Do you live in the suburbs and love it? Think that you live in one of America's best suburbs?
While I can't complain about the Philadelphia suburb where I live, I would like it if things were just a bit more convenient for me. I mean, having to drive 30 minutes to get to a Target or a Trader Joe's can be annoying. But I do like where I live.
My town, though, does not appear on this new top 10 list of the best suburbs in America. That list comes courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which analyzed more than 11,000 U.S. suburbs to find the "Best Places to Live for Suburbanites." Coldwell Banker looked at the country's suburbs based on access to suburban amenities (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car, and community safety.
Think you live in one of America's top 10 best suburbs? Here's the list:
- Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (Suburb of Denver)
Cherry Hills Village 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. You have to wonder if the nearby Cherry Hills Country Club, where the 2012 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship was held this summer, also makes this an attractive place to live.
- Clyde Hill, Wash. (Suburb of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue)
This quaint suburb of Seattle scored well, thanks to the high percentage of single-family homes, and its close proximity to downtown. Clyde Hill also offers gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and Lake Washington.
- Haworth, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island)
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. (link)
- Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island)
Just across the Hudson River from 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.
- Wolf Trap, Va. (Suburb of Washington-Arlington-Alexandria)
A suburb of Fairfax County, Wolf Trap is less than 20 miles from Washington D.C. Wolf Trap is rich in performing arts—including opera, theater, and dance—along with many of the comforts of suburban life.
- Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island)
Not only has this suburb maintained its historical roots—it dates back to the 1600s—The National Arbor Day Foundation named Ho-Ho-Kus "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.
- Indian Hills, Ky. (Suburb of Louisville/Jefferson County)
Considered one of the most prosperous suburbs of Louisville, Indian Hills comes complete with picturesque rolling hills and well-manicured estates. Located along the Ohio River, residents enjoy community events including an annual Independence Day Parade and Oktoberfest celebration.
- East Grand Rapids, Mich. (Suburb of Grand Rapids)
This suburb of Grand Rapids is small, but don't let size fool you. Founded in the 1830s 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. The town is know for its beautiful homes.
- Rossmoor, Calif. (Suburb of Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana)
For those attracted to a laid-back Californian way of life but who 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.
- Huntington Woods, Mich. (Suburb of Detroit-Warren-Livonia)
The original design of this Detroit suburb was modeled after Huntingdon (with a "d") England, which still shows in the architecture of its historic homes. Huntington Woods, also known as the "City of Homes," has many clubs and organizations for residents to join—including a well-regarded garden club, and it is home to the Detroit Zoo.