Get To Know Your Community Specialist
Updated: May 28
At the center of our company, we believe in getting to know the people around you, and we wanted everyone in our community to get to know Lexi Coen, one of our amazing Community Specialists here at Search the Burbs!
We asked her to give us her take on what community means to her, her advice on moving in this crazy time, and more -- and she definitely delivered some insights.
Where did you grow up? How did your neighborhood impact the person you are today?
I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which is in the South Jersey area, and I have always thought that I was pretty lucky to grow up how I did. My parents came across the last plot of land in a big neighborhood; it was situated on two blocks of houses that were all built around the same time, and all of the families in those houses had kids around the same age. It was really cool; you didn’t realize that there was anything outside of your two blocks, and it always felt like life evolved at the right step. It’s been the inspiration of what I’ve sought for my children.
What does the word “community” mean to you?
To me, community is the feeling of connection you have to your neighborhood and the people in it. On Halloween in Hoboken, where I currently live, there’s an amazingly decorated house where everyone gathers to see the costumes and decorations. Those types of informal neighborhood gatherings are so fun and meaningful to me. Knowing your neighbors is also super important to me, whether they’re ten blocks away or right next door. It makes your kids feel safe, and it’s good for them to have the people they recognize and can talk to when you’re not there. Looking out for each other, that’s what “community” means to me.
What are the top things you look for in a neighborhood?
Every town is different, and choosing the town that you want to live in is so specific to your individual family’s needs; there’s no “right fit.” For me personally, I want things to be easy. I don’t want to think. I want things to be convenient and comfortable, with minimal stress. I am done thinking! And I want to live in a place where it’s easy to make friends, for myself and my kids. I always want to give them the world.
Do you have any moving tips specifically for this time?
Everyone’s getting on a plane and going far away right now, but you should really think about whether that’s what you really want to do. When you make big choices like moving, you have to make sure that the choices make sense to you. You can’t just react to the moment or what everyone else is doing. People are paying extra for houses right now and you can’t help but wonder why. Ask yourself what your plan is. You should always seek to make decisions for you and your family in the place and time that is right for all of you.
Did you acquire a new quarantine hobby?
I have always worked out consistently, but during COVID, I switched trainers and started to incorporate chin ups and pull ups into my workout. I was always terrible at them, but now I’m slightly less terrible at them.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Moving! We are leaving our 1300 square foot apartment that we inhabited: me, my husband, and three kids. Though we have not settled on an official new place yet, we have a pretty good idea of what we want, and are excited to start this new leg of our journey as a family. And escaping to the beach like I do every summer.
If you want to work with a Community Specialist like Lexi, you can get the conversation started here!