and a concert at The Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts, which features a wide range of performances, including opera, theater and dance. Life in Wolf Trap offers the comfort of suburbia -- without being too far from the nation's capital.
The history of Ho-Ho-Kus goes back to the 1600s, giving it a charm apparent in name and architecture. Not only has this suburb maintained its historical roots, The National Arbor Day Foundation named it "Tree City USA," for its commitment to maintaining surrounding forests. Home to The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and museum that briefly housed George Washington during the Revolutionary War, this peaceful suburb has great parks and a small but bustling downtown.
Considered one of the most prosperous suburbs of Louisville since the mid-20th century, Indian Hills comes complete with picturesque rolling hills and well-manicured estates. Along the Ohio River, residents enjoy community events such as an annual Independence Day parade and an Oktoberfest celebration. Indian Hills is only 7 miles from downtown Louisville, making it an easy commute from the largest city in Kentucky.
This suburb of Grand Rapids is small, but don’t let size fool you. Founded in the 1830s, this peaceful town wrapped around Reeds Lake has a rich history. East Grand Rapids is the hometown of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States, and Chris Van Allsburg, the American author and illustrator of "The Polar Express" and "Jumanji." In addition to beautiful homes, residents enjoy boating and swimming in the lake.
For those attracted to a laid-back Californian way of life but still want the benefits of a classic suburb, Rossmoor is the perfect combination. Living in Orange County means being only minutes from the coast and a short drive from Los Angeles. Families here also enjoy the Rossmoor Park Community Center and local shopping at the Rossmoor Shopping Village.
The original design of this Detroit suburb was modeled after Huntingdon, England, which still shows the architecture of its historic homes. Huntington Woods, also known as the "City of Homes," has many clubs and organizations for residents to become more involved, from Boy Scouts to The Garden Club. Other unique features include the Rackham Golf Course, a public course designed by legendary course designer Donald Ross, and the Detroit Zoo.