Our first-house story is an age-old tale: My husband and I were priced out of Brooklyn after the birth of our son.

By the time he was 2 years old, we desperately needed to move from our one-bedroom apartment to something larger.

But here was the rub: The average listing price for a two-bedroom in New York City is more than $2 million. Nice — if you’ve got that kind of cash. We needed something more affordable. Move 20 miles west to the suburbs and you get twice the space, for one-fifth of the cost.

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